Ambulatory Surgery Center Medical Director Resources

As Anesthesiology Medical Directors, on the one hand, we provide medical care to our patients. SAMBA provides statements and guidelines to improve medical management:

  • Preoperative risk assessment calls, information gathering, and patient selection
  • Perioperative pain management, multimodal analgesia, and regional anesthesia.
  • Consultations and Intraoperative care
  • Post-operative care, discharge
  • Complication management and transfers

On the other hand, Medical Directors are also the Chief Medical Officers of the facility and have additional responsibilities:

  • Design and implementation, with the administrative team, the facility's competitive advantage
  • Leadership and team building
  • Patient experience and satisfaction
  • Surgeon selection and surgeon satisfaction
  • Scheduling and block time management
  • Patient safety and quality management
  • Quality measures, benchmarks, SQI
  • Staff management, scheduling conflicts, and medication management
  • Credentialing and recredentialing
  • Policies, procedures, medical executive committee, governing board

Leopoldo V. Rodriquez, MD, MBA, FAAAP, FASA, SAMBA-F


Ambulatory Surgery Center Association (ASCA)

CMS Manual

Manual of Practice Management for Ambulatory Surgery Centers

SAMBA Discussion Forum: Performance Measures/Metrics Vignettes


The Joint Commission – Joint Commission Online (Weekly news about The Joint Commission's standards and on-site survey, patient safety, and more.

Past Medical Director Meeting Materials

Medical Directors and Leaders Summit Brochure Archive

2023 SAMBA ASC Medical Directors & Leaders Summit 

2022 SAMBA ASC Medical Directors & Leaders Virtual Summit

2021 ASC Medical Directors & Leaders Virtual Summit


Fresenius Kabi Sponsored Webinar – Drug Diversion Risks in the Ambulatory Setting: Challenges and Opportunities to Protect Yourself
Presented by: Keith Berge, MD and Kimberly New, JD, BSN, RN
Recorded: June 2, 2021

SAMBA Webinar - What Medical Directors Should Know about Infection Prevention in ASCs
Presented/Moderated by: Leopoldo Rodriguez, MD, FASA
Recorded: September 25, 2019