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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 Selected as Finalists 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. Congress…

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.  …

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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:…

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…

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.Education…

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.

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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; …

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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,…

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…

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…

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…