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FAAA Holds Inaugural Annual Meeting

The Florida Academy of Anesthesiologist Assistants (FAAA) held their very first annual meeting in Orlando, January 10 – 12, 2020. One of our own, Jeffrey Carroll, CAA, is the president of the the FAAA and helped in the organization of this first meeting. The association always had the vision to one…

Happy 2020 CRNA Week!

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

North Tower renovations progress with opening of first four operating rooms

After about nine months of extensive renovations that continued into last-minute finishing touches over the weekend, four completely upgraded and expanded North Tower operating rooms equipped with cutting-edge technology opened on Jan. 13. The four rooms are the first phase of a massive makeover to the North Tower, which will…

Gordon Gibby, MD, Celebrates Retirement

On Friday, January 10, Dr. Gordon Gibby, Associate Professor in the Division of Multispecialty Anesthesiology, celebrated his retirement from the University of Florida Department of Anesthesiology after 31 years. Dr. Gibby joined us in 1988 after completing a fellowship in Anesthesiology here at UF. He is a diplomate for the…

December 2019 Publications

Congratulations to all who had articles published in December! Anesthesia & Analgesia Corda DM, Fahy BG. Physicians, Heal Thyselves … With Caffeine? Anesth Analg. 2020 Jan;130(1):63-65. doi: 10.1213/ANE.0000000000004365. Best Practice & Research Clinical Anaesthesiology Helander EM, Webb MP, Kendrick J, Montet T, Kaye AJ, Cornett EM, Kaye…

Department Represents at IHI National Forum 2019

Quality and Patient Safety Officer Stephanie Gore, RN, attended the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) National Forum with Professor Brenda Fahy, MD, MCCM, Assistant Professor Basma Mohamed, MBChB, and M500 Consultant Aislinn Skuropat. The team brought two storyboards to showcase our department’s quality improvement work: Treatment of Intraoperative Hyperglycemia with Insulin:…

Review by Dr. Patrick Tighe Published in JAMA Surgery

Congratulations to Associate Professor of Anesthesiology Patrick Tighe, MD, MS, for having his review Artificial Intelligence and Surgical Decision-Making published in JAMA Surgery in December. Dr. Tighe collaborated with colleagues from the departments of Surgery, Medicine, Biomedical Engineering, Computer and Information Science and Engineering, and Electrical and Computer Engineering. Abstract Importance…

Anesthesiology, Surgery, & Urology Celebrate the Holidays

On Saturday, December 14, 2019, the departments of Anesthesiology, Surgery, and Urology came together to celebrate the holidays at The ONE Party’s Winter Onederland. The three departments came together for food, fellowship, and fun. Guests were asked to bring donations and the departments raised more than $800 for local food…

Article by Dr. Peggy White Featured in SOCCA Newsletter

Congratulations to Associate Professor of Anesthesiology Peggy White, MD, for having her article Two Perspectives on Simulation in Critical Care Training Perspective One: An Invaluable Tool featured in the November issue of The Society of Critical Care Anesthesiologists (SOCCA) newsletter. Dr. White’s article takes the stance that simulation training is a…

Dr. Przkora Elected President of the APPD

Associate Professor of Anesthesiology Rene Przkora, MD, PhD, was elected President of the Association of Pain Program Directors (APPD) at the American Society of Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA) in November. Dr. Przkora was chosen for this honor by his peer Pain Program Directors. The Association of Pain Program Directors…

Dr. Berkow Joins Airway Safety Movement’s Board of Directors

Congratulations to Professor of Anesthesiology Lauren Berkow, MD, for her appointment to the Airway Safety Movement’s Board of Directors for 2020 – 2023! The Airway Safety Movement is a non-profit organization that seeks to raise awareness, educate and prevent patient safety issues around airway management.

November 2019 Publications

Congratulations to all who had articles published in November! Anesthesia & Analgesia Warner DO, Isaak RS, Peterson-Layne C, Lien CA, Sun H, Menzies AO, Cole DJ, Dainer RJ, Fahy BG, Macario A, Suresh S, Harman AE. Development of an Objective Structured Clinical Examination as a Component of Assessment for Initial…

Professors Awarded 2019 Exemplary Teacher Awards

This year ten of our Professors of Anesthesiology have been awarded the Exemplary Teacher 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…

Acetaminophen Stewardship Team reduces costs with focus on strategic Tylenol use

Through efforts to educate providers about the importance of using costly intravenous acetaminophen (IV Tylenol) only when necessary, a new stewardship committee has been able to reduce costs at UF Health by more than $60,000 per month. Arvin Trippensee, DO, FASA, Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology, is spearheading the effort to encourage…

Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellowship Announces New Fellow

Congratulations to the Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellowship Program for successfully matching their position for the 2020-21 academic year! This year, our pediatric fellowship program received over 25 applications for its coveted spot which was successfully filled after a busy interview season. Fellowship director Taran Sangari, MD, MBA, recognizes all members of…

Department Hosts Second Annual Modell/Shah Lecture in Anesthesiology

The second annual Modell/Shah Lecture in Anesthesiology featured a discussion on anemia and transfusions presented by Aryeh Shander, MD, FCCM, FCCP, FASA on Nov. 14. The lecture, titled “Anemia and Transfusions, Which is Worse?” drew a packed crowd and also gave attendees the opportunity to ask questions. Dr. Shander is…

Happy NP Week!

The UF Department of Anesthesiology is joining healthcare providers nationwide in recognizing the unique skills of our Nurse Practitioners during National NP Week. We appreciate the safe and high-quality care our NP’s provide to our patients each and every day. On behalf of the Leadership Team and Faculty, thank…

PeCAN Works with Trualta on New Study

“The University of Florida has partnered with Trualta, a Canadian company that develops educational programs to support family caregivers, to evaluate the program’s impact on caregiver confidence and wellness, as well as health outcomes. The new UF-Trualta study will follow caregivers of a person with dementia or mild cognitive impairment…

Our Leadership Committee Supports the More Than One Campaign

The UF Anesthesiology Executive Leadership Committee supports More Than One as a goal of ethical leadership! Will you take the pledge? The More Than One Movement is a mission based on one singular action to increase ethical leadership and improved practices for us all: if you want to make a…

Kayser Enneking, MD, Named University Term Professor

Congratulations to Dr. Enneking for being named one of the College of Medicine’s 2019-20 University Term Professors! The University of Florida Term Professorship Program recognizes and rewards significant faculty academic achievements. Professors are chosen based on Chair nominations and the recommendation of the College of Medicine Advisory Committee. Each award…

Drs. Lampotang & Tighe Receive Endowed Professorships

By endowing faculty positions, donors create streams of funding to enable faculty to discover and invent what we can only now imagine. At the Celebration of Distinction ceremony in October, 2019, Professor of Anesthesiology Samsun Lampotang, PhD, and Associate Professor of Anesthesiology Patrick Tighe, MD, MS, received wooden chairs…

Donald Bohannon, MD, Celebrates Retirement

Donald S. Bohannon, MD, joined the Department of Anesthesiology in 2009. In his 10 and a half years with us, he served as an Associate Professor with the Acute and Perioperative Pain Medicine Division. During his time here, Dr. Bohannon was an integral part of the team. He…

Simulation Symposium Hosted for Visiting Chinese Anesthesiologists

On October 18, 2019, our department hosted a simulation symposium for visiting Chinese anesthesiologists. The symposium titled “How to train a confident and competent anesthesiologist” introduced the most innovative simulation technologies for resident and fellow education and established an academic platform for anesthesiologist collaboration between the US and China. Seventeen…

Division of Pain Medicine Announces New Fellows

Congratulations to the Division of Pain Medicine, which has successfully matched all six Multidisciplinary Pain Medicine Fellowship positions for the 2020-21 academic year through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). The fellowship prides itself on producing physicians who are technically skilled in interventional pain management as well as poised to…

Eric Brown Joins the Department

Eric Brown, MD, joined us in September, 2019, as an Assistant Professor in the Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology division after completing his Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology Fellowship and Anesthesiology Residency here at the University of Florida. Dr. Brown earned his medical degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio,…

September 2019 Publications

Congratulations to all who had articles published in August! Anesthesia & Analgesia Leinonen M, Gravenstein N, Giordano C. Ventilation Is an Important Confounding Variable When End-Tidal Carbon Dioxide Is Used to Help Guide Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation. Anesth Analg. 2019 Sep 3. doi: 10.1213/ANE.0000000000004409. [Epub ahead of…

Happy PA Week!

The UF Department of Anesthesiology is joining healthcare providers nationwide in recognizing the unique skills of our Physician Assistants during National PA Week. We appreciate the watchful, safe, and high-quality care our PA’s provide to our patients every day. On behalf of the Leadership Team and Faculty, thank…

TCAV Symposium a Success

Sixty-four students, faculty, residents, and fellows had the opportunity to attend a first of its kind daylong symposium on time-controlled adaptive ventilation (TCAV) on Thursday, Sept. 26. The symposium, spearheaded by Peggy White, MD, Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology, featured talks by four renowned experts as well as a Q&A session…

Happy National Research Administrator Day!

Thank you to all of our Research Administrators for your hard work and positive attitudes! As Research Administrators, you provide valuable support to our research community. Your work is vital to our success. We appreciate you today and every day.

Residents Score in Top 10% in 2019

Third-year residents Drs. Steffin Golden, Daniel Heath, and Shauna Wrazidlo scored in the top 10% on the American Board of Anesthesiologists (ABA) BASIC exam in 2019. Our residents’ performance on this exam demonstrates their dedication to meeting the highest standards of the practice of anesthesiology and indicates their commitment to…

Sebastián Gatica-Moris, MD, Joins the Department

Sebastián Gatica-Moris, MD, joined us on Sept. 16, 2019, as an Assistant Professor in the Critical Care Medicine and Multispecialty Anesthesiology divisions. He comes to us from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, where he completed a Critical Care Anesthesiology Fellowship and a Neuroanesthesiology Fellowship. Dr. Gatica-Moris earned his medical…

Martynyuk Lab’s Research Published in Anesthesiology

An article authored by Professor of Anesthesiology and Neuroscience, Anatoly Martynyuk, PhD, and his lab, along with colleagues from the McKnight Brain Institute and the Department of Psychiatry has been published in Anesthesiology. The results of their study may present a new direction in the field of Perioperative Neurocognitive Disorder…

Anesthesiology Faculty Elected to COM Faculty Council

Albert Robinson, III, MD, and Sonia Deshmukh Mehta, MD, have been elected by the faculty at large to be officers on the College of Medicine Faculty Council. Dr. Robinson has been elected President-Elect and will serve as President next year. Dr. Mehta has been elected Vice President and will serve a…

August 2019 Publications

Congratulations to all who had articles published in August! Anesthesia & Analgesia Berger M, Angst MS, Culley DJ, Price CE, Scott DA, Whittington RA, Eckenhoff RG; Perioperative Neurotoxicity Working Group. In Response. Anesth Analg. 2019 Sep;129(3):e112-e113. doi: 10.1213/ANE.0000000000004300. Anesthesiology News Berkow L. Unplanned or Accidental Extubation in the Perioperative Environment.

CSSALT Mentees Compete in Design Competition

A group of students from the University of Florida Biomedical Engineering (BME) department worked with the Center for Safety, Simulation and Advanced Learning Technologies (CSSALT) team on a 2-semester long design project. The project modified one of CSSALT’s mixed reality simulators for transrectal ultrasound prostate biopsy. In June 2019, the…

Pain Medicine Division Receives Industry Funding for Neurostimulation Trial

Our Pain Medicine division is excited to be a site for the REALITY study. This industry-funded study will examine 5 years of data on spinal cord stimulation and dorsal root ganglion stimulation. Patients will be undergoing permanent implant with a BurstDR spinal cord stimulator (SCS) or dorsal root ganglion (DRG)…

Tony DeStephens & Cole Dooley, MD, Participate in Medical Mission Trip

Two members of the Department of Anesthesiology traveled to Guayaquil, Ecuador, in July on a mission trip with the Global Smile Foundation, which provides comprehensive cleft lip and palate care for patients in underserved communities throughout the world. The team of 67 volunteers from around the world screened 193 patients…

Dr. Keith Howell Joins the Department

Keith A. Howell, MD, joined us on Aug. 15, 2019, as an Associate Professor in the Division of Multispecialty Anesthesiology. He comes to us from Virginia Commonwealth University, Medical College of Virginia Campus, where he was an Associate Professor in the Division of Acute Pain Management in the Department of Anesthesiology.

Dr. Spiess Pushes for Federal Patient Blood Management Legislation

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

Drs. Hutchinson & Johnson Selected to Serve on Housestaff Council

Second-year resident David Hutchinson, MD, and fourth-year resident Taylor Johnson, MD, have been selected to serve as the anesthesia representatives on the newly created Housestaff Council this year. The Housestaff Council will hold open forum meetings during which housestaff can come to voice their concerns. The Council currently has 31…

André P. Boezaart, MD, PhD: Thank You

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

July 2019 Publications

Congratulations to all who had articles published in July! Anesthesia & Analgesia Berger M, Angst MS, Culley DJ, Price CE, Scott DA, Whittington RA, Eckenhoff RG; Perioperative Neurotoxicity Working Group. In Response. Anesth Analg. 2019 Jul 2. doi: 10.1213/ANE.0000000000004300. [Epub ahead of print] Paterson E, Sanderson PM, Brecknell B, Paterson…

Critical Care Medicine Fellows Gain Experience in Inaugural Boot Camp

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

Respresenting UF at FSA 2019

Members of the Department of Anesthesiology contributed half of the total number of posters of distinction at the Florida Society of Anesthesiologists’ annual meeting held June 14–16 at The Breakers in Palm Beach, Florida. UF sent 30 posters to the conference, of which five were posters of distinction. Jonathan Wakim of…

Susana Cruz Beltrán, MD, Joins the Department

Susana Cruz Beltrán, MD, joined us on July 15, 2019, as a Clinical Assistant Professor with the pediatric and congenital heart divisions. She comes to us from Emory University, where she completed a fellowship in Pediatric Anesthesiology. Dr. Cruz Beltrán earned her medical degree from Fundacion Universitaria de Ciencias de…

Svetlana Chembrovich, MD, Joins the Department

Dr. Svetlana Chembrovich joined the Department of Anesthesiology on July 8, 2019, as an Assistant Professor in the Acute Pain and Perioperative Medicine division. She came to us from the University of New Mexico, where she was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine. She…

Welcome to Our 2019 Fellows

Please help us welcome all of our incoming acute and perioperative pain, cardiothoracic, critical care, and pain medicine fellows!

June 2019 Publications

Congratulations to all who had articles published in June! Anesthesia & Analgesia Sun H, Warner DO, Patterson AJ, Harman AE, Rathmell JP, Keegan MT, Dainer RJ, McLoughlin TM Jr, Fahy BG, Macario A. The American Board of Anesthesiology’s standardized oral examination for initial board certification. Anesth Analg. 2019 Jun…

Welcome to Our 2019 New Residents

The new academic year brings a new group of residents. Welcome to the anesthesiology team! First-Year Residents (PGY-1/Interns) Ryan Cook, DO Hometown: Magrath, Alberta, Canada Undergrad: Brigham Young University Medical School: Midwestern University Lida Esfandiary, MD Hometown: Miami, FL Undergrad: University of Florida…

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…

Dr. Kumar Hones Skills in Endoscopic Spine Surgery with FEO

Updated September 2019 Fellows and residents in the Department of Anesthesiology now have the rare 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…

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,…

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.

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.

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…

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…

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.

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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.

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…

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,…

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…

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.

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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.

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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.  …

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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. …

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…

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…

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,…

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,…

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…

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]…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

Behavioral Changes Across Generations

By Adriana Barbat Anatoly Martynyuk, PhD 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…

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.

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,…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…