Farewell to Dr. Gan

We would like to congratulate Tong Joo (TJ) Gan, MD, FRCA (UK), who has been named the new Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology at SUNY Stony Brook Medicine. He will join Stony Brook Medicine on September 1, 2014.

Dr. Gan is currently a Professor of Anesthesiology and the Vice Chair of Faculty Development in the Department of Anesthesiology at Duke. He is originally from Malaysia, and received his medical degree from the London Hospital Medical College. In 1993, Dr. Gan came to Duke as a visiting associate and fellow in the Department of Anesthesiology. He joined the faculty in 1994 and rose through the ranks to become a professor with tenure in 2004. In 2007, Dr. Gan was appointed as the Vice Chair for Clinical Research, and in 2009, became Vice Chair for Faculty Development, also serving as Chair of the Departmental Appointments, Promotion, and Tenure Committee. In his role as Vice Chair for Faculty Development, Dr. Gan successfully implemented a mentorship program within the department to foster the development of young anesthesiologists as both researchers and physicians.

Dr. Gan has over 180 peer-reviewed publications and over 20 book chapters. His research interests include the basic pharmacology of anesthetic and related agents, and on the positive and negative effects of various pharmacological interventions in the inpatient and ambulatory anesthesia settings, as well as perioperative outcomes. To support his extensive research work, Dr. Gan has served as the local or national principal investigator on over 80 clinical trials, and has brought nearly $23 million of extramural funding to the Department of Anesthesiology.

In addition to the work he has done at Duke, Dr. Gan has been an active member in many national and international anesthesiology groups by serving in various leadership positions and committees. He has served on 13 different committees within the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA), was the President of the International Society of Anesthetic Pharmacology (ISAP), and was the President and served on many committees for the Society for Ambulatory Anesthesia (SAMBA).

We are confident that, just as he has done during his time within the Department of Anesthesiology at Duke, Dr. Gan will do an exceptional job leading the Department of Anesthesiology at SUNY Stony Brook to great heights. Again, congratulations to Dr. Gan—we wish him all the best.