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Pain Medicine Division Fully Operational to Serve Patients

UF Health Pain Medicine specialists are ready to provide services that meet the needs and preferences of all patients throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, whether they would like to be seen for an in-person visit following CDC guidelines or via telehealth.  Our specialists use teams of experts to diagnose and…

Dr. Frantz awarded IHAF grant for research on total knee replacement surgery outcomes

Congratulations to Amanda Frantz, MD, Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology, who has been awarded a $42,110 grant from the I. Heerman Anesthesia Foundation, or IHAF. The yearlong grant titled “Exploration of Biomarkers and Clinical Assessment of Patients Undergoing Total Knee Replacement Surgery and Their Perioperative Outcomes” will begin Sept. 20.

Emeritus professor Charles Parker Gibbs, MD, passes away

Emeritus professor Charles Parker Gibbs, MD, passed away on June 25, surrounded by his loving family under the care of Haven Hospice in Gainesville, FL. He was 84. Dr. Gibbs’ influence as a physician and educator left an indelible mark on the University of Florida College of Medicine and beyond…

Drs. Algarra & Corda promoted to Associate Professor

Congratulations to Nelson “Nic” Algarra, MD, and David Corda, MD, who have been promoted to Associate Professor effective July 1. Dr. Algarra, who is also Assistant Program Director for Clinical Operations, joined UF in 2014 from the University of Kansas. Dr. Corda, who is also Chief of the…

Statisticians publish research showing need for improvement in animal-based research

Two members of our department’s Statistics in Anesthesiology Research (STAR) Core have published new research in the journal Military Medicine showing poor methodological quality in animal research studies, pointing to problems in clinical research translation and ethical issues for animal use. Penny Reynolds, PhD, Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology, and…

May 2020 Publications

Congratulations to all who had articles published in May! Annals of Work Exposures and Health Schirmer A, Sessions R, Gravenstein N, Rand K, Oli M, Cooper LA, Sappenfield JW. Isolation gowns as a potential work hazard. Ann Work Expo Health. 2020 May 6. pii: wxaa047. doi: 10.1093/annweh/wxaa047. [Epub ahead…

How to Become a CRNA or CAA in Florida

As members of the anesthesia care team, CRNAs and CAAs provide very important assistance to anesthesiologists in treating patients before and after surgery. They provide specialized knowledge, skillful expertise, and high-quality patient care techniques to ensure the well-being of every patient. How to Become a CRNA Certified registered nurse…

How to Become an Anesthesiologist in Florida

While the path to become an anesthesiologist is long — it will likely take at least 12 years to complete all of the necessary post-secondary education, and several years longer for those who want to specialize or obtain certifications that could enhance job prospects — the job outlook and salary…

Dianne M. Fontanez-Nieves, MD, Joins the Department

Dianne M. Fontanez-Nieves, MD, joined us on June 1, 2020, as an Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology in the Division of Multispecialty Anesthesiology. Dr. Fontanez-Nieves was most recently an Associate Consultant in the Department of Anesthesiology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. She earned her medical degree from the Universidad Central…

Stephanie Gore Wins Rebecca Lovely Outstanding Service Award

Congratulations to Stephanie Gore MSN, RN, CCRN, our Patient Safety and Quality Officer, for being selected as the winner of the fourth annual Rebecca Y. Lovely Outstanding Service Award! Stephanie had several nominations for this award expressing the energy and positivity that she brings to the department. Below are a…

Happy CAA Week!

The UF Department of Anesthesiology is joining healthcare providers nationwide in recognizing the unique skills of Certified Anesthesiologist Assistants (CAAs) during National CAA Week. As members of our anesthesia team, our CAAs play a vital role. They provide specialized knowledge, skillful expertise, and high-quality patient care techniques to ensure the…

Dr. Garvan awarded grant for SOLAR System project

Professor of Anesthesiology and Statistician Cynthia Garvan, PhD, has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the University of Florida Research Foundation Commercialization Fund to develop the “Strategies to Orient, Learn, and Achieve in Research – (SOLAR)” project. The award will be used to develop a web application…

Residents of the Month: March & April

Please join us in congratulating our residents of the month for March and April. These residents were nominated by their fellow residents and faculty for their hard work, motivation, and going above and beyond in their duties. The resident of the month for March is fourth-year resident Matt Gunst, MD.

Joni Brown, Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, re-joins Pain Medicine Division

Please join us in welcoming Joni Brown, APRN-C, back to our department as she re-joins our Pain Medicine Division in the Springhill pain clinic. Joni holds a dual Bachelor of Science in Nursing/Master of Science in Nursing as a family practice Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner from the University of Florida…

Dr. Berkow elected to UF Faculty Senate

Lauren Berkow, MD, FASA, has been elected to the University of Florida Faculty Senate as a representative for the College of Medicine. Dr. Berkow’s term will begin in August and last for three years. In addition to Dr. Berkow, four other faculty members were elected this year to represent…

Dr. Przkora appointed to Scientific Advisory Board of AUA

Rene Przkora, MD, PhD, has been appointed as a new member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Association of University Anesthesiologists (AUA). Membership appointments to the board are for a 3-year term, after which time members can reapply for membership.

Happy National Nurses Week

The week of May 6 – May 12 is National Nurses Week. This week commemorates Florence Nightingale’s birthday, the founder of modern nursing, and this year we are especially grateful for all of our amazing nurses at UF Health who are on the frontlines, risking their lives, during the COVID-19…

Maria Irwin, MD, passes away

In this unwelcome season of troubled times, we regret to share the sad news that we have lost a member of our College of Medicine family. Today, Maria Irwin, M.D., unexpectedly passed away. She was 48. Maria joined UF Health in 2006 as an anesthesiology resident after completing her medical…

April 2020 Publications

Congratulations to all who had articles published in April! Anesthesia & Analgesia Berkow L, Kanowitz A. COVID-19 putting patients at risk of unplanned extubation and airway providers at increased risk of contamination. Anesth Analg. 2020 Apr 16. doi: 10.1213/ANE.0000000000004890. [Epub ahead of print] Huffmyer JL,…

Pain Medicine Fellowship awarded Abbott and Medtronic grants

Rene Przkora, MD, PhD, and the Pain Medicine Fellowship have been awarded grants from the Abbott Medical Device Grant Committee and Medtronic to support education in pain medicine. The funding will help our fellowship train the next generation of leaders in…

UF Anesthesiology teams up with wind engineering laboratory to make economy face shields

University of Florida anesthesiology and engineering experts have teamed up to create a face shield for health care workers that can be easily and rapidly produced. “We got creative at a time when the availability of personal protective equipment was unknown to make sure all of the people on the frontlines are safe,” said Stephanie Gore, M.S.N., R.N., CCRN, department of anesthesiology’s patient safety and quality officer .

Golden Apple Awarded to Anesthesiology/Critical Care Rotation

The Department of Anesthesiology was honored with the Golden Apple Award for Clinical Science for the second year in a row during the College of Medicine’s virtual Senior Student and Faculty Awards ceremony on May 7, 2020. The Golden Apple Award is voted on by the graduating class as the…

Happy 2020 Administrative Professionals Day!

The UF Department of Anesthesiology joins the International Association of Administrative Professionals to recognize the unique skills of our administrative professionals during National Administrative Professionals’ Day on Wednesday, April 22, 2020. We know this year has brought unprecedented changes in how we work as well as personal challenges for many.

March 2020 Publications

Congratulations to all who had articles published in March! Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology Liu L, Kelly MG, Yang XR, Fernandez TG, Wierzbicki EL, Skrobach A, Doré S. Nrf2 Deficiency Exacerbates Cognitive Impairment and Reactive Microgliosis in a Lipopolysaccharide-Induced Neuroinflammatory Mouse Model. Cell Mol Neurobiol. 2020 Mar…

Pain Medicine Division offers telehealth at Springhill pain clinic

For the safety and convenience of our patients, the University of Florida Department of Anesthesiology’s Pain Medicine Division has successfully embarked on offering telehealth appointments. The appointments offered via a secure video chat or phone call allow patients to receive medical treatment from pain faculty physicians while adhering to…

Dr. Howell earns Clinical Informatics certification

Congratulations to Keith Howell, MD, who has achieved a Clinical Informatics Sub-Specialty Certification from the American Board of Preventative Medicine. This certification recognizes physicians who improve patient care through analyzing, designing, implementing, and evaluating information and communication systems. Dr. Howell, who joined us as an Associate Professor…

Dr. Enneking selected ASRA Trailblazer Award recipient

We are pleased to announce Kayser Enneking, MD, Professor of Anesthesiology, Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation and Medical Director of the UF Health Presurgical Clinic, has been selected by the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine Board of Directors as an ASRA Trailblazer Award recipient. ASRA’s Trailblazer Awards are designed to…

UF Department of Anesthesiology rises in 2019 Blue Ridge rankings

Our department is now ranked #29 in the country among all anesthesiology departments for NIH research funding in the 2019 Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research rankings. The ranking is a jump from 2018, when the department was ranked #36. Among principal investigators in Anesthesiology, Rene Przkora, MD, PhD, Professor…

Dr. Lampotang earns high distinction in medical and biological engineering

Samsun Lampotang, PhD, FSSH, the Joachim S. Gravenstein Professor of Anesthesiology and Director of the Center for Safety, Simulation & Advanced Learning Technologies, has been inducted into the 2020 College of Fellows of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) for his contributions to the…

UF researchers lead the way in rapidly designing, building low-cost, open-source ventilator

As a University of Florida mechanical engineering student decades ago, Samsun Lampotang, Ph.D., helped respiratory therapist colleagues build a minimal-transport ventilator that became a commercial success. So, when the coronavirus pandemic hit and he heard the desperate international plea for thousands more ventilators, the longtime UF professor of anesthesiology set out to build a prototype using plentiful, cheap components that could be copied from an online diagram and a software repository.

Residents score well on national American Board of Anesthesiology In-Training Examination

Congratulations to our department residents, who performed strongly overall on the American Board of Anesthesiology’s February 2020 administration of the In-Training Examination. Overall, our senior residents scored at or very close to the 90th percentile nationally. In addition, three of our senior residents achieved the highest possible scaled score of…

Twenty-five residents match with UF Anesthesiology

Twenty-five physicians have matched with our department to begin their Anesthesiology Residency with us in the upcoming academic year, including six graduates of the University of Florida College of Medicine. For the categorical match, our department submitted a ranking list of around 150 senior medical students from across the country…

COVID-19 highlights need for blood donations

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to escalate, experts are warning of a dire shortage of blood as donors stay home and blood drives across the country are canceled. People should continue to donate blood while taking appropriate precautions and following guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and…

February 2020 Publications

Congratulations to all who had articles published in February! Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics Wendling AL, Byun SY, Koenig M, Vasilopoulos T. Impact of oral carbohydrate consumption prior to cesarean delivery on preoperative well-being: a randomized interventional study. Arch Gynecol Obstet. 2020 Jan;301(1):179-187. doi: 10.1007/s00404-020-05455-z. Epub 2020 Feb 5.

Initiatives seek to mitigate pharmaceutical waste

A multipronged approach targeting pharmaceutical waste generated during anesthesia care has seen success by improving the efficiency of medication delivery and implementing new strategies for safely disposing of controlled substances.   The Department of Anesthesiology is seeking to reduce waste from upstream to downstream,…

CSSALT Works on Open Source Ventilator Design

The Center for Safety, Simulation, and Advanced Learning Technologies (CSSALT) has started an Open Source Ventilator Project to address the predicted worldwide ventilator shortage due to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the most recent study, there are about 62,000 ventilators in hospitals…

2020-2021 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. Dan Heath, DO, Jayme Looper MD, and Shauna Wrazidlo, DO, will serve from April 1, 2020 through March 31, 2021. To be selected, anesthesiology residents in their third…

Acetaminophen stewardship efforts recognized at patient safety event

Our department’s poster on ongoing efforts to promote effective stewardship of intravenous acetaminophen was awarded Best Abstract during the UF Health 2020 Patient Safety and Quality Week poster session on Wednesday, March 11. The poster, titled “Perioperative IV Acetaminophen Stewardship: Effective Analgesia and Cost Containment” represents a collaboration with our colleagues…

Drs. Giordano & Bannister Elected into Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society

Chris Giordano, MD, Associate Professor of Anesthesiology, and Lee Bannister, MD, Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology Fellow, have been elected into Alpha Omega Alpha (AΩA). Founded in 1902, AΩA is the national medical honor society. The AΩA is dedicated to the belief that in the profession of medicine we will improve care for…

Dr. McGough Appointed Interim Division Chief for CCM

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Edward McGough, MD, to Interim Division Chief of the Critical Care Medicine Division, Department of Anesthesiology. Dr. McGough, Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Program Director of the Cardiothoracic Anesthesia Fellowship, completed his residency as well as a fellowship in Critical Care…

Intern Education Month 2020

Many thanks to all who contributed to 2020’s Intern Education Month! Friday, February 7, 2020, was the last day of our Intern Education Month rotation and we’re happy to report that this year was another great success! Our interns took part in nineteen simulations, seventeen classroom sessions, eight shadow…

Prodip Bose, MD, PhD, Joins the Department

Prodip K. Bose, MD, PhD, has joined us as a Research Associate Professor. He currently holds joint appointments as an Associate Professor in the Department of Neurology in the College of Medicine and McKnight Brain Institute and as an Associate Professor in the Department of Physiological Sciences in the…

January 2020 Publications

Congratulations to all who had articles published in January! Blood Coagulation and Fibrinolysis Efune PN, Alex G, Journeycake J, Mehta SD. Thromboelastography-targeted management of severe coagulopathy and off-label use of four-factor prothrombin complex concentrate in an infant with massive bleeding. Blood Coagul Fibrinolysis. 2020 Jan…

Britney Vidal Wins 2019-2020 Superior Accomplishment Award

We are pleased to announce Britney Vidal has been awarded a 2019-2020 UF Superior Accomplishment Award for her outstanding work as our department’s Faculty Recruitment Coordinator. The Superior Accomplishment Awards recognize faculty and staff who have shown efficiency or economy in their work, have contributed outstanding and meritorious service, or who…

Gregory Wells, MD, Joins the Department

Gregory Wells, MD, joined us in February as a Clinical Assistant Professor and Associate Chief of Non-Operative Anesthesia with a focus on the Shands Endoscopy Center. He comes to us from CRH Anesthesia Management in Atlanta, where he was Medical Director for Anesthesia Services, a position in which he provided…

New Appointments in Pain Medicine Division

We are pleased to announce the appointment of two faculty members to leadership roles in the Pain Medicine Division. Effective immediately, Sanjeev Kumar, MD, Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology, has been named Medical Director of the Pain Medicine Clinic at Springhill. Juan Mora, MD, Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology, has been named Medical Director of…

Stephen Lucas, MD, Celebrates Retirement

Associate Professor Stephen D. Lucas, MD, retired Feb. 3 after 14 years with the department. Dr. Lucas, who joined the department as an Assistant Professor in 2006, served as Medical Director of UF Health Pain Management – Ayers and of the Pain Medicine Clinics as well as Associate Chair of…

Happy 2020 Physician Anesthesiologists Week!

We are joining the American Society of Anesthesiologists in recognizing our highly skilled physician anesthesiologists this week. Our physician anesthesiologists are highly trained medical experts who evaluate, monitor, and supervise patients before, during, and after surgery. They have the specific medical education and training to make critical decisions when…

FAAA Holds Inaugural Annual Meeting

The Florida Academy of Anesthesiologist Assistants (FAAA) held their very first annual meeting in Orlando, January 10 – 12, 2020. One of our own, Jeffrey Carroll, CAA, is the president of the the FAAA and helped in the organization of this first meeting. The association always had the vision to one…

Happy 2020 CRNA Week!

The UF Department of Anesthesiology is joining healthcare providers nationwide in recognizing the unique skills of Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) during National CRNA Week. As members of our anesthesia team, CRNAs play a critical role in the care of patients undergoing surgical procedures. We appreciate the diligence…

North Tower renovations progress with opening of first four operating rooms

After about nine months of extensive renovations that continued into last-minute finishing touches over the weekend, four completely upgraded and expanded North Tower operating rooms equipped with cutting-edge technology opened on Jan. 13. The four rooms are the first phase of a massive makeover to the North Tower, which will…

Gordon Gibby, MD, Celebrates Retirement

On Friday, January 10, Dr. Gordon Gibby, Associate Professor in the Division of Multispecialty Anesthesiology, celebrated his retirement from the University of Florida Department of Anesthesiology after 31 years. Dr. Gibby joined us in 1988 after completing a fellowship in Anesthesiology here at UF. He is a diplomate for the…

December 2019 Publications

Congratulations to all who had articles published in December! Anesthesia & Analgesia Corda DM, Fahy BG. Physicians, Heal Thyselves … With Caffeine? Anesth Analg. 2020 Jan;130(1):63-65. doi: 10.1213/ANE.0000000000004365. Best Practice & Research Clinical Anaesthesiology Helander EM, Webb MP, Kendrick J, Montet T, Kaye AJ, Cornett EM, Kaye…

Department Represents at IHI National Forum 2019

Quality and Patient Safety Officer Stephanie Gore, RN, attended the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) National Forum with Professor Brenda Fahy, MD, MCCM, Assistant Professor Basma Mohamed, MBChB, and M500 Consultant Aislinn Skuropat. The team brought two storyboards to showcase our department’s quality improvement work: Treatment of Intraoperative Hyperglycemia with Insulin:…

Review by Dr. Patrick Tighe Published in JAMA Surgery

Congratulations to Associate Professor of Anesthesiology Patrick Tighe, MD, MS, for having his review Artificial Intelligence and Surgical Decision-Making published in JAMA Surgery in December. Dr. Tighe collaborated with colleagues from the departments of Surgery, Medicine, Biomedical Engineering, Computer and Information Science and Engineering, and Electrical and Computer Engineering. Abstract Importance…

Anesthesiology, Surgery, & Urology Celebrate the Holidays

On Saturday, December 14, 2019, the departments of Anesthesiology, Surgery, and Urology came together to celebrate the holidays at The ONE Party’s Winter Onederland. The three departments came together for food, fellowship, and fun. Guests were asked to bring donations and the departments raised more than $800 for local food…

Article by Dr. Peggy White Featured in SOCCA Newsletter

Congratulations to Associate Professor of Anesthesiology Peggy White, MD, for having her article Two Perspectives on Simulation in Critical Care Training Perspective One: An Invaluable Tool featured in the November issue of The Society of Critical Care Anesthesiologists (SOCCA) newsletter. Dr. White’s article takes the stance that simulation training is a…

Dr. Przkora Elected President of the APPD

Associate Professor of Anesthesiology Rene Przkora, MD, PhD, was elected President of the Association of Pain Program Directors (APPD) at the American Society of Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA) in November. Dr. Przkora was chosen for this honor by his peer Pain Program Directors. The Association of Pain Program Directors…

Dr. Berkow Joins Airway Safety Movement’s Board of Directors

Congratulations to Professor of Anesthesiology Lauren Berkow, MD, for her appointment to the Airway Safety Movement’s Board of Directors for 2020 – 2023! The Airway Safety Movement is a non-profit organization that seeks to raise awareness, educate and prevent patient safety issues around airway management.

November 2019 Publications

Congratulations to all who had articles published in November! Anesthesia & Analgesia Warner DO, Isaak RS, Peterson-Layne C, Lien CA, Sun H, Menzies AO, Cole DJ, Dainer RJ, Fahy BG, Macario A, Suresh S, Harman AE. Development of an Objective Structured Clinical Examination as a Component of Assessment for Initial…

Professors Awarded 2019 Exemplary Teacher Awards

This year ten of our Professors of Anesthesiology have been awarded the Exemplary Teacher Award! 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, post-docs, and mentorship of…

Acetaminophen Stewardship Team reduces costs with focus on strategic Tylenol use

Through efforts to educate providers about the importance of using costly intravenous acetaminophen (IV Tylenol) only when necessary, a new stewardship committee has been able to reduce costs at UF Health by more than $60,000 per month. Arvin Trippensee, DO, FASA, Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology, is spearheading the effort to encourage…

Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellowship Announces New Fellow

Congratulations to the Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellowship Program for successfully matching their position for the 2020-21 academic year! This year, our pediatric fellowship program received over 25 applications for its coveted spot which was successfully filled after a busy interview season. Fellowship director Taran Sangari, MD, MBA, recognizes all members of…

Department Hosts Second Annual Modell/Shah Lecture in Anesthesiology

The second annual Modell/Shah Lecture in Anesthesiology featured a discussion on anemia and transfusions presented by Aryeh Shander, MD, FCCM, FCCP, FASA on Nov. 14. The lecture, titled “Anemia and Transfusions, Which is Worse?” drew a packed crowd and also gave attendees the opportunity to ask questions. Dr. Shander is…

Happy NP Week!

The UF Department of Anesthesiology is joining healthcare providers nationwide in recognizing the unique skills of our Nurse Practitioners during National NP Week. We appreciate the safe and high-quality care our NP’s provide to our patients each and every day. On behalf of the Leadership Team and Faculty, thank…

PeCAN Works with Trualta on New Study

“The University of Florida has partnered with Trualta, a Canadian company that develops educational programs to support family caregivers, to evaluate the program’s impact on caregiver confidence and wellness, as well as health outcomes. The new UF-Trualta study will follow caregivers of a person with dementia or mild cognitive impairment…

Our Leadership Committee Supports the More Than One Campaign

The UF Anesthesiology Executive Leadership Committee supports More Than One as a goal of ethical leadership! Will you take the pledge? The More Than One Movement is a mission based on one singular action to increase ethical leadership and improved practices for us all: if you want to make a…

Kayser Enneking, MD, Named University Term Professor

Congratulations to Dr. Enneking for being named one of the College of Medicine’s 2019-20 University Term Professors! The University of Florida Term Professorship Program recognizes and rewards significant faculty academic achievements. Professors are chosen based on Chair nominations and the recommendation of the College of Medicine Advisory Committee. Each award…

Drs. Lampotang & Tighe Receive Endowed Professorships

By endowing faculty positions, donors create streams of funding to enable faculty to discover and invent what we can only now imagine. At the Celebration of Distinction ceremony in October, 2019, Professor of Anesthesiology Samsun Lampotang, PhD, and Associate Professor of Anesthesiology Patrick Tighe, MD, MS, received wooden chairs…

Donald Bohannon, MD, Celebrates Retirement

Donald S. Bohannon, MD, joined the Department of Anesthesiology in 2009. In his 10 and a half years with us, he served as an Associate Professor with the Acute and Perioperative Pain Medicine Division. During his time here, Dr. Bohannon was an integral part of the team. He…

Simulation Symposium Hosted for Visiting Chinese Anesthesiologists

On October 18, 2019, our department hosted a simulation symposium for visiting Chinese anesthesiologists. The symposium titled “How to train a confident and competent anesthesiologist” introduced the most innovative simulation technologies for resident and fellow education and established an academic platform for anesthesiologist collaboration between the US and China. Seventeen…

Division of Pain Medicine Announces New Fellows

Congratulations to the Division of Pain Medicine, which has successfully matched all six Multidisciplinary Pain Medicine Fellowship positions for the 2020-21 academic year through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). The fellowship prides itself on producing physicians who are technically skilled in interventional pain management as well as poised to…

Eric Brown Joins the Department

Eric Brown, MD, joined us in September, 2019, as an Assistant Professor in the Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology division after completing his Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology Fellowship and Anesthesiology Residency here at the University of Florida. Dr. Brown earned his medical degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio,…

September 2019 Publications

Congratulations to all who had articles published in August! Anesthesia & Analgesia Leinonen M, Gravenstein N, Giordano C. Ventilation Is an Important Confounding Variable When End-Tidal Carbon Dioxide Is Used to Help Guide Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation. Anesth Analg. 2019 Sep 3. doi: 10.1213/ANE.0000000000004409. [Epub ahead of…

Happy 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 watchful, safe, and high-quality care our PA’s provide to our patients every day. On behalf of the Leadership Team and Faculty, thank…

TCAV Symposium a Success

Sixty-four students, faculty, residents, and fellows had the opportunity to attend a first of its kind daylong symposium on time-controlled adaptive ventilation (TCAV) on Thursday, Sept. 26. The symposium, spearheaded by Peggy White, MD, Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology, featured talks by four renowned experts as well as a Q&A session…

Happy National Research Administrator Day!

Thank you to all of our Research Administrators for your hard work and positive attitudes! As Research Administrators, you provide valuable support to our research community. Your work is vital to our success. We appreciate you today and every day.

Residents Score in Top 10% in 2019

Third-year residents Drs. Steffin Golden, Daniel Heath, and Shauna Wrazidlo scored in the top 10% on the American Board of Anesthesiologists (ABA) BASIC exam in 2019. Our residents’ performance on this exam demonstrates their dedication to meeting the highest standards of the practice of anesthesiology and indicates their commitment to…

Sebastián Gatica-Moris, MD, Joins the Department

Sebastián Gatica-Moris, MD, joined us on Sept. 16, 2019, as an Assistant Professor in the Critical Care Medicine and Multispecialty Anesthesiology divisions. He comes to us from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, where he completed a Critical Care Anesthesiology Fellowship and a Neuroanesthesiology Fellowship. Dr. Gatica-Moris earned his medical…

Martynyuk Lab’s Research Published in Anesthesiology

An article authored by Professor of Anesthesiology and Neuroscience, Anatoly Martynyuk, PhD, and his lab, along with colleagues from the McKnight Brain Institute and the Department of Psychiatry has been published in Anesthesiology. The results of their study may present a new direction in the field of Perioperative Neurocognitive Disorder…

Anesthesiology Faculty Elected to COM Faculty Council

Albert Robinson, III, MD, and Sonia Deshmukh Mehta, MD, have been elected by the faculty at large to be officers on the College of Medicine Faculty Council. Dr. Robinson has been elected President-Elect and will serve as President next year. Dr. Mehta has been elected Vice President and will serve a…

August 2019 Publications

Congratulations to all who had articles published in August! Anesthesia & Analgesia Berger M, Angst MS, Culley DJ, Price CE, Scott DA, Whittington RA, Eckenhoff RG; Perioperative Neurotoxicity Working Group. In Response. Anesth Analg. 2019 Sep;129(3):e112-e113. doi: 10.1213/ANE.0000000000004300. Anesthesiology News Berkow L. Unplanned or Accidental Extubation in the Perioperative Environment.

CSSALT Mentees Compete in Design Competition

A group of students from the University of Florida Biomedical Engineering (BME) department worked with the Center for Safety, Simulation and Advanced Learning Technologies (CSSALT) team on a 2-semester long design project. The project modified one of CSSALT’s mixed reality simulators for transrectal ultrasound prostate biopsy. In June 2019, the…

Pain Medicine Division Receives Industry Funding for Neurostimulation Trial

Our Pain Medicine division is excited to be a site for the REALITY study. This industry-funded study will examine 5 years of data on spinal cord stimulation and dorsal root ganglion stimulation. Patients will be undergoing permanent implant with a BurstDR spinal cord stimulator (SCS) or dorsal root ganglion (DRG)…

Tony DeStephens & Cole Dooley, MD, Participate in Medical Mission Trip

Two members of the Department of Anesthesiology traveled to Guayaquil, Ecuador, in July on a mission trip with the Global Smile Foundation, which provides comprehensive cleft lip and palate care for patients in underserved communities throughout the world. The team of 67 volunteers from around the world screened 193 patients…

Dr. Keith Howell Joins the Department

Keith A. Howell, MD, joined us on Aug. 15, 2019, as an Associate Professor in the Division of Multispecialty Anesthesiology. He comes to us from Virginia Commonwealth University, Medical College of Virginia Campus, where he was an Associate Professor in the Division of Acute Pain Management in the Department of Anesthesiology.

Dr. Spiess Pushes for Federal Patient Blood Management Legislation

The Department of Anesthesiology’s patient blood management program is pushing for federal legislation requiring hospitals that receive federal support to educate physicians about alternatives to blood transfusion and ways to reduce risk by using a patient’s own blood. Bruce D. Spiess, MD, FAHA, traveled to the U.S.

Drs. Hutchinson & Johnson Selected to Serve on Housestaff Council

Second-year resident David Hutchinson, MD, and fourth-year resident Taylor Johnson, MD, have been selected to serve as the anesthesia representatives on the newly created Housestaff Council this year. The Housestaff Council will hold open forum meetings during which housestaff can come to voice their concerns. The Council currently has 31…

André P. Boezaart, MD, PhD: Thank You

Dr. Boezaart brought passion, learning, and innovation, as well as his very special presence, and he will be missed. We would like to thank him for all of his efforts to make UF a better place.

July 2019 Publications

Congratulations to all who had articles published in July! Anesthesia & Analgesia Berger M, Angst MS, Culley DJ, Price CE, Scott DA, Whittington RA, Eckenhoff RG; Perioperative Neurotoxicity Working Group. In Response. Anesth Analg. 2019 Jul 2. doi: 10.1213/ANE.0000000000004300. [Epub ahead of print] Paterson E, Sanderson PM, Brecknell B, Paterson…

Critical Care Medicine Fellows Gain Experience in Inaugural Boot Camp

Ten first-year fellows from the Departments of Anesthesiology, Neurology, and Surgery had the opportunity to practice core critical care skills on simulation equipment and gain exposure to new faculty during a multidisciplinary three-day boot camp. The inaugural Critical Care Medicine Boot Camp included lectures, task trainers, and Advanced…

Respresenting UF at FSA 2019

Members of the Department of Anesthesiology contributed half of the total number of posters of distinction at the Florida Society of Anesthesiologists’ annual meeting held June 14–16 at The Breakers in Palm Beach, Florida. UF sent 30 posters to the conference, of which five were posters of distinction. Jonathan Wakim of…

Susana Cruz Beltrán, MD, Joins the Department

Susana Cruz Beltrán, MD, joined us on July 15, 2019, as a Clinical Assistant Professor with the pediatric and congenital heart divisions. She comes to us from Emory University, where she completed a fellowship in Pediatric Anesthesiology. Dr. Cruz Beltrán earned her medical degree from Fundacion Universitaria de Ciencias de…

Svetlana Chembrovich, MD, Joins the Department

Dr. Svetlana Chembrovich joined the Department of Anesthesiology on July 8, 2019, as an Assistant Professor in the Acute Pain and Perioperative Medicine division. She came to us from the University of New Mexico, where she was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine. She…

Welcome to Our 2019 Fellows

Please help us welcome all of our incoming acute and perioperative pain, cardiothoracic, critical care, and pain medicine fellows!

June 2019 Publications

Congratulations to all who had articles published in June! Anesthesia & Analgesia Sun H, Warner DO, Patterson AJ, Harman AE, Rathmell JP, Keegan MT, Dainer RJ, McLoughlin TM Jr, Fahy BG, Macario A. The American Board of Anesthesiology’s standardized oral examination for initial board certification. Anesth Analg. 2019 Jun…

Welcome to Our 2019 New Residents

The new academic year brings a new group of residents. Welcome to the anesthesiology team! First-Year Residents (PGY-1/Interns) Ryan Cook, DO Hometown: Magrath, Alberta, Canada Undergrad: Brigham Young University Medical School: Midwestern University Lida Esfandiary, MD Hometown: Miami, FL Undergrad: University of Florida…

Pain Medicine Fellowship Awarded Three Grants

Our Pain Medicine Fellowship has been awarded three Clinical Fellowship Grants to help support the efforts of our education in pain medicine for the 2019-2020 academic year. The awards are the Boston Scientific Fellowship Grant for $25,000, the Medtronic Fellowship Grant for $15,000, and the Abbott/St. Jude Fellowship Grant…

Dr. Kumar Hones Skills in Endoscopic Spine Surgery with FEO

Updated September 2019 Fellows and residents in the Department of Anesthesiology now have the rare opportunity to learn and train on a new minimally invasive endoscopic spinal procedure to treat conditions such as herniated discs or spinal stenosis thanks to the work of an interventional pain physician in the Department…

Residents Attend 2019 Basic Skills Boot Camp

In preparation for moving from their intern year to their first clinical anesthesia year, our first-year residents completed a Basic Skills Boot Camp in the first week of June. Over three days, residents were instructed in topics such as anesthesiology measures and checks, emergency medicine, airway management intubation and extubation,…

May 2019 Publications

Congratulations to all who had articles published in May! Anesthesia & Analgesia Amini S, Crowley S, Hizel L, Arias F, Libon DJ, Tighe P, Giordano C, Garvan CW, Enneking FK, Price CC. Feasibility and Rationale for Incorporating Frailty and Cognitive Screening Protocols in a Preoperative Anesthesia Clinic. Anesth Analg. 2019 May 23.

National CAA Week 2019

The UF Department of Anesthesiology is joining health-care providers nationwide in recognizing the unique skills of Certified Anesthesiology Assistants (CAAs) during National CAA Week. As members of our anesthesia care team, our CAAs provide very important assistance to our anesthesiologists in treating patients before and after surgery.

UF Residents Take Home Top Honors at GAARRC

The Department of Anesthesiology had a dominant showing at the 45th annual Gulf Atlantic Anesthesia Residents’ Research Conference (GAARRC) hosted by UF in early May, taking home first and second place overall as well as winning top honors in all research categories. Fourth-year resident Dalya Elhady, MD, won first place…

April 2019 Publications

Congratulations to all who had articles published in April! Journal of Clinical Monitoring and Computing Algarra NN, McAuliffe JJ 3rd, Seubert CN. Neuroanesthesiologists as interoperative neurophysiologists: a collaborative cognitive apprenticeship model of training in a community of clinical practice. J Clin Monit Comput. 2019 Apr 6. doi: 10.1007/s10877-019-00304-0.

Celebrate National Hospital Week 2019

Thanking physicians, residents, staff and volunteers who support patient care across UF Health Shands. As our UF Health patient services expand, allowing us to move medicine forward and help more people, our success is thanks to the physicians, residents, nurses, staff and volunteers who provide the hard work and…

Lida Esfandiary, MD, Receives 2019 J.S. Gravenstein Award

The 2019 J.S. Gravenstein Award was presented to Lida Esfandiary, MD, at the College of Medicine’s annual Senior Student and Faculty Awards Banquet. This award is presented each year to an outstanding graduate who intends to pursue anesthesiology. Dr. Esfandiary was selected by the UF Department of Anesthesiology leadership based on…

Senior Student Anesthesiology/Critical Care Rotation Awarded Golden Apple

On May 3rd, at the College of Medicine’s annual Senior Student and Faculty Awards Banquet, the Department of Anesthesiology was honored with the Golden Apple Award for Clinical Science. The award was presented to us for demonstrating superior teaching in our Anesthesiology and Critical Care Rotation directed by Chris Giordano,…

In Memoriam: Carolyn Schoenau

Carolyn Schoenau, age 86 of Gainesville, FL passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, February 5, 2019. Carolyn was born in Gainesville on October 26, 1932, and is survived by her loving and devoted husband of 55 years, Ronald Schoenau, and sons, Michael Yeilding, Steven Yeilding, and Gregory Yeilding. Carolyn had a long…

Happy National Nurses Week

Registered nurses in the United States constitute our nation’s largest health care profession and have been demonstrated to be an indispensable component of the safety and quality of care of hospitalized patients. Thank you to all of our hardworking nurses. You deserve special recognition for your vast contributions and the…

Dr. Giordano Awarded Hippocratic Award

A member of the Department of Anesthesiology has received the University of Florida College of Medicine Hippocratic Award for excellence in teaching and mentorship for the first time in its 50-year history. Dr. Christopher Giordano, associate professor of anesthesiology and director of the Anesthesiology/Critical…

Britney Vidal Receives 2019 Rebecca Lovely Outstanding Service Award

Congratulations to Britney Vidal for being selected by the Leadership Team as the winner of the 2019 Rebecca Lovely Outstanding Service Award! All of the nominees are incredibly worthy and consistently excel in their positions. They demonstrate integrity and a strong commitment to the mission and values of the Department…

Celebrating Our Administrative Professionals

Thank you to all our administrative professionals for your hard work, collaborative effort, and every day enthusiasm. Your work is key to our success. We appreciate you today and every day. Help us celebrate our administrative professionals during Administrative Professionals Week, April 22 – 26, 2019.

Our 2019 Rebecca Lovely Outstanding Service Award Nominees

Please join us in congratulating the nominees of the third annual Rebecca Lovely Outstanding Service Award! This award is meant to recognize exemplary performance of administrative staff identified by their faculty and peers as having consistently excelled in their position and demonstrated integrity and a strong commitment to the…

April 18, 2019 is UF Health Campus Earth Day

April is Earth Month, and the University of Florida as well as UF Health Shands are celebrating their sustainability efforts at both the undergraduate and graduate campuses. At the UF Health Shands hospital, there will be an Earth Day celebration in the North Tower hospital atrium on April 18, 2019, from 8 a.m.

NIH Awards Research Grant to Dr. Sylvain Doré

Sylvain Doré, PhD, has been awarded a new research grant from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) within the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The grant is entitled “Potential stroke therapeutic efficacy of FumET-CORM through the Nrf2 pathway”. This $419,375 grant will fund Dr. Doré’s research…

Perioperative Golf Tournament Raises Over $37,000

The 2019 UF Health Shands Perioperative Golf Classic raised $37, 780 for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of North Central Florida. On March 23, 29 teams of more than 120 golfers gathered at Haile Plantation Golf and Country Club for the event. Around 40 of our anesthesiology residents, faculty,…

Kevin Olsen, MD, Receives Outstanding Resident Educator Award

Kevin Olsen, MD, fourth-year resident and one of the 2018-2019 Chiefs, was honored with the Outstanding Resident Educator Award at the annual Medical Education Week Reception. The University of Florida’s Society of Teaching Scholars presented this award to one individual from each department. The award is intended to honor…

Department Holds Our 2019 Celebration of Research

The Department of Anesthesiology Celebration of Research provided an opportunity for those affiliated with anesthesiology to share exciting research that they have conducted over the last year, their ideas for future research projects, and challenging cases that they have experienced. The Key Note Speaker, Steven M.

Match 2019: 4 UF Seniors Join Us for Their Residency

On Friday, March 15, 2019, 121 members of the UF College of Medicine Class of 2019 matched into residency programs across the nation at the annual Match Day ceremony. Out of the 121 matched students, 29 percent will remain in Florida, 19 percent will remain at the UF…

Patrick Tighe, MD, MS, Receives AAPM Presidential Commendation

At the 2019 American Academy of Pain Medicine meeting, Associate Professor of Anesthesiology Dr. Patrick Tighe was awarded a Presidential Commendation in recognition and appreciation of his contributions to developing Pain Medicine’s social media platform and his efforts co-chairing the 2019 Annual Meeting. In addition to…

Department Has Winning Poster at AAPM Meeting

The Division of Acute and Perioperative Pain Medicine presented eight research posters at the American Academy of Pain Medicine’s 2019 Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado. “A comprehensive protocol for post-operative pain control in elective total joint arthroplasty drastically reduces opioid prescriptions: A review of prescribing practices…

2019-2020 Chief Residents Selected

The Anesthesiology Education Office and Department of Anesthesiology Leadership are pleased to announce the selection of three new chief residents who will serve from April 1, 2019 through March 31, 2020. We were extremely fortunate to have eight truly excellent candidates for chief resident this year.

Final Abstracts Accepted for GAARRC 2019

Our Department is hosting the 45th Annual Gulf Atlantic Anesthesia Residents’ Research Conference (GAARRC) on May 3-5, 2019, in Clearwater Florida, and we will be making quite the showing with 35 residents presenting abstracts! GAARRC is designed to create an environment where resident physicians can speak about…

Multiple Disciplines Work Together in the CPPC

Assistant Professors of Anesthesiology Stephen Vose, MD, and Ajay Antony, MD, started the UF Health Cancer and Palliative Pain Collaborative (CPPC) in 2015. The purpose of the CPPC is to enable efficient communication among physicians in a variety of disciplines in order to come up with a comprehensive…

Three of Our Staff Win Superior Accomplishment Awards

Amy Gunnett, RN, and Ricky McHugh won 2019 Superior Accomplishment Awards and Colleen Kearney won the Division Five Community Service Award! Amy is wholeheartedly devoted to the UF Office of Research mission to achieve the distinction of national research excellence. As the Lead Research Coordinator and…

Residents Teach Medical Students

First-year residents Krupesh Dave, MD, and Bill Mallet, MD, along with third-year resident Geoff Panjeton, MD, participated in the American Medical Association Medical Students Section Regional Meeting. Drs. Dave, Mallet, and Panjeton donated their free time to teach medical students from all over the south about…

Faculty Spotlight: Derek Covington, MD

Derek Covington, MD Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology Director, Undersea & Hyperbaric Medicine Clinic   I came to UF because I wanted a high-powered academic medical center with high-acuity cases, great physicians, and excellent resources for patients, research, and education.  …