Our Celebration of Research Brings Out the Best & Brightest

This year’s Department of Anesthesiology Celebration of Research provided an opportunity for those affiliated with anesthesiology to share exciting research that they have conducted over the last year, their ideas for future research projects, and challenging cases that they have experienced.

The Key Note Speaker, Scott Shappell, PhD, Professor and Chair of Human Factors & Behavioral Neurobiology at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, spoke about Managing Human Error in Healthcare. His talk was filled with humor and kept the audience laughing while driving home many thought-provoking points.

The abstract submissions this year presented some provocative insights from a diverse group of researchers. Oral presentations were given by researchers from three of the top-scoring abstracts.

Oral Presentation winners from the Department of Anesthesiology 2018 Celebration of Research

Abigail Schirmer received first place for her presentation titled, “Break Scrub to Take that Phone Call?”

1st place oral presentation winner Abigail Schirmer

Megan Koenig & Andrea Castro Cara received second place for their presentation titled, “Real World Experience: Why Research Flatlines – A Review of Trials from the Coordinator’s Perspective”

2nd place oral presentation winners Megan Koenig & Andrea Castro Cara

Jonathan Wakim & Monica Bursian Ortiz received third place for their presentation titled,“Inadvertent Hypoxic-Inspired Gas Mixtures During Low-Flow Anesthesia, Including High Fire Risk Cases”

3rd place oral presentation winners Jonathan Wakim & Monica Bursian Ortiz

Poster Winners

Best posters were selected from each of the four categories: clinical research, basic science, education, and case study.

Clinical Research

Anthony Cometa, MD “When Millimeters Count, Epidural Loss of Resistance Techniques Differ: A Simulator Study”

Anthony Cometa, MD, and poster

Basic Science

Abigail Schirmer “Break Scrub to Take that Phone Call?”

Abigail Schirmer with her poster


Kevin Olsen, MD “Post-Operative Surgical Trainee Opioid Prescribing Practices (POST-OPP): A National Survey”

Kevin Olsen, MD, and poster

Case Study

Basma Mohamed, MBChB “Verapamil Use in Interventional Neuroradiology: A Case Series of Postoperative Pulmonary Edema”

Basma Mohamed, MBChB, with poster

Thank you to everyone who attended the Celebration of Research. We look forward to next year’s event and to bringing you all the latest in anesthesiology-related research.

A special thanks to the people who made this day possible: our Chairman, Tim Morey, MD; Associate Director of Research, Bruce Spiess, MD; and our inspiration for this annual event, Professor Emeritus of Anesthesiology, Jerome Modell, MD, DSc (Hon).

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