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

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

William Mulvoy III, M.D., MPH, MBA, joins the department

William Mulvoy III, M.D., MPH, MBA, joined us this month as an assistant professor in the Divisions of Critical Care Medicine and Cardiothoracic Anesthesia. He earned his medical degree, Master of Business Administration, and Master of Public Health at Saint George’s University in Grenada. He completed his internal medicine internship…

March 2024 publications

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

Department of Anesthesiology resident mentors students

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

Department of Anesthesiology holds 50th MOCA course

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

Emeritus Professor André Boezaart, M.D., Ph.D., earns FASRA designation

The American Society of Regional Anesthesia (ASRA) and Pain Medicine Board of Directors welcomed André Boezaart, M.D, Ph.D., emeritus professor of anesthesiology, as a Fellow of the Society in March 2024. The Fellow of ASRA Pain Medicine (FASRA) recognizes the contributions of prominent members in the field, acknowledges those dedicated…

February Faculty Educator of the Month

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

Resident travels to Jamaica on mission trip

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

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

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

February Resident of the Month

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

February 2024 publications

Congratulations to everyone who was published in February! Published faculty were Doctors Giordano, Janelle, Kumar, Maybauer, Pitkin, Reina, Reynolds, Robicsek, Shah, Sullivan, Vasilopoulos, and Walker. American Journal of Surgery Penev Y, Ruppert MM, Bilgili A, Li Y, Habib R, Dozic AV, Small C, Adiyeke E, Ozrazgat-Baslanti T, Loftus TJ,…

2024 Match Day results

We are thrilled to announce the results of the 2024 NRMP Match! The UF Department of Anesthesiology successfully matched with twenty 4-year residents, three 3-year residents, and one “advanced commitment” physician who will begin training with us as a CA-1 in July 2025. Five of our incoming interns are from…

2024-2025 chief residents selected

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

Staff honored with UF Superior Accomplishment Awards

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Celebrating research in the Department of Anesthesiology

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

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

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

January Faculty Educator of the Month

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

Dr. Berkow heads up new study at UF Health

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

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

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

Tatsiana Kryvitskaya, M.D., elected into Alpha Omega Alpha

Congratulations to Tatsiana Kryvitskaya, M.D., for being elected into the University of Florida College of Medicine Chapter of the Alpha Omega Alpha (AΩA) Honor Medical Society! Kryvitskaya is in her fourth year of residency and is currently one of our chief residents. The AΩA society was founded in 1902 and is the…

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

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

January 2024 publications

Congratulations to everyone who was published in January! Published faculty were Doctors  Boezaart, Cruz-Beltran, Garvan, Gravenstein, Martynyuk, Modave, Morey, Przkora, Peng, Reina, Seubert, Sibille, and Vasilopoulos. BMC Urology Conic RRZ, Vasilopoulos T, Devulapally K, Przkora R, Dubin A, Sibille KT, Mickle AD. Hypertension and urologic chronic pelvic pain…

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

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

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

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

Physician Anesthesiologists Week

The UF Department of Anesthesiology is joining healthcare providers nationwide in honoring our talented physician anesthesiologists during Physician Anesthesiologists Week. Our anesthesiologists are dedicated to delivering top-notch care to our patients prior to, during, and after surgical procedures. Leveraging their specialized medical education and training, they excel in making crucial…

Doctors Modave and Brennan mentor med students with AI projects

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

December Faculty Educator of the Month

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

Patent awarded to Doctors Suprun and Hutchinson

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

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

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

Maria Öhrn, M.D, joins the department

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

Tom Guyton, M.D., joins the department

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

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

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

December 2023 publications

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

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

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

Burhan Kazaal, M.D., joins the department

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

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

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

Dr. Mohamed and Dr. Howell Awarded RAPiDS Grants

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

Modell-Shah Lecture in Anesthesiology focuses on AI

The Jerome H. Modell, M.D., – Dinesh O. Shah, Ph.D., Annual Lecture in Anesthesiology returned this year after a three-year hiatus. The third annual lecture featured a discussion on artificial intelligence in anesthesiology presented by Maxime Cannesson, M.D., Ph.D. Doctors Graves, Cannesson, Janelle, and Modave The lecture, titled “Artificial Intelligence…

UF Health to participate in patient-focused research project

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

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

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

AI-Enhanced Anesthesiology Part Two: Educating Future Health Care Providers

In part one  of our examination of the development and integration of artificial intelligence (AI) in anesthesiology, we took a look at clinical initiatives related to enhancing patient care with AI technologies. In part two, we look at the efforts by our Department of Anesthesiology colleagues to educate health…

November 2023 publications

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

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

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

AI-Enhanced Anesthesiology Part One: The Future of Patient Care

Artificial intelligence (AI) is emerging as a transformative force in medicine, promising to revolutionize health care. The potential of AI to enhance the field of anesthesiology extends beyond data research and analysis to clinical technologies and decision support. A number of initiatives within the UF College of Medicine’s Department of…

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

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

October Faculty Educator of the Month

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

October Resident of the Month

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

October 2023 publications

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

Shiv Rawal, M.D., joins the department

Shiv Rawal, M.D., joined the department this month as an assistant professor of anesthesiology in the Divisions of Critical Care Medicine and Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology. Rawal earned his medical degree from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, TN, and completed his anesthesiology residency at Barnes Jewish Hospital/Washington University in St. Louis,…

Kathleen McDonald, D.O., M.A., joins the department

Kathleen McDonald, D.O., M.A., joined the department last month as an assistant professor in the division of Multispecialty Anesthesiology. McDonald earned her medical degree from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Erie, PA, and holds a M.A. in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval…

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

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

September Resident of the Month

Please help us congratulate our September 2023 Resident of the Month, Bobby Houston, M.D.!  Dr. Houston’s colleagues have noted his skill and commitment to teamwork. Read on for some quotes from his nominations. “Bobby has tackled several tough cases with aplomb this rotation. He was always willing to help…

10 faculty receive 2023 Exemplary Teacher Awards

We are pleased to announce that 10 Department of Anesthesiology faculty members have received the Exemplary Teacher Award for 2023. Eligible faculty are nominated from each department and participate in a college-wide competition. Faculty are selected based on the excellence of their teaching of medical students, residents and fellows,…

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

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

Critical Care Medicine adds skills labs to grand rounds

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

Joseph AbuRahma, M.D., joins the department

Joseph AbuRahma, M.D., joined the department this month as an assistant professor in the Divisions of Cardiothoracic and Liver & Transplant Anesthesiology. AbuRahma earned his medical degree at Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine in Huntington, WV. He then completed both his anesthesiology residency and his cardiothoracic anesthesia…

September 2023 publications

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

Meera Ramsooksingh, M.D., M.S., joins the department

Meera Ramsooksingh, M.D., M.S., joined the department this month as an assistant professor in the divisions of neuroanesthesiology and vascular anesthesia. Ramsooksingh received her M.S. in neuroscience from the University of Pittsburgh and her medical degree from the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine in Tampa, FL.

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

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

August Faculty Educator of the Month: Jordan Phillips, M.D.

Please help us congratulate Jordan Phillips, M.D., who was chosen by our residents as the August 2023 Faculty Educator of the Month. Dr. Phillips joined us as an assistant professor in July in the Division of Critical Care Medicine after completing his fellowship with us, so it’s fair to…

August Resident of the Month: Ryan Belk, D.O.

Please help us congratulate our August 2023 Resident of the Month, Ryan Belk, D.O.! Dr. Belk’s colleagues have noticed that he’s always stepping up for the team, and they decided a little recognition was long overdue. Read on for some quotes from his nominations. “Dr. Belk is a secret…

Sarah Blake, M.D., joins the department

Sarah Blake, M.D., joined the department last month as an assistant professor in the Division of Multispecialty Anesthesiology. Blake earned her medical degree from Harvard Medical School. She completed her anesthesiology residency and pain management fellowship, as well as a research fellowship, at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Blake comes…

August 2023 publications

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

Department welcomes residents’ loved ones to Family Anesthesiology Day

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

Tips from residents for a successful virtual interview

Interview season for residency programs is coming up, and members of our Resident Recruitment Committee were kind enough to share their insight about preparing for the experience. Read on for their tips, as well as an excerpt from an upcoming Q&A with Tim Martin, M.D., professor of anesthesiology…

New Endoscopic Spine Fellowship officially begins

The Department of Anesthesiology is excited to welcome Rohan Sarna, M.D., the first fellow of our new Endoscopic Spine Fellowship under the direction of Sanjeev Kumar, M.D. Endoscopic spine surgery is a groundbreaking, minimally invasive technique that can address a wide range of pathologies with only a small…

2023-24 resident committees announced

We’re excited to officially announce our resident committees for the 2023-24 academic year. Our talented residents form these committees to help ensure that everyone in our residency program is getting the very best possible experience. This is also the first year that we have a resident Anesthesia Performance Improvement Committee…

July 2023 Faculty Educator of the Month: Svitlana Smolenchuk, M.D., Ph.D.

Please help us congratulate the July 2023 Faculty Educator of the Month, assistant professor of anesthesiology Svitlana Smolenchuk, M.D., Ph.D.! Dr. Smolenchuk was chosen because of the amazing educational experiences she’s provided for residents and fellows here in the department. Read on for some quotes from her nominations.

July Resident of the Month: Michael Jones, M.D.

Please help us congratulate our July 2023 Resident of the Month, Michael Jones, M.D.! Dr. Jones was nominated by his fellow residents and faculty for his attitude, professionalism, and teamwork. Below are some of the quotes from his nominations. “Dr. Jones volunteered (without duress) to relieve someone late…

ECMO emphasized in fifth annual Critical Care Medicine Boot Camp

Fourteen fellows and six residents from five different departments came together in August for the fifth annual Critical Care Medicine (CCM) Boot Camp. “This year we had an emphasis on simulation training with an expansion of our ECMO simulations,” said Peggy White, M.D., associate professor of anesthesiology and program…

Federico Jimenez Ruiz, M.D., joins the department

Federico Jimenez Ruiz, M.D., joined the department in July as an assistant professor in the divisions of Pediatric Anesthesiology and Acute Pain Medicine. Jimenez Ruiz earned his medical degree from Universidad CES in Medellin, Colombia, and completed his anesthesiology residency at the University of Minnesota. He then completed a regional…

2023 simulation fellows

The department is excited to welcome two new simulation fellows at the Center for Safety, Simulation & Advanced Learning Technologies (CSSALT)! Hyunyoung Lim, M.D., Ph.D., earned her medical degree and Ph.D. from Sungkyunkwan University in Seoul, Republic of Korea. She completed a residency and fellowship…

July 2023 publications

Congratulations to everyone who had publications in July of 2023! Published Department of Anesthesiology faculty were Doctors Boezaart, Dooley, Edwards, Euliano, Gonzalez, Ihnatsenka, Jimenez-Ruiz, Le-Wendling, Maybauer, Smith, and Reynolds. Anesthesia and Analgesia Jimenez-Ruiz F, Dooley FC, Gonzalez SN, Edwards CM. Imbalance in clinically meaningful variables. Anesth Analg. 2023;137(2):e13-e14. doi:10.1213/ANE.0000000000006559…

Jordan Phillips, M.D., joins the department

Jordan D. Phillips, M.D., joined us in July as an assistant professor in the division of Critical Care Medicine. Phillips received his medical degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, and also completed his anesthesiology residency there, where he acted as co-chief resident and received the 2022 John…

2023 regional anesthesiology and acute pain medicine fellows join the department

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

Chris Samouce, Ph.D., joins faculty

Chris Samouce, Ph.D., has been promoted to assistant scientist in the division of research and will continue to work with the Center for Safety, Simulation & Advanced Learning Technologies (CSSALT). He joined CSSALT in October as a software engineer. Samouce earned both his B.S. and Ph.D. in physics from…

June Resident of the Month: Hadia Maqsood, M.D.

Please help us congratulate our June 2023 resident of the month: Hadia Maqsood, M.D.! Dr. Maqsood was Resident of the Month last July, so her fellow residents and faculty are no strangers to the qualities that make her an excellent leader and physician. Below are some quotes from this…

2023 critical care medicine fellows

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

June 2023 publications

Congratulations to everyone who had publications in June of 2023! Published faculty were Doctors Berkow, Garvan, Modave, Robicsek, Srisooksai, and Vasilopoulos. American Journal of Health Education Wahltinez O, Glasgow S, Cheung A, Glasgow JF, Noguera M, Glasgow JW, Hoalt PN. The Mango Model: best practices in the creation…

Residents receive 100% pass rate on BASIC exam

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

CSSALT awarded grant to develop online defibrillator simulation

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

2023 cardiothoracic anesthesiology fellows join the department

Four physicians began their cardiothoracic anesthesiology fellowship with us this summer. Please help us welcome them to the team! Geoffry Burks, D.O. Dr. Burks earned his medical degree from Touro University Nevada College and completed his anesthesiology residency at the University of Washington. He enjoys outdoor activities like SCUBA…

Department appoints clinical directors of research

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

2023 pain medicine fellows join the department

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

Terrie Vasilopoulos, Ph.D., elected chair of Statistical Consulting Section

The American Statistical Association (ASA) has elected Terrie Vasilopoulos, Ph.D., associate professor of anesthesiology and orthopaedic surgery & sports medicine, as chair-elect of its Statistical Consulting Section. She will serve as chair-elect in 2024, chair in 2025, and past chair in 2026. Vasilopoulos, who has been a member of…

Five faculty promoted in 2023

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

New Residents join us in 2023

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

Timothy Feldheim, M.D., M.S., joins the department

Timothy Vincent Feldheim, M.D., M.S., joined us in June as an assistant professor in the divisions of Multispecialty Anesthesiology, Vascular Anesthesiology, and Pain Medicine. He joins us from Cincinnati, where he worked as an interventional pain physician in private practice. Dr. Feldheim received his bachelor’s degree in molecular and cellular…

UF Anesthesiology leads the way at FSA 2023

More than twenty faculty, residents, and staff from the Department of Anesthesiology had a great weekend at the Florida Society of Anesthesiologists’ annual meeting held June 9-11 at The Breakers in West Palm Beach, Florida. Hayden Dohnalek, M.D., who graduated from residency this month and is…

Graduating Resident Class of 2023 Honored

The Department of Anesthesiology held the 2023 Residents’ Graduation and Awards Ceremony on June 17 at the Champion’s Club at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Interim Department Chair Greg Janelle, M.D., Associate Chair for Education Timothy W. Martin, M.D., MBA, and many faculty, residents, and staff presented the end of the…

May Resident of the Month: Kelley Martin, M.D.

Please help us congratulate our May 2023 Resident of the Month: Kelley Martin, M.D.! Dr. Martin was nominated by her fellow residents and faculty for her consistent hard work and dedication. Below are some quotes from her nominations. “Kelley is a superstar on so many levels. Her preparation of…

Albert Robinson, M.D., and Hamad Sagheer, M.D., attend ASA Legislative Conference

Albert Robinson, M.D., associate professor of anesthesiology, and Hamad Sagheer, M.D., CA-1, traveled to Washington, D.C., last month to attend the American Society of Anesthesiologists’ 2023 Legislative Conference. Robinson said anesthesiologists from around the country traveled to the capitol to advocate for patient care, preserving safe care for veterans,…

Residents prepare for clinical anesthesiology at 2023 Basic Skills Boot Camp

Twenty Department of Anesthesiology interns had the opportunity to learn essential clinical skills in preparation for their first year of clinical anesthesiology training (CA-1) at the 2023 Basic Skills Boot Camp, held the week of June 5. The sessions are designed to address basic clinical and communication skills to…

UF Anesthesiology travels to Honduras for regional anesthesia outreach project

A team of doctors from the University of Florida Department of Anesthesiology recently returned from an outreach trip to Ruth Paz Hospital in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. The visit was the final instructional component of a curriculum designed to teach point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) and ultrasound-guided regional anesthesia (UGRA) techniques…

May 2023 publications

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

Leveraging artificial intelligence to improve patient safety and care quality

At the UF College of Medicine, physician-scientists are leveraging artificial intelligence to model the expansive clinician-clinician network, creating a robust patient safety graph capturing the almost infinite interactions between caregivers. Patrick Tighe, MD, MS, is the associate dean for AI application and innovation at the College of Medicine and the project champion for the AI-QI initiative under the college’s strategic plan. We sat down with Tighe to discuss these groundbreaking AI-QI programs and how they can help physicians enhance quality in health care.

Faculty Awarded Department of Anesthesiology Research Opportunity Funds

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

Pain Medicine Fellowship Receives Grant from Abbott

We are excited to announce that Rene Przkora, M.D., Ph.D., and the Multidisciplinary Pain Medicine Fellowship program have been awarded a fellowship grant from the Abbott Medical Device Grant Committee. Abbott, which operates in more than 160 countries, produces diagnostics, medical devices and pharmaceuticals. It funds a number of…

Dr. Berkow Reelected to Faculty Senate

Lauren Berkow, M.D., FASA, professor of anesthesiology and chief of the division of neuroanesthesiology, has been reelected to the University of Florida Faculty Senate as a representative of the College of Medicine. Dr. Berkow, who has represented the College of Medicine since 2020, will begin her new term in…

April Resident of the Month: Daniel Aine, D.O.

Please help us congratulate our April 2023 Resident of the Month: Daniel Aine, D.O.! Dr. Aine was nominated by his fellow residents and faculty for consistently and selflessly supporting his colleagues. Below are some quotes from his nominations. “Always has a positive attitude, always steps up to the plate.

Rohan Patel Receives 2023 J.S. Gravenstein Award

Rohan Patel, M.D., is the recipient of the 2023 JS Gravenstein Award. This award is presented each year to an outstanding University of Florida College of Medicine graduate who intends to pursue anesthesiology. Patel was selected by UF Department of Anesthesiology leadership based on his record of achievements and…

April 2023 Publications

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

Department Hosts Visiting Medical Skills Students

Local high school students recently had the opportunity to work on simulators and interact with members of the Department of Anesthesiology, College of Medicine and Center for Safety, Simulation & Advanced Learning Technologies (CSSALT). Albert Robinson, M.D., associate professor of anesthesiology and assistant dean for the Office for Diversity…

Katie Cairnes and Amy Gunnett Win 2023 Rebecca Lovely Outstanding Service Award

Congratulations to Katie Cairnes, assistant director of perioperative analytics, and Amy Gunnett, clinical research manager, for being selected as the winners of the seventh annual Rebecca Y. Lovely Outstanding Service Award! Amy and Katie were nominated by other members of their department for this award, which recognizes exemplary performance,…

Tatsiana Kryvitskaya, M.D., Receives Curriculum Innovation Award

The inaugural SEAd Sprout Awards for best trainee abstracts were presented at the annual Society for Education in Anesthesia (SEA) Spring Meeting. Dr. Kryvitskaya received the SEAd Sprout Award for her abstract titled “Implementation of Point-of-Care Ultrasound Curriculum in an Anesthesiology Residency Program at the University of Florida.” Dr.

François Modave, Ph.D., Selected to be Associate Chair of Research

We are thrilled to announce that François Modave, Ph.D., has been chosen by department leadership to serve as our associate chair of research starting July 1. Dr. Modave envisions a future where our department can lead in building clinical informatics to support our research mission. He believes that tight…

Cameron Smith, M.D., Teams Up with Neurology on New NIH Grant

A multidisciplinary team of experts from anesthesiology and acute pain and perioperative medicine, neurology, neurocritical care and neurosurgery at the University of Florida has been awarded a $12.9 million National Institutes of Health grant to test a novel way to relieve pain from headaches stemming from a burst brain…

March Resident of the Month: Tyler Ray, M.D.

Please help us congratulate our March 2023 Resident of the Month: Tyler Ray, M.D., CA-2! Dr. Ray was nominated by his fellow residents and faculty for consistently going above and beyond in his duties. He’s described as a “true team player.” Below are some quotes from his nominations.

Department of Anesthesiology Hosts 2023 Ski Summit

The University of Florida Department of Anesthesiology successfully hosted the 2023 Spring Anesthesia Ski Summit last month at the scenic Westgate Park City Resort and Spa in Park City, Utah. The event offered a distinctive platform for healthcare professionals from various institutions and departments across the country to come together,…

Pain Medicine Fellowship Receives Grant from Medtronic

We are excited to announce that Rene Przkora, M.D., Ph.D., and the Multidisciplinary Pain Medicine Fellowship program have been awarded an educational grant from Medtronic Giving Connection. The annual Pain Therapies Fellowship Grant is one way Medtronic demonstrates its support for the medical community and qualified medical teaching institutions. Medtronic…

March 2023 Publications

Congratulations to everyone who had publications in March of 2023! Published faculty were Doctors Berkow, Brennan, Doré, Garvan, Fahy, Haas, Jones, Kumar, Lampotang, Maybauer, Modave, Mohamed, Reina, Sibille, Vasilopoulos, Wardhan, and Peggy White. Anatomy & Cell Biology Carrera A, Chaiyamoon A, Reina F, Iwanaga J, Cateura A, Reina MA,…

Medical Student Mentored by Dr. Brennan Honored for Research

A student in the University of Florida College of Medicine’s Medical Student Research Program (MSRP) was honored on March 23 for his research under the mentorship of Meghan Brennan, M.D., M.S., assistant professor of anesthesiology. Jonathan Smith ’25 received the Lawrence M. Goodman Trust Award for his research project,…

Department of Anesthesiology Focuses on Research During Annual Event

The 2023 Department of Anesthesiology Celebration of Research was held on March 29 to showcase the department’s exceptional research and encourage collaboration and mentorship. There were more than 100 attendees, including faculty, staff, residents, fellows and students. The event took place at the UF Health south tower conference rooms, where…

Shahrukh Bengali, M.D., Receives Outstanding Resident Educator Award

We are proud to announce that fourth-year resident Shahrukh Bengali, M.D., was honored with the 2022 Outstanding Resident Educator Award on March 14 at the Celebration of Excellence in Medical Education reception. “I am truly honored to have received this award and am thankful to my own teachers over the…

Raquel Buser, M.D., and John Heinbockel, M.D., MSEE, Join the Department

Raquel Buser, M.D., and John Heinbockel, M.D., MSEE, joined the Department of Anesthesiology in March. Raquel Buser, M.D., joined us as an assistant professor of anesthesiology in the Division of Multispecialty Anesthesiology on March 20. She joins us from Parkview Medical Center in Pueblo, CO, where she…

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

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

February 2023 Publications

Congratulations to everyone who had publications in February 2023! Published faculty are: Drs. Martin, Reina, Loeb, Kumar, Haas, Martynyuk, Maybauer, Vasilopoulos, Lampotang, Przkora, Pitkin, Janelle and Sullivan. Anesthesia and Analgesia Connelly NR, Adler AC, Vanderberg LE, Conlin F, Mitchell JD, Goldstein S, Haspel RL; ATEST Collaborators; COLLABORATORS [Martin TW].

2023 IHAF Winners

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

Residency Match 2023

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

UF Team Awarded Champions Cup in SKOAP Study

Congratulations to Juan Mora, M.D., Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Medical Director of the Ayers Pain Medicine Surgical Center, as well as Anesthesiology Clinical Research Manager Amy Gunnett, R.N., CCRC and Clinical Research Coordinator III Amanda Slater! Their University of Florida research team received an award for excellence…

Brandon Peckham, MHA, Named Vice Chair for Finance and Administration

We are thrilled to announce that Brandon Peckham, MHA, has been appointed Vice Chair for Finance and Administration for the Department of Anesthesiology. In this role, Brandon will be responsible for directing and managing the administrative, financial and clinical business planning activities of the department, as well as the regional…

Basma Mohamed, MBChB, Recognized as a 2023 Quality Hero

This week UF Health has been hosting the 2023 Patient Safety Quality Week with speakers, education and poster sessions, and Quality Hero recognitions. Basma Mohamed, MBChB, assistant professor of anesthesiology and assistant program director for resident wellness, was nominated by her colleagues for the Outstanding Clinical Faculty/Advanced Practice…

Olga “Kiki” Nin, M.D., Appointed Assistant Chair for Clinical Services

We are pleased to announce Olga “Kiki” Nin, M.D., associate professor of anesthesiology and medical director of the UF Health Florida Surgical Center (FSC), has been appointed assistant chair for clinical services for the Department of Anesthesiology in the University of Florida College of Medicine. In this new role,…

Brenda Fahy, M.D., Voted into UF Society of Teaching Scholars

Brenda Fahy, M.D., MCCM, professor of anesthesiology, associate chair of faculty affairs and professional development, and program director of the Adult Combined Cardiothoracic Critical Care Fellowship, has been voted into the University of Florida Society of Teaching Scholars. Current members of the Society chose to…

2023-2024 Chief Residents Selected

We are pleased to announce our four new chief anesthesiology residents for the upcoming academic year. Tony Barrios, M.D., Jennifer Bromwell, D.O., Paul Campbell, M.D., and Tatsiana Kryvitskaya, M.D., will serve from April 1, 2023, through March 31, 2024. “We are very fortunate to have this group of very talented…