Four UF anesthesiology residents match into Pain Medicine Fellowship

We are excited to announce that four of our anesthesiology residents have matched into our Pain Medicine Fellowship for 2022-23!

James Fleming, M.D., Caitlin Gray, M.D., Uche Ike, M.D., and Sam Searcy, M.D., will continue their training in the department. We asked them what contributed to their decision to stay at UF and what they are excited about as they embark on this phase of their training.

James Fleming, MD

James Fleming, M.D.

I am excited to continue my fellowship training at UF given the pain program’s commitment to education, the breadth of exposure to interventional procedures, the diverse patient population, and the proximity to outdoor recreation.”  

Dr. Fleming earned his medical degree at the University of Florida College of Medicine. During residency, he had the honor of serving on multiple national and local committees including the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA)’s Resident Section Committee and the Department of Anesthesiology’s Wellness Committee. Dr. Fleming has presented pain medicine research at the regional and national levels, most notably at ASRA’s annual conference. In his free time, Dr. Fleming can be found frequenting local tennis courts or enjoying nature in nearby forests, springs, or rivers. On vacation he prefers to disconnect from technology (save for GPS} and frequents the PNW.

Caitlin Gray, MD

Caitlin Gray, M.D.

“I chose to stay at UF for fellowship due to the people. The members of the interventional pain team are phenomenal, and I truly look forward to learning from them. I am most excited about developing this entirely new skill set and learning all that the field has to offer. I have always believed that anatomy is power when it comes to treating pathology, and I am excited to learn more ways to put that to work, especially in helping patients with problems for which there seem to be few other acceptable options.”

Dr. Gray earned her medical degree (and simultaneous MBA) at the University of Pennsylvania. While at UF, she demonstrated a commitment to mentorship and education. As a CA-2, she played an integral role in planning the schedule and educational opportunities for the incoming CA-1 class during their introduction to operating room anesthesia, as well as helping write a well-used “CA-1 Survival Guide” that has become standard issue for new residents. Additionally, she has served as a member of the resident Education Committee. During residency, she published multiple case reports describing atypical patient presentations that were treated by interventional pain solutions, and she has become involved with writing IRB protocols for future projects. In her free time, Dr. Gray enjoys playing violin, exploring the outdoors, photography, and spending time with her husband and three children. 

Uche Ike, MD

 Uche Ike, M.D.

“I am very happy to have matched into my first-choice home institution. I look forward to working with everyone on this outstanding team!”

Dr. Ike earned his medical degree at Ross University. He has served on the department’s Resident Recruitment Committee, participated in research, and presented at the Spine Intervention Society conference. He is currently working on a quality improvement project to improve and standardize the emergency airway carts in the postanesthesia care units. In his free time, Dr. Ike enjoys spending time with his family on many of Florida’s beautiful beaches, playing soccer, and traveling.

Sam Searcy, MD

Sam Searcy, M.D.

“It was an easy decision to stay at UF for interventional pain not only because UF is a top program, but also because it is home to some amazing people that are dedicated to patient care and education. I am fortunate to be training at an excellent program that is also the right fit.” 

Dr. Searcy earned his medical degree at the University of Tennessee. Dr. Searcy is published in various academic journals including Pain Practice, Neurocritical Care, and Translational Oncology. He has presented at several conferences including those of the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (twice), Florida Society of Anesthesiologists, and the UF College of Medicine Research Day. He was part of a quality improvement project that designed the current interactive curriculum for anesthesiology residents on their pain rotations. In his free time, he enjoys traveling, playing golf, and exercising.

Learn more about the UF Department of Anesthesiology’s Pain Medicine Fellowship.