On Tuesday, February 21, Dean Nancy Andrews presented 39 Duke University School of Medicine faculty members, including Dr. Joseph Mathew, chairman of Duke Anesthesiology, and Dr. Ru-Rong Ji, Duke Anesthesiology’s chief of pain research, their “Noteworthy” portraits. This distinguished honor recognizes prominent Duke faculty who have reached extraordinary levels of accomplishment. All of the portraits are on display for public viewing in the Dean’s Suite.
Noted for research focused on improving perioperative outcomes, particularly neurocognitive dysfunction, alterations in brain connectivity and occurrence of atrial fibrillation after cardiac surgery, and for his leadership in perioperative echocardiography.
Noted for studying molecular and cellular mechanisms of chronic pain; demonstrating important roles of MAP kinase signaling pathways, glial cells, and neuroinflammation in the pathogenesis of chronic pain; elucidating how immune mediators modulate neuronal activities; and identifying novel therapeutics for pain control.