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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 and performed 61 procedures on…

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. He earned his medical degree…

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. Congress on July 30 to present a legislative…

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 members representing departments throughout UF…

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 NAB, Loeb RG. Comparison of Standard and Enhanced Pulse…

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 Cardiac Life Support scenarios in the Center…

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 the Center for Safety, Simulation…

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 la Salud, Hospital de San…

Research Collaboration Sheds New Light on Peripheral Nerve Blocks, Future of Pain Medicine

An accomplished professor’s career-long quest to understand peripheral nerve blocks has introduced new technologies and called into question decades of anesthesiology doctrine, in turn opening new frontiers in pain medicine. Over the past two years, Andre Boezaart, MD, PhD, in collaboration with other faculty members in the Department of Anesthesiology’s Division of Acute and Perioperative…

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 earned her medical degree from…

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 17. doi: 10.1213/ANE.0000000000004263. [Epub ahead of print]…

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 Medical School: University of Florida Matthew Frakes, DO Hometown: Evanston, WY Undergrad:…

Residents and Faculty Recognized at 2019 Graduation

View photos from the event on our Facebook page. The 18 fellows and 19 residents of the Department of Anesthesiology’s Class of 2019 were honored at an awards ceremony on June 22 as they embark on careers in private practice or continued programs of study. Tim Morey, MD, Chair of the department, said the graduates…

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 for $10,000. Led by Rene Przkora,…

Dr. Kumar Hones Skills in Endoscopic Spine Surgery with FEO

Fellows and residents in the Department of Anesthesiology are poised to have the 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 of Anesthesiology. Sanjeev Kumar, MD, Assistant Professor…

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, procedural practice, and quality and…

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. doi: 10.1213/ANE.0000000000004190. [Epub ahead of print] Sherman JD, Berkow L. Scaling Up…

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. CAAs directly contribute to the success of surgical…

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 overall with original research on…

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. [Epub ahead of print] Skinner SA, Aydinlar EI, Borges LF,…

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 passionate commitment. You are responsible for…

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 her record of achievements and demonstrated…

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, MD, Associate Professor of Anesthesiology.…

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 and distinguished career, winning many…

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 positive impact you make every…

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 Care Clerkship, received the honor at a ceremony in Wilmot Gardens…

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 of Anesthesiology and the University of…

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 mission and values of the Department…

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. to 5 p.m. Employees, staff, patients,…

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 on this project for two years. The…

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, and advanced practice providers participated in…

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 a resident who has excelled in…

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. Frank MD, Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine,…

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 College of Medicine in Gainesville, and 1.7…

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 his efforts developing social media for the AAPM, Dr.…

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 and outcomes.” won best poster of the meeting out…

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. Please join us in congratulating Drs. Jordan Brewer, Katie…

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 their research interests and activities in a low-key atmosphere…

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 plan to provide pain treatment for end-of-life…

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 Quality Assurance Officer, our department faculty, staff, fellows and residents…

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 anesthesia and airway management. Around 30 medical students took…

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.   I especially like the variety of my clinical assignments. The chance to work in the…

Michael Arnold, DO, Joins the Department

Dr. Michael Arnold joined us in January of 2019 as an Assistant Professor with the division of Cardiothoracic Anesthesia and as part of the Congenital Heart Center. He comes to us from US Anesthesia Partners, where he was an associate anesthesiologist. Dr. Arnold earned his medical degree from the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine…

Happy 2019 Physician Anesthesiologists Week!

We are joining the American Society of Anesthesiologists in recognizing our highly skilled physician anesthesiologists this week, January 27 – February 02, 2019. 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…

Happy CRNA Week!

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 safe, effective care our CRNAs provide to patients each…

New Assistant Professor Joins the Nighthawk Service

David Shapiro, MD, joined us on January 7, 2019, as an Assistant Professor. He works in the Division of Multispecialty Anesthesiology as part of the Nighthawk Service. Dr. Shapiro comes to us from SouthPoint Surgery Center, where he worked as the Medical Director of Anesthesia. He earned his medical degree from the University of Minnesota and…

UF Health Selected as a Finalist for the Baldwin Award

Our institution was chosen as a finalist after an invitation-only application process. The ACGME and Arnold P. Gold Foundation DeWitt C. Baldwin, Jr. Award recognizes institutions with accredited residency/fellowship programs that are exemplary in fostering a respectful, supportive environment for medical education and the delivery of patient care, which leads to the personal and professional…

New Leaders Appointed in Critical Care Medicine

Sean Kiley, MD, has been appointed Chief of the Division of Critical Care Medicine. In his new role, Dr. Kiley will assure that patients receive outstanding care and serve as a contact point for faculty and staff to discuss concerns. Peggy White, MD, has been appointed Program Director of our Critical Care Medicine Fellowship. Dr. White worked…

Kevin Olsen, MD, Elected into AΩA

Fourth-year resident, Kevin Olsen, MD, has been nominated into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society (AΩA) at the University of Florida College of Medicine. Dr. Olsen, who is also one of this year’s chief residents, was chosen from among his peers due to his high academic achievement and demonstration of leadership, professionalism, research, teaching,…

Inaugural Modell/Shah Lecture in Anesthesiology

On November 15, Guy Weinberg, MD, Anesthesiology professor at University of Illinois, presented a lecture on lipid resuscitation to a room packed with attendees from several departments within the College of Medicine. This lecture was part of the Jerome H. Modell, M.D. – Dinesh O. Shah, Ph.D. Annual Lecture in Anesthesiology series funded by Dr.…

Professors Awarded Exemplary Teacher Awards

This year nine of our Professors of Anesthesiology have been awarded the Exemplary Teachers 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 other faculty. Congratulations, doctors!

Celebrating National NP Week!

UF Department of Anesthesiology is joining healthcare providers nationwide in recognizing the unique skills of Nurse Practitioners during National NP Week. Our NP’s provide watchful, safe, and high-quality care to our patients every day. Please join us in thanking our NP’s for the compassionate care they provide to our patients and their commitment to our…

ASA’s 2018 Annual Meeting

More than 14,000 peers, thought leaders, and anesthesia providers from more than 80 countries came together in San Francisco, CA, last month to discuss topics affecting the specialty at the American Society of Anesthesiologist’s annual meeting. Our department was well represented at the meeting with a number of our faculty, fellows, and residents in attendance.…

Kayser Enneking, MD, Elected into AΩA

Dr. Kayser Enneking has been elected into Alpha Omega Alpha (AΩA). Founded in 1902, AΩA is the national medical honor society. Election to Alpha Omega Alpha is an honor signifying a lasting commitment to scholarship, leadership, professionalism, and service. A lifelong honor, membership in the society confers recognition for a physician’s dedication to the profession and…

Jayme Looper, MD, Elected Alternate Delegate to AMA

Second-year resident, Jayme Looper, MD, was elected alternate delegate to the American Medical Association (AMA) resident and fellow section. Members of the AMA House of Delegates serve as an important communications, policy, and membership link between the AMA and grassroots physicians. The delegates and alternate delegates are a key source of information on activities, programs and…

Brenda Fahy, MD, Fourth Female ABA President

Brenda Fahy, MD, remembers exactly where she was when she received one of the most important phone calls of her life. “I was standing on the beach,” she said. “I don’t remember exactly what was said after I was informed I’d be the next president of the ABA,” laughed Dr. Fahy. “I was overwhelmed with excitement.…

Celebrating National PA Week!

UF Department of Anesthesiology is joining healthcare providers nationwide in recognizing the unique skills of Physician Assistants during National PA Week. Our PA’s provide watchful, safe, and high-quality care to our patients every day. Please join us in thanking our PA’s Rene Mathis, Kendra Murphy, Alexander Rivera-Rosado, and Anthony Musalo for the compassionate care they provide to our…

Assistant Professor Joins the Department

Melissa Burger, MD, joined us on October 1, 2018, as an Assistant Professor in the divisions of Cardiothoracic Anesthesia and Critical Care Medicine. She recently completed her Cardiovascular Anesthesia and Critical Care Fellowship with our own Department of Anesthesiology. Dr. Burger earned her medical degree from University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine and…

SAM Honors Members of the Department

At the last Society for Airway Management Meeting, Lauren Berkow, MD, FASA, was elected President and Felipe Urdaneta, MD, was elected President-Elect. On top of being elected President-Elect, Dr. Urdaneta was awarded the Distinguished Service Award for his efforts to re-develop the SAM website and create an online forum for SAM members. Third-year resident, Matt…

Arvin Trippensee, DO, Granted FASA Designation

Dr. Arvin Trippensee has been designated Fellow of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (FASA). FASA is the American Society of Anesthesiologists’ (ASA) highest acknowledgement and recognizes years of dedication to exceptional education, leadership, and commitment to the field of anesthesiology. Congratulations, Dr. Trippensee!

Drs. Algarra, Smith, and Zhu Receive IHAF 2018 Education Awards

Assistant Professors of Anesthesiology, Nelson Algarra, MD, Cameron Smith, MD, PhD, and Jiepei Zhu, MD, PhD, received IHAF 2018 Education Awards from the I. Heermann Anesthesia Foundation (IHAF). The purpose of IHAF is to encourage and support scholarly pursuits designed to enhance the field of anesthesia through clinical research, laboratory research, publication, the teaching of…

Samsun Lampotang, PhD, Named to the SSH Academy Class of 2019 Fellows

The Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH) Academy named Dr. Samsun Lampotang, Professor of Anesthesiology and Director for the Center for Safety, Simulation & Advanced Learning Technologies, to the Class of 2019 Fellows. The SSH Academy recognizes individuals whose sustained contributions have had an impact on the field of healthcare simulation. The Fellows were selected based on…

Smartphone App Empowers Citizens to Help in Case of Cardiac Emergency

Earlier this month, UF Health announced the launch of a potentially life-saving smartphone app throughout Alachua County. PulsePoint Respond alerts users when a cardiac emergency occurs near them, giving citizens a chance to save lives. Funded by the Jerome H. Modell, MD, Professorship of Anesthesiology in the Department of Anesthesiology, the initiative was a collaboration…

Lauren Berkow, MD, Granted FASA Designation

Dr. Lauren Berkow has been designated Fellow of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (FASA). FASA is the American Society of Anesthesiologists’ (ASA) highest acknowledgement and recognizes years of dedication to exceptional education, leadership, and commitment to the field of anesthesiology. Congratulations, Dr. Berkow!

Assistant Professor Joins the Department

Everett Jones, MD, joined us on September 1, 2018, as an Assistant Professor in the Division of Cardiothoracic Anesthesia. He comes to us from our own Department of Anesthesiology, where he completed his Anesthesiology residency and Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology fellowship. Dr. Jones earned his medical degree from Emory University School of Medicine. He has significant research…

Assistant Professor Joins the Division of Cardiothoracic Anesthesia

Michael Franklin, DO, joined us on September 1, 2018, as an Assistant Professor in the Division of Cardiothoracic Anesthesia. He comes to us from our own Department of Anesthesiology, where he completed his Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology fellowship. Dr. Franklin earned his medical degree from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed his Anesthesiology residency at LSU…

Research Professionals Honored for Earning & Maintaining Certifications

More than 60 clinical research professionals from UF who have earned specialty certifications in the field of research from national and worldwide associations were honored recently at a reception hosted by the UF Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI). From our department, Assistant Director of Clinical Research, Judith Wishin, BSN, RN, CCRC, was honored for…

Bruce Spiess, MD, FAHA, Elected to SABM Board

Professor of Anesthesiology Dr. Bruce Spiess was elected to the Board of Directors of the Society for the Advancement of Blood Management (SABM). SABM promotes education and training to achieve change through a multidisciplinary approach to patient blood management and utilization. Their goal is to work toward incorporating patient blood management methods into clinical practice and help…

Samsun Lampotang, PhD, Talks to TV20 News for Tech Tuesday

Professor of Anesthesiology Dr. Samsun Lampotang sat down with reporter Olana Osborn for TV20 News’ Tech Tuesday feature to discuss the medical simulators at the Center for Safety, Simulation & Advanced Learning Technologies (CSSALT) and how they have saved lives. Dr. Lampotang told Osborn, “With a simulator, we can make the experience something at will, so that…

New Faculty Member Joins the Department

Meghan Brennan, MD, joined us on August 15, 2018, as an Assistant Professor in the divisions of Critical Care Medicine and Liver & Transplant Anesthesia. Dr. Brennan comes to us from our own Department of Anesthesiology, where she completed her anesthesiology residency and critical care medicine fellowship. She earned her medical degree from the University…

New Faculty Joins the Division of Pediatric Anesthesiology

Christopher Edwards, MD, joined us on August 13, 2018, as an Assistant Professor in the Division of Pediatric Anesthesiology. He comes to us from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, where he completed his fellowship in Pediatric Anesthesiology. Dr. Edwards earned his medical degree from Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine and completed his residency at the University…

New Professor Joins Our Pediatric Anesthesiology Division

Dr. Hatem Al-Takrouri joined us in August of 2018, as an Associate Professor in the pediatrics division. He comes to us from Tawam Hospital in Al-Ain, United Arab Emirates, where he was a Consultant Pediatric Anesthesiologist. Dr. Al-Takrouri earned his medical degree from University of Jordan, in Amman, Jordan, going on to complete his Anesthesiology…

CSSALT Mentors High School Students

The CSSALT Lab recently mentored two high school students from the Student Science Training Program (SSTP) for a six-week summer program. This is CSSALT’s second year hosting students in the lab. The two students, Gabe Flechas and Eric Thivierge, helped with two ongoing projects. Gabe worked on a project that was started by an SSTP student last…

UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital Ranked No. 1 for Congenital Heart Surgery

UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital ranked No. 1 in North America for congenital heart surgery survivals among medium- to high-volume centers in a recent report by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons. The hospital’s survival rate — 99.2% — is above the national average of 97%. This report is based on data collected from 2013 to…

New Pediatric Fellowship Program Offered

The Department of Anesthesiology’s new Pediatric Anesthesia Fellowship will be offered for the first time this year, with its first fellow joining the department in July. As the department’s fourth ACGME-accredited fellowship, this program aims to graduate physicians who are technically skilled in the care of pediatric patients and who will become leaders in the…

New Facility To Open at UF Health Springhill

UF Health Springhill will be opening their newest multispecialty facility located in Northwest Gainesville, off of NW 39th Avenue. The new four-story, 72,000 square-foot building will house multiple practices and services to better care for you and your family. Our UF Health multidisciplinary pain medicine division will be moving as well to the second floor…

2018 Fellows Begin Their Training

Welcome to all of the incoming fellows! Acute & Perioperative Pain Medicine Brandon Beck, MD Dr. Beck completed medical school at the Universidad Central del Caribe School of Medicine in Puerto Rico, after which he completed residency in anesthesiology at the Geisinger Health System Program in Danville, PA. For 2017-2018, he served as the Chief…

New Faculty Member Joins Our Critical Care Division

Matthew Hernandez, DO, joined us in July of 2018, as an Assistant Professor in the division of Critical Care Medicine. He comes to us from our own Department of Anesthesiology, where he completed his fellowship in Critical Care. Dr. Hernandez earned his medical degree from Lake Erie College of Medicine in Sarasota, FL, and completed…

New Residents Join Us in 2018

The new academic year brings a new group of residents. Welcome to the anesthesiology team! First-Year Residents (PGY-1/Interns) Joseph Aburahma, MD Andrew Bennett, MD Peter Billas, MD Holden Brown, MD Fritz Charles, MD Emily Chen, MD Krupesh Dave, MD James Fleming, MD David Hutchinson, MD Uche Ike, MD Thomas Jenkins, MD John Mallett, MD Ralph…

New Faculty Join the Department

We are pleased to announce Drs. Andrew McNeil, Juan Mora, and Arvin Trippensee joined our department this week. Welcome, Doctors! Andrew McNeil, DO, joined us on July 2, 2018, as an Assistant Professor in the Pain Division and comes to us from Peninsula Pain Clinic in Washington, where he was a pain medicine physician. He…

MBI Director Honors Presurgical Anesthesia Center Staff

McKnight Brain Institute director Todd Golde, M.D., Ph.D., recognized UF Health Presurgical Anesthesia Center staff for their focus on brain health prior to surgery and for building the Perioperative Cognitive and Anesthesia Network program (PeCAN) during an appreciation event at the College of Public Health & Health Professions on June 22nd. PeCAN, led by associate professor of…

Residents & Faculty Recognized at 2018 Graduation

The 2018 Department of Anesthesiology graduation was held on Saturday, June 23rd. Congratulations to the 22 residents and 19 fellows who completed their training this year! On top of honoring the graduates, awards were handed out to exceptional residents and faculty. Chairs Awards These awards were selected by Timothy Morey, MD, for outstanding service to the…

2018 Faculty Promotions

Congratulations to Abdullah Ahmad, PhD, Lauren Berkow, MD, Ramachandran Ramani, MD, and Peggy White, MD, for receiving promotions effective July 1st, 2018! Dr. Ahmad moves from Research Assistant Professor to Research Associate Professor; Dr. Berkow from Clinical Associate Professor to Clinical Professor; Dr. Ramani from Clinical Associate Professor to Clinical Professor; and Dr. White from Clinical…

Achieving Recognition at FSA 2018

Last weekend the Florida Society of Anesthesiologists held their annual meeting at The Breakers in Palm Beach, Florida. 50 abstracts were chosen to be displayed as posters during the conference and nine of these were selected for Poster of Distinction presentations. Seven out of those nine came from the University of Florida. These presentations were…

New Program Assesses Brain Functions of Patients Before Surgery

The latest issue of The POST, UF Health’s monthly news magazine, features Catherine Price, PhD, and Patrick Tighe, MD, and describes their efforts to open the PeCAN clinic. The PeCAN clinical service allows for fluid communication among neuropsychologists, anesthesiologists, and other young physicians in an effort to protect cognitive health in patients before surgery. “I…

Happy CAA Week

Celebrate your CAAs June 4th – 8th The UF Department of Anesthesiology is joining healthcare providers nationwide in recognizing the unique skills of Certified Anesthesiology Assistants (CAAs) during National CAA Week. According to the American Academy of Anesthesiology Assistants, more than 1,500+ CAAs have been providing anesthesia care to patients in the United States. As…

Alberto Bursian, MD, Nominated to Hospital-Wide Committee

Second-year resident Alberto Bursian, MD, has been nominated by his peers to represent the anesthesia housestaff on the Graduate Medical Education Committee (GMEC). Dr. Bursian will serve on the committee for the 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 academic years. Congratulations, Dr. Bursian! Residents/Fellows nominated to serve on the committee are as follows: Alberto Bursian, MD – Anesthesia…

Fritz-Gerald Charles Presented 2018 JS Gravenstein Award

Fritz-Gerald Charles is the recipient of the 2018 JS Gravenstein Award. This award is presented each year to an outstanding University of Florida College of Medicine graduate who intends to pursue anesthesiology. Dr. Charles was selected by the UF Department of Anesthesiology leadership based on his record of achievements and demonstrated interest in anesthesiology. Most…

New Resident Committees Announced

Four new resident committees have been created. These committees will play an active role in their respective areas to improve our residency experience. Congratulations to all those selected to chair and be members of these committees for the 2018-2019 academic year! To learn more about the committees click here.

UF Health Shands Earns Environmental Excellence Award

UF Health Shands Hospital has earned a 2018 Greening the OR Recognition Award for in recognition of standard-setting innovation and environmental stewardship. The award was given by Practice Greenhealth, an organization dedicated to environmental sustainability in health care, at the CleanMed2018 meeting in San Diego. Our own Lauren Berkow, MD, associate professor of anesthesiology and member of…

Multidisciplinary Pain Medicine Fellowship Grows

The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) approved the increase of Multidisciplinary Pain Medicine Fellows from 4 positions to 6. This increase makes our Multidisciplinary Pain Medicine Fellowship the largest in the state of Florida! This increase reflects the tremendous growth and national reputation of our Fellowship and Pain Medicine Division over the last years.…

Residents Receive Accolades at GAARRC

Eleven residents traveled to Biloxi, Mississippi, accompanied by Assistant Professors of Anesthesiology Sean Kiley, MD, and Sonia Mehta, MD, to compete in the Gulf Atlantic Anesthesia Resident Research Conference (GAARRC). Our residents had a triumphant showing with second-year residents Taylor Brown, MD, taking home 1st place in the Case Report category and Tyler Craig, MD, taking 3rd in the Literature…

Residents Provide Relief in Ecuador

A team of residents accompanied by Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology Nick Algarra, MD, traveled to Porto Viejo, Ecuador, to assist the La Vida Medical Center. Dr. Algarra and residents Leon Anijar, MD, Rhae Battles,MD, and Sindhu Nimma, MD, helped provide anesthesia for pediatric and adult orthopedic surgeries. The majority of the cases were the repair…

In Memoriam: Salvatore “Sam” Lo Palo, CRNA

Robert R. Kirby, MD, Professor Emeritus, and his wife, Margaret “Margie” Kirby have written in to let us here at UF Anesthesiology know of the passing of Salvatore “Sam” Lo Palo, CRNA. Margie wrote: When Robert and I met Sam, it was 1979 at Tulane University Medical Center where Robert was chairman of Anesthesiology and…

Jenny Barghout Receives 2018 Rebecca Lovely Outstanding Service Award

Congratulations to Jenny Barghout for being selected by the Leadership Team as the winner of the 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 of Anesthesiology and the University of Florida.…

Travis Parsons, PhD, Co-Investigator on New Grant

Congratulations to Dr. Travis Parsons, who is a co-investigator on a new grant entitled “Perfluorocarbon Oxygen Therapeutics as Additives to Preservation Solutions for Storage and Transport of Extended Criteria Donor Organs” funded by UF’s Department of Surgery. In collaboration with Drs. Narendra Batulla and Kenneth Andreoni (Department of Surgery) and Dr. Jiepei Zhu (Department of…

April Resident of the Month: Carolyn Witman, MD!

We are proud to announce our Mohamed Osman Resident of the Month for the month of April is awarded to Carolyn Witman, MD. Dr. Witman did an amazing job as the senior resident on OB during a month that included several difficult cases. She is routinely willing to help out even after her shift ends and is always…

In Memoriam: Michael Leppert, MD, 1955-2018

Michael Leppert was an anesthesiology resident at the University of Florida beginning in 1983. He passed away after a long struggle with cholangiocarcinoma. According to another former UF Anesthesiology resident, Tom Guyton (’91), “He [Michael] was well known for his rapier wit and compassionate care.” The following is his obituary as published in The Commercial Appeal on…

2018 Rebecca Lovely Outstanding Service Award Nominees

Please join us in congratulating the nominees of the second 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 mission and values of the Department…

Ana Oviedo, MD, Joins the Department

Ana Oviedo, MD, joined us on April 9, 2018, as an Assistant Professor in the Division of Acute and Perioperative Pain Medicine. Dr. Oviedo comes to us from the Houston Methodist Hospital in Texas, where she was an Associate Anesthesiologist with U.S. Anesthesia Partners. She earned her medical degree from Universidad CES in Medellin, Colombia…

April 12th is UF Health Campus Earth Day

The first annual UF Health Campus Earth Day is Thursday, April 12th, in the UF Health Shands Hospital Atrium from 7am – 5pm. Come celebrate UF Health’s commitment to sustainability. Displays will be set up throughout the Atrium from many of the UF Health departments, as well as Alachua County Recycling, WCA, Stryker and Stericycle, highlighting…

UF Medical Students Selected Best Abstract Finalists

Second-year medical students Kristen Woodward, Bailey Frei, and Mitchell Zhang have been selected as Kosaka Best of Meeting Abstract Award Finalists for the International Anesthesia Research Society’s (IARS) 2018 Annual Meeting and International Science Symposium. The students will present their joint first author research, “Considerations for Scoring the Clock Drawing Test for Impairment of Geriatric Patients…

UF Anesthesiologists Discuss Research with Anesthesiology News

Jeffrey White, MD, associate professor of anesthesiology and associate medical director of GI Endoscopy, and Samsun Lampotang, PhD, professor of anesthesiology, discussed their study on the different responses to propofol dosing for Asian, black and white patients during gastrointestinal endoscopy in an interview with Anesthesiology News. Anesthesiology News, now in its 43rd year, has been the best-read…

Our Celebration of Research Brings Out the Best & Brightest

This year’s 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, Scott Shappell, PhD, Professor and Chair of Human Factors &…

Teresa Ojode, MD, Nominated February’s Resident of the Month

The Mohamed Osman Resident of the Month for February has been awarded to Teresa Ojode, MD. Dr. Ojode went above and beyond on her OB rotation to take care of patients, well above her scope of duty. She continued to have a positive attitude and was a pleasure to work with. Thank you for your hard work,…

2018-2019 Chief Residents Elected

Congratulations to our three new chief residents for the 2018-2019 term, commencing April 1st, 2018. Dalya Elhady, MD, Kevin Olsen, MD, and Sindhu Nimma, MD, were nominated by their anesthesia resident peers and selected by faculty. A big thank you to our outgoing chiefs, Danielle Cobb, MD, Mark Hotchkiss, DO, and Joe Siebenaler, MD, for all…

Alexander Multak, MD, Joins the Department

Dr. Alexander Multak joined us on March 12, 2018, as an Assistant Professor. He comes to us from Geisinger Community Medical Center where he worked in both general and cardiac anesthesiology. He received his medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine and completed his anesthesiology residency and cardiothoracic anesthesia fellowship at Johns Hopkins University.…

AIG Event Encourages Med Students to Pursue Anesthesia

Working with the University of Florida College of Medicine’s Anesthesia Interest Group (AIG), Chris Giordano, MD, hosted a simulation lab for medical students. Approximately 25 students attended the event where they interacted with multiple simulation stations. Anesthesia professors Chris Giordano, MD; Ferenc Rabai, MD; Sonia Mehta, MD; Cam Smith, MD, PhD; Barys Ihnatsenka, MD; and…

Residents Appointed to ASRA Committee

Second-year residents Alberto Bursian, MD, and Timothy Feldheim, MD, have been appointed to the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA) Resident Section Committee. The ASRA is one of the largest subspecialty medical societies in anesthesiology with more than 4,000 members in 60 countries and 6 continents. The vision of the society is…

Great Turnout at the 2018 College of Medicine’s Celebration of Research

The 2018 College of Medicine Celebration of Research began Monday with the poster session and reception and continued Tuesday with seminars led by two faculty members from Harvard Medical School. The event served as a forum for researchers of all academic levels to teach and inspire each other. Students, residents, and faculty from the Department…

Sean Kiley, MD, Elected into Alpha Omega Alpha

Dr. Sean Kiley has been elected into Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA), the only allopathic medical honor society in the United States. The AOA is dedicated to the belief that in the profession of medicine we will improve care for all by recognizing high educational achievement; honoring gifted teaching; encouraging the development of leaders in academia and the community; supporting the…

Alberto Bursian, MD, Selected to Participate in FMA Legislative Day

Second-year resident Alberto Bursian, MD, represented the University of Florida on FMA Legislative Day. Dr. Bursian was the only anesthesiology resident in the group of 15 that went to the capitol in Tallahassee this month. The group met with several members of the House of Representatives and advocated for physicians. The Florida Medical Association (FMA)…

Research Grant Funding Approved by NIH

The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), an Institute within the National Institutes of Health (NIH), approved funding for the grant titled “Neuro-Imaging and biofluid-based Biomarker Assessments as translational pathophysiological outcome measures in TBI”. Department of Anesthesiology research assistant professor, Jiepei Zhu, PhD, is co-investigator on the project. He will be working with the…

Successful Intern Education Month Concludes

Intern Education Month is a 4-week rotation completely devoted to didactics. Interns took part in 17 simulations, 12 classroom sessions, and 10 shadow sessions. 45 people worked hard to make the month a huge success including anesthesiology staff, faculty, fellows, and techs. Many thanks to all who contributed to this year’s curriculum!

Golf Tournament Raises $24,000

The 8th Annual UF Health Perioperative Golf Classic was held on Saturday, February the 10th, at Haile Plantation Golf and Country Club. Over 100 golfers participated, including more than forty of our anesthesiology residents and faculty. The tournament raised in excess of $24,000 for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of North Central Florida. Ronald McDonald House Charities…

Chris Giordano, MD, Inducted into Society of Teaching Scholars

The Mission of the Society of Teaching Scholars (STS) at the University of Florida College of Medicine is to honor and foster teaching excellence and educational scholarship. Each year the STS invites about three new members to join the Society and help support this mission. Teaching scholars are asked to mentor junior faculty on teaching…

A Special Edition of Technique in Orthopaedics Published

This special edition represents an extensive collaboration between the departments of Anesthesiology and Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Florida. Drs. André Boezaart, Olga Nin, and Hari Parvataneni served as Guest Co-editors. Drs. Linda Le-Wendling, Patrick Tighe, André Boezaart, Cameron Smith, Yuri Zasimovitch, Olga Nin, Ajay Antony, and Rene Przkora from the Department of Anesthesiology all served…

Happy CRNA Week!

Celebrate your CRNAs January 21-27, 2018! 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. According to the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA), more than 52,000+ CRNAs and student registered nurse anesthetists have been providing anesthesia care to…

Staff Receive Superior Accomplishment Awards

Congratulations to our Administrative Support Assistants Cynthia Rosario and Kathy Parrish on receiving University of Florida 2017-2018 Superior Accomplishment Awards! Cynthia and Kathy were nominated by their faculty and peers for demonstrating outstanding service and a willingness to perform at a level that is above and beyond the scope of their normal duties. The commitment…

Exceptional Residents November – January

The following residents are being recognized for going above and beyond in the previous couple of months. November Resident of the Month Mohamed Osman, MD; Fourth-year Resident This is Dr. Osman’s 2nd award as a CA3 and much deserving. He consistently and deservedly receives nominations, and therefore the award itself will take on his name–“The…

NIH Awards Grant to Doré Lab

The National Institutes of Health is funding a grant in support of the project titled “Carbon monoxide (CO) therapeutic role and potential mechanism in traumatic brain injury (TBI)”. Sylvain Doré, PhD, is the principal investigator on the project. Dr. Doré’s lab focuses on discovering new mechanisms that limit neuronal dysfunction associated with stroke, Alzheimer disease (AD),…

Residents Score in the Top 10%

Third-year residents Drs. Jason Howard and Christopher Maxwell scored in the top 10% on the American Board of Anesthesiologists (ABA) BASIC exam in 2017. To be successful in the specialty of anesthesiology, physicians must have a solid foundation in basic science and a commitment to lifelong learning. Our residents’ performance on the exam demonstrates their…

UF Selected as Host Site for 2018 MSARF Summer Program

The University of Florida has been selected as a host site for students participating in the 2018 Medical Student Anesthesia Research Fellowship (MSARF) Summer Program by the Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research (FAER). Summer research project topics proposed by Drs. Abdullah Ahmad, Sylvain Doré, and Anatoly Martynyuk have been approved for student applicant consideration.…

Funding Awarded for Translational Pilot Project

Funding for the Translational Pilot Project (TPP), “Pragmatic Clinical Trial of Race‐Specific Response to Propofol Infusion Titrated to Effect for Procedural Sedation During Endoscopy”, has been approved by the UF Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI). Samsun Lampotang, PhD, is the principal investigator on the project and Nikolaus Gravenstein, MD, and Jeffrey White, MD, are co-principal investigators. A key focus for…

UF Health Surgeon & Anesthesiologists Perform Laparoscopic Surgery on Awake Patient

Anesthesiologists Kayser Enneking, MD, and Stephen Vose, MD, worked with Nash Moawad, MD, a UF Health minimally-invasive gynecologic surgeon, to perform a full laparoscopic hysterectomy under regional epidural. This procedure is normally performed through an abdominal incision with the patient under general anesthesia. The patient, Martina Sumner, wished to minimize her recovery time and requested the laparoscopic or…

Team Returns from Successful Ecuador Mission Trip

On Friday, November 10th, 2017, a team of UF anesthesiologists left Florida and traveled to Portoviejo, Ecuador. Their mission was to provide anesthesia for orthopedic surgeries for a week. Sean Kiley, MD, and John Downs, MD, accompanied four residents – Mark Hotchkiss, DO, Spencer Hyde, DO, Jordan Miller, MD, and Scott Wasilko, MD – to…

Resident Claudia Sotillo, MD, Places in Competition

Third-year resident Claudia Sotillo, MD, placed second in the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation’s 2017 Resident Quality Improvement competition. The mission of the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation (APSF) is to continually improve the safety of patients during anesthesia care by encouraging and conducting safety research and education; patient safety programs and campaigns; and the national and…

Corey Astrom Certified by BELS

Corey Astrom, our Coordinator of Communications, Publication, & Web Services, passed the Board of Editors in the Life Sciences (BELS) certification examination. The Board of Editors in the Life Sciences (BELS) was founded in 1991 to evaluate the proficiency of manuscript editors in the life sciences and awards credentials similar to those obtainable in other…

Article by Drs. Kiley & Sappenfield Featured on A&A Cover

Sean Kiley, MD, and Joshua Sappenfield, MD, have been published in Anesthesia & Analgesia. The article, entitled “Initiation and Termination of Massive Transfusion Protocols: Current Strategies and Future Prospects”, was featured on the cover of the journal’s December issue. Congratulations on your publication, Doctors!

$2 Million Grant Awarded to UF Researchers

A new five-year University of Florida study is being supported by a $2 million grant from the National Institute on Aging. Our own Patrick Tighe, MD, MS, serves as one of the lead investigators along with Catherine Price, PhD, an associate professor of clinical and health psychology. The study will test out a new screening…

Rene Przkora, MD, PhD, Elected Secretary/Treasurer of the APPD

Congratulations to Dr. Rene Przkora on his election to Secretary/Treasurer of the Association of Pain Program Directors (APPD)! Dr. Przkora was elected by his peer Pain Program Directors. The Association of Pain Program Directors is part of the Society of Academic Associations of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine (SAAAPM). The purpose of The Association of Pain…

Team of UF Anesthesiologists Departs on Mission Trip

On Friday, November 10th, 2017, Sean Kiley, MD, along with John Downs, MD, and four residents — Scott Wasilko, MD, Jordan Miller, MD, Spencer Hyde, DO, and Mark Hotchkiss, DO — will depart for Ecuador in conjunction with Bayside Medical Missions. The team will spend a week working with orthopedic surgeons at La Vida Surgical…

October’s Resident of the Month: Scott Wasilko, MD!

Congratulations to fourth-year resident Dr. Scott Wasilko for being nominated by his peers as resident of the month! Dr. Wasilko was chosen for his hard work and positive attitude. He is also part of this year’s resident recruitment team and works with potential future residents.

Basma Mohamed, MD, to Serve on MOCA Committee

Dr. Basma Mohamed has been invited by the American Board of Anesthesiology to serve as a question author for the MOCA Minute Committee. As a member of this committee, Dr. Mohamed will be assigned to write up to 15 MOCA Minute items annually. Each MOCA Minute item contains a question with answer and distractors, as well as…

Gators at ASA’s Annual Meeting 2017

The American Society of Anesthesiologists’ Anesthesiology 2017 Annual Meeting is the premiere educational event in the world, bringing together top influential and notable professionals in anesthesiology, pain medicine, and critical care medicine to focus on improving patient outcomes. The University of Florida was well represented at the meeting, which was held in Boston, MA, with some…

Jerry Cohen, MD, to Receive ASA’s Highest Honor

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Jerry Cohen was elected to receive the American Society of Anesthesiology’s Distinguished Service Award for 2018. The Distinguished Service Award is the highest honor ASA bestows. It is presented annually for outstanding clinical, educational or scientific achievement, contribution to the specialty and/or exemplary service to the Society. Dr. Cohen came…

UF Holds Inaugural Undergraduate Research Expo

The Center for Undergraduate Research in collaboration with the University of Florida’s student government co-hosted the first ever Undergraduate Research Expo on Tuesday, October the 24th, 2017. The goal of the expo was to provide a place for undergraduates to meet and talk with faculty from all disciplines about research and to encourage them to…

Faculty Focus: Kayser Enneking, MD

Kayser Enneking, MD, at work explaining how anesthesia will keep patients safe, pain-free, and on the road to recovery after surgery. Dr. Enneking is a graduate of Gainesville High School, Vanderbilt University (1981), and the University of Florida (1986). Since 1990, Dr. Enneking has compassionately supervised care for patients undergoing surgery at Shands Hospital. She…

Jordan Brewer, MD, Resident of the Month

Second-year resident Jordan Brewer, MD, has been recognized by his fellow residents and attendings as a superior team player, motivated, and caring. He has an incredibly positive attitude that makes him an extremely pleasant teammate. Earlier in the year, fourth-year resident Mohamed Osman, MD, and third-year resident Joel Goodman, DO, were selected as Residents of the…

Drs. Doré & Tighe Receive University Term Professorships

Congratulations to Sylvain Doré, PhD, FAHA and Patrick Tighe, MD, MS for receiving University Term Professorship Awards from the UF Provost’s Office! The Program recognizes and rewards significant faculty academic achievements. Awardees have distinguished careers that place them among the leaders in their discipline. Each Academic year, the University makes 250 Term Professorships available to…

Sylvain Doré, PhD, Awarded $35,000 in Research Grants

Dr. Doré has been awarded $35,000 in research grants by the Brain Aneurysm Foundation. The grants will help fund the research for Dr. Doré’s paper, Is CO-releasing Molecule a Potent Tool for Attenuating Vasospasm and Providing Neuroprotection after Subarachnoid Hemorrhage?  The Brain Aneurysm Foundation has awarded $445,000 in research grants to 14 recipients whose work is…

Dr. Mark Wesley Joins the Department

Mark Wesley, MD, joined the Department of Anesthesiology in August of 2017 as an Associate Professor. Before this appointment, he was an Instructor of Anesthesiology at Harvard Medical School and an Associate in Cardiac Anesthesia at the Boston Children’s Hospital. Dr. Wesley received his bachelor’s degree in Biology from University of Central Florida and his…

Drs. Greg Janelle & Tim Martin Granted FASA Designation

Drs. Janelle and Martin have been designated Fellows of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (FASA). FASA is the American Society of Anesthesiologists’ (ASA) highest acknowledgement and recognizes years of dedication to exceptional education, leadership, and commitment to the field of anesthesiology. Dr. Janelle and Dr. Martin were among the first 125 doctors in the nation granted…