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Residents and Faculty Recognized at 2019 Graduation

View photos from the event on our Facebook page. The 18 fellows and 19 residents of the Department of Anesthesiology’s Class of 2019 were honored at an awards ceremony on June 22 as they embark on careers in private practice or continued programs of study. Tim Morey, MD, Chair of the department, said the graduates…

Pain Medicine Fellowship Awarded Three Grants

Our Pain Medicine Fellowship has been awarded three Clinical Fellowship Grants to help support the efforts of our education in pain medicine for the 2019-2020 academic year. The awards are the Boston Scientific Fellowship Grant for $25,000, the Medtronic Fellowship Grant for $15,000, and the Abbott/St. Jude Fellowship Grant for $10,000. Led by Rene Przkora,…

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…

Residents Attend 2019 Basic Skills Boot Camp

In preparation for moving from their intern year to their first clinical anesthesia year, our first-year residents completed a Basic Skills Boot Camp in the first week of June. Over three days, residents were instructed in topics such as anesthesiology measures and checks, emergency medicine, airway management intubation and extubation, procedural practice, and quality and…

May 2019 Publications

Congratulations to all who had articles published in May! Anesthesia & Analgesia Amini S, Crowley S, Hizel L, Arias F, Libon DJ, Tighe P, Giordano C, Garvan CW, Enneking FK, Price CC. Feasibility and Rationale for Incorporating Frailty and Cognitive Screening Protocols in a Preoperative Anesthesia Clinic. Anesth Analg. 2019 May 23. doi: 10.1213/ANE.0000000000004190. [Epub ahead of print] Sherman JD, Berkow L. Scaling Up…

National CAA Week 2019

The UF Department of Anesthesiology is joining health-care providers nationwide in recognizing the unique skills of Certified Anesthesiology Assistants (CAAs) during National CAA Week. As members of our anesthesia care team, our CAAs provide very important assistance to our anesthesiologists in treating patients before and after surgery. CAAs directly contribute to the success of surgical…

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…

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…

April 2019 Publications

Congratulations to all who had articles published in April! Journal of Clinical Monitoring and Computing Algarra NN, McAuliffe JJ 3rd, Seubert CN. Neuroanesthesiologists as interoperative neurophysiologists: a collaborative cognitive apprenticeship model of training in a community of clinical practice. J Clin Monit Comput. 2019 Apr 6. doi: 10.1007/s10877-019-00304-0. [Epub ahead of print] Skinner SA, Aydinlar EI, Borges LF,…

Celebrate National Hospital Week 2019

Thanking physicians, residents, staff and volunteers who support patient care across UF Health Shands. As our UF Health patient services expand, allowing us to move medicine forward and help more people, our success is thanks to the physicians, residents, nurses, staff and volunteers who provide the hard work and passionate commitment. You are responsible for…

Lida Esfandiary, MD, Receives 2019 J.S. Gravenstein Award

The 2019 J.S. Gravenstein Award was presented to Lida Esfandiary, MD, at the College of Medicine’s annual Senior Student and Faculty Awards Banquet. This award is presented each year to an outstanding graduate who intends to pursue anesthesiology. Dr. Esfandiary was selected by the UF Department of Anesthesiology leadership based on her record of achievements and demonstrated…

Senior Student Anesthesiology/Critical Care Rotation Awarded Golden Apple

On May 3rd, at the College of Medicine’s annual Senior Student and Faculty Awards Banquet, the Department of Anesthesiology was honored with the Golden Apple Award for Clinical Science. The award was presented to us for demonstrating superior teaching in our Anesthesiology and Critical Care Rotation directed by Chris Giordano, MD, Associate Professor of Anesthesiology.…

In Memoriam: Carolyn Schoenau

Carolyn Schoenau, age 86 of Gainesville, FL passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, February 5, 2019. Carolyn was born in Gainesville on October 26, 1932, and is survived by her loving and devoted husband of 55 years, Ronald Schoenau, and sons, Michael Yeilding, Steven Yeilding, and Gregory Yeilding. Carolyn had a long and distinguished career, winning many…

Happy National Nurses Week

Registered nurses in the United States constitute our nation’s largest health care profession and have been demonstrated to be an indispensable component of the safety and quality of care of hospitalized patients. Thank you to all of our hardworking nurses. You deserve special recognition for your vast contributions and the positive impact you make every…

Dr. Giordano Awarded Hippocratic Award

A member of the Department of Anesthesiology has received the University of Florida College of Medicine Hippocratic Award for excellence in teaching and mentorship for the first time in its 50-year history. Dr. Christopher Giordano, associate professor of anesthesiology and director of the Anesthesiology/Critical Care Clerkship, received the honor at a ceremony in Wilmot Gardens…

Britney Vidal Receives 2019 Rebecca Lovely Outstanding Service Award

Congratulations to Britney Vidal for being selected by the Leadership Team as the winner of the 2019 Rebecca Lovely Outstanding Service Award! All of the nominees are incredibly worthy and consistently excel in their positions. They demonstrate integrity and a strong commitment to the mission and values of the Department of Anesthesiology and the University of…

Celebrating Our Administrative Professionals

Thank you to all our administrative professionals for your hard work, collaborative effort, and every day enthusiasm. Your work is key to our success. We appreciate you today and every day. Help us celebrate our administrative professionals during Administrative Professionals Week, April 22 – 26, 2019.

Our 2019 Rebecca Lovely Outstanding Service Award Nominees

Please join us in congratulating the nominees of the third 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…

April 18, 2019 is UF Health Campus Earth Day

April is Earth Month, and the University of Florida as well as UF Health Shands are celebrating their sustainability efforts at both the undergraduate and graduate campuses. At the UF Health Shands hospital, there will be an Earth Day celebration in the North Tower hospital atrium on April 18, 2019, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Employees, staff, patients,…

NIH Awards Research Grant to Dr. Sylvain Doré

Sylvain Doré, PhD, has been awarded a new research grant from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) within the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The grant is entitled “Potential stroke therapeutic efficacy of FumET-CORM through the Nrf2 pathway”. This $419,375 grant will fund Dr. Doré’s research on this project for two years. The…

Perioperative Golf Tournament Raises Over $37,000

The 2019 UF Health Shands Perioperative Golf Classic raised $37, 780 for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of North Central Florida. On March 23, 29 teams of more than 120 golfers gathered at Haile Plantation Golf and Country Club for the event. Around 40 of our anesthesiology residents, faculty, and advanced practice providers participated in…

Kevin Olsen, MD, Receives Outstanding Resident Educator Award

Kevin Olsen, MD, fourth-year resident and one of the 2018-2019 Chiefs, was honored with the Outstanding Resident Educator Award at the annual Medical Education Week Reception. The University of Florida’s Society of Teaching Scholars presented this award to one individual from each department. The award is intended to honor a resident who has excelled in…

Department Holds Our 2019 Celebration of Research

The 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, Steven M. Frank MD, Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine,…

Match 2019: 4 UF Seniors Join Us for Their Residency

On Friday, March 15, 2019, 121 members of the UF College of Medicine Class of 2019 matched into residency programs across the nation at the annual Match Day ceremony. Out of the 121 matched students, 29 percent will remain in Florida, 19 percent will remain at the UF College of Medicine in Gainesville, and 1.7…

Patrick Tighe, MD, MS, Receives AAPM Presidential Commendation

At the 2019 American Academy of Pain Medicine meeting, Associate Professor of Anesthesiology Dr. Patrick Tighe was awarded a Presidential Commendation in recognition and appreciation of his contributions to developing Pain Medicine’s social media platform and his efforts co-chairing the 2019 Annual Meeting. In addition to his efforts developing social media for the AAPM, Dr.…

Department Has Winning Poster at AAPM Meeting

The Division of Acute and Perioperative Pain Medicine presented eight research posters at the American Academy of Pain Medicine’s 2019 Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado. “A comprehensive protocol for post-operative pain control in elective total joint arthroplasty drastically reduces opioid prescriptions: A review of prescribing practices and outcomes.” won best poster of the meeting out…

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…

2019-2020 Chief Residents Selected

The Anesthesiology Education Office and Department of Anesthesiology Leadership are pleased to announce the selection of three new chief residents who will serve from April 1, 2019 through March 31, 2020. We were extremely fortunate to have eight truly excellent candidates for chief resident this year. Please join us in congratulating Drs. Jordan Brewer, Katie…

Final Abstracts Accepted for GAARRC 2019

Our Department is hosting the 45th Annual Gulf Atlantic Anesthesia Residents’ Research Conference (GAARRC) on May 3-5, 2019, in Clearwater Florida, and we will be making quite the showing with 35 residents presenting abstracts! GAARRC is designed to create an environment where resident physicians can speak about their research interests and activities in a low-key atmosphere…

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…

Multiple Disciplines Work Together in the CPPC

Assistant Professors of Anesthesiology Stephen Vose, MD, and Ajay Antony, MD, started the UF Health Cancer and Palliative Pain Collaborative (CPPC) in 2015. The purpose of the CPPC is to enable efficient communication among physicians in a variety of disciplines in order to come up with a comprehensive plan to provide pain treatment for end-of-life…

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…

Three of Our Staff Win Superior Accomplishment Awards

Amy Gunnett, RN, and Ricky McHugh won 2019 Superior Accomplishment Awards and Colleen Kearney won the Division Five Community Service Award! Amy is wholeheartedly devoted to the UF Office of Research mission to achieve the distinction of national research excellence. As the Lead Research Coordinator and Quality Assurance Officer, our department faculty, staff, fellows and residents…

Residents Teach Medical Students

First-year residents Krupesh Dave, MD, and Bill Mallet, MD, along with third-year resident Geoff Panjeton, MD, participated in the American Medical Association Medical Students Section Regional Meeting. Drs. Dave, Mallet, and Panjeton donated their free time to teach medical students from all over the south about anesthesia and airway management. Around 30 medical students took…

Faculty Spotlight: Derek Covington, MD

Derek Covington, MD Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology Director, Undersea & Hyperbaric Medicine Clinic   I came to UF because I wanted a high-powered academic medical center with high-acuity cases, great physicians, and excellent resources for patients, research, and education.   I especially like the variety of my clinical assignments. The chance to work in the…

Michael Arnold, DO, Joins the Department

Dr. Michael Arnold joined us in January of 2019 as an Assistant Professor with the division of Cardiothoracic Anesthesia and as part of the Congenital Heart Center. He comes to us from US Anesthesia Partners, where he was an associate anesthesiologist. Dr. Arnold earned his medical degree from the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine…

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…

Happy 2019 Physician Anesthesiologists Week!

We are joining the American Society of Anesthesiologists in recognizing our highly skilled physician anesthesiologists this week, January 27 – February 02, 2019. Our physician anesthesiologists are highly trained medical experts who evaluate, monitor, and supervise patients before, during, and after surgery. They have the specific medical education and training to make critical decisions when…

Francis Dillon, MD, Joins Our Faculty

Francis Dillon, MD, joined us in January of 2019 as an Associate Professor in the divisions of Critical Care Medicine and Multispecialty Anesthesia. He comes to us from Tampa General Hospital, where he was a staff anesthesiologist and intensivist. Dr. Dillon earned his medical degree from Indiana University, where he completed both an Anesthesia residency…

Happy CRNA Week!

UF Department of Anesthesiology is joining healthcare providers nationwide in recognizing the unique skills of Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) during National CRNA Week. As members of our anesthesia team, CRNAs play a critical role in the care of patients undergoing surgical procedures. We appreciate the safe, effective care our CRNAs provide to patients each…

New Assistant Professor Joins the Nighthawk Service

David Shapiro, MD, joined us on January 7, 2019, as an Assistant Professor. He works in the Division of Multispecialty Anesthesiology as part of the Nighthawk Service. Dr. Shapiro comes to us from SouthPoint Surgery Center, where he worked as the Medical Director of Anesthesia. He earned his medical degree from the University of Minnesota and…

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…

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…

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…

Kevin Olsen, MD, Elected into AΩA

Fourth-year resident, Kevin Olsen, MD, has been nominated into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society (AΩA) at the University of Florida College of Medicine. Dr. Olsen, who is also one of this year’s chief residents, was chosen from among his peers due to his high academic achievement and demonstration of leadership, professionalism, research, teaching,…

Inaugural Modell/Shah Lecture in Anesthesiology

On November 15, Guy Weinberg, MD, Anesthesiology professor at University of Illinois, presented a lecture on lipid resuscitation to a room packed with attendees from several departments within the College of Medicine. This lecture was part of the Jerome H. Modell, M.D. – Dinesh O. Shah, Ph.D. Annual Lecture in Anesthesiology series funded by Dr.…

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…

ASA’s 2018 Annual Meeting

More than 14,000 peers, thought leaders, and anesthesia providers from more than 80 countries came together in San Francisco, CA, last month to discuss topics affecting the specialty at the American Society of Anesthesiologist’s annual meeting. Our department was well represented at the meeting with a number of our faculty, fellows, and residents in attendance.…

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.…

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…

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…

Samsun Lampotang, PhD, Named to the SSH Academy Class of 2019 Fellows

The Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH) Academy named Dr. Samsun Lampotang, Professor of Anesthesiology and Director for the Center for Safety, Simulation & Advanced Learning Technologies, to the Class of 2019 Fellows. The SSH Academy recognizes individuals whose sustained contributions have had an impact on the field of healthcare simulation. The Fellows were selected based on…

Smartphone App Empowers Citizens to Help in Case of Cardiac Emergency

Earlier this month, UF Health announced the launch of a potentially life-saving smartphone app throughout Alachua County. PulsePoint Respond alerts users when a cardiac emergency occurs near them, giving citizens a chance to save lives. Funded by the Jerome H. Modell, MD, Professorship of Anesthesiology in the Department of Anesthesiology, the initiative was a collaboration…

Lauren Berkow, MD, Granted FASA Designation

Dr. Lauren Berkow has been designated Fellow of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (FASA). FASA is the American Society of Anesthesiologists’ (ASA) highest acknowledgement and recognizes years of dedication to exceptional education, leadership, and commitment to the field of anesthesiology. Congratulations, Dr. Berkow!

Assistant Professor Joins the Department

Everett Jones, MD, joined us on September 1, 2018, as an Assistant Professor in the Division of Cardiothoracic Anesthesia. He comes to us from our own Department of Anesthesiology, where he completed his Anesthesiology residency and Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology fellowship. Dr. Jones earned his medical degree from Emory University School of Medicine. He has significant research…

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…

Research Professionals Honored for Earning & Maintaining Certifications

More than 60 clinical research professionals from UF who have earned specialty certifications in the field of research from national and worldwide associations were honored recently at a reception hosted by the UF Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI). From our department, Assistant Director of Clinical Research, Judith Wishin, BSN, RN, CCRC, was honored for…

Save the Date for GAARRC

In 2019, the 45th Annual Gulf Atlantic Anesthesia Resident’s Research Conference will be hosted by the University of Florida College of Medicine, Department of Anesthesiology. Join us for the conference on May 3-5, 2019! Opal Sands Resort welcomes guests to a refreshingly modern Clearwater Beach hotel, where every guest room, suite, restaurant, and even the fitness…

Bruce Spiess, MD, FAHA, Elected to SABM Board

Professor of Anesthesiology Dr. Bruce Spiess was elected to the Board of Directors of the Society for the Advancement of Blood Management (SABM). SABM promotes education and training to achieve change through a multidisciplinary approach to patient blood management and utilization. Their goal is to work toward incorporating patient blood management methods into clinical practice and help…

CSSALT Summer Intern Works on Improving Tech

Patrick Liem joined us from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, on a summer internship. While he was here with us, Liem designed and implemented new mixed-reality learning modules for the Central Venous Access Trainer, improved upon existing software to allow for virtual C-Arm manipulation using one finger touch input, and developed an in-house tool to…

Samsun Lampotang, PhD, Talks to TV20 News for Tech Tuesday

Professor of Anesthesiology Dr. Samsun Lampotang sat down with reporter Olana Osborn for TV20 News’ Tech Tuesday feature to discuss the medical simulators at the Center for Safety, Simulation & Advanced Learning Technologies (CSSALT) and how they have saved lives. Dr. Lampotang told Osborn, “With a simulator, we can make the experience something at will, so that…

Article Published in Anesthesiology News

Dr. Lauren Berkow’s article, “The Current State of Airway Management: Are We Doing Better?”, was published in the special annual Airway Management edition of Anesthesiology News. Click here to read Dr. Berkow’s article.

New Faculty Member Joins the Department

Meghan Brennan, MD, joined us on August 15, 2018, as an Assistant Professor in the divisions of Critical Care Medicine and Liver & Transplant Anesthesia. Dr. Brennan comes to us from our own Department of Anesthesiology, where she completed her anesthesiology residency and critical care medicine fellowship. She earned her medical degree from the University…

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?”

New Faculty Joins the Division of Pediatric Anesthesiology

Christopher Edwards, MD, joined us on August 13, 2018, as an Assistant Professor in the Division of Pediatric Anesthesiology. He comes to us from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, where he completed his fellowship in Pediatric Anesthesiology. Dr. Edwards earned his medical degree from Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine and completed his residency at the University…

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.

Article Published in Regional Anesthesia & Pain Medicine

The article, “Microanatomical Nerve Architecture of 6 Mammalian Species: Is Trans-Species Translational Anatomic Extrapolation Valid?”, was co-authored by our professor of anesthesiology and orthopaedic surgery, André Boezaart, MD, PhD, and published in the July edition of the journal. Congratulations on your publication, Dr. Boezaart. Read the abstract below. Background and Objectives Various animal models have…

New Professor Joins Our Pediatric Anesthesiology Division

Dr. Hatem Al-Takrouri joined us in August of 2018, as an Associate Professor in the pediatrics division. He comes to us from Tawam Hospital in Al-Ain, United Arab Emirates, where he was a Consultant Pediatric Anesthesiologist. Dr. Al-Takrouri earned his medical degree from University of Jordan, in Amman, Jordan, going on to complete his Anesthesiology…

CSSALT Mentors High School Students

The CSSALT Lab recently mentored two high school students from the Student Science Training Program (SSTP) for a six-week summer program. This is CSSALT’s second year hosting students in the lab. The two students, Gabe Flechas and Eric Thivierge, helped with two ongoing projects. Gabe worked on a project that was started by an SSTP student last…

UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital Ranked No. 1 for Congenital Heart Surgery

UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital ranked No. 1 in North America for congenital heart surgery survivals among medium- to high-volume centers in a recent report by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons. The hospital’s survival rate — 99.2% — is above the national average of 97%. This report is based on data collected from 2013 to…

New Pediatric Fellowship Program Offered

The Department of Anesthesiology’s new Pediatric Anesthesia Fellowship will be offered for the first time this year, with its first fellow joining the department in July. As the department’s fourth ACGME-accredited fellowship, this program aims to graduate physicians who are technically skilled in the care of pediatric patients and who will become leaders in the…

New Facility To Open at UF Health Springhill

UF Health Springhill will be opening their newest multispecialty facility located in Northwest Gainesville, off of NW 39th Avenue. The new four-story, 72,000 square-foot building will house multiple practices and services to better care for you and your family. Our UF Health multidisciplinary pain medicine division will be moving as well to the second floor…

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…

2018 Fellows Begin Their Training

Welcome to all of the incoming fellows! Acute & Perioperative Pain Medicine Brandon Beck, MD Dr. Beck completed medical school at the Universidad Central del Caribe School of Medicine in Puerto Rico, after which he completed residency in anesthesiology at the Geisinger Health System Program in Danville, PA. For 2017-2018, he served as the Chief…

New Faculty Member Joins Our Critical Care Division

Matthew Hernandez, DO, joined us in July of 2018, as an Assistant Professor in the division of Critical Care Medicine. He comes to us from our own Department of Anesthesiology, where he completed his fellowship in Critical Care. Dr. Hernandez earned his medical degree from Lake Erie College of Medicine in Sarasota, FL, and completed…

New Residents Join Us in 2018

The new academic year brings a new group of residents. Welcome to the anesthesiology team! First-Year Residents (PGY-1/Interns) Joseph Aburahma, MD Andrew Bennett, MD Peter Billas, MD Holden Brown, MD Fritz Charles, MD Emily Chen, MD Krupesh Dave, MD James Fleming, MD David Hutchinson, MD Uche Ike, MD Thomas Jenkins, MD John Mallett, MD Ralph…

New Faculty Join the Department

We are pleased to announce Drs. Andrew McNeil, Juan Mora, and Arvin Trippensee joined our department this week. Welcome, Doctors! Andrew McNeil, DO, joined us on July 2, 2018, as an Assistant Professor in the Pain Division and comes to us from Peninsula Pain Clinic in Washington, where he was a pain medicine physician. He…

Article Published in BMJ Open Science

The position paper titled “Revision of the ARRIVE guidelines: rationale and scope” was co-authored by assistant professor of anesthesiology Penny Reynolds, PhD. Congratulations, Dr. Reynolds! Read the abstract below and click here to read the full paper. In 2010, the NC3Rs published the Animal Research: Reporting of In Vivo Experiments (ARRIVE) guidelines to improve the…

MBI Director Honors Presurgical Anesthesia Center Staff

McKnight Brain Institute director Todd Golde, M.D., Ph.D., recognized UF Health Presurgical Anesthesia Center staff for their focus on brain health prior to surgery and for building the Perioperative Cognitive and Anesthesia Network program (PeCAN) during an appreciation event at the College of Public Health & Health Professions on June 22nd. PeCAN, led by associate professor of…

Residents & Faculty Recognized at 2018 Graduation

The 2018 Department of Anesthesiology graduation was held on Saturday, June 23rd. Congratulations to the 22 residents and 19 fellows who completed their training this year! On top of honoring the graduates, awards were handed out to exceptional residents and faculty. Chairs Awards These awards were selected by Timothy Morey, MD, for outstanding service to the…

2018 Faculty Promotions

Congratulations to Abdullah Ahmad, PhD, Lauren Berkow, MD, Ramachandran Ramani, MD, and Peggy White, MD, for receiving promotions effective July 1st, 2018! Dr. Ahmad moves from Research Assistant Professor to Research Associate Professor; Dr. Berkow from Clinical Associate Professor to Clinical Professor; Dr. Ramani from Clinical Associate Professor to Clinical Professor; and Dr. White from Clinical…

Article Published in Trauma Case Reports

Congratulations to fourth-year resident Teresa Ojode, MD, and assistant professor Josh Sappenfield, MD, for their publication in Trauma Case Reports. The case report titled “How to break a mended heart” was published in the June 2018 issue of the journal. Read the abstract below and click here to view the full case report. Thoracic trauma poses…

Achieving Recognition at FSA 2018

Last weekend the Florida Society of Anesthesiologists held their annual meeting at The Breakers in Palm Beach, Florida. 50 abstracts were chosen to be displayed as posters during the conference and nine of these were selected for Poster of Distinction presentations. Seven out of those nine came from the University of Florida. These presentations were…

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…

New Program Assesses Brain Functions of Patients Before Surgery

The latest issue of The POST, UF Health’s monthly news magazine, features Catherine Price, PhD, and Patrick Tighe, MD, and describes their efforts to open the PeCAN clinic. The PeCAN clinical service allows for fluid communication among neuropsychologists, anesthesiologists, and other young physicians in an effort to protect cognitive health in patients before surgery. “I…

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…

Happy CAA Week

Celebrate your CAAs June 4th – 8th The UF Department of Anesthesiology is joining healthcare providers nationwide in recognizing the unique skills of Certified Anesthesiology Assistants (CAAs) during National CAA Week. According to the American Academy of Anesthesiology Assistants, more than 1,500+ CAAs have been providing anesthesia care to patients in the United States. As…

Alberto Bursian, MD, Nominated to Hospital-Wide Committee

Second-year resident Alberto Bursian, MD, has been nominated by his peers to represent the anesthesia housestaff on the Graduate Medical Education Committee (GMEC). Dr. Bursian will serve on the committee for the 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 academic years. Congratulations, Dr. Bursian! Residents/Fellows nominated to serve on the committee are as follows: Alberto Bursian, MD – Anesthesia…

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…

Fritz-Gerald Charles Presented 2018 JS Gravenstein Award

Fritz-Gerald Charles is the recipient of the 2018 JS Gravenstein Award. This award is presented each year to an outstanding University of Florida College of Medicine graduate who intends to pursue anesthesiology. Dr. Charles was selected by the UF Department of Anesthesiology leadership based on his record of achievements and demonstrated interest in anesthesiology. Most…

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…

Multidisciplinary Pain Medicine Fellowship Grows

The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) approved the increase of Multidisciplinary Pain Medicine Fellows from 4 positions to 6. This increase makes our Multidisciplinary Pain Medicine Fellowship the largest in the state of Florida! This increase reflects the tremendous growth and national reputation of our Fellowship and Pain Medicine Division over the last years.…

Residents Receive Accolades at GAARRC

Eleven residents traveled to Biloxi, Mississippi, accompanied by Assistant Professors of Anesthesiology Sean Kiley, MD, and Sonia Mehta, MD, to compete in the Gulf Atlantic Anesthesia Resident Research Conference (GAARRC). Our residents had a triumphant showing with second-year residents Taylor Brown, MD, taking home 1st place in the Case Report category and Tyler Craig, MD, taking 3rd in the Literature…

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…

Residents Provide Relief in Ecuador

A team of residents accompanied by Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology Nick Algarra, MD, traveled to Porto Viejo, Ecuador, to assist the La Vida Medical Center. Dr. Algarra and residents Leon Anijar, MD, Rhae Battles,MD, and Sindhu Nimma, MD, helped provide anesthesia for pediatric and adult orthopedic surgeries. The majority of the cases were the repair…

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…

Jenny Barghout Receives 2018 Rebecca Lovely Outstanding Service Award

Congratulations to Jenny Barghout for being selected by the Leadership Team as the winner of the Rebecca Lovely Outstanding Service Award! All of the nominees are incredibly worthy and consistently excel in their positions. They demonstrate integrity and a strong commitment to the mission and values of the Department of Anesthesiology and the University of Florida.…

Article Published in the Journal of Surgical Education

The article titled “Multidisciplinary Difficult Airway Course: An Essential Educational Component of a Hospital-Wide Difficult Airway Response Program” was authored by our own Lauren Berkow, MD, with associates from Johns Hopkins and the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry. Read the abstract below or click here to view the full article. Objective A hospital-wide difficult airway…

Resident’s Paper Published in the Journal of Surgical Research

Third-year resident, Kevin Olsen, MD, was first author on a paper published in the Journal of Surgical Research. The article is titled “Postoperative surgical trainee opioid prescribing practices (POST OPP): an institutional study” and was co-authored by Ajay B. Antony, MD, and Terrie Vasilopoulos, PhD, from the Department of Anesthesiology, and David J. Hall, MD, Juan C. Mira, MD, Patrick W. Underwood, MD, and George…

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 &…

Article Published in the Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery

An article by Penny Reynolds, PhD, and Bruce Spiess, MD, along with colleagues from Virginia Commonwealth University, was published in the Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery. The article is entitled “Interventional Vitamin C: A Strategy for Attenuation of Coagulopathy and Inflammation in a Swine Polytrauma Model”. Read the abstract below or click here to…

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…

Cosmin Guta, MD, Joins the Department

Dr. Cosmin Guta joined us on March 1, 2018, as an Associate Professor and comes to us from Cleveland Clinic Florida, where he was the Director of Liver Transplant Anesthesia as well as the Residency Program Director. Dr. Guta earned his medical degree from the Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Bucharest, Romania;…