We are pleased to announce that Drs. Ellen Flanagan and Elizabeth Malinzak will assume new leadership roles at Duke University Medical Center.
Dr. Flanagan has been appointed as medical director of the Preoperative Screening Unit, effective August 1, 2016, which has been under the direction of Dr. Ron Olson for the past 15 years. “I am determined to continue the long tradition of providing the best perioperative care as Dr. Olson has over the past two decades,” says Dr. Flanagan. “My goal for the clinic is to reinforce the current patient services and develop a full range of perioperative consultation services.” Dr. Flanagan also hopes to strengthen the collaborative relationship between the internal medicine, surgery and anesthesiology departments. She looks forward to the opportunity to further support educational initiatives in the Department of Anesthesiology by working with anesthesia residents in the Preoperative Screening Unit.
Originally from New Jersey, Dr. Flanagan attended medical school at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and completed residency in anesthesiology at Duke University. Dr. Flanagan joined the Duke Anesthesiology faculty in 2003. She is an assistant professor of anesthesiology and a member of the Orthopaedics, Plastics and Regional Anesthesiology Division. Currently the clinical coordinator of the Duke Eye Center, Dr. Flanagan will pass the torch to Dr. Malinzak. During her tenure at the Duke Eye Center, Dr. Flanagan successfully formed strong working relationships with nurse anesthetists and nurse anesthetist management, as well as developed an inpatient analgesic protocol for ocular oncology patients.
Together, under Dr. Stephen Klein’s guidance, the team at the eye center has made improvements in efficiency by increasing first case on-time starts, room turnover times, patient satisfaction scores, and clinic morale. Dr. Malinzak plans to continue the center’s positive trajectory, which includes the ongoing improvement of the center’s emergency code algorithm and current creation of a rapid response team. She is an assistant professor of anesthesiology, a board certified pediatric anesthesiologist, and a member of the General, Vascular, Transplant Division. Originally from North Carolina, she attended medical school and completed residency in anesthesiology at Duke University. After completing a fellowship in pediatric anesthesiology at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Dr. Malinzak joined the Duke Anesthesiology faculty in 2014.
Please join us in congratulating Dr. Flanagan and Dr. Malinzak on their new leadership roles!