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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…

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…

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 life…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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.

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…

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…

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…

Rene Przkora, MD, PhD, Elected to ASA Committee

Dr. Rene Przkora has been elected to serve on the American Society of Anesthesiologists Committee on Pain Medicine. The ASA Committee on Pain Medicine is charged with studying pain mechanisms and management as well as reviewing and disseminating developments in the field of pain medicine​.

Rene Przkora, MD, PhD, Re-appointed to ASA Subcommittee

Dr. Rene Przkora has been re-appointed to serve on the American Society of Anesthesiologists Abstract Review Subcommittee on Chronic and Cancer Pain. As a member of this subcommittee, Dr. Przkora will be responsible for the grading of scientific abstracts which will be submitted to the Annual ASA Meeting.

Lauren Berkow, MD, to Serve on FMA Committee

Dr. Lauren Berkow will be serving on the Florida Medical Association Committee on Continuing Medical Education (CME) and Accreditation. This Committee serves as a component of the Council on Medical Education, Science & Public Health by performing the responsibilities necessary to accredit CME providers in Florida and to…

Pavel Balduyeu, MD, Appointed to ASA Subcommittee

Fourth-year resident, Dr. Pavel Balduyeu has been appointed to the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) Abstract Review Subcommittee on Patient Safety and Practice Management. As a member of this subcommittee, Dr. Balduyeu will be responsible for the grading of scientific paper abstracts submitted for the 2017…

Amanda Frantz, MD, Joins Our Critical Care Faculty

Dr. Amanda Frantz joined the department on August 7, 2017, as an Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine. Dr. Frantz received her medical degree from St. George’s University School of Medicine. She completed an internship and residency in anesthesiology at Virginia Commonwealth University as…

Avner Sidi, MD, Appointed to ASA Subcommittee

Dr. Avner Sidi has been appointed to serve on the 2018 American Society of Anesthesiologists Abstract Review Subcommittee on Equipment, Monitoring and Engineering Technology. As a member of this subcommittee, Dr. Sidi will be responsible for the grading of scientific paper abstracts which are submitted for the 2017 Annual…

Matthew Andoniadis, MD, Joins the Department

Dr. Matthew Andoniadis joined us on August 1, 2017, as an Assistant Professor for the Division of Multispecialty Anesthesia. He came to us from Palos Community Hospital in Palos Heights, Illinois, where he worked in private practice as an anesthesiologist for over…

Laurie Davies, MD, Appointed to Four ASA Committees

Dr. Laurie Davies has received four American Society of Anesthesiology committee appointments for the 2018 governance year. Dr. Davies will be serving on the ASA committees on Cardiovascular and Thoracic Anesthesia; Scientific and Educational Exhibits; and Educational Track Subcommittee on Professional Issues. She…

Penny Reynolds, PhD, Presents at Evidence Live 2017, University of Oxford

Dr. Penny Reynolds presented “Why academic clinical trials fail: Trial cemetery demographics and a case study” at the 2017 Evidence Live conference at the University of Oxford. A survey of trials registered in ClinicalTrials.gov suggested that academic trial failures had little to do with the efficacy of the intervention. Instead, more than…

Lauren Berkow, MD, Appointed to ASA Committees

Dr. Lauren Berkow has been appointed to the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) Committee on Neuroanesthesia and the ASA Committee on Equipment and Facilities. Through their committees, the American Society of Anesthesiologists endeavor to further their mission of enhancing anesthesia education world wide; supporting clinical anesthesia needs…

Welcome 2017 Fellows

A big welcome to all of this year’s new anesthesiology fellows! Multidisciplinary Pain Medicine Fellows Christopher Babl, MD Dr. Babl completed medical school at the University of Nebraska and came to our residency program at the University of Florida. In addition to publishing in the International Journal of…

Welcome 2017 Residents

It’s that time of year again! Our halls have filled up with the new faces of incoming interns and residents. As we strive to fulfill one of our important missions, that of education, we seek out the best and the brightest to come to the…

Faculty & Residents Recognized for Exemplary Service

As the academic year came to a close, faculty and residents were acknowledged for their outstanding service at the Department of Anesthesiology’s graduation in June, 2017. In addition to the annual awards for faculty and senior residents, division awards were handed out, for which all…

Cameron Smith, MD, PhD, Joins Our Faculty

Dr. Cameron Smith joined the department in July, 2017, as an Assistant Professor. Dr. Smith hails from Ottawa, Ontario in Canada. He joined us after completing his Fellowship in Acute and Peri-operative Pain Medicine at the University of Florida. Prior to this, he did his Anesthesiology residency training and…

Dr. Patrick Tighe Elected a Member of the AUA

Patrick Tighe, MD, MS, has been elected as a member of the Association of University Anesthesiologists (AUA). As a member, Dr. Tighe is among a select group of individuals recognized by their peers to have made distinguished contributions to anesthesiology teaching…

Ferenc Rabai, MD, Joins the Department

Dr. Ferenc Rabai joined us in June 2017, as an Assistant Professor. He completed his anesthesiology residency in 2016 and his fellowship in neuroanesthesiology in 2017 at the University of Florida. His research interests include prediction of post-traumatic cerebral infarction in traumatic brain…

Pain Medicine Fellowship Receives Grant

It is our pleasure to announce that Rene Przkora, PhD and the Pain Medicine Fellowship Program have been awarded an educational grant from Boston Scientific. The Neuromodulation Fellowship Grant from Boston Scientific is intended to support professional education by providing funding for a limited number…

Congrats Class of 2017!

Congratulations to our graduating residents and fellows! Thank you for all of your hard work over the years and good luck in your future endeavors! Keep checking our Facebook page for more pictures from graduation.

Basic Skills Boot Camp for New Residents

Our incoming residents attended Basic Skills Boot Camp over the summer. Two sessions were held for three days each in our simulation lab. New Residents learned basic skills to prepare them for their residency such as anesthetic measures and checks, intubation and extubation, and TEE…

Daryl L. Reust, MD, Joins the Department

Dr. Daryl Reust joined us on June 19, 2017, as an Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology. Dr. Reust comes to us from the University of Oklahoma, where he was an Assistant Professor and Associate Section Chief of Cardiovascular Anesthesia. He earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from…

Betty Grundy, MD, Passes Away

Dr. Betty Lou Bottoms Grundy, age 77 of Gainesville, passed away on Sunday, June 11, 2017 under the care of hospice. Dr. Grundy graduated from the University of Florida near the top of her class in 1963. She was one of the first women graduates…

Albert R. Robinson, III, MD, Elected to Faculty Council

Dr. Albert Robinson has been elected Vice President of the College of Medicine Faculty Council. Dr. Robinson is an Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and the Chief of the Division of Vascular Anesthesia. He joined the University of Florida College of Medicine faculty in 2006 as a practicing…

Our Pain Medicine Fellowship Receives New Grant

We are pleased to announce that Rene Przkora, PhD and the Pain Medicine Fellowship Program have been awarded a Fellowship Grant from the St. Jude Medical Foundation. The St. Jude Medical Foundation is an independent organization funded by St. Jude Medical that provides funding to charitable…

Brenda Fahy, MD, MCCM Appointed to ACGME Appeals Panel

Dr. Brenda Fahy will serve a six-year appointment as a member of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) appeals panel for Anesthesiology. ACGME is an independent, not-for-profit, physician-led organization that sets and monitors the professional educational standards essential in preparing…

Cynthia Garvan, PhD, to Receive Faculty Enhancement Opportunity

Dr. Cynthia Garvan will receive a Faculty Enhancement Opportunity award for the Fall of 2017. This FEO will provide Dr. Garvan the time, resources, and experiences which will allow her to acquire expertise in brain image analysis. Advances in imaging techniques such as CT, PET, MRI, fMRI, DTI, and…

2017 Celebration of Research a Huge Success

The annual 2017 Department of Anesthesiology Celebration of Research was a huge success, due in large part to outstanding participation and attendance. Many thanks to the 66 entries for sharing exciting and innovative research. Congratulations to the winners: Manish Shah, First Place for Best Poster Abigail Schirmer, Second Place…

UF Clinical Research Professionals Take Home Chapter Excellence Award

The North Central Florida chapter of the Association of Clinical Research Professionals earned the association’s highest honor, a 2017 Chapter Excellence Award, at its annual meeting this week. A celebration on Thursday, May 11 in the HPNP plaza will recognize this achievement.

Pain Medicine Fellowship Awarded Grant

Rene Przkora, MD, PhD and the Pain Medicine Fellowship have been awarded the Restorative Therapies Group Fellowship Grant from Medtronic. Led by Dr. Przkora, the Department of Anesthesiology’s division of Pain Medicine strives to deliver the highest quality of clinical care to our patients, to guide the…

Ted Gingrich, MD, Presented Patriot Award

The Patriot Award is given by the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense program. The Patriot Award reflects the efforts made to support citizen warriors through a wide-range of measures including flexible schedules, time off prior to and after deployment, caring for families,…

Jessica Lee Wins Jeffrey A. Gabor Employee Recognition Award!

Of 129 Superior Accomplishment Award winners, Jessica Lee, Administrative Support Assistant II in the Department of Anesthesiology, was chosen as one of four recipients for the Jeffrey A. Gabor Employee Recognition Award. These award winners share the common characteristics of excellent job performance, outstanding service,…

CSSALT Receives Over $1.75 Million For 5 Year Grant

The Center for Safety & Advanced Learning Technologies (CSSALT) and Dr. Samsun Lampotang have been working on a project funded by the Department of Defense United States Army Medical Research and Material Command entitled A Modular Set of Mixed Reality Simulators for “Blind” and Guided Procedures. Phase I was a…

Welcome Dr. Kevin Sullivan!

Dr. Sullivan joined us on April 7, 2017, as a Professor and Physician Director of Quality at the Congenital Heart Center. This appointment comes in addition to Dr. Sullivan’s position as a Pediatric Intensivist and Pediatric Cardiac Intensivist at the center, where he has served since 2014. Dr. Sullivan earned…

$15,000 Raised for Ronald McDonald House

  UF Health Shands Perioperative Golf Classic raised $15,000 for Ronald McDonald House this year! Eighty-eight golfers came out to Haile Plantation Golf and Country Club for the event on Saturday April 8th. Ronald McDonald House Charities of North Central Florida assists families with seriously ill children being treated…

Outstanding Showing at GAARRC 2017

We had an outstanding showing from our resident/fellow contingent at the 43rd annual Gulf Atlantic Anesthesia Residents’ Research Conference (GAARRC) this year! The conference was held in Jacksonville, FL April 7th through April 9th, 2017, and was hosted by the Mayo Clinic. GAARRC is designed to create an environment where resident…

Many Thanks to Our Outgoing 2016 Chief Residents!

A big thank you to our outgoing chief residents Meghan Brennan, MD, Michael Kaminsky, MD and Robert Stoker, MD! They have done a phenomenal job over the past year. Meghan is continuing on at UF Anesthesiology with a Critical Care Fellowship, Michael is also staying at UF for a regional…

Welcome Robert Loeb, MD!

Dr. Loeb joins us on March 27, 2017, as a Professor of Multispecialty Anesthesia and comes to us from the University of Arizona. Dr. Loeb earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland in College Park and his medical degree from the University of Maryland in Baltimore, where he…

2017 Chief Residents Selected

The 2017 chief residents, selected from the current CA-2 class with ballots from anesthesia residents and faculty, are: Danielle Cobb, MD Mark Hotchkiss, DO Joe Siebenaler, MD These three resident physicians will begin the orientation process and work with our out-going chiefs over the next month as we proceed with…

Abstract Nominated for Kosaka Best of Meetings Abstract Award

Eric Brown, MD, Hemant Prakash Joshi, MD, PhD and Jeffrey White, MD, have had their abstract “Near-Miss Hyperkalemic Arrest During Orthotopic Liver Transplant,” selected as one of the Kosaka Best of Meeting Abstract Awards Finalist in Scholars Abstracts at the International Anesthesia Research Society 2017 Annual Meeting and International Science Symposium. Their abstract…

2017 Clinical Quality and Patient Safety Research Day

The Sebastian Ferrero Office of Clinical Quality and Patient Safety hosted a Research Day for Patient Safety and Quality week. Eight of the top posters presented today were authored or co-authored by representatives of the Department of Anesthesiology. Congratulations to those whose posters were…

Dr. Przkora Receives Grant from CTSI

Drs. Rene Przkora and Hari Parvataneni received a grant from the Clinical and Translational Science Institute at the University of Florida. This multidisciplinary team from the Departments of Anesthesiology and Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, in cooperation with the Institute on Aging (Dr. Buford), will study a novel exercise method to optimize the functional outcome for…

2017 College of Medicine Celebration of Research

The 2017 College of Medicine Celebration of Research took place on the evening of Monday, February 27, 2017, at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center. More than 500 posters were presented, and it was a successful day of research collaboration. The ever-growing number of posters at this annual event is truly…

Arturo Torres, MD, Joins the Department

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Arturo Torres to the Department of Anesthesiology. Dr. Torres, currently a Naval board-certified anesthesiologist, joins us on March 1, 2017, as an Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology. He has been with us since April as an OPS anesthesiologist and a fellow, and originally came to…

Dr. Josh Sappenfield Elected into AOA

Josh Sappenfield, MD, has been elected into the Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Medical Honor Society. AOA is the only allopathic medical honor society in the United States. Election to AOA is a singular honor based on continued academic achievement, leadership, professionalism, service, teaching, research and promise.