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Three Papers by PeCAN Accepted by A&A

Members of the Perioperative Cognitive and Anesthesia Network (PeCAN) have three publications in press at Anesthesia & Analgesia. The papers were co-authored by some of our own: Patrick Tighe, MD, Catherine Price, PhD, Chris Giordano, MD, Cynthia Garvan, PhD, Kayser Enneking, MD, and Shawna Amini, MPH. All three were presented at the 2018 International Anesthesia…

2019 AIG Airway Workshop Held

In late February, the Anesthesia Interest Group (AIG) led an Airway Management workshop for first- and second-year medical students. Approximately 30 students attended the workshop where they participated in seven stations led by faculty, fellows, and residents. The stations focused on different areas of Airway Management such as mask ventilation, video laryngoscopy, direct laryngoscopy, and cricothyrotomy. Special…

2019 COM Research Poster Session

On Tuesday, February 19th, 2019, the College of Medicine held their annual Research Poster Session. Faculty, staff, and students from all areas of the College of Medicine presented their scientific discoveries. 532 posters were on display out of which our department submitted 51 abstracts. The video below shows a little of what the event was…

2019 Intern Education Month

Mid February ends the 4-week rotation completely devoted to didactics known as Intern Education Month! Interns took part in 19 simulations, 17 classroom sessions, and 8 shadow sessions including 5 days of shadowing in the OR and other services such as the VA and the pain clinic. More than 50 members of our anesthesiology staff,…

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…

Faculty Authored Book Chapter Published

Professor of Anesthesiology Bruce Spiess, MD, FAHA, authored a chapter for Hematologic Challenges in the Critically Ill. His chapter is titled ‘Intravenous oxygen therapeutics: a revolution in medicine yet to be realized?’.  Hematologic Challenges in the Critically Ill provides a comprehensive overview of hematologic issues that clinicians regularly encounter in the critical care environment. Learn more about the…

December 2018 Publications

Congratulations to all who had articles published in December! Anesthesia & Analgesia Corda DM, Robards CB. Sugammadex and Oral Contraceptives: Is It Time for a Revision of the Anesthesia Informed Consent? Anesth Analg. 2018 Feb;126(2):730-731. doi: 10.1213/ANE.0000000000002677. Euliano TY, Michalopoulos K, Singh S, Gregg AR, Del Rio M, Vasilopoulos T, Johnson AM, Onkala A, Darmanjian…

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 of patient care, which leads to the personal and professional…

Anesthesiology & Surgery Come Together at The ONE Party

Last weekend the departments of Anesthesiology and Surgery held their inaugural joint holiday gathering, The ONE Party. The two departments came together for food, fellowship, and fun. Guests were asked to bring donations and the departments raised a collective $1,745 for the Ronald McDonald House of North Central Florida. A big thanks to all who…

Rene Przkora, MD, PhD, Appointed to ASRA Committee

Dr. Rene Przkora has been appointed a Member-at-Large on the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine’s 2020 Pain Medicine Meeting Planning Committee. As a member of this committee, Dr. Przkora will assist in planning the scientific content of the annual meeting, appointing faculty, reviewing medically challenging case submissions, and collaborating with the Project…

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 Director of our Critical Care Medicine Fellowship. Dr. White worked…

November 2018 Publications

Congratulations to all who had articles published in November! Minerva Anestesiologica Algarra NN. Searching for the perfect brain-protecting agent. Minerva Anestesiol. 2018 Oct 30. doi: 10.23736/S0375-9393.18.13085-9. [Epub ahead of print] No abstract available. American Journal of Case Reports Arias F, Bursian AC, Sappenfield JW, Price CE. Delirium History and Preoperative Mild Neurocognitive Disorder: An Opportunity for Multidisciplinary Patient-Centered Care. Am J…

New Quality & Patient Safety Officer Joins the Department

Stephanie Gore,RN, joins us today, December 3, 2018, as our Quality and Patient Safety Officer. Stephanie received her bachelor’s degree in Nursing from the University of Central Florida College of Nursing, where she is also in the home stretch in completing her masters of science in Nursing Leadership and Management. In her most recent role…

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, post-docs, and mentorship of other faculty. Congratulations, doctors!

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 provide to our patients and their commitment to our…

October 2018 Publications

Congratulations to all who had articles published in October! American Journal of Physiology, Cell Physiology Yang C, Hawkins KE, Dore S, Candelario-Jalil E. Neuroinflammatory mechanisms of blood-brain barrier damage in ischemic stroke. Am J Physiol Cell Physiol. 2018 Oct 31. doi: 10.1152/ajpcell.00136.2018. [Epub ahead of print] Pain Medicine Mora JC, Antony AB, Smith CR. 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 confers recognition for a physician’s dedication to the profession and…

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 source of information on activities, programs and…

Multidisciplinary Pain Medicine Fellowship Matches All Six Positions

The Multidisciplinary Pain Medicine Fellowship has matched all six positions during the first attempt in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) match process. There were a total of 261 applicants and 48 of those were interviewed. After registering for the Match and completing interviews, applicants submit to the NRMP a list of programs, ranked in order of preference,…

September 2018 Publications

Congratulations to all who had articles published in September! Clinical and Experimental Emergency Medicine Kim H, Choi S, Park E, Yoon E, Min Y, Lampotang S. Serum markers and development of delayed neuropsychological sequelae after acute carbon monoxide poisoning: anion gap, lactate, osmolarity, S100B protein, and interleukin-6. Clin Exp Emerg Med. 2018 Sep;5(3):185-191. doi: 10.15441/ceem.17.217.…

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.…

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, and Anthony Musalo for the compassionate care they provide to our…

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 of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine and…

Clinical Research Coordinator Awarded CCRC Credential

The Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP) has awarded Andrea Castro Cara, RN, BSN, the Certification of Clinical Research Coordinator (CCRC) for meeting eligibility requirements, demonstrating proficiency of specific knowledge and job‐related skills, and passing the standardized ACRP CRC Certification exam. The CCRC designation formally recognizes a Clinical Research Coordinator (CRC) has met the professional standards set…

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 an online forum for SAM members. Third-year resident, Matt…

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 anesthesia through clinical research, laboratory research, publication, the teaching of…

Paper Selected as One of the Best Articles of 2017

The International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA) has selected “DisTeam: A decision support tool for surgical team selection” as one of the best articles published in 2017 in the Clinical Decision Support category of Medical Informatics. The paper was authored by Patrick Tighe, MD, MS, and Lei Zhang, MS, from the Department of Anesthesiology, along with Parisa…

August 2018 Publications

Congratulations to all who had articles published in August! Anesthesiology Loeb RG, Gravenstein N. Simultaneous Color Change at Opposite Ends of Carbon Dioxide Absorbent Canisters. Anesthesiology. 2018 Aug 30. doi: 10.1097/ALN.0000000000002415. [Epub ahead of print] No abstract available. frontiers in Pediatrics Wang C, Gong J, Shi S, Wang J, Gao Y, Wang S, Peng YG,…

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 Osteopathic Medicine and completed his Anesthesiology residency at LSU…

Pradip Kamat, PhD, Awarded Postdoctoral Fellowship

The American Heart Association (AHA) Research Committee has approved a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship for Dr. Pradip Kamat. Dr. Kamat is currently conducting research in the Dorè Lab. The project the AHA is funding is titled “Is carbon monoxide sufficient to reduce delayed cerebral ischemia and provide neuroprotection after SAH?”

Anesthesiology Residents Elected to FMA-RFS Governing Council

Congratulations to our second-year resident Jayme Looper, MD, and third-year resident Alberto Bursian, MD. Drs. Looper and Bursian were selected to sit on the Florida Medical Association Resident and Fellow Section Governing Council for the 2018-2019 academic year. Dr. Looper was elected to chair the council and Dr. Bursian was elected to be treasurer.

CSSALT Visits Cade Museum

Samsun Lampotang, PhD, and David Lizdas demonstrated an UltraSonography Trainer (UST) on Saturday, July 7, for visitors at the Cade Museum for Creativity & Invention. The UST, designed and built at the Department of Anesthesiology Center for Safety, Simulation & Advanced Learning Technologies, allows users to interact with familiar 3D objects so that anatomical features…

Article Featured on Cover of Journal

The article titled “Break Scrub to Take That Phone Call?” was published and featured on the cover of the June issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons. This article was authored by Abigail Schirmer, BS, Courtney Swan, BS, Terrie Vasilopoulos, PhD, Nikolaus Gravenstein, MD, Chris Giordano, MD, from the Department of Anesthesiology along with colleagues from the…

Abstract Accepted to IACRN

Assistant Director of Clinical Research, Judith Wishin, BSN, RN, CCRC, along with her team of Research Coordinators, Andrea Castro Cara, RN, BSN; Amy Gunnett, RN, CCRC; Megan Koenig, BS; Trevor Pogue, MA, CCRC; Anna Woods, RN; and Desmond Zeng, MS, authored the case study titled “Real World Experience: Why Research flat lines, a review of trials…

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.

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. Our own Lauren Berkow, MD, associate professor of anesthesiology and member of…

Resident Case Report Published in A&A Practice

Third-year resident, Kevin Olsen, MD, authored the case report titled “Blood Patch in a Jehovah’s Witness: Case Report of a Novel Arterial-to-Epidural Closed-Circuit Technique” with former Anesthesiology fellow Ashley Screws, MD, and Assistant Professor Stephen Vose, MD. A&A Practice is a journal for clinicians worldwide that supports the educational missions of the International Anesthesia Research Society…

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 Tulane University Medical Center where Robert was chairman of Anesthesiology and…

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 (Department of Surgery) and Dr. Jiepei Zhu (Department of…

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 to help out even after her shift ends and is always…

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 following is his obituary as published in The Commercial Appeal on…

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 strong commitment to the mission and values of the Department…

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 earned her medical degree from Universidad CES in Medellin, Colombia…

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 well as Alachua County Recycling, WCA, Stryker and Stericycle, highlighting…

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 Scoring the Clock Drawing Test for Impairment of Geriatric Patients…

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 its 43rd year, has been the best-read…

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 Shappell, PhD, Professor and Chair of Human Factors &…

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 pleasure to work with. Thank you for your hard work,…

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, and Joe Siebenaler, MD, for all…

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 anesthesiology residency and cardiothoracic anesthesia fellowship at Johns Hopkins University.…

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 Mehta, MD; Cam Smith, MD, PhD; Barys Ihnatsenka, MD; and…

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 countries and 6 continents. The vision of the society is…

Great Turnout at the 2018 College of Medicine’s Celebration of Research

The 2018 College of Medicine Celebration of Research began Monday with the poster session and reception and continued Tuesday with seminars led by two faculty members from Harvard Medical School. The event served as a forum for researchers of all academic levels to teach and inspire each other. Students, residents, and faculty from the Department…

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; honoring gifted teaching; encouraging the development of leaders in academia and the community; supporting the…

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 Representatives and advocated for physicians. The Florida Medical Association (FMA)…

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 on the project. He will be working with the…

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 House Charities of North Central Florida. Ronald McDonald House Charities…

Colleagues Present at NANS 2018

Congratulations to our colleagues for their pain medicine presentation at the 21st annual North American Neuromodulation Society Meeting (NANS 2018). The presentation was titled Retrospective analysis among Veterans’ Affairs patients evaluated for spinal cord stimulation (SCS) therapy and presented by Timothy W Vollmer, DO, Alberto Bursian, MD, Jackie Redding, RN, Cynthia S Garvan, PhD, and Egle Bavry,…

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 scholars are asked to mentor junior faculty on teaching…

Lauren Berkow, MD, Appointed to UF Committee

Dr. Lauren Berkow has been appointed to serve on the University of Florida Sustainability Committee. The Sustainability Committee promotes sustainability within the University and in the University’s relations with the larger community and seeks to enhance the University’s standing as a global leader in sustainability. It assesses the progress of the University of Florida’s sustainability…

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 student registered nurse anesthetists have been providing anesthesia care to…

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 receives nominations, and therefore the award itself will take on his name–“The…

Penny Reynolds, PhD, Appointed to IACUC

Dr. Penny Reynolds has been appointed to serve on the University of Florida’s Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). This is an important position that requires judgement and knowledge in assuring that research involving animals is conducted with the highest of ethical standards and conforms to Federal regulations. The mission of the IACUC is “to…

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 that limit neuronal dysfunction associated with stroke, Alzheimer disease (AD),…

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 on the exam demonstrates their…

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 approved for student applicant consideration.…

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 Jeffrey White, MD, are co-principal investigators. A key focus for…

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, wished to minimize her recovery time and requested the laparoscopic or…

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, Spencer Hyde, DO, Jordan Miller, MD, and Scott Wasilko, MD – to…

Penny Reynolds, PhD, Serves on International Advisory Panel

Dr. Penny Reynolds was invited to participate on an international expert working panel, sponsored by the National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs), London UK, for the revision of the ARRIVE (Animal Research: Reporting of In Vivo Experiments) guidelines. The NC3Rs is a UK-based scientific organization dedicated to replacing,…

Alumni Reception at the ASA Annual Meeting

Please join Timothy Morey, MD, chair of the Department of Anesthesiology, for a cocktail reception for alumni, colleagues and friends of the University of Florida College of Medicine at the American Society of Anesthesiologists Annual Meeting. The reception will take place on Sunday, October 22, 2017 from 6:30 until 9:30 P.M. at Legal Seafoods Harborside…

Anatoly Martynyuk, PhD, Speaks in the Physiological Sciences Seminar Series

Join Anatoly Martynyuk, PhD, for his talk entitled “Sex-dependant Reduction in Resilience to Adverse Life Events After Anesthesia Early in Life” on Tuesday, October 17th, 2017. The lecture is part of the 2017 Fall Physiological Sciences Seminar Series and will be held in the Health Professions/Nursing/Pharmacy Complex in room #G-301A from 4:00pm until 5:00pm.

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 Foundation has awarded $445,000 in research grants to 14 recipients whose work is…

Dr. Sidi to Serve on UF’s Academic Assessment Committee

Avner Sidi, MD, has been selected to serve on the University of Florida’s Academic Assessment Committee. The Academic Assessment Committee reviews Academic Learning Compacts (ALC) and Student Learning Outcomes (SLO) in order to assess their feasibility and consistency with University-wide evaluation. The committee will provide recommendations to the Provost on methods of assessing SLOs for…

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 his bachelor’s degree in Biology from University of Central Florida and his…

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 and Dr. Martin were among the first 125 doctors in the nation granted…

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​. The ASA is an association of physicians focused on educational and…

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. Founded in 1905, the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) is an…

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 approve Florida Medical Association (FMA) activities offered for…

Dr. Lauren Berkow Judges at the FMA Poster Symposium

The Florida Medical Association (FMA) held their 2017 Annual Meeting and Conference over the weekend in Orlando, Florida. Our own Lauren Berkow, MD, was there to help judge the many posters submitted for the David A. Paulus, M.D. Poster Symposium on Saturday. Students from the University of Florida College of Medicine were amongst the winners.…

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 Annual Meeting. This year the ASA received over 1,000 applications…

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 well as a critical care fellowship at the University of…

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 Meeting. Founded in 1905, the American…

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 20 years and specialized as a cardiac anesthesiologist for 10 of those years.…

Drs. Loeb & Lampotang Work on Training Materials for Advanced Technologies

Robert Loeb, MD, and Samsun Lampotang, PhD, are members of a four-person task force to develop training materials for advanced technologies. The task force is made up of members from the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) Committee on Equipment and Facilities, which is chaired by Dr. Loeb. It was formed in response to an initiative  from…

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 will also be the committee chair for the Abstract Review Subcommittee on Clinical Circulation.…

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 two-thirds of trial failures resulted from management…

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 globally through direct patient care; supporting and educating in safe…

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 Anesthetics and Anesthesiology, he has presented at the Gulf…

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 University of Florida and become part of the Gator Nation…

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 residents were eligible. These awards were voted on by faculty,…

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 a research fellowship at the University of Florida as the Gravenstein Scholar in Clinical…

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 or research. AUA’s mission is to advance the Art & Science of Anesthesiology by encouraging…

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 injury and the clinical utility of intraoperative neuromonitoring. Dr Rabai obtained his medical…

2017 Faculty Promotions

Dr. Avner Sidi has been promoted to Professor and Drs. Jeff White and Barys Ihnatsenka have been promoted to Associate Professor. They have worked very hard over many years to be successfully promoted to these ranks. Their new titles attest to their commitment to academic anesthesiology as well as the devotion of their mentors to…

The Pearls and Pitfalls of Perioperative Cardiac Imaging and Devices Symposium

The 7th Annual Hands-On Pearls and Pitfalls of Perioperative Cardiac Imaging and Devices Symposium was held on Saturday, June 17th, 2017. This program featured a morning symposium and an afternoon hands-on workshop with a variety of devices. Participants learned: How to describe the fundamental principles of a variety of mechanical circulatory support devices To discuss the…

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 of medical fellowships at qualified institutions. Boston Scientific’s mission is…

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 imaging. See our Facebook page for more photos from both…

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 Kansas State University and his medical degree from Texas A&M…

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 from the College of Medicine. After working in private and…

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 cardiovascular anesthesiologist and is board certified in anesthesiology and advanced…

Joshua Sappenfield, MD, Presents at ASA Conference

Dr. Joshua Sappenfield presented “Implementation Case Studies: Successful PSH Pilots” as part of a panel at the 2017 American Society of Anesthesiology’s 2017 Spring Perioperative Surgical Home Learning Collaborative. The Perioperative Surgical Home (PSH) is a patient-centered, physician-led system of coordinated care that guides patients through the entire surgical experience. The PSH model of care achieves…

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 organizations whose missions are to improve public awareness of cardiac…

New Representatives Appointed for the Housestaff Quality & Patient Safety Committee

Congratulations to Pavel Balduyeu, MD as the new CA3 representative and Christopher Maxwell as the new CA2 representative for the Housestaff Quality and Patient Safety Committee for 2017-2018. The Housestaff Quality & Patient Safety Committee’s primary goal is to involve our housestaff in institutional quality and safety improvement initiatives. The idea behind the committee is that housestaff…

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 physicians to deliver safe, high-quality medical care to all Americans. Dr. Fahy was appointed…

Christopher Giordano, MD, Voted Outstanding Clinical Science Teacher

On Friday, May 5, the Class of 2017 held its annual Student and Faculty Awards Banquet at the Wyndham Gardens Hotel. All students were recognized for successful completion of the curriculum and were notified that they were certified for graduation on May 20. Faculty members presented 52 individual awards to students for excellence in academics,…

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 EEG, yield vast amounts of data…

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 for Best Poster Alberto Bursian, Third…

Dr. Rene Przkora Selected to Serve on ASIPP Committee

Rene Przkora, MD, PhD has been selected to serve on the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP) Committee on Membership, Public Relations, Social Media and Fundraising. ASIPP is a not-for-profit organization representing interventional pain physicians across the country. The primary goal of ASIPP is the pursuit of excellence in educational programs, publications, certification and…

Journal Club on Post-Transfusion Pulmonary Complications

The Department of Anesthesiology was honored to have Daryl J. Kor, MD, the T.W. Anderson/H.M. Perkins Visiting Professor from Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, present a Journal Club on March 27th. Dr. Kor presented on the topic of Post-Transfusion Pulmonary Complications. Thanks to Meghan Brennan, MD, Ferenc Rabai MD, Gevalin Srisooksai, MD, and Dalya Elhady, MD, who…

Welcome Christina Hendricks!

Christina joined us on March 27, 2017, as a Website Administrator. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Film and Television Production from Palm Beach Atlantic University and is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Mass Communication at the University of Florida, which she will complete this year. She joins us from Kwikturn Media,…

Kiki Nin, MD, Appointed Medical Director of FSC

Kiki Nin, MD, has been appointed medical director of the Florida Surgical Center (FSC). FSC is an ambulatory center serving the outpatient surgical needs of patients cared for at UF Health. Dr. Nin will be primarily located at FSC and will supervise activities at that site.

Honoring the memory of Dr. David Paulus

On December 12, 2012, we lost our friend and colleague David A. Paulus, MD. Dr. Paulus worked for 35 years here at UF as an Anesthesiologist. Here is a video created to commemorate his life here at the University of Florida’s Department of Anesthesiology.  His obituary is below. Gainesville – Dr. David A. Paulus, the…

Please Welcome Nettie Van Wyen to the Department of Anesthesiology!

Nettie Van Wyen joined the Department of Anesthesiology on November 14, 2016, as an Administrative Assistant with the faculty support team. She has been working at UF for 10 years, initially as Assistant to the Chair in the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology and most recently as an Administrative Assistant with the Clinical and…

Ajay Antony, MD, Performs First DRG Stimulation

Dr. Ajay Antony performed the very first Dorsal Root Ganglion or DRG stimulation procedure at UF Health on October 31, 2016. In 2016, He and the UF Health Pain Medicine faculty were a few of the less than 400 physicians in the country who had been trained in DRG stimulation. DRG stimulation is a new…

Donald Caton, MD, Awarded Distinguished Service Award

Dr. Caton, a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Florida, was awarded the first ever Distinguished Service Award  from the Wood Library Museum of Anesthesiology! With this award, the trustees of the Wood Library-Museum of Anesthesiology are showing recognition of Dr. Caton’s outstanding and tireless service to the Wood Library…

Welcome John Travis Parsons, PhD!

Dr. Parsons joins us as an Assistant Professor of Research and comes to us from Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, where he worked as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurosurgery. Dr. Parsons earned his PhD in Biochemistry from Virginia Commonwealth and completed two post-doctoral studies, the first in neurology and the second…

Please join us in welcoming Jiepei Zhu, MD, PhD, to the Department of Anesthesiology

Dr. Zhu joins us as a Research Assistant Professor and comes to us from Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine in Richmond, where he worked as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology and as a fellow at the Johnson Center for Critical Care and Pulmonary Research. Dr. Zhu earned his medical degree from…

Please join us in welcoming Richa Wardhan, MD, to the Department of Anesthesiology.

Dr. Wardhan joins us as an Assistant Professor and comes to us from Yale University School of Medicine, where she was an Assistant Professor and Fellowship Director of Regional Anesthesia. She also developed and implemented both clinical and educational components at Yale and the Saint Raphael Campuses of the Yale Department of Anesthesiology Regional Subdivision.…

Please join us in welcoming Amy M. Gunnett, RN, CCRC, to the Department of Anesthesiology.

Mrs. Gunnett joined us on September 22, 2016, as a Clinical Research Coordinator III and comes to us from Pediatric Hepatology and Gastroenterology, where she worked as a Senior Registered Nurse Specialist/Clinical Trials Coordinator for UF Health Hepatology Research. Mrs. Gunnett earned her Associate of Arts and Science from Santa Fe Community College and is…

2016 Emergency Medicine Airway Day

On September 15th, 2016, Drs. Cometa and Sappenfeld held an Airway Skills Lab at the Harrell Medical Education Building. This was done in conjunction with Emergency Medicine’s Airway Day. Before the skills lab, Dr. Cometa and Dr. Sappenfeld  gave lectures. Dr. Cometa talked about Fiberoptic Intubation – Equipment and Techniques, and Dr. Sappenfeld discussed LMA Exchange…

Doré Lab Raises Money for Stroke Research

Dr. Doré and the Stroke Research Lab participated in the annual Heart Walk on September 24, 2016, for Alachua County. The team raised an amazing $1,325 for stroke research. Teams consisting of UF Health employees accounted for almost $40,000 in donations! Overall the event raised nearly $200,000.  

Linda Le-Wendling, MD, Wins Best of Category

Dr. Linda Le-Wendling has won Best of Category for Regional Anesthesia at the IARS 2016 Annual Meeting and International Science Symposium which was held on May 21,2016. Dr. Le-Wendling was selected for her abstract Acute Needle Entry Point and Angulation is Crucial in Using Predetermined Depth to Locate the Thoraic Paravertebral Space (TPVS). She was chosen…

UF Health Pain Management- Ayers opened September 1, 2016

The UF Health Pain Medicine Division of the Department of Anesthesiology has a fantastic new facility to care for patients suffering from pain. UF Health Pain Management- Ayers opened September 1, 2016. This facility is dedicated exclusively to the treatment of painful conditions. The skilled nurses, technicians and support staff are all focused on helping…

Stefanie Vallancourt, DO, Selected Scholars’ Award Finalist

Dr. Vallancourt was identified as a Scholars’ Award finalist for the IARS 2016 Annual Meeting and International Science Symposium for her abstract Massive Cardiac Thrombosis and Disseminated Intravascular Coagulopathy in a Patient with Retained Dead Fetus Syndrome. The Board of Trustees and the 2016 Annual Meting Program Committee selected her as a Scholars’ Abstract Award finalist from over…

Dr. Martynyuk Takes 3rd Place

Anatoly Martynyuk, PhD, won 3rd Prize in Neuroscience Posters at the 16th Annual World Federation of Societies of Anesthesiologists 2016 Conference in Hong Kong for his poster “Long-term developmental synaptic effects of neonatal anesthesia with propofol or etomidate in rats: role of corticosterone”.

Our Doctors Help Separate Conjoined Twins

Our anesthesiologists, Drs. Pitkin, Irwin, Greene, Moore and Davies, help separate conjoined twins in a groundbreaking procedure. GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Conjoined twin girls who were connected at the heart and other organs have been successfully separated in an extremely rare surgery performed by physicians at University Florida Health Shands Children’s Hospital in Gainesville. The girls,…

Please Join Us in Welcoming Lauren Berkow, MD

Dr. Berkow joins us on September 1 as an Associate Professor for the Division of Neuroanesthesia and Director of Anesthesia Supplies and Equipment. She comes to us from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland, where she served as an Associate Chief for the Division of Neuroanesthesia. Dr. Berkow earned her Bachelor’s at…

Welcome Mary Jane Michael!

Mary Jane Michael, RN, BSN, MS, CCRC, joins us as a Manager of Clinical Research. She comes to us from Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine in Richmond, where she worked as a research program manager for the Department of Anesthesiology. Ms. Michael earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing as well as her Master of…

Welcome Dr. Penny Reynolds!

Please join us in welcoming Penny S. Reynolds, PhD, to the Department of Anesthesiology. Dr. Reynolds joins us as an Assistant Professor and comes to us from Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine in Richmond, where she worked as an Assistant Professor in Anesthesiology and as a project leader on a Department of Defense (DoD)-funded…

Please join us in welcoming Brandon Lopez, MD, to the Department of Anesthesiology.

Dr. Lopez joined us on August 1, 2016, as an Assistant Professor for the Division of Obstetric Anesthesia. He comes to us from Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, where he was an Anesthesia Obstetric Fellow. Dr. Lopez earned his Bachelor of Business Administration, graduating Summa Cum Laude from Loyola University in New Orleans. He…

A Warm Welcome for our New Interns and their Families!

On July 23rd 2016, Drs. Enneking and Scarborough invited the entire Department to their beautiful lake house to welcome the incoming interns and their families into their new Anesthesiology Family. There was a big turnout with more children under the age of 5 than there were adults. The 22 foot water slide was a huge…

Please join us in welcoming Rensheng (Victor) Zhang, MD, PhD!

Dr. Zhang joins us as an Associate Professor and comes to us from the Anesthesia Consultants of CA Med Group in San Diego, California, where he was a staff physician and partner. He is a Diplomate for the American Board of Anesthesiology and the National Board of Medical Examiners. Dr. Zhang earned his medical degree…

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Taran Sangari!

Dr. Sangari joined us on May 16, 2016, as an Associate Professor and Associate Chief of Pediatric Anesthesia, and he comes to us from Valley Children’s Place in Madera, California, where he was a Staff Anesthesiologist in the Department of Pediatric Anesthesia & Pain Medicine. He earned his Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery from…

Welcome Dr. Derek Covington!

Dr. Covington joined us on July 1, 2016, as an Assistant Professor for the Division of Multi-specialty Anesthesiology, and comes to us from the University of California Irvine School of Medicine, where he was an Assistant Clinical Professor of Anesthesiology and a Partner for SD Botox. He completed his Bachelor of Arts in Neuroscience, graduating…

Please welcome Dr. Ajay Antony to the Department!

Dr. Antony joined us on July 1, 2016, as an Assistant Professor for the Division of Chronic Pain. He comes to us from our very own department where he served as Chief Resident and completed his internship and fellowship in Pain Medicine. Dr. Antony was awarded the Michael E. Mahla Outstanding Resident of the Year…

Decision-Making, Motivation, and Leadership Course a Success!

Each year a group of residents spend hours of their own time reading literature on developing leadership and professionalism skills during a seminar course called Decision-Making, Motivation, and Leadership.  Every other month they get together and discuss practical examples and key points discussed in the books as well as from journal articles.   This year the…

2016 Faculty Promotions

Please join us in congratulating our faculty who were promoted for their devoted work to educating the next generation of physicians, discovering new knowledge, and continuing our outstanding care for patients at UF Health. Drs. Yong Peng, Steve Robicsek and Felipe Urdaneta were promoted to Professor and Drs. Chris Giordano and Patrick Tighe were promoted to Associate…

Dr. Martin Appointed Senior Examiner for ABA

Timothy Martin, MD, has been appointed a Senior Examiner for the American Board of Anesthesiology. Dr. Martin has been recognized by the board in this appointment for maintaining and improving the Quality of the Part 2 Examination process and has been appointed for a four year term beginning in 2017. They have expressed their gratitude for…

Dr. Enneking Donates to Gravenstein Scholars Endowment

Drs. Graves and Modell presented Kayser Enneking, MD with an award to honor her for the exceptionally generous financial contributions she has made to the Gravenstein Scholars Endowment.  Please join us in thanking and congratulating Dr. Enneking on her kindness and generous gift.  Your support is greatly appreciated! For more information on the Gravenstein Scholars Endowment follow…

Please join us in welcoming Edward McGough, MD, FCCP!

Dr. McGough joined us on June 6, 2016, as an Associate Professor in the Divisions of Cardiovascular Anesthesia and Critical Care Medicine, and comes to us from Memorial Medical Center and Plaza Surgery Center in Jacksonville, where he was a Staff Anesthesiologist. He is a Diplomate for the American Board of Anesthesiology in anesthesiology and…

ShandsCair Difficult Airway Course – a great Success!

Last week, the Department of Anesthesiology provided a difficult airway course to those involved in ShandsCair.  There was a great turnout – 20 students – a combination of medics, nurses, and respiratory therapists. Based on this success, we will make this a biannual event, with the next one being offered sometime this Fall.  The class size…

Three of Our Doctors Volunteer with Healing the Children

In April of 2016, our department provided funding for three of our doctors to go to Colombia with the organization Healing the Children. Drs. Renard Sessions, Everett Jones, and Greg Goldenhurst were among the doctors on the team of Healing the Children 2016 Neiva Mission. The team was able to perform 141 surgeries. Many of…

Dr. Ferenc Rabai Receives Scientific Achievement Award

Ferenc Rabai, MD, received a Scientific Achievement Award for his work as the lead author on his poster “Electrophysiologic Monitoring and Provocation Testing in the Treatment of Spinal AV Fistula”. The award was given by the American Society of Neurophysiological Monitoring at their annual meeting in Chicago, IL, in May of 2016.