Profiles

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.

Ajay B Antony

Dr. Antony is assistant professor in the division of pain medicine. He comes to us from our very own department where he completed his residency in anesthesiology and fellowship in pain medicine. During his residency, he served as Chief Resident and was awarded the Michael E. Mahla Outstanding Resident of the Year Award, Best Resident for Outstanding Dedication and Service to the Department and Outstanding Resident Teacher Award. He earned his bachelor of science at the University of Florida and earned his medical degree at St. George University School of Medicine. He is double-board certified in anesthesiology and pain medicine. Dr. Antony is a member of many professional academic societies such as the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, the North American Neuromodulation Society (NANS), and the International Neuromodulation Society (INS). He has lectured both nationally and internationally on neuromodulation and other topics in pain medicine. Dr. Antony teaches national training courses for fellows and practicing physicians on both spinal cord stimulation (SCS) and dorsal root ganglion (DRG) stimulation. His clinical practice and research at the University of Florida has a focus on neuromodulation and minimally invasive advanced treatments for pain.

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.

Francesca K 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.

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

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Dr. 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.

Bruce Spiess

Dr Bruce D. Spiess is presently the Associate Chair for anesthesiology at the University of Florida, School of Medicine in Gainesville, Florida. 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. Dr Spiess attended Denison, University in Granville Ohio, and they just 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. He returned to Rush for his first faculty position from 1983-1990. From there he travelled to Seattle, Washington to become the Chief of Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology at the University of Washington. Spiess 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, 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.

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.