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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…

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.

Dr. Ajay Antony Wins Best Abstract

Ajay Antony, MD, won an award for best abstract at the 2017 North American Neuromodulation Society Annual Meeting. We are very proud of this accomplishment which results not only in UF recognition, but will also benefit our pain patients!…

2017 Exemplary Teacher Award Winners

The Department awarded several of our professors with Exemplary Teacher Awards at our faculty meeting on January 23, 2017. The recipients were: Dr. Barys Ihnatsenka Dr. Olga “Kiki” Nin Dr. Terrie Vasilopoulos…