Elizabeth Futrell

Thank you for going above and beyond and helping to organize my area at the office during the pandemic. I am very grateful for your help during this stressful time. – Niccola Piscitelli

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Dr. Ji Receives Prestigious Award

Ru-Rong Ji, PhD

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Ru-Rong Ji, distinguished professor of anesthesiology, has been selected to receive the prestigious 2020 American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) Excellence in Research Award. It recognizes individuals for outstanding achievement in research who has or is likely to have an important impact on the practice of anesthesiology. The individual’s work represents a body of original, mature and sustained contribution to the advancement of the science of anesthesiology. This is only one of two awards presented each year by the ASA to recognize the research accomplishments of members of our specialty.

“Several current and previous members of this department have received this award, and I am very proud to be one of them,” says Ji, chief of basic pain research and co-director of the department’s Center for Translational Pain Medicine (CTPM). “I really appreciate the full support I have received from the department over the last eight years.”

Ji’s work has significant translational potential in almost all areas of pain medicine. He currently serves as the director of the Sensory Plasticity and Pain Research Laboratory. Ji’s research focuses on molecular and cellular mechanisms of chronic pain, including but not limited to mediators of inflammation and pain, neuropathic pain, and cancer pain. He is internationally-recognized for his contributions to demonstrating critical roles of MAP kinase signaling pathways, glial cells, and neuroinflammation in the pathogenesis of chronic pain. His work has demonstrated powerful antinociceptive actions of pro-resolution lipid mediators (e.g., resolvins). His lab has shown that resolvins are among the most potent inhibitors for inflammatory pain and TRP channels. He also determined the down-stream GPCR signaling in macrophages and sensory neurons that mediates the potent actions of these lipid mediators. Recently, Ji’s work has focused on unique neuronal signaling of pattern recognition receptors, such as toll-like receptors (TLRs) and their contribution to pain and itch. And, Ji is notably among the first to establish a connection between mediators of cancer and pain processing showing that tumor cells produce PD-L1 to suppress not only the immune system, but also pain perception permitting cancer growth and metastasis. Ji also has established a broad collaboration with CTPM and Duke University School of Medicine faculty members to develop novel pain therapeutics.

“Dr. Ji is an outstanding scientist and colleague. He has a keen wit and is able to move scientific thought to the next level. Furthermore, he has the ability to implement his thoughts and ideas into productive, high-impact research. He clearly merits this award,” says Dr. William Maixner, vice chair for research and co-director of the CTPM.

Ji lectures internationally and reviews papers for numerous international journals. His research has been published in more than 200 peer reviewed manuscripts in high-impact journals, such as Science and Nature. Ji is one of 54 Duke researchers who made the global list of ‘Highly Cited Researchers’ for 2019; a list he also made in 2018. Ji also serves on editorial boards of Anesthesiology, Pain, Journal of Neuroscience, Neuroscience, and Neuroscience Bulletin. He previously served as an associate professor at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, before joining the Duke faculty in 2012. He earned a PhD in neurobiology at Shanghai Institute of Physiology and completed postdoctoral training at Peking (Beijing) University Medical School, Karolinska Institute, and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Please join us in congratulating Ji on receiving this well-deserved award.

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Jack Newman and Stacey Hilton

Thank you to Jack and Stacey for working so hard on our virtual graduations! You went above and beyond to make this unprecedented time special for all of our graduates. We all sincerely appreciate all of your time and dedication to these important events for our trainees! – Susan Morris

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Ken Childs

I want to give a shout out to Ken Childs for his help with all of our IT issues and requests. Ken and his team have kept the department’s computers, servers and other technology running smoothly throughout these unprecedented times. THANK YOU KEN! – Chris Keith

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Class of 2020 Virtually Graduates from Duke Anesthesiology Training Programs

Class of 2020 Virtually Graduates from Duke Anesthesiology Training Programs

Duke Anesthesiology’s Class of 2020 virtually graduated from their residency and fellowship programs on June 13 and 14 – a virtual first for the department. During the ceremonies, leaders shared the virtual stage to deliver remarks to the 44 graduates and nearly 200 guests. To celebrate the occasion, the graduates gave their commencement speeches via video and were surprised with several congratulatory video messages from Duke leaders and celebrity alumni.

The Duke Anesthesiology Fellowship Education Program is led by Dr. Mark Stafford-Smith. The Duke Anesthesiology Residency Program is led by Dr. Annemarie Thompson, with assistant residency program directors, Drs. Brian Colin and Ankeet Udani.

Four fellowship program directors were recognized for their years of service: Drs. John Freiberger, Jeffrey Gadsden, Lance Roy, and Christopher Young. Resident leadership positions were also recognized:

Chief Residents: Drs. Alison Brown and Delbert Lamb
Education Chiefs: Drs. Bridger Bach and Andrew Wong
ACES Chief: Dr. John McManigle

Congratulations to all of the graduates!

Bridger Bach, MD

Bridger Bach, MD
Post Residency: Pain Fellowship at Vanderbilt University

Alison Brown, MD

Alison Brown, MD
Duke University

Stephan Frangakis, MD, PhD

Stephan Frangakis, MD, PhD
Duke University

Charles Horres, MD

Charles Horres, MD
Duke University

Luca La Colla, MD

Luca La Colla, MD
Post Residency: Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology Fellowship at University of Pittsburgh

Delbert Lamb, MD

Delbert Lamb, MD
Post Residency: Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellowship at Boston Children’s

William Lane, MD

William Lane, MD
Post Residency: Pain Fellowship at University of Pittsburgh

John McManigle, MD, DPhil

John McManigle, MD, DPhil
Duke University

Jared Roberts, MD

Jared Roberts, MD
Post Residency: Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology Fellowship at Texas Heart Institute

Robin Schiller, MD

Robin Schiller, MD
Duke University

Bharat Sharma, MD

Bharat Sharma, MD

Andrew Wong, MD

Andrew Wong, MD
Duke University

Rosalie Yan, MD

Rosalie Yan, MD
Post Residency: Pain Fellowship at Emory University

Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology

Rebecca Anderson, MD

Rebecca Anderson, MD
Future Location: Hollywood, FL

Marcus Behrens, MD

Marcus Behrens, MD
Future Location: Seattle, WA

Mark Berguson, MD

Mark Berguson, MD
Future Location: Plymouth Meeting, PA

Christopher Collins, MD

Christopher Collins, MD
Future Location: Hershey, PA

Stephen Ellison, MD

Stephen Ellison, MD
Future Location: Wilmington, NC

Robert Feng, MD

Robert Feng, MD
Future Location: Stanford, CA

Mark Friedland, MD

Mark Friedland, MD
Future Location: St. Louis, MO

Anne Hicks, MD

Anne Hicks, MD
Future Location: Portland, ME

Kerri Lydon, MD

Kerri Lydon, MD
Future Location: Jacksonville, FL

Steven Maler, MD

Steven Maler, MD
Future Location: Fullerton, CA

Michelle McGauvran, MD

Michelle McGauvran, MD
University of Washington
Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology Fellowship at Duke University

Akeel Merchant, MD

Akeel Merchant, MD
Future Location: Fort Worth, TX

Zachary Woodward, MD

Zachary Woodward, MD
Future Location: Lakewood, CO

Critical Care Medicine

Michael Devinney, MD
William Fox, MD

William Fox, MD
Future Location: Japan

Lauriane Guichard, MD

Lauriane Guichard, MD
University of Michigan
Critical Care Medicine Fellowship at Duke University

David Luu, MD

David Luu, MD
Future Location: Dallas, TX

Ingrid Moreno Duarte, MD

Ingrid Moreno Duarte, MD
Future Location: Dallas, TX

Calvin Motika, MD

Calvin Motika, MD
Future Location: Bismarck, ND

Daniel Rosenkrans, MD

Daniel Rosenkrans, MD
Future Location: Colorado Springs, CO

Anrew Villion, MD

Anrew Villion, MD
Future Location: Valhalla, NY

Obstetric Anesthesiology

Katherine Herbert, MD

Katherine Herbert, MD
Future Location: Charleston, SC

Pain Medicine

Madison Foushee, MD

Madison Foushee, MD
Future Location: TBD

Scott Frieary, DO

Scott Frieary, DO
Future Location: Greenville, NC

Pediatric Anesthesiology

Jon Andrews, MD

Jon Andrews, MD
Duke University
Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellowship at Duke University

Elizabeth Finucane, DO

Elizabeth Finucane, DO
Future Location: Greensboro, NC

Regional Anesthesiology and Acute Pain Medicine

Anne Castro, MD

Anne Castro, MD
Future Location: Milwaukee, WI

An Chen, MD

An Chen, MD
Future Location: Rockville, MD

Kenneth Mullen, MD

Kenneth Mullen, MD
Future Location: Charlottesville, VA

Peter Shin, MD

Peter Shin, MD
Future Location: TBD

Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine

Martin Sayers, MD

Martin Sayers, MD
Future Location: Hollywood, FL

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