Residents and Fellows of Class of 2020 Honored at Virtual Celebrations

Group of our graduating residents
Photo of our Resident Class of 2020 taken their first year of residency.

Congratulations to our 24 graduating residents of the Class of 2020, who were honored during two virtual celebrations this year, and our 16 graduating fellows, who received sendoffs in small groups.

The COVID-19 pandemic, which prevented a traditional in-person graduation celebration, was among many challenges that the Class of 2020 faced, said Tim Morey, MD, Chair of the Department.

He noted the numerous changes as a result of clinical growth over the past four years, including the opening of the new Children’s Surgical Center, HVN tower, and UF Health Springhill. Several personal tragedies, hurricanes, and national events posed further challenges.

The accomplishment of graduation is a testament to the graduates’ resilience to change, adversity, and the challenges of growth, Dr. Morey said.

“It’s a real tribute to the faculty who got them to where they are today,” he said.

Awards for graduates and faculty were presented during two Friday morning conferences held on Zoom, with a small number of attendees in person. Timothy Martin, MD, MBA, Professor of Anesthesiology, presented the awards and honored each graduate while discussing their achievements and future plans.

“We really are going to miss this class,” Dr. Martin said.

Thanks to the generosity of faculty and alumni, the department was able to provide graduates with a meaningful celebratory gift: Each well-deserving graduate received a Florida Gators duffle bag, diploma frame, and some libations.

“The education office staff worked very hard on the event and assembling all the resident graduation gifts,” Dr. Martin said. “The nicely framed and matted residency certificates are actually a very big hit with the residents and have been very well-received so far. Every resident that has picked up his or her framed certificate on their way out have actually teared up (guys included), become quite emotional, and remarked how beautiful they are.”

Chair’s Awards

Best Faculty Member

Albert R. Robinson, III, MD

Al Robinson

Chair’s Quality Award

Joshua W. Sappenfield, MD

Josh Sappenfield

Chair’s Research Award

Rene Przkora, MD, PhD

Rene Przkora, MD, PhD

Chair’s Anesthetist Award

Taja Fricker, CRNA

Taja Fricker

Unsung Hero

Yong G. Peng, MD, PhD

Yong G. Peng

Best Resident

Julia Eidelman, DO

Julia Eidelman

Outstanding Resident Awards

These awards were selected by faculty and anesthetists.

Outstanding Senior Resident

Katie Dietrich, MD

Katie Dietrich

Outstanding Junior Resident

Shauna Wrazidlo, DO

Shauna Wrazidlo

Anesthetists’ Choice Resident of the Year

Katie Dietrich, MD

Katie Dietrich

Resident & Anesthetist Awards

These awards were selected by the residents.

Exceptional Resident of the Year

Matt Gunst, MD

Matt Gunst

Distinguished Team Player

Tim Feldheim, MD

Tim Feldheim

Anesthetist of the Year

Rocky Lupi, CAA

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Division Awards

Acute Pain CA1

David Hutchinson, MD

David Hutchinson

Acute pain Ca2

Lauren Smajdor, MD

Lauren Smajdor

Acute Pain CA3

Alberto Bursian, MD

Alberto Bursian

Ambulatory Anesthesia

Geoffrey Panjeton, MD

Geoff Panjeton

CArdiothoracic Anesthesia

Shauna Wrazidlo, DO

Shauna Wrazidlo

Critical Care Medicine

Nicole Premo, MD

Nichole Premo

Liver & Transplant

Pete Billas, MD

Pete Billas

Multispecialty Anesthesia

Alex Buttermore, DO

Alex Buttermore


Anastasia Jones, MD

Anastasia Jones

Obstetric Anesthesia

Kevin Voisin, DO


Pain Medicine

Keith Jenkins, MD

Keith Jenkins

Pediatric ANesthesia

Katie Dietrich, MD

Katie Dietrich

Perioperative Anesthesia

Nicole Premo, MD

Nicole Premo

Perioperative Anesthesia

Bill Mallett, MD

Bill Mallett

Transition to Practice

James Barger, MD

James Barger


Matt Gunst, MD

Matt Gunst

Teaching Awards

T.W. Anderson Teacher of the Year

Josh W. Sappenfield, MD

Josh Sappenfield

Haven M. Perkins Lifetime Teaching Award

Jeffrey D. White, MD

Jeff White

Congratulations to all of the graduates as they embark on their next adventures!


James Barger, MD, MSE: Emory University for a Critical Care Medicine Fellowship

Peter Billas, MD: Trident Anesthesia Group, Charleston, SC

Jordan Brewer, MD: Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology Fellowship at UF

Alberto Bursian, MD: Pain Management Fellowship at Baylor Scott & White

Alex Buttermore, DO: Private practice group at Ocala Regional Medical Center

Jonathan (Nicky) Cates, MD: Critical Care Medicine Fellowship at UF

Adrian Ching, MD: Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellowship at UF

Tyler Craig, MD: Multidisciplinary Pain Fellowship at UF

Catherine Dietrich, MD: Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellowship at Stanford University

Charles Doyle, MD: APS Fellowship at Vanderbilt University

Timothy Feldheim, MD: Pain Fellowship at Case Western

Lisa Gu, MD: APS Fellowship at UF

Matthew Gunst, MD: Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology Fellowship at UF

Taylor Johnson, MD: Northside Hospital, Atlanta

Matthew Judd, MD, MS: Trinity Anesthesia, Dallas

Tyler Kabes, MD: Multidisciplinary Pain Fellowship at UF

Alex Knight, DO: Millcreek Anesthesia, Salt Lake City, UT

Isaac Luria, MD: Critical Care Medicine Fellowship at UF

Peter Nguyen, MD: Staff of Sutter Healthcare, Sacramento, CA

Geoffrey Panjeton, MD: Multidisciplinary Pain Fellowship at UF

Soleil Schutte, MD: APS Fellowship at UF

Richa Sutaria, MD: Pain Fellowship, Cleveland Clinic, OH

Kevin Voisin, DO: Mountain West Anesthesia, Sandy, UT

Irieon Walker, MD: Private practice


Kolawole Akinduro, DO: Private practice, Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Minneapolis, MN

Samantha Arzillo, MD: Private practice, Envision (Westside Regional Medical Center), Plantation, FL

Lucas Bannister, MD: Private practice, St. Joseph’s Hospital, Atlanta, GA

David Bowen, MD: Private practice, Azalea Orthopedics, Tyler, Texas

Trey Creech, MD: Private practice, WakeMed, Raleigh, NC

Aneel Deshmukh, MD: Valley Anesthesia Consultants, Phoenix, AZ

Jennifer Harris, MD: Academic, MedStar Univion Memorial Hospital, Baltimore, MD

Matthew Hearn-Hoover, MD: Private practice, North Florida Regional Medical Center, Gainesville

Janet Jira, MD: Private practice, Long Island Jewish Medical Center, New Hyde Park, NY

Jeffrey Kedrowski, DO: Private practice, The Orthopaedic Institute, Gainesville, FL

Michael Lucente, MD: VA Pain Clinic North Florida/South Georgia VA, Gainesville, FL

Adrian Maurer, MD: Faculty, UF

Matthew Meroney, MD: Faculty, UF

Sindhuja Nimma, MD: Private practice, Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, FL

Sandra Victor, MD: Faculty, UF

Joseph Wray, MD: Military, Wright-Patterson Medical Center, OH