Profiles

Jerry J Berger

Dr. Jerry Berger is an Associate Professor of Anesthesiology in the Division of Multispecialty Anesthesiology and three time recipient of “Castle Connolly’s America’s Top Doctors” (for Pain Management) Award. Dr. Berger received his medical degree from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. He completed his residency and fellowship in Anesthesiology at the University of Florida.Dr. Berger is a Diplomate of the American Academy of Pain Management and the American Board of Anesthesiology. He is medically licensed in Colorado and Florida. He is also certified by the National Board of Medical Examiners. He is a member of many professional societies such as the Alachua County Medical Society and the American Academy of Pain Management. Dr. Berger is a recipient of many awards and is an Ad Hoc Reviewer for Internal Medicine Journal. He has also contributed to a many textbooks, monographs, publications, and abstracts.

Jerry A Cohen

Dr. Cohen came to the Department of Anesthesiology in 1977, after completing his residency and fellowship at Emory University. He was part of the original cardiac anesthesia division and served as its co-chief. He then served on the liver transplant team and was its chief for over a decade. His research interests included control of coagulation for cardiopulmonary bypass, the effects of acid-base balance on neuromuscular blockade and quality management.His interest in quality management and patient safety led to several leadership roles in the UF Health system, including serving as Associate Chief of Staff for Quality Management, Chair of the Medical records Committee, and Chair of the Sedation Committee, Chair of the Unit Chiefs, Medical Care Evaluation Committee. He has also been quite active in advancing the interests of our patients and the practice of anesthesiology on a state and national level. He was a member of the Joint Commission’s Hospital Program Professional Technical Advisory Committee and served as its Vice-Chair and on the Joint Commission’s Standards and Survey Procedures Committee. He served as a delegate from the Florida Society of Anesthesiologists (FSA) to the House of Delegates of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA), as a member of the FSA and ASA Board of Directors, and as President of the FSA and later as Chair of the ASA Section on Professional Standards, Chair of the ASA Section on Administration, and as President, Chairman of the Board and CEO of the ASA. During his term as President, he oversaw the initial plans for relocating the ASA headquarters, prioritized the advancement of the Perioperative Surgical Home concept, led the restructuring of ASA’s management and staff and coordinated ASA’s advocacy efforts related to federal and State legislation, and regulation. As an Executive Officer of ASA, he travelled internationally and spoke on the programs of over 3 dozen state and international anesthesia societies, the US Congress, and met with staff from the White House, Federal Trade Commission and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services on behalf of the ASA. Dr. Cohen has served on many committees of ASA and currently Chairs the ASA Judicial Council.He is also a member of the Board of the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation. After serving on the Executive committee and Administrative Council and as President of ASA, Dr. Cohen continues to practice part-time in the Department of Anesthesiology.

Donn M Dennis

Donn Dennis, MD, serves as The Joachim S. Gravenstein, MD, Endowed Professor of Anesthesiology at the University of Florida, College of Medicine. He is the Director of Nanomedicine and Co-Director for the State of Florida Center of Excellence in Nano-Bio Sensing, as well as Chief Science Officer and Vice President of Scientific Affairs, Xhale, Inc.Dr. Dennis received his MD from the University of Michigan. He completed his internship in the Translational Program at William Beaumont Hospital and his residency and American Heart Association Fellowship in Cardiovascular Pharmacology and Electrophysiology at the University of Florida.As an innovator, Dr. Dennis has a long history of honors and awards. In 2012, Dr. Dennis received the distinction of Charter Fellow for the National Academy of Inventors. He is the co-inventor of intellectual property, HyGreen™, which received numerous awards, including the New Product Innovation Award in Infection Control by Frost and Sullivan and the 2010 Medical Design Excellence Award. HyGreen™ was featured in Popular Science, Best of What’s New in 2009: Top Tech Awards, and the 100 Best Innovations of the Year.Dr. Dennis has held committee positions with innumerable societies, such as the Committee on Research and the Committee on Scientific Papers for the American Society of Anesthesiologists. He was also the Chairman of their Sub-Committee on Experimental Circulation in 1995. Dr. Dennis is currently on the Board of Directors for the I. Heermann Anesthesia Foundation, and on the Science Advisory Board for the University of Florida’s Institute for Nanotechnology. He has also been a consultant to 11 pharmaceutical and venture capital companies.

F. Kayser Enneking

F. KAYSER ENNEKING, M.D., earned her medical degree at the University of Florida in 1986. She completed her residency in anesthesiology at the University of Texas Medical Branch with an emphasis on cardiac anesthesia at the Texas Heart Institute. She did a fellowship in regional anesthesiology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Massachusetts. She joined UF in 1991 as an assistant professor in the department of anesthesiology. She held several roles, including associate professor in the department of anesthesiology, medical director for the Florida Surgical Center, chief of the division of regional anesthesia and professor of anesthesiology, and of orthopaedics and rehabilitation. She is currently chair of the department of anesthesiology and assistant dean for clinical affairs for the UF College of Medicine. Enneking’s strong interest in regional anesthesia for orthopaedic surgeries and ambulatory anesthesia led to the development of novel analgesic techniques for these patient populations. She has published more than 50 scholarly works in this area and mentored regional anesthesia fellows and junior faculty members. Enneking is the winner of several awards including the TW Andersen Teaching Award and the Haven Perkins Lifetime Achievement Award. She served on the Board of the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and has chaired the Shands Quality Committee for the past three years.

Eric Brown

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. He earned his medical degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, Texas. He was also a Surgical Intern at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas.Dr. Brown has presented medically challenging cases at GAARRC, IARS, ASA, and ACS, as well as participated in medical mission outreach work and other community service.

Sebastián Gatica

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 earned his medical degree from Universidad Central del Caribe in Bayamón, Puerto Rico; he completed his Anesthesiology Residency at the University of Puerto Rico as well as a Research Fellowship in the Department of Anesthesiology there. He also worked as an attending anesthesiologist in Hima San Pablo Hospital in Puerto Rico.Dr. Gatica is a member of several anesthesiology organizations as well as a Diplomate of the American Board of Anesthesiology, and he has also made a significant number of contributions to abstracts, oral presentations, and publications.

Keith A Howell

Keith A. Howell, MD, joined us in August of 2019 as an Associate Professor in the Division of Multispecialty Anesthesiology. He came 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. He earned his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia and he completed his Anesthesia Residency at the Medical College of Virginia after a Surgical Internship at Carraway Methodist Medical Center in Birmingham, Alabama.Dr. Howell is a member of several anesthesiology organizations and has been involved in a number of research grants and contracts. He has also given several presentations at anesthesiology conferences and made numerous clinical contributions, including helping to improve the delivery of patient information to health care providers as a physician informaticist. In his free time, he enjoys fly-fishing and outdoor activities.

Susana Cruz Beltrán

Susana Cruz Beltrán, MD, joined the Department of Anesthesiology in July of 2019 as a Clinical Assistant Professor with the pediatric and congenital heart divisions. She came 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 la Salud, Hospital de San José in Bogotá, Colombia. She completed her residency in Anesthesiology at the University of Texas, where she also completed an internship in General Surgery.Dr. Cruz Beltrán has made several contributions to posters and conference presentations. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her two golden retrievers.

Bruce D Spiess

Dr. Spiess joined us as a Professor of Anesthesiology and the Associate Chair for Research. He was born to academic parents and grew up steeped in a research background with his father being a geneticist and his mother a biochemist. He attended Denison, University, in Granville Ohio, who bestowed upon him in 2017 their highest honor: the Alumni citation, for his research work in medicine. He attended Rush Medical College in Chicago followed by the Mayo Clinic for Anesthesiology training, where he specialized in cardiothoracic anesthesiology and was chief resident. Dr. Spiess returned to Rush for his first faculty position in 1983 and stayed until 1990. From there he travelled to Seattle, Washington, to become the Chief of Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology at the University of Washington. He left Washington State when a business opportunity for his new wife became available in Richmond, Virginia. He took the position of Vice Chairman of Anesthesiology at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, where he stayed for 17 years until pursuing his present position at the University of Florida. Dr Spiess has focused his research upon blood, its critical oxygen carrying capacity, oxygen therapeutic pharmaceutical development (previously known as “blood substitutes”), risks of blood transfusion, and coagulation/coagulopathies and development of monitoring technologies. His extensive work in blood transfusion risks has led him to be an outspoken proponent of patient blood management. He has authored over 200 peer reviewed academic articles, more than 40 book chapters, seven textbooks, and appeared on the Discovery Channel and in many other lay media. His work has been funded mostly by the US Department of Defense and he has led major conferences for the DOD, NIH, and FDA with regards to critical blood issues. As it pertains to coagulation management, Dr. Spiess was the first to author research studies regarding using thromboelastography for heart surgery and he has published extensively in that area calling upon clinicians to develop and utilize whole blood testing in conjunction with algorithms for coagulopathy treatment. He has been on the board of directors of international societies including the society for Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists and boards of commercial companies.

Olga C Nin

Dr. Nin became an Assistant Professor on September 1st, 2014, after completing her residency and fellowship in Acute Pain Medicine here at the University of Florida. She earned her B.S. from Brown University and her M.D. from Thomas Jefferson Medical School. Dr. Nin has been an important part of our team in anesthesiology. She was Chief Resident in 2012 and received the Chairman’s Award in 2013. Dr. Nin has a strong commitment to community service and traveled to Honduras in 2011 and 2012 with the department’s Lifebox project. Dr. Nin is originally from San Juan, Puerto Rico. She played junior and varsity tennis and represented Puerto Rico in the Federation Cup.

Svetlana Chembrovich, V

Dr. 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 earned her medical degree from the Belarussian State Medical University in Minsk, Belarus; she completed an Internal Medicine Residency at Greater Baltimore Medical Center and an Anesthesiology and Critical Care Residency at the University of New Mexico. To round out her education, Dr. Chembrovich completed a fellowship in Regional Anesthesia and Acute Perioperative Pain Medicine here at the University of Florida.She is a member of several anesthesiology organizations and has also made several contributions to peer-reviewed publications, abstracts, and presentations.

Cyndi Garvan

Research BiographyDr. Cyndi Garvan (Co-Principal Investigator): Cynthia Wilson Garvan is the Statistics Director in the Office of Educational Research in the College of Education at the University of Florida and Co-Director of the Collaborative Assessment Program Evaluation Services (CAPES) group. She has collaborated on many research studies with professors and physicians in various departments of the Colleges of Education, Liberal Arts and Sciences, Medicine, Dentistry and Public Health and Health Professions including the Departments of Anesthesiology, Educational Psychology, Health Services, Neurology, Occupational Therapy, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Psychology, and Special Education. She is the lead statistician on a study funded by IES that will investigate the efficacy of a cognitive-behavioral intervention to reduce student aggression. She has also been the lead statistician on two longitudinal studies which have been supported by NIH for ten years each (Project CARE, a child development study; ADHD Detection and Services Use, a study of service use for children with Attention Deficit Disorder). Dr. Garvan has been the analyst on numerous statewide and nationwide surveys including health insurance studies in Florida, Indiana, and Kansas (1999, 2000, 2001, and 2004), Transition to Adult Life Programs and Services Study (2002), the National Marriage Survey (2003), and the Florida High School Exit Survey (2005). Her research interests include statistics education for professionals, statistical methods for measuring cognition, and longitudinal data analysis. Dr. Garvan has been involved since 2001 as co-PI, Co-I, or statistician in over $14,000,000 in funded projects in numerous discipline areas. She has co-authored over 50 peer reviewed manuscripts. In October 2006, Dr. Garvan received the inaugural -- University of Florida, Exceptional Educator of the Year -- award for her work (since 1997) in teaching statistics to students with disabilities.

Sandra N Gonzalez

Dr. Gonzalez studied and earned her medical degree from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia in Bogota, Colombia. She interned at two hospitals in Bogota; Villavicencio State Hospital and Saint Joseph Hospital. Her residency was completed in anesthesiology at Nueva Granada University-Saint Raphael Hospital. After moving to the United States, Dr. Gonzalez worked as a Phlebotomist at Community Blood Centers of South Florida and as a surgical assistant for Strax Institute. In 2009, Dr. Gonzalez then moved to Gainesville, FL to complete her residency in Anesthesiology at the University of Florida and has been a member of our team since that time.

Juan C Mora Herrera

Juan Mora, M.D. earned his medical degree from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia in Bogota, Colombia. He completed his residency in anesthesiology at the University of Florida in Jacksonville, where he served as a chief resident. Dr. Mora also completed a pain management fellowship at UF, in Gainesville. Dr. Mora has completed research in cervical spine contusion at the Mayo Clinic Foundation in Rochester, Minnesota. In 2010, Dr. Mora was a rural physician in Colombia. He also provided medical attention to different underserved areas in Colombia as a volunteer general practitioner. Dr. Mora has made over 20 research contributions including poster presentations, publications and online modules pertaining to anesthesiology and pain management. He is a recipient of various leadership awards, including the American Board of Anesthesiology Outstanding Performance on the Basic Examination Award as well as the Anesthesia Star Award from UF Jacksonville Anesthesiology Program.

Andrew J McNeil

Andrew J. McNeil, DO is a board-certified anesthesiologist and currently serves as a pain medicine physician. He earned his medical degree from Western University of Health Sciences, COMP in Pomona, California and completed his internship at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis, Oregon. Dr. McNeil completed his residency in anesthesiology and a fellowship in pain medicine at the University of Florida. He is currently licensed to practice medicine in Florida and Washington.Dr. McNeil has contributed to several publications and submitted works, including research pertaining to pain medicine and pain management. He has presented at more than ten conferences on local, state, regional and national levels since 2002.

Rene Przkora

Rene Przkora, MD, PhD, MMS, joined the University of Florida faculty as an associate professor in anesthesiology and pain medicine in 2014. Currently, he is the associate division chief and the fellowship director of the multidisciplinary pain medicine fellowship program at UF. Before arriving at UF, Dr. Przkora spent time at the University of Texas Medical Branch, or UTMB, as an assistant professor in anesthesiology and pain medicine. While there, he also served as the assistant director of the pain medicine fellowship program and the education director of the patient simulation center.  In 1999, Dr. Przkora received a medical degree from the University of Wurzburg in Germany. He then went on to obtain a PhD in 2000 from the University of Bonn in Germany. He received training in general and orthopaedic surgery while in Germany. In 2006, Dr. Przkora finished a two-year, post-doctoral research fellowship at the UTMB. He arrived at UF in 2006 and completed his residency in anesthesiology in 2010. Dr. Przkora was a fellow in pain medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard University, and graduated in 2011. He finished his post-doctoral training by receiving a certificate in business administration from the American Society of Anesthesiology.  Dr. Przkora is board-certified in pain medicine and anesthesiology. He is a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, the American Academy of Pain Medicine, the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine and the International Anesthesia Research Society. Dr. Przkora is a junior editor for the American Board of Anesthesiology and a reviewer for various scientific journals. Dr. Przkora has published more than 40 articles in peer-reviewed journals, and he has obtained independent research funding for studies relating to pain medicine.

Alex Multak

Alexander Multak, MD, joined us in March of 2018 as an Assistant Professor. He came to us from Geisinger Community Medical Center in Scranton, Pennsylvania, where he worked in both general and cardiac anesthesiology.Dr. Multak received his medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine and completed his anesthesiology residency and cardiothoracic anesthesia fellowship at Johns Hopkins University.

Sanjeev Kumar

Dr. Kumar earned his Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery from Delhi University in India. He trained at Delhi University/ Safdarjung Hospital for his residency training in Anesthesiology. Dr. Kumar then interned and was a resident at Wayne State University/ Detroit Medical Center in Detroit, MI. He completed his fellowship training in Pain Medicine there as well. He is certified in Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine by the American Board of Anesthesiology. Dr. Kumar has extensive clinical, research & editorial experience. He has served as a member of editorial board of different pain journals. He is a member of several professional societies such as the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians, American Society of Anesthesiology, International Anesthesia Research Society, and a Secretary of Society for Awareness in Medical Emergency.

Kevin J Sullivan

Kevin Sullivan, MD, is board-certified in anesthesiology for children and adults, pediatrics and pediatric critical care medicine. He received his medical degree from the State University of New York in Brooklyn. He then went on to complete two residencies, one in pediatrics at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, New York, and the other in anesthesiology at the University of Florida College of Medicine in Gainesville, Florida. Following his residencies, Dr. Sullivan remained at the UF College of Medicine to complete his fellowship in pediatric critical care medicine.Prior to working at UF Health, Dr. Sullivan was a pediatric and cardiac anesthesiologist at Wolfson Children’s Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida. While there, he also served as the medical director of the pediatric intensive care unit and the pediatric cardiovascular intensive care unit.At UF Health, Dr. Sullivan specializes in pediatric critical care medicine.

Daryl L Reust

Dr. Reust joins us from the University of Oklahoma, where he was an Assistant Professor and Associate Section Chief of Cardiovascular Anesthesia. Dr. Reust earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Kansas State University and his medical degree from Texas A&M University. He completed his residency at the University of Tennessee Medical Center at Knoxville and his fellowship in Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology and Translational Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Reust has published several research papers and presented many abstracts at SCA, AHA, and ASA annual meetings, and he is currently involved in research on cardiopulmonary bypass.

Edward K McGough

Office Phone: Office: 352-273-6575Email: emcgough@anest.ufl.eduDr. McGough joins as an Associate Professor in the Divisions of Cardiovascular Anesthesia and Critical Care Medicine, and comes to us from Memorial Medical Center and Plaza Surgery Center in Jacksonville, where he was a Staff Anesthesiologist. He is a Diplomate for the American Board of Anesthesiology in anesthesiology and critical care medicine and for the National Board of Echocardiography in advanced perioperative transesophageal echocardiography; he also holds a special Certificate of Competency in Critical Care. Dr. McGough earned his Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and his MD from the University of Michigan Medical School. He came to the “Gator Nation” to complete his residency and fellowship in Critical Care Medicine. Dr. McGough consulted with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Space Shuttle project, medical launch, and recovery. He also served as President and Treasurer of Anesthesia Consultants. He is a member of many professional societies and has published articles in many journals.

Stephen D Lucas

Stephen D. Lucas, MD, joined the University of Florida faculty in 2006 as an assistant professor of anesthesiology at the College of Medicine. He became an associate professor in 2013. Dr. Lucas received his bachelor’s in biological sciences from Florida State University in 1983. He then attended UF where he obtained his medical degree in 1987. He received post-doctoral training as an internal medicine intern at the Jacksonville Health Education Program in Jacksonville, Florida. Upon completing his internship, he began his residency in anesthesiology at UF. Dr. Lucas has been board-certified in anesthesiology since 1992 and in pain medicine since 1996. At UF, Dr. Lucas has held a number of leadership roles. He was the medical director of the UF Health Shands Hospital operating room from 2009 to 2012. In 2010, he became the chief of the division of regional anesthesiology and perioperative pain medicine and took on the additional responsibilities of the chief of pain medicine in 2014. He now serves as the Associate Chair for Pain Medicine of the Department of Anesthesiology and as the Medical Director of UF Health Pain Management- Ayers and of Pain Medicine Clinics. Dr. Lucas is an active member of several professional societies. Since 1986, he has been a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists. By 2007, he joined the Florida Society of Anesthesiologists, the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesia and the American Society of Regional Anesthesia. He is also a member of the American Academy of Pain Medicine. Dr. Lucas has contributed to several books, refereed publications and abstracts. He has also presented at more than 40 conferences on local, state, regional, national and international levels since 2003.

Timothy W Martin

Dr. Martin is a Professor and the Chief of Pediatric Anesthesiology. He comes from Arkansas Children’s Hospital/University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, and the Vice-Chair for Education and Administration. Dr. Martin received his bachelor’s in biology with distinction and his medical degree from the University of Missouri (Kansas City); he later went on to complete a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Arkansas, where he was voted “Outstanding MBA Student.” He completed his internship and anesthesiology residency, where he was the Chief Resident, at Wilford Hall United States Air Force Medical Center, and his fellowship in pediatric anesthesiology at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. During his service with the United States Air Force Reserve (Medical Services Corp), he extended his active duty to Individual Mobilization Augmentee (IMA) and later moved to permanent rank of Colonel. Dr. Martin is a Diplomate of the American Board of Anesthesiology with additional certification in Pediatric Anesthesiology and Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology (MOCA). Dr. Martin has contributed to many journals, article reviews, presentations, and books.

Timothy E Morey

Timothy M. Morey, MD, completed his residency at UF Health Shands Hospital in Gainesville, Fla. In 1996, he began his Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research-funded pharmacology research fellowship and then joined the University of Florida College of Medicine faculty in 1997.  Over the course of Dr. Morey’s career, he has served in many capacities throughout the department, college and university. Dr. Morey’s research interests include measuring medication adherence using exhaled breath, employing exhaled propofol concentrations to understand anesthetic depth, alternative formulations for propofol, unique locations for pulse oximetry in patients with low perfusion states, and others. Some of this technology has been transferred for development and commercialization to Xhale, a faculty start-up company headquartered in Gainesville.    Dr. Morey has been the recipient of various awards throughout his career. Some highlights include the Humanitarian Award for “University of Florida and Shands Haitian Relief Efforts” and the TW Andersen Resident Research Award in 1996. He has provided cover art on several peer-reviewed journals, including Anesthesiology and Anesthesia and Analgesia.