Department of Anesthesiology recognized for outstanding contributions to UF College of Medicine Research Day

Doctor Eidleman presenting her poster to Doctor Enneking

Residents, fellows, medical students, and faculty mentors from the Department of Anesthesiology had the opportunity to showcase their research to a large audience of their peers at the UF College of Medicine Research Day on Wednesday, April 6.

The Department of Anesthesiology sent 32 posters to the event in the Stephen C. O’Connell Center. Topics ranged from translational neuroscience to women’s health to AI and data science. The event, returning after a hiatus in 2021 because of the pandemic, featured 504 posters.

In addition to a strong showing in posters, the Department of Anesthesiology was recognized as being one of five departments that submitted the most high-scoring posters. Timothy Morey, M.D., professor and chair, received a plaque in recognition of the department’s outstanding contributions.

Poster Winner

Julia Eidelman, D.O., a multidisciplinary pain medicine fellow, also received individual honors, taking home a best poster award. Her poster, titled “A more accurate denervation for facet joint pain: a case report on endoscopic rhizotomy,” presented an example of successful endoscopic spine surgery, a new area of focus for the department’s Division of Pain Medicine. Sanjeev Kumar, M.D., associate professor of anesthesiology and medical director of the Springhill Pain Clinic, has advanced the technique at UF Health and recently launched a specialized fellowship.

Julia Eidleman with her poster

Eidelman’s report described a case that she performed with Matthew Meroney, M.D., assistant professor of anesthesiology in the Division of Pain Medicine. The patient suffered from chronic low back pain and had undergone prior spine surgery. Traditional radiofrequency ablation relieved pain on only his right side. The team determined that he was a candidate for a procedure called endoscopic radiofrequency ablation, which has the advantages of more accurate positioning, more direct visualization, more thorough denervation, and better long-term effectiveness up to five years after the procedure.

In this case, the patient experienced 100% pain relief on his left side and reported improvements in his ability to do household chores, yard work, and activities such as golf. As of February, the division had completed more than 130 endoscopic spine surgeries for various spine pathologies, with successful outcomes.

Eidelman said it has been exciting to receive training in endoscopic spine surgery, including the chance to directly visualize anatomy in high detail.

“There are very few fellows in the country who have this opportunity,” she said. “I’m very grateful to have been able to work with such highly experienced faculty, and it will forever change my education and the way I practice. This is a technically difficult surgery, and we get excellent hands-on training.”

Dr. Doré’s Lab

Doctor Dore and his lab members at research day

The NeuroICU Research Laboratory led by Sylvain Doré, Ph.D., FAHA, professor of anesthesiology, neurology, psychiatry, pharmaceutics, and neuroscience, also had a strong showing at the event, with 12 posters. The posters, most of which were presented by undergraduates, focused on neuroscience (translational and foundational) and genetics and microbiology research. Topics included new treatments for stroke, traumatic brain injury, and sickle cell disease.

Artificial Intelligence

Doctor Tighe with Dean Koch

This year’s College of Medicine event also featured an AI and Technology Forum. Patrick Tighe, M.D., M.S., and Chris Giordano, M.D., both associate professors of anesthesiology, and Francois Modave, Ph.D., gave a firsthand look at a new course designed to familiarize clinicians with the tools and possibilities of AI in medicine.

Tighe and Giordano are leading the curriculum project with Modave, an associate professor and director of artificial intelligence and decision-making in the Department of Health Outcomes & Biomedical Informatics. The course is part of the education pillar in the strategic plan of Dean Colleen Koch, M.D., M.S., M.B.A.

Congratulations to all who presented at the event!

Poster Presenters

  • Point of care gastric ultrasound in ICU patients before and after initiation of post-pyloric enteral feeds. Wendy Guo; Cameron Smith, M.D., Ph.D.; Nikolaus Gravenstein, M.D.; Meghan Brennan, M.D.
  • Three wrongs do not make a right: iatrogenic takotsubo cardiomyopathy from treatment of intraoperative pseudo-hypotension. John William Mallett, M.D.; Emily Li, M.D.; Ahmad Abdul-Rahim, D.O.; Laurie Davies, M.D.
  • Prediction of postoperative delirium using electronic health records data. Justin George; Patrick Tighe, M.D., M.S.; Anis Davoudi, Ph.D.
  • Should carbon monoxide donors be considered a therapy for NeuroICU patients? Shruti Patel; Hannah Pamplin; Alexandra Mazur; Madison Fangman; Rani Ashouri; Sylvain Doré, Ph.D., FAHA
  • Contribution of various types of transfusion to acute and delayed intracerebral hemorrhage injury. Siddharth Kumar; Matthew M. Andoniadis, M.D.; Ali Solhpour; Salman Asghar; Madison Fangman; Rani Ashouri; Sylvain Doré, Ph.D., FAHA
  • Assessing heightened occurrence and severity of stroke through deviation of biomarkers in COVID-19. Ricardo Cordero; Emily Barlow; Evelyn Hunter; Christopher P. Robinson; Matthew M. Andoniadis, M.D.; Steven A. Robicsek, M.D., Ph.D.; Shelley C. Heaton, Sylvain Doré, Ph.D., FAHA
  • Effects of sound interventions on the permeability of the blood-brain barrier and meningeal lymphatic clearance. Sean Sachdeva; Sushmita Persuad; Milani Patel; Peyton Popard; Aaron Colverson; Sylvain Doré, Ph.D., FAHA
  • Association of serum bilirubin with the severity and outcomes of intracerebral hemorrhages. Kai Fu; Cynthia S. Garvan, Ph.D.; Shelley C. Heaton; Nandakumar Nagaraja; Josh Lua, Sylvain Doré, PhD, FAHA
  • Role of CRF and the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis in stroke: revisiting temporal considerations and targeting a new generation of therapeutics. Daniel Lichlyter; Zachary Krumm; Todd Golde; Sylvain Doré, Ph.D., FAHA
  • Is HO1 enzymatic activity responsible for its alleged neuroprotection? Alaina Carpenter; Smit Patel; Giselle Almanzor; Keshav Iyer; Sylvain Doré, Ph.D., FAHA
  • Obstructive sleep apnea and stroke: determining the mechanisms behind their association and treatment options. Frank Rigueiro; Basma Mohamed, MBChB; Keerthi Yarlagadda, MD; Zachary Self; Alexandra Simon; Carolina Maciel, M.D.; Stephan Eisenschenk, M.D.; Sylvain Doré, Ph.D., FAHA
  • Role of soluble CD163, CD36, and LRP1 receptors in the clinical assessment and treatment of sickle cell disease. Trevi Perez; Olivia Edwards; Josh Lua; Sylvain Doré, Ph.D., FAHA
  • Potential role of soluble Toll-like receptors 2 and 4 as therapeutic agents in stroke and brain hemorrhage. Josh Lua; Kanishka Ekanayake; Madison Fangman; Sylvain Doré, Ph.D., FAHA
  • Benefits of vitamin D supplementation to attenuate TBI secondary injury? Saba Khan; Kiana Saadatmand; Quaratulain Hassan; Raymond Hautamaki; Rani Ashouri; Josh Lua; Sylvain Doré, Ph.D., FAHA
  • Influence of haptoglobin polymorphism on stroke in sickle cell disease patients. Olivia Edwards; Alicia Burris; Josh Lua; Diana J. Wilkie; Miriam O. Ezenwa; Sylvain Doré, Ph.D., FAHA
  • A more accurate denervation for facet joint pain. A case report on endoscopic rhizotomy. Julia Eidelman, D.O.; Joshua Winegar, M.D.; Matthew Meroney, M.D.
  • Addressing the need for artificial intelligence in medical education: a scoping review. David Vanderbilt; Chris Giordano, M.D.; Brendan Garbe, Francois Modave, Ph.D., Patrick Tighe, M.D., M.S.
  • Anaesthesiological Routine Care for Thrombectomy In Cerebral Ischaemia (ARCTIC-I): an international prospective observational study. Gevalin Srisooksai, M.D.; Basma Mohamed, MBChB; Sebastian Gatica-Moris, M.D; Ferenc Rabai, M.D.; Peggy White, M.D.; Nelson Algarra, M.D.; Lauren Berkow, M.D.; Christoph Seubert, M.D., Ph.D.; Steven Robiscek, M.D., Ph.D.; Nicolai Goettel, M.D.
  • Development and validation of a risk assessment model for postoperative delirium based on artificial intelligence. Nicolai Goettel, M.D.; Nayeli Schmutz, Behnam Sadeghirad, Lawrence Mbuagbaw, Rick Pleijhuis, Lisa Falco, Benjamin Dodsworth
  • (Do not) take my breath away: induction of a patient with tracheal deviation secondary to a large anterior mediastinal thymoma. John William Mallett, M.D.; Dustin Hegland, M.D.; Joseph Christopher Goldstein, M.D.
  • It takes a village: multidisciplinary neuromodulation review as a tool to identify potentially persistent substance abuse. John William Mallett, M.D.; Heidi V. Goldstein, M.D.
  • Ultrasound-guided occipital nerve blocks to reduce tinnitus-associated otalgia: a case series. Colby Skinner, M.D.; Sanjeev Kumar, M.D.
  • coach can be equivalent to a human instructor in REBOA training: a prospective randomized study. Yahya Acar, M.D.; Robert Smith, M.D.; George Sarosi, M.D.; David Lizdas, B.S.; William Johnson, B.S.; Anthony DeStephens, M.S.M.E.; Alex Koo, M.D.; Kyle Couperus, M.D.; Nikolaus Gravenstein, M.D.; Samsun Lampotang, Ph.D., FSSH, FAIMBE
  • Intergenerational perioperative neurocognitive disorder (PND) induced by surgery, traumatic brain injury and subsequent exposure to sevoflurane in young adult male rats. Ling-Sha Ju, M.D.; Jiepei Zhu, M.D., Ph.D.; Timothy E. Morey, M.D.; Nikolaus Gravenstein, M.D.; Christoph N. Seubert, M.D., Ph.D.; Barry Setlow, M.D.; Anatoly E. Martynyuk, Ph.D.
  • Modulatory effects of stem cells on opioid receptors and neuroinflammation. Matthew Meroney, M.D.; Joshua Winegar, M.D.; Holden Brown, M.D.; Mark Bender, M.D.; Scott Smith, M.D.; Rene Przkora, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Postoperative pain and functional outcomes in spine surgery after single-dose methadone and adoption of spine pathway: a retrospective cohort study. Nicholas Ma; Basma Mohamed, MBChB
  • Effects of depression and clinical factors on cooled radiofrequency ablation: a retrospective single-center study. Jeffrey Pence, D.O.; Holden Brown, M.D.; Joshua Winegar, M.D.; Rene Przkora, M.D., Ph.D.; Terrie Vasilopoulos, Ph.D.; Juan Mora, M.D.
  • Ex utero intrapartum treatment (EXIT) procedure for severe micrognathia ex utero intrapartum treatment (EXIT) procedure for severe micrognathia. Neydric Jean, Taranjit Sangari, M.D.
  • Factors that dictate longevity of arterial line catheter use in congenital heart surgery patients. Diego Compte; Thomas King; Joseph Philip, M.D.; Mark Bleiweis, M.D.; Kevin Sullivan, M.D.
  • Investigating the effect of neighborhood socioeconomic disparities on postoperative pain and opioid use in hospitalized geriatric surgical patients. Tatiana Maser; Anis Davoudi, Ph.D.; Patrick Tighe, M.D., M.S.
  • Is bag mask ventilation an acceptable alternative to endotracheal intubation for pregnant women undergoing ECT? Vasanti Jhaveri, Ramon Martinez, Arvin Trippensee, D.O.; Dikea Roussos- Ross; Meghan Brennan, M.D.; Adam Wendling, M.D.
  • Embalming and maintenance of a pliable cadaver over a two-year period for clinical procedure learning. Jiepei Zhu, M.D., Ph.D.; Richard Sikon, Kyle Rarey, Venkatesh Nonabur, Nikolaus Gravenstein, M.D.; Cameron Smith, M.D., Ph.D.; Linda Le-Wendling, M.D.