2022 Department of Anesthesiology Celebration of Research a huge success

Poster presenters at the celebration of research

The 2022 Department of Anesthesiology Celebration of Research provided an outstanding opportunity for faculty, residents, fellows, students, and trainees to share their exciting research in the field, discuss ideas for future research projects, and present challenging cases.

This year’s event, held March 2 in the Biomedical Sciences Building atrium, was the first time the department has been able to gather in person in nearly 2 ½ years. The Celebration of Research has not been held since 2019 because of COVID-19.

“It was a joy to return to seeing everyone as it was the department’s first open social gathering since our last holiday party on December 14, 2019,” said Tim Morey, M.D., professor and chair.

The 48 abstract submissions this year presented provocative insights from a diverse group of researchers. Categories included basic science; case study, case series, or chart review; educational; experimental or observational clinical trial; and quality improvement. Oral presentations were given by researchers from the three top-scoring abstracts.

Simon Christopher Body, M.D., M.P.H., an anesthesiologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and associate professor of anesthesia at Harvard Medical School, gave the keynote address, titled “Planning Ascending Aortic Surgery Based Upon Genetic Cause.”

Doctors Enneking and Spies

This year’s event was also the last for Bruce Spiess, M.D., FAHA, professor and associate chair for research, as he retires this week after six years with the department. Morey thanked Spiess for his numerous contributions to the department, including the many people and ideas he brought.

Spiess said his parting message was simple: “Be creative and do more research because that’s the future.”

A special thanks to our Drs. Morey and Spiess, our faculty judges, and the Anesthesiology Research Operations team for making this event possible!

Watch the recording of our oral presentation winners and the keynote.

Oral Presentation Winners

First Place

Terrie Vasilopoulos, Ph.D.

“Acute postoperative pain control predicts persistent pain trajectories across the six months following surgery.”

Second Place

Catherine Dion, M.S.

“Anesthesia approach and digital clock drawing performance as predictors of length of stay in older adults undergoing total knee arthroplasty: a cross-sectional study.”

Third Place

Keith Jenkins, M.D.

“Lumbar radiofrequency ablation: Does it work?”

Poster Presentations Winners

Basic Science

Prodip Bose, MD, PhD

“Characterization of a Rodent Model of Parkinson’s Disease: Quantitative Assessment of Rigidity, Gait & Balance Impairments and Iron Overload in the Dopaminergic Neurons”

Doctor Bose with his poster

Case Report, Case Series, or Chart Review

Colby Skinner, MD

“Ultrasound-Guided Occipital Nerve Blocks to Reduce Tinnitus-Associated Otalgia: A Case Series”

Doctor Skinner and his poster


Samsun Lampotang, PhD

“Panoramic Screen-Based Simulator of Neuromuscular Blockade Administration, Monitoring, and Reversal”

Doctor Lampotang speaking with a judge

Experimental or Observational Clinical Trial

Yahya Acar, MD

“Virtual Coach Can Be Equivalent to a Human Instructor in REBOA Training: A Prospective Randomized Study”

Doctor Acar with his poster

Quality Improvement

Samsun Lampotang, PhD

“Design, Build, and Evaluation of a Low-Cost Pandemic Ventilator Using Non-Ventilator Supply Chain Parts”

Open Source ventilator prototype

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