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Welcome to our 2024 pain medicine and endoscopic spine fellows

Six physicians join our Multidisciplinary Pain Medicine Fellowship program and two physicians join our Endoscopic Spine Fellowship program. Join us in giving them a warm welcome to the Department of Anesthesiology! Incoming Multidisciplinary Pain Medicine Fellows…

June Resident of the Month

Congratulations to Tyler McKenzie, M.D., who was chosen by his fellow residents as our June Resident of the Month! See some of the quotes from his nominations below. “Always comes through and willing to help us as fellow residents. Went above and beyond what is expected of him. Has a…

APSF continues Technology Education Initiative with quantitative neuromuscular modulation simulation software developed at CSSALT

The Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation (APSF), in collaboration with the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA), has launched a new piece of simulation software developed by our department’s Center for Safety, Simulation & Advanced Learning Technologies (CSSALT). This course, Quantitative Neuromuscular Monitoring (QNM), was officially released at the…

Welcome to our 2024 cardiothoracic anesthesiology fellows

Five physicians join our Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology Fellowship program for the 2024-2025 academic year. Please join us in welcoming them! Anthony Barrios, M.D. Dr. Barrios earned his medical degree and completed his anesthesiology residency here at the University of Florida. He was also one of our chief residents during the…

June 2024 publications

Congratulations to everybody who was published in June! Published faculty were Doctors Andoniadis, Dooley, Fahy, Garvan, Howell, Janelle, Maybauer, Nin, Peng, Przkora, Reina, Reynolds, Seubert, Sibille, Tighe, Vasilopoulos, Jeffrey White, and Zhang. Anesthesia and Analgesia Kakalecik J, Satchell C, Root KT, Vasilopoulos T, Patrick MR, Talerico MT, Krupko TA, Nin…

Charlie Slowey, MB, BCh, BAO, joins the department

We’re pleased to welcome Charlie Slowey, MB, BCh, BAO, who joined the department this month as an assistant professor in the Divisions of Cardiothoracic Anesthesia and Critical Care Medicine. Slowey received his medical degree from University College Cork, Ireland, where he graduated with honors. He then completed his anesthesiology residency,…

Welcoming our 2024 residents

As the new academic year begins in earnest, we’re thrilled to welcome our incoming cohort of residents! Each year, our department conducts hundreds of interviews to ensure our incoming residents are among the most remarkable in the nation. We’re more than confident we’ve succeeded; the 25 physicians joining us…

Shigeharu Tsuda, Ph.D., joins faculty

Shigeharu Tsuda, Ph.D., transitioned from a postdoctoral associate to assistant scientist in the Division of Research last month. Tsuda earned his M.S. in kinesiology from Indiana University. He also earned an M.S. in animal sciences and a Ph.D. in veterinary medicine, both here at the University of Florida.

Rene Przkora, M.D., Ph.D., named at-large GMEC member

Rene Przkora, M.D., Ph.D., professor of anesthesiology and director of our multidisciplinary pain medicine fellowship, has been appointed as an at-large member of Graduate Medical Education Committee (GMEC). The GMEC is responsible for the oversight and administration of each of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)-accredited programs, which…

May Faculty Educator of the Month

Congratulations to Tom Guyton, M.D., assistant professor in the division of multispecialty anesthesiology, for being named our May Faculty Educator of the Month! Read on for some quotes from his nominations. “Dr. Guyton is a top-tier attending. I love working with him because of the time that he takes during…

Residents and faculty celebrated at 2024 graduation

The UF Department of Anesthesiology held the 2024 Residents’ Graduation and Awards Ceremony on June 15 at the Champion’s Club at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Graduation certificates and a number of awards were presented by Interim Department Chair Greg Janelle, M.D., Associate Chair for Education Timothy W. Martin, M.D., MBA,…

A Q&A with François Modave, Ph.D., professor of AI and associate chair of research

We recently spoke with François Modave, Ph.D., about his professional and personal pursuits. He is a professor of artificial intelligence (AI), associate chair of research for the University of Florida Department of Anesthesiology, and assistant dean of the Quality and Patient Safety Initiative (QPSi) Academy in the UF College…

May Resident of the Month

Congratulations to Meena Kanhai, M.D., who has been chosen by her colleagues as the May Resident of the Month. Read some quotes from her nominations below. “Meena always works hard and goes beyond the call of duty for her patients. She is reliable and flexible. Her bedside manner is exemplary…

Education and excellence at FSA 2024

Faculty, residents, and staff from the Department of Anesthesiology had a great weekend at the Florida Society of Anesthesiologists (FSA) Annual Meeting held June 7-9, 2024 at The Breakers in West Palm Beach, Florida. The department contributed eight posters and four podium presentations to the event, and Department of…

Residents participate in our annual Basic Skills Boot Camp

Twenty-two residents beginning their second year of anesthesiology residency participated in a week of workshops and lectures to prepare them for their first clinical anesthesiology year (the CA-1 year). The 2024 Basic Skills Boot Camp was held the first week of June and included training in a variety…

Unique case detailed in recent article by Drs. AbuRahma, Goldstein, and Robinson

The Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia has recently published online ahead of print a new case report co-authored by UF Department of Anesthesiology faculty members Joseph AbuRahma, M.D., Chris Goldstein, M.D., and Albert Robinson III, M.D., along with colleagues from the Divisions of Cardiovascular Medicine…

Casey Miller, MSN, APRN, joins UF Health Pain Medicine – Halifax Health

The Department of Anesthesiology is pleased to welcome Casey Miller, MSN, APRN, to UF Health Pain Medicine – Halifax Health. Miller will be joining Mark Bender, M.D., as a nurse practitioner. Miller received his nursing degree from Santa Fe College, and is a recent graduate from the University of Phoenix,…

Pediatric anesthesia bootcamp enhances skills with interactive activities

A recent training event at the University of Florida College of Medicine brought together fellows and faculty from several institutions for an immersive learning experience. Coordinated by faculty and staff from the UF Department of Anesthesiology, the Southeast Pediatric Anesthesia Regional (SPEAR) Transition to Practice Bootcamp was held on…

Eduardo Walker, M.D., selected for resident position on JGME editorial board

Congratulations to Eduardo Walker, M.D., who has been selected for a resident position on the editorial board of the Journal of Graduate Medical Education (JGME)! The goal of JGME is to enhance the quality of postgraduate physician education through the dissemination of high-quality research. As a resident editor, Walker…

Medical student mentored by Dr. Kumar honored for research

A student in the University of Florida’s Medical Student Research Program (MSRP) was honored on May 7 for his research under the mentorship of Sanjeev Kumar, M.D., associate professor of anesthesiology. Taylor Calibo, MSEE, received the prestigious Lawrence M. Goodman Trust Award for his presentation, titled “A Method for…

April Faculty Educator of the Month

Congratulations to Thorsten Haas, M.D., director of patient blood management and professor in the Division of Multispecialty Anesthesiology, for being chosen as the April Faculty Educator of the Month! Read on for some quotes from his nominations. “It is with great enthusiasm that I nominate Dr. Haas for Faculty Educator…

Pain Medicine Fellowship receives grant from Medtronic

We are pleased to share that Rene Przkora, M.D., Ph.D., and the Multidisciplinary Pain Medicine Fellowship have once again been awarded the annual Pain Therapies Fellowship Grant from Medtronic Giving Connection. This grant will help in the training of our next generation of pain medicine physicians. Funding this year will…

April Resident of the Month

Congratulations to Jon Vardanyan, M.D., our April Resident of the Month! See some of the quotes from his nominations below. “An incredible worker who always shows up well prepared for his cases. Always asks what else can be done and makes the day fun and entertaining as well.” “Really goes…

Transition to Residency course prepares graduating med students

Last week marked an exciting milestone as 136 graduating medical students completed their capstone course: Transition to Residency. Rounding out the course was a dynamic workshop organized by the Department of Anesthesiology. Fifty of these students who are going into procedural specialties delved into nine interactive anesthesia and surgery stations,…

Terrie Vasilopoulos, Ph.D., to receive faculty enhancement opportunity

Terrie Vasilopoulos, Ph.D., associate professor of anesthesiology and orthopaedic & sports medicine, has been selected to receive a Faculty Enhancement Opportunity (FEO) award. She will use the FEO funding to attend a series of American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) workshops for the purpose of completing its…

April 2024 publications

Congratulations to everyone who was published in April! Published faculty were Doctors AbuRahma, Cruz Beltran, Berkow, Downs, Frantz, Garvan, Chris Goldstein, Heidi Goldstein, Maybauer, Modave, Pitkin, Reynolds, Robinson, Spiess, and Vasilopoulos. Annals of Cardiac Anaesthesia Santonocito C, Cassisi C, Chiarenza F, Caruso A, Murabito P, Maybauer MO, George S,…

Terrie Vasilopoulos, Ph.D., co-authors study that examines early predictor of stroke recovery

Stroke has just published a new study co-authored by Terrie Vasilopoulos, Ph.D., associate professor of anesthesiology and orthopaedic & sports medicine. This meta-analysis, titled “Individual Patient Data Meta-Analysis of Dynamic Cerebral Autoregulation and Functional Outcome After Ischemic Stroke,” investigates the relationship between dynamic cerebral autoregulation (dCA)…

March Resident of the Month

Congratulations to Allyson Tragesser, M.D., our March Resident of the Month! Read some of her nominations to see why Dr. Tragesser was chosen by her colleagues for this award. “I recently worked with Allyson over the span of a couple weeks. She seems to always be prepared, looks for opportunities…

E.J. Collins, M.D., CRNA, receives Outstanding Resident Educator Award

E.J. Collins, M.D., CRNA, has been recognized by the UF Society of Teaching Scholars with the 2024 Outstanding Resident Educator Award. This award is presented each year to one individual from every department.  “He has distinguished himself by tirelessly educating fellow residents and medical students over the years,” said the…

March 2024 publications

Congratulations to everyone who was published in March! Published faculty were Doctors Andoniadis, Boezaart, Garvan, Giordano, Gravenstein, Haas, Kumar, Martin, Modave, Price, Przkora, Reina, Shah, Sibille, Smith, Tighe, and Vasilopoulos. Anesthesia and Analgesia Ilfeld BM, Smith CR, Turan A, Mariano ER, Miller ME, Fisher RL, Trescot AM, Cohen SP,…

Department of Anesthesiology resident mentors students

As part of the Medi-Gators mentorship program at the University of Florida College of Medicine, first-year anesthesiology resident Javier Garcia, M.D., is leading a group of medical students and undergraduates in a project designed to enhance patient understanding of the preoperative process. The project, titled “Preparing for Surgery, an…

Department of Anesthesiology holds 50th MOCA course

The Department of Anesthesiology recently held its 50th in-person Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology (MOCA) session, continuing a series of high-quality in-person simulations that began in 2014. The sessions draw on the resources of the Center for Safety, Simulation & Advanced Learning Technologies (CSSALT), combining first-class simulation and…

February Faculty Educator of the Month

Congratulations to Karisa Walker, M.D., M.Ed., associate professor of anesthesiology and associate program director of education assessments, who was chosen by our residents as the February Faculty Educator of the Month! Read on for some excerpts from her nominations. “Dr. Walker has an extensive background in educational theory, particularly for…

Resident travels to Jamaica on mission trip

Third-year resident Olesia Merinova, M.D., recently returned from a mission trip to Bustamante Hospital for Children in Kingston, Jamaica. The trip, organized by Cardiac Kids Foundation of Florida (CKFF), took place under the supervision of David Vener, M.D., professor of anesthesiology at Baylor College of Medicine and James Spaeth, M.D.,…

Rene Przkora, M.D., Ph.D., appointed to the Communications and Website Committee for the AUA

Rene Przkora, M.D., Ph.D., professor of anesthesiology and director of our multidisciplinary pain medicine fellowship, has been appointed to the Communications and Website Committee for the Association of University Anesthesiologists (AUA). Przkora was chosen for his leadership attributes and dedication to academic anesthesiology. The Communications and Website Committee for the…

February Resident of the Month

Congratulations to our February Resident of the Month, Nathan Eshenroder, M.D.! Dr. Eshenroder was selected for this award by his colleagues in recognition of his tireless effort and selfless attitude. Read some quotes from his nominations below. “Nate is a great teammate. He is always looking to help out…

2024-2025 chief residents selected

We are pleased to announce the appointment of our three new chief residents for the upcoming academic year. Alex Horowitz, D.O., Bobby Houston, M.D., and Georgeanna Tsoumas, D.O., will serve from April 1, 2024 through March 31, 2025. The position of chief resident is an important role, and members of…

Staff honored with UF Superior Accomplishment Awards

We are excited to announce that two of our staff members—Kathy Parrish, MBA, and Abbey Doege—have been honored with 2024 Superior Accomplishment Awards for their outstanding contributions to our department and institution! Winners of the Superior Accomplishment Awards are nominated by supervisors, peers, and customers. They have shown a consistent…

A Q&A with FSA president Chris Giordano, M.D.

We recently had an opportunity to chat with Chris Giordano, M.D., professor of anesthesiology and director of the Anesthesiology/Critical Care Clerkship. Dr. Giordano is also the current president of the Florida Society of Anesthesiologists (FSA) and was recently named the Phase 2/3 Teacher of the Year for the…

A Q&A with Andrey Suprun, M.D.

Andrey Suprun, M.D., is currently a fellow in our Regional Anesthesiology & Acute Pain Medicine Fellowship (RAAPM) Program, and will be joining us in the fall as an assistant professor in the Division of Acute Pain Medicine. We sat down with Dr. Suprun to discuss his journey in the…

Robert Tokhunts, M.D., Ph.D., joins the department

Robert Tokhunts, M.D., Ph.D., joined the department last month as an assistant professor in the Division of Critical Care Medicine. Tokhunts earned his Ph.D. in pharmacology and toxicology at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, and was a neuroscience fellow at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland. After…

Celebrating research in the Department of Anesthesiology

Faculty, staff, residents, fellows, and students gathered last week for the 2024 Department of Anesthesiology Celebration of Research, held at the UF Health Heart & Vascular Hospital. The event, an annual tradition, is an opportunity for members of the department to display the collaboration, mentorship, and rigor…

Terrie Vasilopoulos, Ph.D., voted into the Society of Teaching Scholars

Terrie Vasilopoulos, Ph.D., associate professor of anesthesiology and orthopaedic surgery & sports medicine, has been voted into the University of Florida Society of Teaching Scholars (STS) by current society members. Vasilopoulos, who is the current chair-elect of the American Statistical Association’s Statistical Consulting Section and a statistical editor for the…

January Faculty Educator of the Month

Congratulations to Trevor Sudweeks, D.O., who was chosen by our residents as our Faculty Educator of the Month. Dr. Sudweeks is an OPS physician here in the department. Read on for some quotes from his nominations. “Dr. Sudweeks is a wonderful educator who makes learning stress free and something to…

Dr. Berkow heads up new study at UF Health

Lauren Berkow, M.D., FASA, professor of anesthesiology and chief of the division of neuroanesthesiology, is the primary investigator for the University of Florida on a new multicenter, international study. The International obServational sTudy on AiRway manaGement in operAting room and non-operaTing room anesthEsia (STARGATE) study will collect data…

Samsun Lampotang, Ph.D, voted into the Society of Teaching Scholars

Samsun Lampotang, Ph.D., professor of anesthesiology and director of the Center for Safety, Simulation & Advanced Learning Technologies (CSSALT), has been voted into the University of Florida Society of Teaching Scholars (STS) by current society members. “We recognize your ongoing commitment to education and know that you will continue to…

January Resident of the Month: Casey Taylor, D.O.

Congratulations to Casey Taylor, D.O., who was chosen by his colleagues as the January Resident of the Month! Dr. Taylor’s colleagues couldn’t say enough about his hard work and positive attitude. Read some quotes from his nominations below. Dr. Taylor is a wonderful resident, always goes above and beyond helping…

Janos Geli, M.D., Ph.D., joins the department

Janos Geli, M.D., Ph.D., joined the Department of Anesthesiology in February as an assistant professor of anesthesiology in the Division of Critical Care Medicine. Geli earned his medical degree from University of Pecs Medical School in Hungary and subsequently completed work as a research fellow, attained a Ph.D., and…

Dr. Giordano voted Phase 2/3 Teacher of the Year

Chris Giordano, M.D., professor of anesthesiology and director of the Anesthesiology/Critical Care Clerkship, has been named the Phase 2/3 Teacher of the Year for the UF College of Medicine for 2022-23. “This award is particularly special because it is entirely voted on by the students,” wrote Shireen Madani Sims,…

Doctors Modave and Brennan mentor med students with AI projects

François Modave, Ph.D., professor of anesthesiology and associate chair for research, and Meghan Brennan, M.D., M.S., assistant professor of anesthesiology, are mentoring future doctors with artificial intelligence (AI) projects. The University of Florida College of Medicine and the Intelligent Clinical Care Center awarded six medical students the Oberndorf Clinical…

December Faculty Educator of the Month

Congratulations to associate professor of anesthesiology Joshua Sappenfield, M.D., who was chosen by our residents as the December Faculty Educator of the Month! Check out some of the comments from his nominations to see why our residents love working with this talented physician. “Dr. Sappenfield is a great teacher, always…

Patent awarded to Doctors Suprun and Hutchinson

We’re pleased to congratulate Andrey Suprun, M.D., and David Hutchinson, M.D., on being issued a patent for their new technology, “Intravenous Tubing Venting Assembly.” The patent describes a method and intravenous tubing apparatus which provides air bubbles with a venting path that does not permit fluid passage. Suprun…

December Resident of the Month: Jarrett Schmidt, D.O.

Congratulations to Jarrett Schmidt, D.O., who was chosen by his colleagues as the December Resident of the Month! Read some quotes from his nominations to see why this award is so well deserved. “An intellectual force of nature. He was extraordinarily helpful on multiple occasions, providing direct help to fellow…

Maria Öhrn, M.D, joins the department

Maria A. K. Öhrn, M.D., joined the Department of Anesthesiology in January as an assistant professor in the Division of Multispecialty Anesthesiology. Öhrn is a “triple gator,” having completed her bachelor’s degree, medical degree, and anesthesiology residency here at the University of Florida. She was also a clinical instructor/special fellow…

Tom Guyton, M.D., joins the department

Tom Guyton, M.D., rejoined the UF Department of Anesthesiology faculty this month as an assistant professor in the Division of Multispecialty Anesthesiology. Guyton earned his medical degree from Harvard Medical School and completed his anesthesiology residency here at the University of Florida. After completing an NIH Training Grant at the…

Cyndi Garvan, Ph.D., on research team funded by NIDCR

The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) has awarded a five-year, $3,692,175 grant to the University of Florida College of Dentistry and the East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine. This funding aims to establish an academic multidisciplinary practice-based research network within and between the two dental schools.

December 2023 publications

Congratulations to all those who had work published in December! Published faculty were Doctors Bose, Fahy, Ihnatsenka, Reynolds, Sibille, Le-Wendling, Maybauer, Vasilopoulos, and Wardhan. A&A Practice Nimma S, Gans A, Wardhan R, Allen W. Remimazolam sedation and neuraxial anesthesia in a patient with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis undergoing an open…

November Resident of the Month: Kevin Marfiak, D.O.

Please help us congratulate our November Resident of the Month, Kevin Marfiak, D.O.! Dr. Marfiak was chosen as Resident of the Month by his colleagues thanks to his positive and dependable attitude. See some of his nominations below. “Very positive, supportive part of the team! Always eager to learn…

Burhan Kazaal, M.D., joins the department

Burhan Kazaal, M.D., joined the department this month as an assistant professor in the Division of Multispecialty Anesthesiology. Kazaal earned his medical degree from Damascus University in Damascus, Syria.  After working as a primary care physician at Riyadh Central Hospital in Saudi Arabia for several years, he came to…

November Faculty Educator of the Month: Thomas Austin, M.D.

Congratulations to Thomas Austin, M.D., who has been selected by our residents as the November Faculty Educator of the Month! Dr. Austin is a professor of anesthesiology and associate chief in the Division of Pediatric Anesthesiology. He was recently one of 10 department faculty to receive a 2023…

Dr. Mohamed and Dr. Howell Awarded RAPiDS Grants

Two Department of Anesthesiology faculty have received RAPiDS (Rapid AI Prototyping and Development for patient Safety) Cycle 2 Grants to support artificial intelligence-aided projects to enhance patients’ postsurgical outcomes and maximize resource efficiency. Basma Mohamed, MBChB, associate professor and chief of the Division of Perioperative Medicine, was awarded a…

UF Health to participate in patient-focused research project

UF Health will take part in implementing a patient-focused research project as part of an award from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). The UF Health site is one of six in the United States and Canada.  Joshua Sappenfield, M.D., associate professor of anesthesiology and emergency medicine, is the…

Halifax Health | UF Health Spotlight: Jeanelle Brown, M.D.

Jeanelle Brown, M.D., joined us last December as chief of anesthesiology at Halifax Health | UF Health. Since then, she has taken the lead on a number of initiatives, noting that their success is due to the support of UF Health and Halifax Health leadership. “I am proud of…

November 2023 publications

Congratulations to everyone who was published in November! Published faculty were Doctors Austin, Chapin, Berkow, Boezaart, Brennan, Fahy, Frantz, Kumar, Maybauer, Mohamed, Nin, Price, Przkora, Reynolds, Smith, Vasilopoulos, and Zasimovich. Books Berkow, LC. Emergency anesthesia procedures. United Kingdom: Oxford University Press; 2023. 334 p. Reynolds PS. A guide…

Chris Edwards, M.D., appointed MOCA Minutes question author

Congratulations to Chris Edwards, M.D., who has been invited to serve as a question author for the American Board of Anesthesiology’s (ABA) MOCA Minute Pediatric Anesthesiology Committee. Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology (MOCA) Minute questions are designed to help anesthesiologists keep up-to-date with changing trends and industry advancements…

Kayser Enneking, M.D., honored by UF Women in Medicine and Science

Kayser Enneking, M.D., professor of anesthesiology and orthopaedics, was recently honored by UF Women in Medicine and Science (WIMS) for her professional excellence, contribution as a role model, and outstanding leadership. Enneking, who also received the UF College of Medicine’s Lifetime Achievement Award earlier this year, shared…

October Faculty Educator of the Month

Please help us congratulate Patrick Millan, M.D, who was chosen by our residents as the October 2023 Faculty Educator of the Month. Dr. Millan is an assistant professor in the division of Cardiothoracic Anesthesia, and it’s no surprise to see him win this award. He was recently one…

October Resident of the Month

Please help us congratulate our October Resident of the Month, Elaine Kerr, M.D.! Dr. Kerr’s colleagues can’t say enough about what a pleasure she is to work with, both because of her clinical expertise and her personal interactions. Read on for some of her nominations. “Elaine is another…

October 2023 publications

Congratulations to everyone who was published in October! Published faculty were Doctors Austin, Dooley, Edwards, Fahy, Garvan, Gonzalez, Gravenstein, Jafari, Kumar, Maybauer, Meroney, Modave, Mora, Przkora, Sappenfield, Spiess, and Vasilopoulos. Anesthesiology Vail EA, Feng R, Sieber F, Carson JL, Ellenberg SS, Magaziner J, Dillane D, Marcantonio ER, Sessler DI, Ayad…

September Faculty Educator of the Month: Chris Goldstein, M.D.

Please help us congratulate Chris Goldstein, M.D, who was chosen by our residents as the September 2023 Faculty Educator of the Month. Dr. Goldstein is affiliated anesthesiology faculty based at the Malcom Randall VA Medical Center. Our residents used words like “compassionate,” “patient,” and “exciting” to describe his work…

10 faculty receive 2023 Exemplary Teacher Awards

We are pleased to announce that 10 Department of Anesthesiology faculty members have received the Exemplary Teacher Award for 2023. 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,…

Abigail Schirmer, M.D., selected president-elect of ASA Resident Component

Abigail Schirmer, M.D., CA-1, who once presented a research poster at the 2016 American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) annual meeting as a University of Florida undergraduate, returned from this year’s conference as president-elect of the ASA Resident Component. Schirmer, who was elected unanimously, is the first female…

Critical Care Medicine adds skills labs to grand rounds

The Department of Anesthesiology has begun to integrate hands-on skill labs into Critical Care Medicine (CCM) Grand Rounds. As part of the transition from the purely virtual grand rounds sessions developed during the COVID-19 pandemic, professor of anesthesiology Felipe Urdaneta, M.D., presented the first of a new series of…

September 2023 publications

Congratulations to everyone who was published in September 2023! Published faculty were Doctors Boezaart, Brennan, Chembrovich, Fahy, Garvan, Ihnatsenka, Kumar, Le-Wendling, Pitkin, Przkora, Reina, Reynolds, Robicsek, Sappenfield, Smith, Tighe, Vasilopoulos, and Zasimovich. Advanced Biology Guo X, Akanda N, Fiorino G, Nimbalkar S, Long CJ, Colón A, Patel A,…

A Q&A with Timothy W. Martin, M.D., associate chair for education

Timothy W. Martin, M.D., MBA, professor of anesthesiology, associate chair for education, and chief of the Pediatric Anesthesiology Division, sat down with us to discuss his career in anesthesiology and the UF anesthesiology education programs he leads. Q: 00:35 What was your time in the medical field like before…

August 2023 publications

Congratulations to everyone who was published in August 2023! Published faculty were Doctors Austin, Boezaart, Dooley, Edwards, Enneking, Gonzalez, Gravenstein, Janelle, Maybauer, Nin, Price, Pitkin, Reina, Reynolds, Robicsek, Sullivan, and Wenzel. ASAIO Journal Brewer JM, Broman LM, Maybauer MO. A Plea for Adoption of the Common ECLS…

Department welcomes residents’ loved ones to Family Anesthesiology Day

Family and friends of our anesthesiology residents got a glimpse of the day-to-day life of a resident at the third annual Family Anesthesiology Day. Residency program director Tim Martin, M.D., MBA, and assistant program director Michael Fowler, M.D., MBA, led some introductory discussion with the help of a panel of…

2023 regional anesthesiology and acute pain medicine fellows join the department

Six physicians began their regional anesthesiology and acute pain medicine fellowships with us this summer. Please help us welcome them to the team! Juan Acosta, M.D. Dr. Acosta earned his medical degree from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá D.C., Colombia. He completed a pediatrics residency at MedStar Georgetown University…

2023 critical care medicine fellows

Three physicians began their critical care medicine fellowship with us this summer. Each of them has recently completed their emergency medicine residency right here at the University of Florida. Please help us welcome them to the next stage of their training in the department! Nhi Luu. D.O. Dr. Luu…

Residents receive 100% pass rate on BASIC exam

In June, twenty-two of our residents took the American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA) BASIC Examination for the first time and all twenty-two of them passed, giving us a 100% pass rate!   BASIC is the first written exam of the ABA board certification process and is administered to approximately 1,600…

CSSALT awarded grant to develop online defibrillator simulation

A team from the University of Florida’s Center for Safety, Simulation & Advanced Learning Technologies (CSSALT), led by Chris Samouce, Ph.D., assistant scientist in the UF Department of Anesthesiology, has been awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Innovators Network to develop an interactive,…

Department appoints clinical directors of research

UF Department of Anesthesiology leadership have appointed several clinical directors of research with the goal of increasing research and scholarly activity across the department’s clinical divisions. These new leadership positions were created to develop a cohort of clinicians with an in-depth knowledge of research resources and methodologies. “The role of…

2023 pain medicine fellows join the department

Six physicians began their Multidisciplinary Pain Medicine Fellowship with us this summer. Please help us welcome them to the team! Michael Aiello, D.O. Dr. Aiello earned his medical degree at Western University of Health Science. He completed his anesthesiology residency at the University of Florida College of Medicine – Jacksonville,…

Five faculty promoted in 2023

Five of our amazing faculty were promoted this year, effective July 1, 2023. Congratulations to Linda Le-Wendling, M.D., Basma Mohamed, MBChB, Cameron Smith, M.D., Ph.D., Jose Soberon, M.D., and Patrick Tighe, M.D., M.S.! Le-Wendling and Tighe have been promoted to the rank of clinical professor and professor, respectively. Mohamed and…

New Residents join us in 2023

It’s that time of year once more! Our halls are lively with the arrival of fresh faces, as a new cohort of residents and fellows joins our ranks. In our unwavering commitment to education, we seek out the most exceptional and talented individuals to become part of the University of…

May 2023 publications

Congratulations to everyone who had publications in May of 2023! Published faculty were Doctors Doré, Fahy, Kumar, Lopez, Maybauer, Sappenfield, Schutte, Seubert, Spiess, Tighe, Vose, and Wardhan. Alzheimer’s & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer’s Association O’Brien K, Feng R, Sieber F, Marcantonio ER, Tierney A, Magaziner J, Carson JL,…

Faculty Awarded Department of Anesthesiology Research Opportunity Funds

The Department of Anesthesiology’s Spring 2023 research funding opportunity, which closed on May 5, awarded five research grants totaling $18,415 to support faculty research. The winners are Michael Franklin, D.O., Amanda Frantz, M.D., Sebastian R. Gatica-Moris, M.D., Anatoly Martynyuk, Ph.D., and Soleil Schutte, M.D. Dr. Franklin’s proposal is…

April 2023 Publications

Congratulations to everyone who had publications in April of 2023! Published faculty were Doctors Austin, Boezart, Chembrovich, Edwards, Fahy, Garvan, Gravenstein, Ihnatsenka, Le-Wendling, Martynyuk, Maybauer, Mohamed, Morey, Sappenfield, Seubert, Tighe, and Vasilopoulos. Anesthesia and Analgesia Blaine KP, Dudaryk R, Milne AD, Moon TS, Nagy D, Sappenfield JW, Teng JJ. Training…

February Resident of the Month: Talles Sidronio, M.D.

Please help us congratulate our February 2023 Resident of the Month: Talles Sidronio, M.D., CA-3! Dr. Sidronio was nominated by his fellow residents and faculty for his hard work and motivation and for going above and beyond in his duties. Below are some of the quotes from his nominations.

2023 IHAF Winners

Congratulations to Cole Dooley, M.D., Christopher Samouce, Ph.D., and Soleil Schutte, M.D., who have received IHAF 2023 Education Awards from the I. Heermann Anesthesia Foundation (IHAF). The purpose of IHAF is to encourage and support scholarly pursuits designed to enhance the field of anesthesia through clinical research, laboratory research,…

Residency Match 2023

We are thrilled to announce the results of the 2023 NRMP Match!  We successfully matched with 20 categorical (4-year) residents, including five from the University of Florida College of Medicine. Additionally, we matched with four “reserved for physician” (3-year) residents and one “advanced” physician who will begin training at…

Interns Complete 2023 Intern Education Month

Every year our anesthesiology interns go through a four-week rotation that is focused solely on didactics and simulations called Intern Education Month. The rotation also introduces the residents to available resources that can help them clinically and academically. Sprinkled throughout are wellness activities so that classmates can form closer relationships…

January 2023 Resident of the Month

Please help us congratulate our January 2023 Resident of the Month: Georgeanna Tsoumas, D.O., CA-1! Dr. Tsoumas was nominated by her fellow residents and faculty for her hard work and motivation and for going above and beyond in her duties. Below are some of the quotes from her nominations.

Martin Noguera, M.S., Honored with UF Superior Accomplishment Award

We are pleased to announce that Martin Noguera, M.S., Research Administrator II, has been honored with the 2023 UF Superior Accomplishment Award for his outstanding contributions to our department and institution! The Superior Accomplishment Awards program is designed to recognize outstanding faculty and staff for their dedication to their…

Resident Gives Back on Mission Trip to Honduras

In the spring of 2022, Karolain Garcia, M.D., currently a fourth-year anesthesiology resident, took her anesthesia talents to San Pedro Sula, Honduras, to aid in the surgical repair of cleft lips and palates. Interplast South, a non-profit organization of physicians and nurses, organizes yearly mission trips to the Ruth Paz…

Ben Chapin, M.D., Joins Faculty

Ben Chapin, M.D., a cognitive-behavioral neurologist who previously was a research fellow with the UF Health Perioperative Cognitive Anesthesia Network (PeCAN), has joined the department as an assistant professor. Prior to stepping into his new role, he took part in the Integrative and Multidisciplinary Pain and Aging Research Training…

January 2023 Publications

Congratulations to everyone who had publications in January 2023! Our faculty who were published are: Drs. Morey, Gravenstein, Seubert, Vasilopoulos, Martynyuk, Nin, Smith, Tighe, Price, Garvan, Reynolds, Frantz, Fahy, Przkora and Maybauer. Anesthesiology Ju LS, Zhu J, Brant JO, Morey TE, Gravenstein N, Seubert CN, Vasilopoulos T, Setlow B,…

Study Awarded Best Abstract by International Anesthesia Research Society

The study from the lab of Anatoly Martynyuk, Ph.D., titled “Neonatally sevoflurane-exposed and unexposed male rat cagemates affect each other’s neurodevelopmental phenotypes” has been accepted with the distinction of Kosaka Best Abstract Award Top Finalist for presentation at the International Anesthesia Research Society (IARS) 2023 Annual Meeting. The Kosaka…

Marc Maybauer, M.D., Ph.D., Joins the Department

Marc Oliver Maybauer, M.D., Ph.D., joined us in January as professor of anesthesiology and chief of our Critical Care Medicine Division. In addition, he will assume the responsibilities of Executive Director of the Critical Care Organization at UF and Director of the Anesthesiology ECMO Program. Before joining us, Dr. Maybauer…

New CSSALT Simulator Shows Dynamic Changes in Blood Pressure

A new online simulator developed by the University of Florida’s Center for Safety, Simulation & Advanced Learning Technologies (CSSALT) provides a platform for learning how specific factors can impact non-invasive blood pressure measurement. The Simulation of Blood Pressure Measurement Hydrostatic Artifact* was…

Resident Academic Days Praised for Positive Impact

Protecting academic time for residents has been an important concern in the University of Florida Department of Anesthesiology. The numerous administrative tasks, duty logs and surveys, as well as training related to compliance, insurance billing, HIPAA and other areas require time that can be challenging to find while residents take…

December 2022 Resident of the Month

Please help us congratulate our December 2022 Resident of the Month: Gabriella Williams, M.D., CA-1! Dr. Williams was nominated by her fellow residents and faculty for her hard work and motivation and for going above and beyond in her duties. Below are some of the quotes from her nominations.

Terrie Vasilopoulos, Ph.D., Named Statistical Editor for Journal of Clinical Anesthesia

Congratulations to Terrie Vasilopoulos, Ph.D., associate professor of anesthesiology and orthopaedic surgery & sports medicine, for being named a statistical editor for the Journal of Clinical Anesthesia (JCA)! In this role, Dr. Vasilopoulos will review submitted papers for statistical quality as well as organize, write and solicit editorials on statistical…

Gregory M. Janelle, M.D., FASE, FASA, Appointed Interim Chair of Anesthesiology

We are pleased to announce that Gregory M. Janelle, M.D., FASE, FASA, has been appointed interim chair of the department of anesthesiology. In his new role, Dr. Janelle will provide leadership for anesthesiology’s residency and fellowship programs, interdisciplinary research programs and clinical services, and will oversee faculty development and administrative…

December 2022 Publications

Congratulations to everyone who had publications in December 2022! Our faculty who were published are: Drs. Schutte, Smith, Le-Wendling, Maybauer, Enneking, Goettel, Vasilopoulos, Fahy, Mohamed, Zasimovich, Franklin, and Robicsek. Cureus Schutte S, Nimma SR, Smith CR, Le-Wendling L. Gastric Emptying of Orange Juice With and Without Pulp: A…

November 2022 Resident of the Month

Please help us congratulate our November 2022 Resident of the Month: EJ Collins, M.D., CA-2! Dr. Collins was nominated by his fellow residents and faculty for his hard work and motivation and for going above and beyond in his duties. Below are some of the quotes from his nominations.

Medicine’s New Frontier

Clinicians and researchers aim to combine expertise with artificial intelligence to improve patients' lives. Patrick Tighe, MD, MS, the associate dean for AI application & innovation and an associate professor of anesthesiology, Chris Giordano, MD, an associate professor of anesthesiology, and Francois Modave, PhD, a professor of AI in the department of anesthesiology, are leaders on a team of College of Medicine faculty who are developing a comprehensive AI curriculum aimed at clinicians, students and trainees who want to learn more about ways to incorporate data and machine learning into patient care.

November 2022 Publications

Congratulations to everyone who had publications in November 2022! Our faculty who were published are: Drs. Smith, Schutte, Doré, Austin, Wardhan, Gravenstein, Jeff White, Frantz, Tighe, Goettel, Price, Gonzalez, Cruz Beltran, Edwards, and Dooley. Anesthesiology Brian M. Ilfeld, Cameron R. Smith, Alparslan Turan, Edward R. Mariano, Matthew E. Miller,…

Terrie Vasilopoulos, Ph.D., Receives Best Paper Award

Terrie Vasilopoulos, Ph.D., associate professor of anesthesiology and orthopaedic surgery & sports medicine, was a co-author on a paper that received an honorable mention for the 2022 PM&R Best Paper Award. The award was given by PM&R, The Journal of Injury, Function and Rehabilitation (The Purple Journal) for the paper titled…

October 2022 Publications

Congratulations to everyone who had publications in October 2022! Our faculty who were published are: Drs. Austin, Doré, Garvan, Price and Reynolds. Spine Deformity Ruska T, Austin TM, Bruce RW Jr, Fletcher ND. Post-operative steroids in patients with patients with severe cerebral palsy undergoing posterior spinal fusion. Spine…

September 2022 Publications

Congratulations to everyone who had publications in September 2022! Our faculty who were published are: Drs. Chembrovich, Wardhan, Smith, Vasilopoulos, Trippensee, Brennan, Wendling, Tighe, and Peng. Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Chembrovich S, Wardhan R, Smith CR. Reply to Letter to the Editor: Preoperative Peripheral…

Abstract by Pain Medicine Team Chosen as ASRA President’s Choice

Congratulations to Rene Przkora, M.D., professor of anesthesiology and chief of our Pain Medicine Division, and his co-authors for their abstract being selected as a highlighted President’s Choice abstract for the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA) Annual Meeting! The abstract titled “Longitudinal Outcomes of Repeated…

Anatoly Martynyuk, Ph.D., Awarded R01 Grant

Anatoly Martynyuk, Ph.D., professor of anesthesiology and neuroscience, has been awarded a five-year R01 grant from the National Institutes of Health. Martynyuk is the principal investigator on the project titled “Mechanisms and blood-based biomarkers of intergenerational neurobehavioral effects of general anesthetics.” Co-investigators are Timothy Morey, M.D., professor and chair…

Residents Selected for the ASA Resident House of Delegates

Three of our residents have been selected to represent Florida and the University of Florida Department of Anesthesiology at the 2022 American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) Resident Component House of Delegates! Paul Campbell, M.D., Alex Horowitz, D.O., and Andy Neff, D.O., have been chosen to fill three of the Florida…

Prodip Bose, M.D., Ph.D., Named BRRC Interim Director

Prodip Bose, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of anesthesiology, neurology and physiological sciences and director of the MRI & Translational Neurotrauma Rehabilitation Lab, has been named interim director of the Brain Rehabilitation Research Center of Excellence (BRRC) at the Malcom Randall Veterans’ Affairs Medical Center (MRVAMC). Dr. Bose was selected…

August 2022 Publications

Congratulations to everyone who had publications in August 2022! Our faculty who were published are: Drs. Mehta, Robicsek, Seubert, Edwards, Gravenstein, Martin, Vasilopoulos, Tighe, Loeb, Doré, Zasimovich, and Goettel. Aesthetic Surgery Journal Cox EA, Nichols DS, Riklan JE, Pomputius A, Mehta SD, Mast BA, Furnas H, Canales F, Sorice-Virk…

Mark Bender, M.D., Joins Halifax Health

Mark Bender, M.D., joined us on Aug. 15 as a UF Health physician in chronic pain medicine for the regional anesthesia program at UF Health Pain Medicine – Halifax Health in Daytona Beach, Florida. In this role, Dr. Bender will play a key role in expanding the UF Health Pain…

Residents Score Top 10% on BASIC Exam

Congratulations to third-year residents Jennifer Bromwell, D.O., and Michael Jones, M.D., who scored in the top 10% of the American Board of Anesthesiology BASIC Exam in 2022! Scoring in the top 10% nationally is a testament to these residents’ hard work and dedication. “Mastering the concepts of the specialty of anesthesiology…

July 2022 Publications

Congratulations to everyone who had publications in July 2022! Our faculty who were published are: Drs. Loeb, Kumar, Spiess, Efron, Tighe, Reina, Boezaart, Urdaneta, Wardhan, Wells, J. White, Vasilopoulos, Frantz, Fahy, and Le-Wendling. Acta Anaesthesiologica Scandanavica Paterson E, Sanderson PM, Loeb RG, Paterson NAB. Improving…

François Modave, Ph.D., Joins Faculty

François Modave, Ph.D., joined us on Aug. 1 as a professor in artificial intelligence (AI). Dr. Modave received a Ph.D. in computer science from the ENSEEIHT in Toulouse, France. For the first half of his career, he focused on artificial intelligence and mathematical methods of decision theory and game theory.

Critical Care Medicine Holds 4th Annual Boot Camp

Critical care medicine fellows from four departments came together to learn core skills in this three-day multidisciplinary critical care medicine boot camp. The departments of anesthesiology, emergency medicine, neurology and surgery all train fellows in critical care medicine and this boot camp aims to give them all a common foundation.

Peter Nguyen, M.D., & Francis T. Pham, M.D., Join Halifax Health

Peter Nguyen, M.D., joined us on Aug. 2 as a UF Health physician for the regional anesthesia programs at Halifax Health. He comes to us from C.A.S.E. Medical Group in Sacramento, CA, where he worked as an anesthesiologist for two years. Dr. Nguyen completed his anesthesiology residency with the UF…

Pain Medicine Fellowship Receives Grant from Boston Scientific

We are excited to announce that Rene Przkora, M.D., Ph.D., and the Multidisciplinary 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 of medical fellowships…

Yosaf Zeyed, M.D., M.S., Joins Faculty

Yosaf Zeyed, M.D., M.S., joined us on Aug. 1 as an assistant professor in the Division of Multispecialty Anesthesia. He joins us from West Virginia University, where he served as assistant professor in the Department of Anesthesiology since 2018. Dr. Zeyed earned his medical degree from Benghazi University and his…

2022 Regional Anesthesiology & Acute Pain Medicine Fellows Join the Department

Six physicians began their Regional Anesthesiology & Acute Pain Medicine Fellowship with us this summer. Please help us welcome them to the team! Sean Beplate, M.D. Dr. Beplate earned his medical degree at the Trinity School of Medicine and completed an anesthesiology residency at Cook County Health & Hospitals…

2022 Multidisciplinary Pain Medicine Fellows Join the Department

Six physicians began their Multidisciplinary Pain Medicine Fellowship with us this summer. Please help us welcome them to the team! Shreya Aggarwal, D.O. Dr. Aggarwal earned her medical degree at the University of North Texas and completed an anesthesiology residency at the University of Texas. During her residency, Dr.

June 2022 publications

Congratulations to everyone who had publications in June 2022! Our faculty who were published are: Drs. Brennan, Caruso, Cruz Beltran, Doré, Fahy, Garvan, Goettel, Gravenstein, Howell, Janelle, Loeb, Martin, Martynyuk, McGough, Morey, Peng, Pitkin, Przkora, Sappenfield, Sullivan, Tighe, Wardhan, Jeffrey White, Peggy White, and Vasilopoulos! American Journal of Infection…

Amanda Frantz, M.D., appointed interim chief for Critical Care Medicine

We are pleased to announce that Amanda Frantz, M.D., assistant professor of anesthesiology, has been named interim chief of the Division of Critical Care Medicine. In this role, Dr. Frantz will ensure that patients receive high-quality care and serve as a contact point for faculty and staff to…

2022 Fellows for Combined CT & CCM and Pediatric Anesthesiology Join the Department

Welcome to our new Combined Cardiothoracic Critical Care Medicine Fellow and Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellow! Combined Cardiothoracic Critical Care Medicine Bronson Crawford, M.D. Dr. Crawford earned his medical degree at the University of Texas Medical Branch. He completed a combined emergency medicine/internal medicine residency at East Carolina University where he…

2022 Critical Care Medicine Fellows Join the Department

Seven physicians began their Critical Care Medicine Fellowship with us this summer. Please help us welcome them to the team! Manuel Borobia, M.D. Dr. Borobia earned his medical degree at Florida International University and completed an emergency medicine residency here at the University of Florida. Dr. Borobia was chief…

Five Questions with a Resident Graduate: Krupesh Dave, M.D.

We are so proud of all of our 2022 graduates! We caught up with Krupesh Dave, M.D., to hear about his time with us and what is next for him. Q: Where are you headed to next? A: I’m staying at the University of Florida to complete a…

Four faculty promoted in 2022

Congratulations to our four faculty who were promoted effective July 1, 2022! Christopher Giordano, M.D.: promoted to clinical professorOlga “Kiki” Nin, M.D.: promoted to clinical associate professorTerrie Vasilopoulos, Ph.D.: promoted to research associate professorYury Zasimovich, M.D.: promoted to clinical associate professor Promotion is a significant professional…

2022 Cardiothoracic Fellows Join the Department

Four anesthesiologists began their Adult Cardiothoracic Fellowship with us this summer. Please help us welcome them to the team! Joseph AbuRahma, M.D. Dr. AbuRahma earned his medical degree at Marshall University in Huntington, WV., and completed his anesthesiology residency here at the University of Florida. Dr. AbuRahma was recognized…

New role for Brandon Lopez, M.D.

We are pleased to announce that Brandon Lopez, M.D., assistant professor of anesthesiology, has been named medical director for CRNA/CAA services on the academic campus. In this role, Dr. Lopez will enhance communication among the CRNAs/CAAs and other parties such as the department, serve as a liaison and advocate for…

Celebrating the Class of 2022

Residents, fellows, faculty and families gathered on June 25th to celebrate the end of residency or fellowship and the beginning of their next journey. Some will be going far – Dr. Fritz-Gerald Charles will be traveling across the country to a cardiothoracic anesthesiology fellowship at Stanford University – but many…

Celebrating our May 2022 Resident of the Month

Please help us congratulate our May 2022 Resident of the Month: Scott Smith, M.D., CA-2! Dr. Smith was nominated by his fellow residents and faculty for his hard work and motivation and for going above and beyond in his duties. Below are some of the quotes from his nominations. “Super…

UF anesthesiology has strong showing at FSA 2022

The Department of Anesthesiology sent nine posters and had two podium presentations at the Florida Society of Anesthesiologists (FSA) Annual Meeting held June 10-12 at The Breakers in West Palm Beach, Florida. The FSA Annual Meeting is the largest gathering of anesthesiologists in the southeastern United States. Also at the…