Friendships Keep Anesthesia Technician at Duke for 40 Years

By Morag Maclachlan, Duke Health

Jessie Swain, CRNAWhen Senior Anesthesia Technician Jessie Swain started at Duke in 1978 he never thought he would stay until retirement.

“You never go anywhere thinking you’ll be there for 40 years,” Swain said. “But when you like what you do, why change?”

Swain retired on July 31 after 42 years at Duke. He spent the majority of those four decades with Duke Anesthesiology. He began his career as a medical supply assembler, turning over rooms after cases and stocking carts. He then became an anesthesia technician, assisting the anesthesiologists with administering medication to patients and troubleshooting equipment. Not only did he enjoy the work, he enjoyed the people.

“The most important part of the job was the friendships I made with the residents, anesthesiologists and surgeons,” Swain said. “We have a responsibility to help patients in their time of need. And we worked together as a family.”

Anesthesiologist Madhav Swaminathan, MD, said Swain always referred to him as “professor,” even early on in Swaminathan’s career. He also always asked how Swaminathan’s family was doing.

“Jessie is the consummate professional and one of the kindest human beings I know. Always working with a smile and a laugh. Eager to help anyone at any time, he simply was the role model and set the bar for professionalism in the OR,” said Swaminathan. “He makes everyone around him feel valued and important. He has probably positively shaped more lives in his 42 years at Duke than he will ever know.”

Swain is hoping to return to his Duke family in a part-time capacity beginning this fall.

“I don’t want to quit anything cold turkey,” he said. “I will come back a couple days a week to keep the camaraderie.”

Stacey HiltonFriendships Keep Anesthesia Technician at Duke for 40 Years
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Dr. Devinney Receives Research Award

Michael Devinney, MDThe Society for Neuroscience in Anesthesiology and Critical Care (SNACC) has selected Duke Anesthesiology’s Michael Devinney, MD, PhD, as the 2020 recipient of its William L. Young Neuroscience Research Award for his project, titled “The Association of Blood-Brain Barrier Breakdown with Sleep Apnea and Postoperative Delirium.”

Using pre- and postoperative cerebrospinal fluid samples from the ongoing Sleep Apnea, Neuroinflammation, and cognitive Dysfunction Manifesting After Non-cardiac surgery (SANDMAN) study, Devinney and his co-investigators will determine whether blood-brain barrier breakdown occurs at higher levels in patients with sleep apnea, and whether increased postoperative blood-brain barrier breakdown is associated with worse postoperative delirium. As part of the SNACC award, Devinney will receive $5,000 to be applied toward research expenses for his winning project.

“I am honored to receive the 2020 William L. Young Neuroscience Research Award and grateful for the support from the Society for Neuroscience in Anesthesiology and Critical Care,” says Devinney, assistant professor of anesthesiology. “Also, I am very thankful for the excellent mentorship that I have received at Duke, the support of the Department of Anesthesiology, and the help we have received from our collaborators.”

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Duke Anesthesiology Residency Program Ranked Among Top Five in the Nation

Duke Anesthesiology Residency Program Ranked Among Top Five in the Nation

On July 29, Doximity released its 2020-2021 Residency Navigator, once again ranking the Duke Anesthesiology Residency Program among the top five residency programs (by reputation) in its specialty, nationwide.

Doximity not only ranked the Duke Anesthesiology Residency Program #5 in the nation this year, it ranked the program #1 in the region (south) and #1 in the state of North Carolina.

Each year, Doximity and U.S. News & World Report collaborate to collect residency program reputation rankings, nationwide. This year’s Residency Navigator includes 4,700 residency programs across 28 specialties. These rankings are compiled from physician feedback from Doximity’s Residency Nomination Survey and the Residency Satisfaction Survey, along with objective data from a variety of public sources.

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Caroline Irish

Thank you for helping to acclimate the new Critical Care Medicine faculty members on campus. I appreciate it greatly during these times. We have a great team in our department. – Niccola Piscitelli

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