2018 Fellows Begin Their Training
Welcome to all of the incoming fellows!
Acute & Perioperative Pain Medicine
Brandon Beck, MD
Dr. Beck completed medical school at the Universidad Central del Caribe School of Medicine in Puerto Rico, after which he completed residency in anesthesiology at the Geisinger Health System Program in Danville, PA. For 2017-2018, he served as the Chief Resident. Dr. Beck conducted research on clinical outcomes following occipital nerve decompression through a retrospective review of over 200 patients.
Danielle Cobb, MD
After graduating from medical school at the University of Florida, Dr. Cobb continued her education and training at the University of Florida as an anesthesiology resident. For 2017-2018, she served as the Chief Resident. During residency, Dr. Cobb presented at the International Anesthesia Research Society Annual Conference, the Gulf Atlantic Anesthesiology Residents Conference, and the Florida Society of Anesthesiologists’ Annual Meeting.
Erik Helander, MBBS
Dr. Helander attended medical school at the University of Queensland and graduated from residency at Louisiana State University. Throughout residency, he published on various pain management topics such as the use of botulinum toxin; non-opioids for pain management; and the vasovagal response after pain procedures.
Carolyn Witman, MD
Dr. Witman graduated from medical school at Wake Forest University and completed residency in anesthesiology at the University of Florida where she conducted research on intraoperative hypotension, venous air embolism, and myocardial infarction. She has published on alternatives to surgical scalp reconstruction and has worked in Nicaragua as a volunteer.
Brendan Inouye, MD
After completing medical school at the University of Hawaii, Dr. Inouye entered our anesthesiology residency program in July 2015. During residency, he won the Resident of the Month and the Neuroanesthesia Resident of the Year awards in 2017. Dr. Inouye has presented posters at IARS, GAARRC, and the Society for Neuroscience in Anesthesiology and Critical Care. He will start the APPM fellowship on August 1.
Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesia
Carl Berasi, MD
Dr. Berasi graduated from the Duke University School of Medicine before completing anesthesiology residency at the University of Florida. Dr. Berasi has published in several journals on topics such as short-stem total hip replacement, the evolution of tibial fixation in total knee arthroplasty, and the effectiveness of custom triflange acetabular components on the reconstruction of catastrophic bone loss. He will start his fellowship in September and will work as faculty during July and August.
Eric Brown, MD
Dr. Brown completed medical school at the University of Texas, San Antonio before coming to the University of Florida for anesthesiology residency. Dr. Brown has presented on medically challenging cases at GAARC, IARS, ASA, and ACS. Presentation topics have included cardiothoracic anesthesia interests such as a patient with a left ventricular pseudoaneurysm following a gunshot to the abdomen. He will start his fellowship in September and will work as faculty during July and August.
Johnny Nguyen, DO
Dr. Nguyen attended medical school at the Lake Erie College of Medicine and completed residency at the University of Texas. During residency, he presented at the International Anesthesia Research Society’s 2016 Annual Meeting in San Francisco. In addition, Dr. Nguyen has volunteered at various medical clinics throughout Florida. He will start his fellowship in September and will work as faculty for July and August.
Jonathan Rost, MD
Dr. Rost graduated from medical school from Jefferson Medical College. He completed residency in anesthesiology at Cooper University Hospital. During residency, Dr. Rost published in several publications on topics such as strategies to improve first case on-time starts in the operating room and the treatment of cardiovascular collapse during pneumoperitoneum for robotic surgery. Dr. Rost will start his fellowship in September and will work as faculty for July and August.
Adult Combined Cardiothoracic Critical Care Medicine
John Dollerschell, MD
Dr. Dollerschell completed residency in anesthesia at the University of Missouri after graduating from medical school at Ross University. He has published on topics such as the safety of inventivist-led bedside decannulation in various cases, the effect of obesity on sphincteroplasty, and the effectiveness of bariatric surgery versus medical management for diabetes remission.
Critical Care Medicine
Caleb Harrell, MD
Dr. Harrell graduated from medical school and residency in emergency medicine from the University of Tennessee. During residency, his research interests included outcomes in patients with CHF exacerbations using high flow nasal cannula versus non-invasive positive pressure ventilation and pre-hospital administration of blood and plasma in severe traumatic injuries.
Kruti Shah, MD
Dr. Shah completed medical school at the University of Illinois and went to the University of Toledo for residency in emergency medicine. Her research interests have included the impact of age on mortality in transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt creation.
Anwar Alinani, MBBS
Dr. Alinani graduated from medical school at the Aga Khan University Medical College and completed residency at Hamad General Hospital where he also completed a surgical ICU fellowship. He presented a poster on hand-over in post-anesthesia care units at the Anesthesiology 2016 Annual Meeting in Chicago. Dr. Alinani has volunteered abroad, assisting in emergency medical operations as part of earthquake relief efforts in Pakistan.
Barbara Flores Gonzalez, MD
Dr. Flores Gonzalez completed medical school at the Ponce School of Medicine and entered residency in emergency medicine at the University of Puerto Rico. During residency, she presented on bacterial spinal epidural abscess. She has conducted research in neurobiology and has organized a workshop for deaf children. In her free time, Dr. Flores Gonzalez enjoys volleyball.
Multidisciplinary Pain Medicine
Pavel Balduyeu, MD
Dr. Balduyeu earned his MD at the Belarussian State Medical University in 2007, after which he completed one year as a surgery resident at the Republican Hospital of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in Belarus. He joined the anesthesiology residency at UF in 2014 where he served on the resident review committee for ASRA. He was a resident member of APIC. Dr. Balduyeu enjoys reading, cycling, and playing water polo and tennis.
Andrew Khoury, MD
Dr. Khoury earned his MD in 2014 at the McGovern Medical School at the University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, after completing his undergraduate degree in biomedical engineering at the University of Houston. He completed his intern year as a surgery resident at Baylor, and graduated from anesthesiology residency at the University of Texas Medical Branch. He enjoys travelling, snowboarding, and playing piano.
Lawrence Montalto, MD
Dr. Montalto earned his DO at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2014. Prior to medical school, he earned his undergraduate degree in biology from Christopher Newport University, as well as a graduate certificate in pre-medical sciences at Virginia Commonwealth University. Dr. Montalto completed his anesthesiology residency at Vanderbilt. He enjoys restoring cars, hiking with his dogs, and model painting.
Rick Sims, MD
Dr. Sims graduated in 2010 with his BS in Food Science and Human Nutrition from the University of Florida. He earned his MD at Florida State University, and joined the anesthesiology residency program at UF in 2014. Dr. Sims is a member of the Gold Humanism Honor Society. He enjoys spending time with his family, riding bikes, swimming, playing tennis, cooking, and watching college football. He is also an avid pianist, organist, and painter.
Mathew Romankowski, MD
Dr. Romankowski completed medical school at the University of Utah in 2013. He graduated from our anesthesiology residency program at the University of Florida in 2018. He enjoys exploring Gainesville and spending time with his family. He will start his fellowship on September 15, 2018.
Teresa Ojode, MD
Dr. Ojode earned her medical school diploma at the University of Michigan in 2014, after which she joined our anesthesiology residency program at the University of Florida. She enjoys playing musical instruments, travelling, and completing ceramics projects. Dr. Ojode will start her fellowship on August 1, 2018.
Joe LaGrew, MD
Dr. LaGrew completed medical school at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine in 2010. Following this, he trained at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego and served our country as a Senior Medical Officer and a Physician Supervisor in the Navy until 2015. Dr. LaGrew then came to the University of Florida to continue his education and training as an anesthesiology resident. He is our very first pediatric anesthesia fellow.