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Dr. Spiess Pushes for Federal Patient Blood Management Legislation

The Department of Anesthesiology’s patient blood management program is pushing for federal legislation requiring hospitals that receive federal support to educate physicians about alternatives to blood transfusion and ways to reduce risk by using a patient’s own blood. Bruce D. Spiess, MD, FAHA, traveled to the U.S. Congress on July 30 to present a legislative…

André P. Boezaart, MD, PhD: Thank You

Dr. Boezaart brought passion, learning, and innovation, as well as his very special presence, and he will be missed. We would like to thank him for all of his efforts to make UF a better place.

Critical Care Medicine Fellows Gain Experience in Inaugural Boot Camp

Ten first-year fellows from the Departments of Anesthesiology, Neurology, and Surgery had the opportunity to practice core critical care skills on simulation equipment and gain exposure to new faculty during a multidisciplinary three-day boot camp. The inaugural Critical Care Medicine Boot Camp included lectures, task trainers, and Advanced Cardiac Life Support scenarios in the Center…

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

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

Dr. Kumar Hones Skills in Endoscopic Spine Surgery with FEO

Fellows and residents in the Department of Anesthesiology are poised to have the opportunity to learn and train on a new minimally invasive endoscopic spinal procedure to treat conditions such as herniated discs or spinal stenosis thanks to the work of an interventional pain physician in the Department of Anesthesiology. Sanjeev Kumar, MD, Assistant Professor…

UF Residents Take Home Top Honors at GAARRC

The Department of Anesthesiology had a dominant showing at the 45th annual Gulf Atlantic Anesthesia Residents’ Research Conference (GAARRC) hosted by UF in early May, taking home first and second place overall as well as winning top honors in all research categories. Fourth-year resident Dalya Elhady, MD, won first place overall with original research on…

CSSALT Team Builds CVA Simulator for Use in Resource-limited Environments

Sprawling across tables and counters, mannequins stare at the ceiling, eyes wide and mouths agape. They make their homes among the countless wires and screens and tools scattered throughout the white, sterile rooms of the Center for Safety, Simulation & Advanced Learning Technologies (CSSALT). Silently, patiently, they wait. They are simulators, and they represent valuable…

Anesthesiology Wellness Program Encourages Healthy Habits

On January 22, 2018, administrative staff of the Department of Anesthesiology received an email. The subject: “Wellness Team – Volunteers Needed.” That email was the first in a chain of events leading to the foundation of what is now a thriving department-wide Wellness Program. In response to feedback from staff expressing interest in participating in…

Brenda Fahy, MD, Fourth Female ABA President

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

Sue Ford, RN: My Journey Through Healthcare

By Susan Ford, RN My first recollection of anything medical was at about age 3–5 when my mother actually worked as a nurse’s aide at J. Hillis Miller Health Science Center (now UF Health Shands). Mom would come home and tell me stories about “grand rounds” and I could say words like sphygmomanometer and craniotomy before I could pronounce my…

Behavioral Changes Across Generations

By Adriana Barbat Clinical studies report learning disabilities, long-term memory impairment, and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorders in those who had anesthesia early in life. The Martynyuk Lab in the UF Department of Anesthesiology has now demonstrated that exposure to anesthetics in early life may not affect just exposed animals, but even their offspring. In a study, Anatoly Martynyuk, PhD, Professor of Anesthesiology…

A Life-Changing Catch

By Adriana Barbat Diving is Kristi Bernot’s life. A few years ago, it started getting in the way of her life. Bernot manages Cave Country Dive Shop in High Springs, FL, about a 30-minute drive from Gainesville. A highly experienced cave diver and scuba instructor, she has significant training and several diving certifications. Yet after years of diving, she began experiencing…

The Spine Center’s Comprehensive Approach

By Adriana Barbat The UF Health Comprehensive Spine Center opened its doors to patients in August. The center provides expert, personalized solutions for both common and complex neck and back pain in one convenient location. The center houses all specialties in one place, said Rene Przkora, MD, PhD, Division Chief of the Chronic Pain Medicine Division and Associate Professor…

Get the App, Save a Life

By Adriana Barbat You use your smartphone to make calls, send messages, take pictures, and play games. Now you can use it to save lives. Earlier this month, UF Health announced the public launch of a potentially life-saving smartphone app throughout Alachua County. PulsePoint Respond alerts users when a cardiac arrest occurs in a public…

ARAC Rethinks Research

By Adriana Barbat A new research council is reviewing study proposals in the Department of Anesthesiology. The Anesthesia Research Advisory Council (ARAC) aims to bring the department closer to its goal of becoming a top anesthesia research institution by streamlining the research process. It was designed to increase trial success rates by evaluating study proposals for scientific merit, validity, and…

Alberto Bursian: Political Advocacy in Medicine

By Alberto Bursian, MD When I first began my residency in July 2016, my only goal was to make sure I did no harm. In July 2017, when I was first unpaired, the reality of that goal became very real. Political advocacy was not a thought in my mind, but things started to shift after several…

Megan Koenig: Thoughts from a Research Coordinator

By Megan Koenig As a Clinical Research Coordinator for the Department of Anesthesiology, I have had the opportunity to understand clinical care and to play a role in the discovery of innovative techniques. My involvement began over three years ago as a Research Assistant while I was an undergraduate student here at the University of Florida.…

A Look Inside the Lives of Your Colleagues

We pass each other in the hall, we exchange emails, we chat in the break room, but how well do we really know our colleagues? Five randomly selected members of our department discuss their homes, their jobs, and their hobbies. Want to be featured? Let us know! Advanced Practice Provider — Maryam Aminzadeh, CAA Maryam Aminzadeh, CAA, has…

Lauren Berkow: Spotlight on Sustainability

By Lauren Berkow, MD, UF Sustainability Committee Did you know that April was Earth Month? In our practice as anesthesiologists, what we do every day can directly impact the environmental footprint of our hospital. The inhalational anesthetic gases we deliver to our patients are greenhouse gases. The exhaled anesthetic gas from our anesthesia machines is…

Dr. Giordano’s Faculty Enhancement Opportunity

By Adriana Barbat The Center for Medical Simulation at Harvard University is coming to UF. In August, the Center will offer a 4-day Advanced Instructor Course, which will give faculty from the College of Medicine and the College of Nursing the opportunity to refine their debriefing and feedback skills and provide a path toward further…

Hemopure: An Alternative to Blood Transfusion

By Adriana Barbat Sometimes, when you’re bleeding to death, a blood transfusion is not an option. A mother injured during an earthquake in California needs a blood transfusion — along with hundreds of other victims. A soldier in an austere environment with no ready access to a blood bank has just lost a leg. A…

Shirley Graves: Turn Around, the Future is Now

By Shirley Graves, MD, DSc(Hon) Where does the time go? What changes as time moves on? You turn around and it’s tomorrow. Turn around, turn around, and it’s another year. Yes, the world we live in changes each day, each week, and each year. Certainly, many aspects of the world of medicine change. Anesthesiology has…

NAMHR Moves to UF

By Christina Hendricks, MA UF is now the home of a national registry for malignant hyperthermia (MH) data. For more than 15 years, the North American Malignant Hyperthermia Registry (NAMHR) was under the direction of Barbara W. Brandom, MD, at Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA. When the University of Pittsburgh stepped down as the registry’s…

Residents Learn the Ropes in Basic Skills Boot Camp

By Adriana Barbat Imagine you’re a resident: Your intern year is over, and you’ve just started your first year of anesthesia training. You’re in the operating room helping to manage a case alongside more experienced residents and attendings. This particular case is unusual, and your involvement would really benefit your training. It’s an incredible learning…

2018 Department Celebration of Research

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 they have experienced. The Keynote Speaker, Scott Shappell, PhD, Professor and Chair of Human Factors & Behavioral Neurobiology…

ORs Receive New Labeling Machines

By Adriana Barbat Sixty-one new drug-labeling machines have been placed in the operating rooms at UF Health. The Codonics Safe Label System machines dispense labels by using the bar code found on drug vials. The clinician scans a badge granting authorization, then scans the drug, and a label is printed within seconds, ready to be…