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Yiu-Hei (Adrian) Ching, M.D., Joins the Department

Yiu-Hei (Adrian) Ching, M.D., joined us in December as an assistant professor of anesthesiology in the Division of Multispecialty Anesthesiology. Before joining us, he worked as a clinical anesthesiologist for HCA Florida Ocala Hospital. Dr. Ching earned his medical degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. He…

Thorsten Haas, M.D., Joins Department as Director of Patient Blood Management

Thorsten Haas, M.D., joined us in November as director of patient blood management and professor in the Division of Multispecialty Anesthesiology. Dr. Haas joined us from Munich Municipal Hospital Group in Munich, Germany, where he served as a senior attending in pediatric anesthesiology. Dr. Haas earned his medical degree…

10 Faculty Honored as 2022 Exemplary Teacher Award Winners

We are pleased to announce that 10 of our faculty received the Exemplary Teacher Award for 2022. Eligible faculty are nominated from each department and participate in a college-wide competition. Faculty are selected based on the excellence of their teaching of medical students, residents and fellows, graduate students, and…

October 2022 Resident of the Month

Please help us congratulate our October 2022 Resident of the Month: Paul Campbell, M.D., CA-2! Dr. Campbell was nominated by his fellow residents and faculty for his hard work and motivation and for going above and beyond in his duties. Below are some of the quotes from his nominations.

Thomas Austin, M.D., Elected Associate Editor for A&A

Congratulations to Thomas Austin, M.D., M.S., professor of anesthesiology and associate chief of our Pediatric Anesthesiology Division, for being elected an Associate Editor for Statistics for the journal Anesthesia & Analgesia. As an Associate Editor, Austin will review two manuscripts a month. Anesthesia & Analgesia is one of the top…

October 2022 Publications

Congratulations to everyone who had publications in October 2022! Our faculty who were published are: Drs. Austin, Doré, Garvan, Price and Reynolds. Spine Deformity Ruska T, Austin TM, Bruce RW Jr, Fletcher ND. Post-operative steroids in patients with patients with severe cerebral palsy undergoing posterior spinal fusion. Spine…

Celebrate Nurse Practitioner Week 2022

The UF Department of Anesthesiology is joining healthcare providers nationwide in recognizing the unique skills of our nurse practitioners during National NP Week! Our nurse practitioners provide safe and high-quality care to our patients each and every day. Their teamwork and support contributes to our outstanding patient experience and…

UF Health Shands Wins Two National Awards for Environmental Sustainability

UF Health Shands was recently honored with two Environmental Excellence Awards from Practice Greenhealth, the nation’s leading organization dedicated to environmental sustainability in health care. These awards recognize UF Health Shands for its achievements and innovation in health care sustainability.

Dr. Ihnatsenka debuts difficult neuraxial procedure workshop at ASA annual meeting

A difficult neuraxial procedure workshop was debuted by the University of Florida Department of Anesthesiology at the American Society of Anesthesiology (ASA) annual meeting in New Orleans in October 2022. Barys Ihnatsenka, M.D., associate professor of anesthesiology, led the workshop which featured two human models, two thoracic anesthesia simulators and…

Yahya Acar, M.D., Receives Second Place at TASCON

Yahya Acar, M.D., a Center for Safety, Simulation & Advanced Learning Technologies (CSSALT) fellow, was awarded second place on his oral presentation at the Trauma Anesthesiology Congress (TASCON) in New Orleans this October. His presentation, titled “Assessment of a Mixed Reality Resuscitative Endovascular Balloon Occlusion of the Aorta (REBOA) Training…

September Resident of the Month

Please help us congratulate our September 2022 Resident of the Month: Matthew Frakes, D.O., CA-3! Dr. Frakes was nominated by his fellow residents and faculty for his hard work and motivation and for going above and beyond in his duties. Below are some of the quotes from his nominations.

September 2022 Publications

Congratulations to everyone who had publications in September 2022! Our faculty who were published are: Drs. Chembrovich, Wardhan, Smith, Vasilopoulos, Trippensee, Brennan, Wendling, Tighe, and Peng. Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Chembrovich S, Wardhan R, Smith CR. Reply to Letter to the Editor: Preoperative Peripheral…

CSSALT Leads Simulation Workshop for Medical Students

In October, the Center for Safety, Simulation and Advanced Learning Technologies (CSSALT) worked with the Student Initiative in Medical Simulation (SIMS) to host a simulation workshop for first- and second-year medical students to provide exposure to crucial skills that they can translate to patient care in their third year.

In Memoriam: Lawrence “Larry” Berman, M.D.

Lawrence “Larry” Berman, M.D., emeritus associate professor of anesthesiology, passed away October 15, 2022. Dr. Berman was a faculty member with the University of Florida Department of Anesthesiology for more than 30 years starting in 1978 until his retirement in 2010. Even after retirement, Dr. Berman continued to work with…

Abstract by Pain Medicine Team Chosen as ASRA President’s Choice

Congratulations to Rene Przkora, M.D., professor of anesthesiology and chief of our Pain Medicine Division, and his co-authors for their abstract being selected as a highlighted President’s Choice abstract for the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA) Annual Meeting! The abstract titled “Longitudinal Outcomes of Repeated…

Anatoly Martynyuk, Ph.D., Awarded R01 Grant

Anatoly Martynyuk, Ph.D., professor of anesthesiology and neuroscience, has been awarded a five-year R01 grant from the National Institutes of Health. Martynyuk is the principal investigator on the project titled “Mechanisms and blood-based biomarkers of intergenerational neurobehavioral effects of general anesthetics.” Co-investigators are Timothy Morey, M.D., professor and chair…

Residents Selected for the ASA Resident House of Delegates

Three of our residents have been selected to represent Florida and the University of Florida Department of Anesthesiology at the 2022 American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) Resident Component House of Delegates! Paul Campbell, M.D., Alex Horowitz, D.O., and Andy Neff, D.O., have been chosen to fill three of the Florida…

Celebrating National PA Week

The UF Department of Anesthesiology is joining healthcare providers nationwide in recognizing the unique skills of our physician assistants during National PA Week. We appreciate the safe, high-quality care our PAs provide to our patients every day. Thank you for everything you do that contributes to our outstanding patient experience…

CT Fellowship Grads pass Advanced Perioperative TEE exam

Congratulations to the four recent graduates of our Cardiothoracic Fellowship program, Clifford Deerman, M.D., Brandon Duffin, D.O., Jayme Looper, M.D., and Shauna Schwartz, D.O., and our Cardiothoracic/Critical Care Medicine fellow, Ahmad Parniani, M.D., for successfully passing their Advanced Perioperative Transesophageal Echocardiography examination (Advanced PTEeXAM®)! The examination of special competence, which is administered…

Drs. Berkow and Urdaneta Receive Honors from the Society of Airway Management

Lauren Berkow, M.D., FASA, professor of anesthesiology and chief of the division of neuroanesthesia, was awarded the Distinguished Service Award and Felipe Urdaneta, M.D., professor of anesthesiology, was recognized for completing his two-year term as president of the Society of Airway Management (SAM) at the SAM annual meeting in Tucson,…

APSF Launching Technology Education Initiative Using Software Developed at CSSALT

The Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation (APSF) in collaboration with the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) will be debuting an online Technology Education Initiative using simulation software developed by our department’s Center for Safety, Simulation & Advanced Learning Technologies (CSSALT). The first course of that initiative, Low-Flow Anesthesia, will…

Prodip Bose, M.D., Ph.D., Named BRRC Interim Director

Prodip Bose, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of anesthesiology, neurology and physiological sciences and director of the MRI & Translational Neurotrauma Rehabilitation Lab, has been named interim director of the Brain Rehabilitation Research Center of Excellence (BRRC) at the Malcom Randall Veterans’ Affairs Medical Center (MRVAMC). Dr. Bose was selected…

August 2022 Publications

Congratulations to everyone who had publications in August 2022! Our faculty who were published are: Drs. Mehta, Robicsek, Seubert, Edwards, Gravenstein, Martin, Vasilopoulos, Tighe, Loeb, Doré, Zasimovich, and Goettel. Aesthetic Surgery Journal Cox EA, Nichols DS, Riklan JE, Pomputius A, Mehta SD, Mast BA, Furnas H, Canales F, Sorice-Virk…

August Resident of the Month: Christopher Henson, M.D.

Please help us congratulate our August 2022 Resident of the Month: Christopher Henson, M.D., CA-2! Dr. Henson was nominated by his fellow residents and faculty for his hard work and motivation and for going above and beyond in his duties. Below are some of the quotes from his nominations.

Thomas Austin, M.D., M.S. Stat., Joins Faculty

Thomas Austin, M.D., M.S. Stat., joined us on Sept. 15 as professor and associate chief in the Division of Pediatric Anesthesia. He joins us from Emory University, where he has served as associate professor of anesthesiology and pediatrics since 2018. Dr. Austin earned his medical degree from Vanderbilt University School…

Penny Reynolds, Ph.D., Honored with Global 3Rs Award

Congratulations to Penny Reynolds, Ph.D., assistant professor of anesthesiology, for winning the 2022 IQ Consortium and AAALAC International Global 3Rs Award for her paper, published in PLoS One in January 2022, titled “Effects of non-aversive versus tail-lift handling on breeding productivity in a C57BL/6J mouse colony.” Reynolds shares the…

Dr. Mohamed Accepted into Physician Well-Being Director Course

Basma Mohamed, MBChB Basma Mohamed, MBChB, assistant professor of anesthesiology and assistant program director for resident wellness, has been accepted into the Stanford Medicine WellMD & WellPhD Physician Well-Being Director Course. This virtual, six-week course endeavors to empower participants to catalyze meaningful local change, employ best practices, and help improve…

Abstract by Anatoly Martynyuk, Ph.D., Selected as a “Best of Abstracts” at ASA

Congratulations to Anatoly Martynyuk, Ph.D., and his lab for having their abstract accepted into the Best of Abstracts: Basic Science session at the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) 2022 Annual Meeting! The scientific abstract titled “Intergenerational Effects of Surgery and Sevoflurane Anesthesia in Young Adult Rats with Traumatic…

Svitlana Smolenchuk, M.D., Ph.D., Joins Faculty

Svitlana (Lana) Smolenchuk, M.D., Ph.D., joined us on Sept. 1 as an assistant professor in the Division of Multispecialty Anesthesiology. She joins us from the University of New Mexico, where she completed anesthesiology residency this year and served as a chief resident. Dr. Smolenchuk earned her medical degree from Luhansk…

Mark Bender, M.D., Joins Halifax Health

Mark Bender, M.D., joined us on Aug. 15 as a UF Health physician in chronic pain medicine for the regional anesthesia program at UF Health Pain Medicine – Halifax Health in Daytona Beach, Florida. In this role, Dr. Bender will play a key role in expanding the UF Health Pain…

Three Faculty Certified as Mentoring Consultants

Brenda G. Fahy, M.D., MCCM, Cyndi Garvan, Ph.D., and Terrie Vasilopoulos, Ph.D., have earned the Consultant Certification from the International Mentoring Association (IMA) as they seek to expand and study a formalized mentoring program in the department. The IMA is the only entity offering credentialing to mentoring…

July Resident of the Month: Hadia Maqsood, M.B.B.S.

Please help us congratulate our July 2022 Resident of the Month: Hadia Maqsood, M.B.B.S., CA-2! Dr. Maqsood was nominated by her fellow residents and faculty for her hard work and motivation and for going above and beyond in her duties. Below are some of the quotes from her nominations.

Residents Score Top 10% on BASIC Exam

Congratulations to third-year residents Jennifer Bromwell, D.O., and Michael Jones, M.D., who scored in the top 10% of the American Board of Anesthesiology BASIC Exam in 2022! Scoring in the top 10% nationally is a testament to these residents’ hard work and dedication. “Mastering the concepts of the specialty of anesthesiology…

July 2022 Publications

Congratulations to everyone who had publications in July 2022! Our faculty who were published are: Drs. Loeb, Kumar, Spiess, Efron, Tighe, Reina, Boezaart, Urdaneta, Wardhan, Wells, J. White, Vasilopoulos, Frantz, Fahy, and Le-Wendling. Acta Anaesthesiologica Scandanavica Paterson E, Sanderson PM, Loeb RG, Paterson NAB. Improving…

François Modave, Ph.D., Joins Faculty

François Modave, Ph.D., joined us on Aug. 1 as a professor in artificial intelligence (AI). Dr. Modave received a Ph.D. in computer science from the ENSEEIHT in Toulouse, France. For the first half of his career, he focused on artificial intelligence and mathematical methods of decision theory and game theory.

Critical Care Medicine Holds 4th Annual Boot Camp

Critical care medicine fellows from four departments came together to learn core skills in this three-day multidisciplinary critical care medicine boot camp. The departments of anesthesiology, emergency medicine, neurology and surgery all train fellows in critical care medicine and this boot camp aims to give them all a common foundation.

June Resident of the Month: Lida Esfandiary, M.D.

Please help us congratulate our June 2022 Resident of the Month: Lida Esfandiary, M.D., CA-3! Dr. Esfandiary was nominated by her fellow residents and faculty for her hard work and motivation and for going above and beyond in her duties. Below are some of the quotes from her nominations. “Lida…

Peter Nguyen, M.D., & Francis T. Pham, M.D., Join Halifax Health

Peter Nguyen, M.D., joined us on Aug. 2 as a UF Health physician for the regional anesthesia programs at Halifax Health. He comes to us from C.A.S.E. Medical Group in Sacramento, CA, where he worked as an anesthesiologist for two years. Dr. Nguyen completed his anesthesiology residency with the UF…

Pain Medicine Fellowship Receives Grant from Boston Scientific

We are excited to announce that Rene Przkora, M.D., Ph.D., and the Multidisciplinary Pain Medicine Fellowship program have been awarded an educational grant from Boston Scientific. The Neuromodulation Fellowship Grant from Boston Scientific is intended to support professional education by providing funding for a limited number of medical fellowships…

Yosaf Zeyed, M.D., M.S., Joins Faculty

Yosaf Zeyed, M.D., M.S., joined us on Aug. 1 as an assistant professor in the Division of Multispecialty Anesthesia. He joins us from West Virginia University, where he served as assistant professor in the Department of Anesthesiology since 2018. Dr. Zeyed earned his medical degree from Benghazi University and his…

Three simulators created by CSSALT accredited for CME and MOCA credits

UF Health physicians can now earn CME and Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology (MOCA) credits by training on three simulators with integrated virtual coaches created by the Center for Safety, Simulation & Advanced Learning Technologies (CSSALT). The accreditation of the resuscitative endovascular balloon occlusion of the aorta (REBOA),…

Dr. Berkow leads UF Health to another environmental excellence award

UF Health Shands Hospital was recently honored with the Greenhealth Emerald Award from Practice Greenhealth in recognition of its commitment to sustainability. The competitive Greenhealth Emerald Award recognizes outstanding hospitals from within Partner for Change applicants. It recognizes the top 20 percent of applicants and is…

2022 Regional Anesthesiology & Acute Pain Medicine Fellows Join the Department

Six physicians began their Regional Anesthesiology & Acute Pain Medicine Fellowship with us this summer. Please help us welcome them to the team! Sean Beplate, M.D. Dr. Beplate earned his medical degree at the Trinity School of Medicine and completed an anesthesiology residency at Cook County Health & Hospitals…

2022 Multidisciplinary Pain Medicine Fellows Join the Department

Six physicians began their Multidisciplinary Pain Medicine Fellowship with us this summer. Please help us welcome them to the team! Shreya Aggarwal, D.O. Dr. Aggarwal earned her medical degree at the University of North Texas and completed an anesthesiology residency at the University of Texas. During her residency, Dr.

June 2022 publications

Congratulations to everyone who had publications in June 2022! Our faculty who were published are: Drs. Brennan, Caruso, Cruz Beltran, Doré, Fahy, Garvan, Goettel, Gravenstein, Howell, Janelle, Loeb, Martin, Martynyuk, McGough, Morey, Peng, Pitkin, Przkora, Sappenfield, Sullivan, Tighe, Wardhan, Jeffrey White, Peggy White, and Vasilopoulos! American Journal of Infection…

Amanda Frantz, M.D., appointed interim chief for Critical Care Medicine

We are pleased to announce that Amanda Frantz, M.D., assistant professor of anesthesiology, has been named interim chief of the Division of Critical Care Medicine. In this role, Dr. Frantz will ensure that patients receive high-quality care and serve as a contact point for faculty and staff to…

2022 Fellows for Combined CT & CCM and Pediatric Anesthesiology Join the Department

Welcome to our new Combined Cardiothoracic Critical Care Medicine Fellow and Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellow! Combined Cardiothoracic Critical Care Medicine Bronson Crawford, M.D. Dr. Crawford earned his medical degree at the University of Texas Medical Branch. He completed a combined emergency medicine/internal medicine residency at East Carolina University where he…

2022 Critical Care Medicine Fellows Join the Department

Seven physicians began their Critical Care Medicine Fellowship with us this summer. Please help us welcome them to the team! Manuel Borobia, M.D. Dr. Borobia earned his medical degree at Florida International University and completed an emergency medicine residency here at the University of Florida. Dr. Borobia was chief…

Five Questions with a Resident Graduate: Krupesh Dave, M.D.

We are so proud of all of our 2022 graduates! We caught up with Krupesh Dave, M.D., to hear about his time with us and what is next for him. Q: Where are you headed to next? A: I’m staying at the University of Florida to complete a…

Four faculty promoted in 2022

Congratulations to our four faculty who were promoted effective July 1, 2022! Christopher Giordano, M.D.: promoted to clinical professorOlga “Kiki” Nin, M.D.: promoted to clinical associate professorTerrie Vasilopoulos, Ph.D.: promoted to research associate professorYury Zasimovich, M.D.: promoted to clinical associate professor Promotion is a significant professional…

2022 Cardiothoracic Fellows Join the Department

Four anesthesiologists began their Adult Cardiothoracic Fellowship with us this summer. Please help us welcome them to the team! Joseph AbuRahma, M.D. Dr. AbuRahma earned his medical degree at Marshall University in Huntington, WV., and completed his anesthesiology residency here at the University of Florida. Dr. AbuRahma was recognized…

New Residents Join Us in 2022

It’s that time of year again! New faces are filling our halls as the latest class of residents and fellows join us. As we strive to fulfill one of our important missions, that of education, we seek out the best and brightest to come to the University of Florida to…

New role for Brandon Lopez, M.D.

We are pleased to announce that Brandon Lopez, M.D., assistant professor of anesthesiology, has been named medical director for CRNA/CAA services on the academic campus. In this role, Dr. Lopez will enhance communication among the CRNAs/CAAs and other parties such as the department, serve as a liaison and advocate for…

Celebrating the Class of 2022

Residents, fellows, faculty and families gathered on June 25th to celebrate the end of residency or fellowship and the beginning of their next journey. Some will be going far – Dr. Fritz-Gerald Charles will be traveling across the country to a cardiothoracic anesthesiology fellowship at Stanford University – but many…

Celebrating our May 2022 Resident of the Month

Please help us congratulate our May 2022 Resident of the Month: Scott Smith, M.D., CA-2! Dr. Smith was nominated by his fellow residents and faculty for his hard work and motivation and for going above and beyond in his duties. Below are some of the quotes from his nominations. “Super…

UF anesthesiology has strong showing at FSA 2022

The Department of Anesthesiology sent nine posters and had two podium presentations at the Florida Society of Anesthesiologists (FSA) Annual Meeting held June 10-12 at The Breakers in West Palm Beach, Florida. The FSA Annual Meeting is the largest gathering of anesthesiologists in the southeastern United States. Also at the…

May 2022 Publications

Congratulations to everyone who had publications in May 2022! Our faculty who were published are: Drs. Arnold, Cruz Beltran, Fahy, Garvan, Giordano, Gravenstein, Lampotang, Pitkin, Price, Przkora, Sappenfield, Sullivan, Tighe, Vasilopoulos, and Wesley. BioMed Research International Hatamabadi H, Sabaghian T, Sadeghi A, Heidari K, Safavi-Naini SAA, Looha MA, Taraghikhah N,…

Research expands use of clock drawing test for dementia screening

The Perioperative Cognitive Anesthesia Network (PeCAN) group has developed a novel machine learning tool to enhance the scoring of the clocking drawing test, a method of screening patients for dementia. The study is the first to use semi-supervised deep learning methods to analyze digital clock drawings. The findings, which…

Dr. Doré named president-elect of UF College of Medicine Faculty Council

Congratulations to Sylvain Doré, Ph.D., FAHA, professor of anesthesiology, neurology, psychiatry, pharmaceutics, and neuroscience, who has been elected president-elect of the UF College of Medicine Faculty Council. Doré started his term as president-elect on June 7 and will assume his term as president in the 2023-24 academic year,…

Residents learn essential skills in 2022 Basic Skills Boot Camp

The 2022 Basic Skills Boot Camp prepared our intern class for the challenges of their first clinical year of residency through a dedicated week of lectures and simulation training. Over five days from June 6-10, residents received instruction on topics such as anesthesiology measurements and checks, emergency medicine, airway management…

Two residents inducted into UF chapter of Gold Humanism Honor Society

Congratulations to second-year residents Harmeet Bawa, M.D., and Mundeep Bawa, M.D., who have been inducted into UF’s Resident Chapter of the national Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS). They were nominated by their peers for induction into the organization, which comprises medical students, residents, faculty, and other leaders who serve…

Happy CAA Week!

As valued members of our anesthesia team, our certified anesthesiologist assistants (CAAs) are dedicated, highly educated and extensively trained in the delivery and maintenance of quality anesthesia care as well as advanced patient monitoring techniques, life support systems and patient assessment. Many thanks to these highly dependable team players who…

UF anesthesiology alum receives Gaston Labat Award from ASRA

Brian Ilfeld, M.D., a graduate of the department’s regional anesthesiology and acute pain medicine fellowship (‘01), was honored with the prestigious 2022 Gaston Labat Award from the American Society of Regional Anesthesia & Pain Medicine (ASRA). Ilfeld is currently a professor of anesthesiology at the University of California San…

In Memoriam: Robert Roy Kirby, M.D., Colonel, USAF, MC

We are saddened to share the news that Robert Roy Kirby, M.D., Colonel, USAF, MC (retired), a professor in the UF Department of Anesthesiology for 21 years, has died. Kirby was a pioneer in developing ventilation concepts and bringing them to patients, as well as a prolific author. He focused…

Ilan Keidan, M.D., retires after more than 20 years at UF

We are saying farewell this spring to Ilan Keidan, M.D., associate professor of anesthesiology, as he retires after more than 20 years at UF, including the past 16 on faculty. Keidan completed his anesthesiology residency at UF after earning his medical degree from Sackler School of Medicine at Tel-Aviv University…

Dr. Tighe named associate dean for AI application & implementation

Photo by Jesse S. Jones Patrick Tighe, M.D., M.S., has been named associate dean for AI application & implementation in the UF College of Medicine. In this new role, Tighe will leverage his experience in AI to improve our understanding of clinical operations and patient safety using advanced analytical…

Celebrating our April 2022 Resident of the Month

Please help us congratulate our April 2022 Resident of the Month: Nicole Premo, M.D., CA-3! Dr. Premo was nominated by her fellow residents and faculty for her hard work and motivation and for going above and beyond in her duties. Below are some of the quotes from her nominations. “She…

Allyson Tragesser Receives 2022 J.S. Gravenstein Award

We are excited to announce that Allyson Tragesser, M.D., is the recipient of the 2022 J.S. Gravenstein Award for Excellence in Anesthesiology. This award is presented each year to an outstanding University of Florida College of Medicine graduate who intends to pursue anesthesiology. Tragesser, who will join the Department…

Quality improvement efforts showcased at UF Health Patient Safety and Quality Week

The department showcased its quality improvement efforts in interventional pain procedures, obstetric anesthesia, and simulation training at this year’s UF Health Patient Safety and Quality Week poster session on Wednesday, May 18. Four posters from the Department of Anesthesiology were on display during the event. Patient Safety and Quality Week,…

Anesthesiology/Critical Care Clerkship receives 4th consecutive Golden Apple Award

The Department of Anesthesiology’s Anesthesiology/Critical Care Clerkship has been honored with the Golden Apple Award for Clinical Science from the graduating medical student class for the fourth consecutive year! Chris Giordano, M.D., associate professor of anesthesiology and director of the clerkship, accepted the award during the College of…

How to prepare for the anesthesiology residency BASIC Exam

Anesthesiology residents take the American Board of Anesthesiology BASIC Exam at the end of their first clinical year (CA-1) in June. It is the first of three staged examinations required for certification (the others are the Advanced and Applied). How We Prepare Our Residents Residents experience a steep…

April 2022 Publications

Congratulations to everyone who had publications in April 2022! Our faculty who were published are Drs. Fahy, Garvan, Goettel, Loeb, Mohamed, Price, Seubert, and Vasilopoulos! BMC Research Notes Safavi-Naini SAA, Farsi Y, Alali WQ, Solhpour A, Pourhoseingholi MA. Excess all-cause mortality and COVID-19 reported fatality in Iran (April…

Dr. Przkora appointed chair of ASA Abstract Review Subcommittee

Rene Przkora, M.D., Ph.D., has been appointed to a one-year term as chair of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) Abstract Review Subcommittee on Chronic and Cancer Pain. The appointment will become effective Oct. 26, 2022, and conclude on Oct. 18, 2023.  Przkora, professor of anesthesiology, chief of the Division of…

Reflection on a year of leadership: A Q&A with the 2021-22 chief residents

At the end of March, our 2021-22 chief residents, David Hutchinson, M.D., Nicole Premo, M.D., and Bill Mallett, M.D., passed the torch to the next group of leaders. These residents provided exemplary leadership and enthusiasm during a challenging year. We caught up with them to ask how they reflect…

Medical students mentored by Dr. Tighe honored for research

Two students in the University of Florida College of Medicine’s Medical Student Research Program (MSRP) were honored this spring for their research under the mentorship of Patrick Tighe, M.D., M.S., associate professor of anesthesiology and the Donn M. Dennis, M.D., Professor in Anesthetic Innovation. Tatiana Maser ’24 received the…

Pain Medicine Fellowship awarded Abbott and Medtronic grants

The Division of Pain Medicine has been awarded grants from Abbott and Medtronic to support the Multidisciplinary Pain Medicine Fellowship. The funding will help the fellowship train the next generation of leaders in pain medicine; facilitate clinical, basic, and translational research activities; enhance efforts to provide the highest quality…

Laurie Davies, M.D., recognized for service as ABA Examiner

Laurie Davies, M.D., associate professor of anesthesiology, was recently honored for 30 years of service as a full examiner for the American Board of Anesthesiology. She has served as a full examiner from 1992 to 2022 and was recognized at the end of a recent Applied Examination week this…

Thanks to our Physician and Provider Recruitment Professionals!

The week of April 24 to 30 is national Physician and Provider Recruitment Professionals Week, and we are thanking the outstanding professionals in our department who play a crucial role in recruitment. This special inaugural week put on by the Association for Advancing Physician and Provider Recruitment recognizes…

Leah Buletti Wins 2022 Rebecca Lovely Outstanding Service Award

Congratulations to Leah Buletti, editorial assistant, for being selected as the winner of the sixth annual Rebecca Y. Lovely Outstanding Service Award! Leah was nominated by five members of the department for this award. Below are some highlights from her nominations. “Leah is a single common denominator in much…

Celebrating our March 2022 Resident of the Month

Please help us congratulate our March 2022 Resident of the Month: Matthew McGee, M.D., CA-2! Dr. McGee was nominated by his fellow residents and faculty for his hard work and motivation and for going above and beyond in his duties. Below are some of the quotes from his nominations. “He…

March 2022 Publications

Congratulations to everyone who had publications in March 2022! Our faculty who were published are: Drs. Fahy, Ihnatsenka, Le-Wendling, Mohamed, Nin, Peng, Pitkin, Przkora, Robicsek, Smith, Soberon, Sullivan, Tighe, Vasilopoulos, and Zasimovich! Annals of Thoracic Surgery Bleiweis MS, Philip J, Peek GJ, Fudge JC, Sullivan KJ, Co-Vu J, Gupta…

Fourth-year resident delivers keynote at Accepted Medical Student Weekend

Fritz-Gerald Charles, M.D., a fourth-year resident, was honored with the opportunity to deliver the keynote address at this year’s Emerald Ball, part of Accepted Medical Student Weekend and a culmination of the UF College of Medicine’s Celebration of Diversity Week. The keynote on Saturday, April 9, was intended to…

UF anesthesiology residents win four awards at GAARRC 2022

Our residents took home four out of six total awards at the 46th annual Gulf Atlantic Anesthesia Residents’ Research Conference (GAARRC) hosted by the Mayo Clinic from April 8-10. The department sent six residents to the conference and took home first place in the original research category and first, second,…

UF undergraduate to join Sylvain Doré’s lab through University Scholars Program

UF undergraduate student Saba Khan ’23 has been selected for the University Scholars Program for the College of Medicine and will conduct a full research project under the mentorship of Sylvain Doré, Ph.D., FAHA, professor of anesthesiology, neurology, psychiatry, pharmaceutics, and neuroscience. Saba will begin her research during…

Dr. Peng earns Diagnostic POCUS Certificate from ASA

Yong G. Peng, M.D., Ph.D., FASE, FASA, professor of anesthesiology and chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Anesthesia, has become the first in the department to earn the newly updated Diagnostic POCUS Certificate from the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA). The educational certificate is the only program created…

Multidisciplinary Pain Medicine Fellowship named UF GME Program of the Year

We are excited to announce that the Multidisciplinary Pain Medicine Fellowship has been named the UF Graduate Medical Education (GME) Program of the Year for 2021-2022. Nominations were accepted only from housestaff and a GME selection committee chose the winner. The fellowship was selected from among 67 highly competitive…

2022-2023 chief residents selected

The Anesthesiology Education Office and the Department of Anesthesiology Leadership are pleased to announce the selection of our three new chief residents for the upcoming academic year. Shahrukh Bengali, M.D., Bryan Stevens, M.D., and Andrey Suprun, M.D., will serve from April 1, 2022 through March 31, 2023. To be selected,…

Celebrating our February 2022 Resident of the Month

Please help us congratulate our February 2022 Resident of the Month: Muna Oli, M.D., CA-1! Dr. Oli was nominated by her fellow residents and faculty for her hard work and motivation and for going above and beyond in her duties. Below are some of the quotes from her nominations.

CRNA leadership appointed at regional anesthesia programs

Please help us congratulate our new CRNA leadership at our regional anesthesia programs! At Halifax Health, Nikki Rosace, CRNA, has been appointed chief CRNA. David Hoehn, CRNA, has been appointed vice chief CRNA. At UF Health Central Florida, Eva Berry, CRNA, has been appointed co-chief CRNA along with Karen…

Pain Medicine Fellowship to participate in ASRA Meet & Greet

The UF Multidisciplinary Pain Medicine Fellowship will participate in a Virtual Meet & Greet with applicants from 8-10:30 p.m. Thursday, April 7. UF’s program was one of the most highly requested to be represented at the inaugural networking event organized by the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain…

Kelly Spaulding retires after more than 30 years with Department of Anesthesiology

Kelly Spaulding, who worked tirelessly to make our residents and fellows feel at home and serve our faculty, retired this March after more than 30 years with the Department of Anesthesiology. Kelly’s unparalleled event-planning skills, knowledge, and good cheer have been vital to the successful operations of the Anesthesiology…

Two faculty earn Fellow of the American Society of Anesthesiologists designation

Rene Przkora, M.D., Ph.D., professor of anesthesiology, and Richa Wardhan, M.D., associate professor of anesthesiology, have earned the prestigious designation of Fellow of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (FASA). The FASA designation, launched in May 2017, identifies and promotes ASA members who exhibit the highest standards in…

Match Day 2022: 27 physicians match with UF Anesthesiology

Twenty-seven physicians have matched with our department to begin their anesthesiology residency with us in the upcoming academic year, including three graduates of the University of Florida College of Medicine who will be joining us as interns and two who will be joining us as CA-1s. This year, our…

February 2022 Publications

Congratulations to everyone who had publications in February 2022! Our faculty who were published are: Drs. Boezaart, Cometa, Doré, Fahy, Meroney, Nin, Przkora, Reina, Reynolds, Soberon, Vasilopoulos, and Victor! Anesthesiology Cometa MA. Cervical injury after videolaryngoscopy in patient with ankylosing spondylitis: comment. Anesthesiology. 2022 Mar 1;136(3):517. doi: 10.1097/ALN.0000000000004106.

Joseph AbuRahma, CA-3, elected into Alpha Omega Alpha

Fourth-year resident Joseph AbuRahma, M.D., has been elected into the Alpha Omega Alpha (AΩA) Honor Medical Society. AΩA, which was founded in 1902, is the only allopathic medical honor society in the United States. Election into the society is a lifelong honor that represents a commitment to professionalism, leadership,…

Patrick Millan, M.D., joins the department

Patrick Millan, M.D., joined us in March as an Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology in the Division of Cardiovascular Anesthesia. He graduated from our Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology Fellowship in June 2021 and has worked since at the Malcom Randall VA Medical Center. Dr. Millan earned his medical degree from Florida State…

New Endoscopic Spine Fellowship expands training in most advanced pain interventions

The Division of Pain Medicine at UF Health has added a new fellowship that will allow interventional pain physicians to gain additional skills in the most advanced endoscopic spine surgery techniques. The comprehensive Endoscopic Spine Fellowship was added in response to the division’s success using minimally invasive techniques to treat…

2022 Department of Anesthesiology Celebration of Research a huge success

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…

Dr. Enneking named interim associate chair of research

We are pleased to announce that F. Kayser Enneking, M.D., professor of anesthesiology and orthopaedics and rehabilitation, has been named interim associate chair of research for the Department of Anesthesiology. She takes on the interim role as Bruce Spiess, M.D., FAHA, retires after six years. Enneking, who has had…

Celebrating our January 2022 Resident of the Month

Please help us congratulate our January 2022 Resident of the Month: Andrew Bennett, M.D., CA-3! Dr. Bennett was nominated by his fellow residents and faculty for his hard work and motivation and for going above and beyond in his duties. Below are some of the quotes from his nominations.

In memoriam: Lisa Wise-Faberowski, M.D., M.S.

We are deeply saddened to share the news that Lisa Wise-Faberowski, M.D., M.S., a graduate of our anesthesiology residency (’96) and neuroanesthesia fellowship (‘97) and an immensely talented pediatric anesthesiologist, researcher, wife, and mother, has died.  Wise-Faberowski dedicated her career to pediatric cardiac anesthesia and critical care. Most recently,…

CSSALT uses AI-based simulator to teach surgical site skin preparation

A virtual simulator created by the Center for Safety, Simulation & Advanced Learning Technologies (CSSALT) has been enhanced with artificial intelligence to help students learn the fundamentals of surgical site skin preparation, all from the comfort of their own environment. With the goal of improving skin preparation training, David…

Martin Noguera co-hosts research podcast on mentoring

Martin Noguera, a Research Administrator II, is a co-host of a new podcast series on mentoring. The series appears on The Research Roundtable, a podcast devoted to creating a culture of responsible conduct of research and research integrity at the University of Florida. Martin worked on the podcast with…

Vera Rehberg honored with UF Superior Accomplishment Award

We are excited to announce that Vera Rehberg, administrative specialist II, has been honored with the 2021-22 UF Superior Accomplishment Award for her outstanding contributions to our department and institution. The Superior Accomplishment Awards recognize faculty and staff who have shown efficiency or economy in their work, contributed outstanding and…

Dr. Frantz named co-director of Anesthesiology/Critical Care Clerkship

We are excited to announce that Amanda Frantz, M.D., assistant professor of anesthesiology in the Division of Critical Care Medicine, has been named co-director of the Anesthesiology/Critical Care Clerkship. In this position, Frantz will work with Chris Giordano, M.D., to provide classroom and clinical training to the…

January 2022 publications

Congratulations to everyone who had publications in January 2022! Our faculty who were published are: Drs. Doré, Frantz, Garvan, Jones, Kumar, Price, Reynolds, and Smith! A&A Practice Skinner C, Kumar S. Ultrasound-guided occipital nerve blocks to reduce tinnitus-associated otalgia: a case series. A A Pract. 2022 Jan 5;16(1):e01552.

Many thanks to all who contributed to 2022’s Intern Education Month!

Friday, February 11, 2022, was the last day of our Intern Education Month rotation and we are happy to report that this year was another great success! Intern Education Month is a four-week rotation that is focused solely on didactics and simulations and provides diverse exposure to available resources to…

Study describes new standard of care for UF laboratory mice

A study published on Jan. 28 in the journal PLoS One describes the benefits of a new institutional standard of care for laboratory mice implemented at the University of Florida.  “We are one of the very few institutions in the United States to establish non-aversive handling of mice as…

Amir Jafari, D.O., joins department

Amir Jafari, D.O., joined us on Feb. 7 as an Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology in the Division of Multispecialty Anesthesia. He graduated from our Multidisciplinary Pain Medicine Fellowship in June 2021 and has worked since then as an interventional pain physician at Pain Treatment Center in Ocala.  Dr. Jafari earned…

Taking the Resident In-Training Exam? Here are some post-exam strategies to relax

Anesthesiology residency is a stressful time, especially when it comes to exams. Residents take their In-Training Exam in early February and devote numerous hours to detailed preparation and studying. Some residents may have family or clinical responsibilities to attend to immediately after the exam that prevent lengthy relaxation after…

Brandon Peckham, M.H.A., named interim director of department

We are pleased to announce that Brandon Peckham, M.H.A., has been named Interim Director of the Department of Anesthesiology. Brandon is an accomplished health care professional with nearly 10 years of experience in data analytics, contracts, and process improvement. He will apply his broad knowledge of the clinical, financial, and reporting…

Peggy’s story: Finding relief from chronic pain

When managing her pain became a full-time job, Peggy Guin knew she needed to try something different. She decided it was time to call Dr. Przkora at UF Health Pain Medicine. Now, after undergoing radiofrequency ablation treatment, she’s been able to resume her active life.

New 18-bed vascular ICU opens in UF Health Heart & Vascular Hospital

A new 18-bed vascular surgery intensive care unit has opened on the fourth floor of the UF Health Heart & Vascular Hospital, creating a centralized place to provide critical care for patients with the most complex and advanced vascular pathologies. The specialized vascular ICU, which opened Feb. 1, will extend…

Celebrating Physician Anesthesiologists Week 2022

It’s Physician Anesthesiologists Week and we are joining the American Society of Anesthesiologists in recognizing all our amazing, hard-working physician anesthesiologists. Our physician anesthesiologists work tirelessly to provide the best care for our patients before, during, and after surgery. Their specialized medical education and training allow them to make critical…

CSSALT receives grant to develop educational materials for APSF

The Center for Safety, Simulation & Advanced Learning Technologies (CSSALT) has been funded by the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation (APSF) to develop online materials for a new Technology Education Initiative on the APSF website. Screenshot showing the work in progress on educational materials that CSSALT is creating for…

Celebrating CRNA Week 2022

Our CRNAs’ teamwork and support make UF Health and our community practices a special place to work, as well as the best place to receive care. We are especially appreciative of their hard work, flexibility, and commitment during the COVID surges this past year. Many thanks to our CRNAs for…

Spring Anesthesia Ski Summit set for March

The University of Florida 2022 Spring Anesthesia Ski Summit, a combined ski and learn meeting for anesthesiologists, will offer attendees the opportunity to enjoy the ski slopes of Park City while attending CME lectures over five days this March. The summit will be held March 21-25 in Westgate Park…

Celebrating our December 2021 Resident of the Month

Please help us congratulate our December 2021 Resident of the Month: Angela Bott, D.O., CA-1! Dr. Bott was nominated by her fellow residents and faculty for her hard work and motivation and for going above and beyond in her duties. Below are some of the quotes from her nominations. “Angel…

Celebrating our November 2021 Resident of the Month

Please help us congratulate our November 2021 Resident of the Month: Nick Rahn, M.D., CA-2! Dr. Rahn was nominated by his fellow residents and faculty for his hard work and motivation and for going above and beyond in his duties. Below are some of the quotes from his nominations.

Dr. Gatica earns subspecialty certification in neurocritical care

We are proud to announce that Sebastián Gatica, M.D., has earned subspecialty certification in neurocritical care, demonstrating his commitment to the care of patients suffering from complex and serious neurological conditions. The certification, which was launched in 2018, is sponsored by the American Board of Psychiatry &…

December 2021 publications

Congratulations to everyone who had publications in December 2021!  Our faculty who were published are: Drs. Fahy, Franklin, Garvan, Janelle, McGough, Mohamed, and Nin. Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia McGough EK, Franklin M, Brewer J, Garvan C, Fahy BG. Effective preparation for the echocardiography portion of the Objective Structured…

Pain medicine faculty & former fellow contribute to cancer pain book

Two faculty in our Division of Pain Medicine and a former trainee have contributed two chapters in a new book on cancer pain management.  The book, titled Fundamentals of Cancer Pain Management, was published by Springer, Cham, in September 2021 and edited by Andrew Leitner, MD, and Christine Chang,…

CRNA spotlight: Nikki Rosace

In 2020, UF Health acquired what is now Halifax Health | UF Health, which includes Medical Center of Daytona Beach and Medical Center of Deltona. We caught up with Nikki Rosace, chief CRNA at Halifax Health Daytona Beach. Q: Hometown: A: I am originally from Youngstown, Ohio, and moved to…

The Anest Report: Looking back at 2021

The 2021 edition of our official newsletter is out!  View the full newsletter online. If you have a story idea for the newsletter, website, or social media, let us know through this online form or email us!…

November 2021 publications

Congratulations to everyone who had publications in November 2021!  Our faculty who were published are: Drs. Andoniadis, Bose, Doré, Fahy, Giordano, Gravenstein, Price, Tighe, Wardhan, and Zhu! American Journal of Preventive Medicine Chen C, Lo-Ciganic WH, Winterstein AG, Tighe P, Wei YJ. Concurrent use of prescription opioids and gabapentinoids in older adults.

Dr. Reynolds receives 2021 UK Animals in Science Education Trust 3Rs Prize

Please help us congratulate Penny Reynolds, Ph.D., assistant professor of anesthesiology, for winning the 2021 UK Animals in Science Education Trust 3Rs Prize for her presentation, titled “Non-aversive handling and mouse colony breeding productivity: Welfare improves, costs decline.” Reynolds gave the presentation at the UK Laboratory Animal Science…

CRNA Spotlight: Teresa Fowler-Plotkin

In 2020, UF Health acquired what is now UF Health Central Florida, which encompasses UF Health The Villages Hospital and UF Health Leesburg Hospital. We caught up with Teresa Fowler-Plotkin, one of our CRNAs at UF Health Leesburg. Q: Hometown: A: Macomb, Illinois (picture: corn and soybean fields) Q: Where…

Tammy Bleeker, M.Ed., earns TAGME certification

Please help us congratulate Tammy Bleeker, M.Ed., C-TAGME, assistant director of education administration, who has been certified by the National Board for Certification for Training Administrators in Graduate Medical Education. Tammy earned the TAGME certification in November after she completed training and successfully passed an examination. The UF Graduate Medical…

Dr. Przkora elected APPD director-at-large

Congratulations to Rene Przkora, M.D., Ph.D., professor of anesthesiology and chief of the Pain Medicine Division, who has been elected a director-at-large of the Association of Pain Program Directors (APPD). His two-year term began in conjunction with the ASRA 20th Annual Pain Medicine Meeting this November. Przkora served…

Ten faculty awarded Exemplary Teacher Awards for 2021

We are excited to announce that 10 of our faculty have been awarded the Exemplary Teacher Award for 2021! Eligible faculty are nominated from each department and participate in a college-wide competition. Faculty are selected based on the excellence of their teaching of medical students, residents and fellows, graduate students,…

Celebrating our October 2021 Resident of the Month

Please help us congratulate our October 2021 Resident of the Month: Miguel Rovira, M.D.! Dr. Rovira was nominated by his fellow residents and faculty for his hard work and motivation and for going above and beyond in his duties. Below are some of the quotes from his nominations. “Team player,…

John P. Santiago, M.D., named associate chair for systems integration

We are pleased to announce that John P. Santiago, M.D., Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology in the Division of Multispecialty Anesthesiology, has been named Associate Chair for Systems Integration. In this new role, Dr. Santiago will lead our regional anesthesia programs, a key position as our department continues to take on regional anesthesia…

October 2021 Publications

Congratulations to everyone who had publications in October 2021! Our faculty who were published are: Drs. Brennan, Keidan, Kumar, Giordano, Gravenstein, McGough, Meroney, Mohamed, Reynolds, Sappenfield, Seubert, Tighe, Vasilopoulos, and Wendling. Cureus Keidan I, Arzillo S, Vasilopoulos T, Ben-Menachem E, Gravenstein N, McGough E. Carbon dioxide elimination after sodium…

UF Health participates in clinical trial showing general anesthesia is as safe as spinal anesthesia in hip fracture surgery

Largest Randomized Study The largest multicenter randomized controlled trial comparing techniques for hip fracture anesthesia, which involved patients undergoing hip fracture repair at UF Health, found that older adults have comparable rates of survival, functional recovery and postoperative delirium with general anesthesia as with spinal anesthesia. The findings add to…

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…

Dr. Tighe receives NIA grant to extend PeCAN to socially vulnerable adults

Patrick Tighe, M.D., M.S., associate professor of anesthesiology, has earned a K07 leadership grant from the National Institute on Aging (NIA), part of the National Institutes of Health. The grant will support Tighe’s work to reduce disparities in postoperative outcomes among older adult surgical patients, including those with Alzheimer…

Honoring our NPs for National Nurse Practitioner Week!

The UF Department of Anesthesiology is joining healthcare providers nationwide in appreciation of our nurse practitioners during National Nurse Practitioner Week. Our nurse practitioners (NPs) work hard every day to ensure our patients have equitable access to high-quality, compassionate health care. They continually help patients make educated health and lifestyle…

Dr. Spiess receives award from Society for the Advancement of Blood Management

Congratulations to Bruce Spiess, M.D., FAHA, professor of anesthesiology and associate chair of research, who has received the 2021 Kathleen J. Sazama Award from the Society for the Advancement of Blood Management (SABM) in recognition of his contributions to the field. The award was created in recognition of Sazama’s…