About Us

SONORIA is the Society of Non OR Intervention and Anesthesia.  SONORIA’s mission is to create and establish interdisciplinary standards, best practice guidelines, educational platforms, and economic constructs which optimize outcome and the safety of patients undergoing Non-OR procedures requiring the collaborative efforts of interventional medical proceduralists and anesthesiologists.

Who We Are


SONORIA is an integrated group which welcomes and includes anesthesiologists, interventional medicine practitioners, nurses, technologists, physician’s assistants and all allied health practitioners as well as interested administrators. Trainees are also welcome. Our goal is to improve patient outcomes by promoting interdisciplinary perspective, collaborative practice and inclusive, broad-based resident education which addresses the realities of overlapping competencies and concerns in the context of the medical complexities and economic constraints of today’s health care market. Our inaugural session was held during the October 2014 meeting of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, our first meeting was held in Memphis TN in 2016. Our next meeting is currently being planned for May 13-14, 2017 in Memphis. CMEs are offered through the University of Tennessee.

Our purview includes the entire perioperative spectrum from preoperative evaluation to post procedure disposition. Our goal is to promote practices which optimize outcomes, ensure safety and improve the value of services. Our focus includes educational, medical, operational and economic considerations. The growing acuity of Non-Operating Room patients, the increasing technical complexity of noninvasive procedures and the economic limitations we all face mandate that we begin our work and accelerate our collaborative process as soon as possible.

The future is here: medical interventions now pose acceptable and effective alternatives to surgery in many areas of medicine. The scope of anesthesia practice routinely extends beyond the Operating Room and the acuity of interventional medicine patients is growing. Medical interventionalists utilize increasingly complex techniques which require increasing specialization. The need for a robust collaborative interface between anesthesiologists, CRNAs, PAs, Interventional Medicine physicians, technologists and nurses is growing and will continue to do so.

These changes create significant implications for care, outcome optimization and financial sustainability for us and for our patients. Progress depends upon efficient interdisciplinary teamwork.

Synergistic advancement is the goal. SONORIA is our voice.