Announcing New Neuroanesthesiology Leadership

After an extensive search process, I am pleased to announce Dhanesh Gupta, M.D., as our new Chief of the Division of Neuroanesthesiology. Dr. Gupta received his B.S. in Biomedical Engineering and his M.D. from Northwestern University. He then completed his anesthesiology residency and fellowship in Neuroanesthesiology at the University of California at San Francisco. Since fellowship, he has served as faculty at UCSF and at the University of Utah where he became the Chief of Neuroanesthesia and helped build the Huntsman Cancer Center’s Brain Tumor Program. For the last 9 years he has been the Director of Neuroanesthesia Research and Co-Director of the Neuroanesthesia Fellowship Program at Northwestern University. He is currently on the Board of Directors for the Society for Neuroscience in Anesthesiology and Critical Care (SNACC). Dhanesh is a talented clinician, educator, mentor, and leader with research interests in clinical pharmacology. He will be joining Duke on February 16, 2015.

I am also pleased to  announce that Michael “Luke” James, M.D., will become Fellowship Director for the Division of Neuroanesthesiology. Luke, as most of you know, completed his undergraduate degree at Vanderbilt University followed by medical school at LSU. His postgraduate training was entirely at Duke and he is currently board certified in Neurology, Anesthesiology, and Neurocritical Care. He, too, is currently on the Board of Directors for SNACC. Luke has been a critical part of the academic mission of the Division and has effectively mentored many of the junior faculty in the Division. We look forward to the continued growth of the Neuroanesthesia Fellowship Program under his guidance.

Finally, I wanted to express my sincere appreciation to David McDonagh, M.D., who has served so effectively as Division Chief for the past 4.5 years. We will have a farewell lunch for him on December 18th where we can all express our gratitude, but I want to take this opportunity to thank him for the outstanding job he has done in building and leading the Division. He will be sorely missed.

Joseph P. Mathew, MD, MHSc, MBA
Jerry Reves, MD, Professor of Cardiac Anesthesiology and
Interim Chairman
Department of Anesthesiology
Duke University Medical Center