That’s a Wrap! Highlights from ASA 2017

That’s a Wrap! Highlights from ASA 2017We would like to thank all members of our department who helped make this year’s American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) meeting in Boston a huge success! Duke Anesthesiology made a big impression at this year’s event with 51 faculty and trainees participating in the conference, including 84 lectures, workshops, panel discussions, presentations, and more. Please join us in congratulating our team of authors who received the 2017 Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation Resident Quality Improvement Recognition Award at the ASA for their video, titled “A Bedside Tool to Improve Safety and Efficiency of Cardiothoracic ICU Patient Transport: The Duke ICU Transition to OR (DITTO) Checklist.” Authors include: Suraj Yalamuri, MD, and Michael Plakke, MD (team leaders); John Haney, MD, AB, MPH; Brad Taicher, DO, MBA; Madhav Swaminathan, MD, FASE, FAHA; Cory Maxwell, MD (mentors); Hassan Amhaz, MD; Vinca Chow, MD; Heather Pena; Joseph Deblasio; Mollie Kettle; Jhaymie Cappiello; Jessica Lumbard; Rachel Gambino; Courtney Thurman.

During the conference, we hosted Duke Anesthesiology’s 29th Annual ASA Alumni Event at The Roof at Taj Boston. Nearly 200 guests (including departmental faculty, trainees, staff, alumni, donors and friends) joined us atop the 17th floor of Boston’s most iconic hotel, surrounded by panoramic views of the city’s Back Bay and skyline for a night of live jazz music, culinary cuisine and celebration. Guests enhanced their evening by bidding on 13 silent auction items (graciously donated by the department, faculty and staff) to benefit our Global Health Program. This year’s winning bidders raised nearly $2,500 which will help fund our residents’ travel expenses for their global health missions.

Two of the most anticipated highlights of the evening were: 1) the announcement of the Mark F. Newman Professorship in which we shared this inspirational video. Donors who generously endow this new professorship are not only ensuring the progress of medicine, research and academic excellence, they are giving a gift for future generations to come. Please consider donating to preserve Dr. Newman’s legacy. 2) the reveal of the 2018 DREAM Innovation Grant (DIG) recipients.

Qing Ma, MD

“The Role of Sirtuin-3 in Neuroinflammation and Perioperative Cerebral Injury”

Jamie Privratsky, MD, PhD

“The Role of Dendritic Cells in Acute Kidney Injury and Renal Healing”

DIGs are part of the Duke DREAM Campaign which was launched in 2007. These grants support innovative high-risk and potentially high-reward investigations to accelerate anesthesia and pain management research. Each DIG recipient can receive up to $30,000 in seed money for their pilot study which ultimately helps them apply for and obtain extramural funding. To date, $662,900 has been funded by DIGs which has led to nearly $8 million in extramural funding. We would like to express our appreciation to the DIG Application Review Committee and the donors who continue to support our research programs and initiatives, ultimately helping us transform the future of patient care.

It was also another successful fundraiser at the 8th Annual ASA Sponsored Run For The Warriors 5k race, dedicated to the men and women wounded during service, their families and families of the fallen. We’re proud to announce that for the seventh year in a row, the Duke Anesthesiology team won first place for fundraisinga total of $11,895! All proceeds from the race benefit wounded warriors and their families through the many Hope For The Warriors® programs. Thank you to the 42 race participants and donors who raised money for this nonprofit veteran service organization. A special congratulations goes to Dr. Atilio Barbeito (faculty), his son, Jose, and Dr. Stephanie Jones (fellow) who medaled for having one of the top three race times in their division (gender/age group). Dr. Barbeito placed 2nd in his division and 7th overall. Jose placed 2nd in his division and 5th overall. Dr. Jones placed 3rd in her division.

We sincerely appreciate your continued support of Duke Anesthesiology and your commitment to our mission of providing extraordinary care through a unique culture of innovation, education, research and professional growth. We are particularly grateful to those who worked in the operating rooms during the ASA so that others on our team could attend. Here’s to a successful 2018 and we look forward to celebrating at our ASA alumni event next October in San Francisco!

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Global Health Leader Earns Prestigious Award

Adeyemi J. Olufolabi, MB MSDuke Anesthesiology’s Adeyemi Olufolabi, MB BS, has earned a prestigious Fulbright Global Scholar Award for his commitment to research and teaching.

This award is part of the Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program which offers more than 500 teaching, research or combination teaching/research awards in at least 125 countries. Dr. Olufolabi proposed to educate anesthesia providers and students in Rwanda on high-risk obstetrics in a main tertiary hospital in that country. This award will allow him to train leaders within the field of anesthesia in the management of obstetric anesthesia service due to the high maternal mortality experienced. Dr. Olufolabi will also conduct a study to examine the impact of maternal death on male partners/spouses and the family.

“It has been my dream to spend extended time in Africa to see how I can make a difference,” says Dr. Olufolabi. “I am so grateful for this opportunity that both the Fulbright program and Duke Anesthesiology have helped birth.”

Dr. Olufolabi is an associate professor of anesthesiology who is actively engaged in global health and the role of anesthesia in resolving the disparity gap. He is a key leader of the Duke Anesthesiology Global Health Program and an affiliate of the Duke Global Health Institute. His research interests focus on obstetric and gynecological anesthesia, including the use of opioids in the obstetric population.

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A Record-Breaking Global Health Fundraiser

2016 Pie In The FaceFor the third year in a row, a crowd gathered outside the Trent Semans Center on December 7 for Duke Anesthesiology’s Pie in the Face fundraising event to watch the top donor throw the honorary pie at the contest “competitor” who raised the most money, all in the name of global health!

This year’s winner, Dr. Eddie Sanders, came prepared as Katie Galbraith, president of Duke Regional Hospital, threw two honorary pies on behalf of the top donor, Shawn West, administrative director for Regional Anesthesia, PLLC. The tables then turned as last year’s contestants, John Borrelli and Dr. Sol Aronson, made quite the entrance and surprised Dr. Sanders with two additional pies to the tune of KISS, Dr. Sanders’ favorite rock band. And, there was no escaping a pie in the face for each of the runner-up contestants, Drs. Stuart Grant and Dhanesh Gupta!

This year’s three “competitors” raised $6,366 – the largest Pie in the Face fundraising total to-date which will go toward departmental residents’ travel expenses for their global health missions. Dr. Sanders raised $4,280, Dr. Grant raised $1,291 and Dr. Gupta raised $795. Thank you to all of the donors for their generosity and the contestants for participating in this year’s fundraiser!

Pie in the Face is an annual global health fundraiser that Duke Anesthesiology began in 2014. Three “competitors” are chosen from the department each year. The person who earns the most donations in their name receives the celebratory pie in the face; the top donor receives the honor of throwing the pie. Previous Pie in the Face winners include Duke Anesthesiology’s chairman, Dr. Joseph Mathew, and Dr. Aronson. Anesthesia plays a critical role in global health care and there is a great need for anesthesiologists abroad. In response, Duke Anesthesiology continues to take steps to encourage its global presence in countries that need it the most.

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That’s a Wrap! Highlights From ASA 2016

ASA 2016 - Thank YouWe would like to thank all members of our department who helped make this year’s American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) meeting in Chicago a huge success! Duke Anesthesiology made a big impression at this year’s event with 59 faculty and trainees participating in the conference, including 102 lectures, workshops, panel discussions, presentations, and more. Please join us in congratulating Dr. Miles Berger for receiving the inaugural William L. Young Neuroscience Research Award and Dr. Miklos Kertai for winning “Best of Abstracts: Clinical Science” for his project titled, “Interrelationship of Preoperative Anemia, Postoperative Anemia, Acute Kidney Injury And Mortality After Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting Surgery.”

During the conference, we hosted Duke Anesthesiology’s 28th Annual ASA Alumni Event at the ROOF on theWit. Nearly 200 guests (including Duke Anesthesiology faculty, trainees, staff, alumni, donors and friends) joined us atop the #1 rooftop bar in Chicago surrounded by breathtaking views of the “Windy City” for a night of music, dancing, culinary cuisine and celebration. Guests enhanced their evening by bidding on 16 silent auction items (graciously donated by our faculty and the department) to benefit our Global Health Program and the DREAM Campaign. This year’s winning bidders raised $3,630 which will help fund our residents’ travel expenses for their global health missions.

One of the most anticipated highlights of the evening was the announcement of the 2017 DREAM Innovation Grant (DIG) recipients. Congratulations to…

  • Kamrouz Ghadimi, MD – “Role of Sirtuins in Platelet Aging and Perioperative Thrombocytopenia after Mechanical Circulatory Support”
  • Ian Welsby, MB BS – “Red Cell Rejuvenation for Optimal Tissue Oxygen Delivery”

The DIG is part of the DREAM Campaign which was launched in 2007. These grants support innovative high-risk and potentially high-reward investigations to accelerate anesthesia and pain management research. This year’s DIG recipients will each receive $30,000 in seed money for their pilot study which ultimately helps them apply for and obtain extramural funding. To date, $542,900 has been funded by DIGs which has led to nearly $8 million in extramural funding. We’d like to express our appreciation to the DIG Application Review Committee, the DREAM Campaign board members and chairwoman, Elizabeth Allardice (who joined us at the alumni event), along with our donors who continue to support our research programs and initiatives, ultimately helping us transform the future of patient care.

It was also another successful fundraiser at the 7th Annual ASA Sponsored Run For The Warriors 5k race, dedicated to the men and women wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan, their families and families of the fallen. I’m proud to announce that for the sixth year in a row, the Duke Anesthesiology team won first place for fundraising – a total of $7,405! All proceeds from the race benefit wounded warriors and their families through the many Hope For The Warriors® programs. Thank you to the 34 Duke Anesthesiology race participants and donors who raised money for this good cause. A special congratulations goes to faculty members, Drs. Richard Moon and Catherine Kuhn, for being among the top five fundraisers of the entire event, and Drs. Jack Gamble (CA-2 resident) and Ying Hui Low (Duke Anesthesiology alumnus) who medaled for having one of the top three race times in their age group!

Click here for a photo tour of our 2016 ASA events.

We sincerely appreciate the continued support of our Duke Anesthesiology team and their commitment to our mission of providing extraordinary care through a unique culture of innovation, education, research and professional growth. We are particularly grateful to those who worked in the operating rooms during the ASA so that others on our team could attend. Here’s to a successful 2017 and we look forward to celebrating at our ASA alumni event next October in Boston!

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Pediatric Medical Mission in the Philippines

With a population of nearly 102 million and a birth rate of 24 per 1,000, congenital heart disease (CHD) is a significant health concern in the Philippines. Annually, 20,000 children with CHD are born in the Philippines and one out of four of those patients dies due to lack of medical treatment. According the World Health Organization, CHD is currently the fourth leading cause of death in Filipino children under the age of five.

A multidisciplinary team from Duke University Health System (DUHS), led by Dr. Andrew Lodge, returned to the Philippine Children’s Medical Center (PCMC) on April 18 for their fifth cardiac surgery mission. During their trip, the team successfully completed ten open heart operations on children with a variety of congenital heart defects. Duke Anesthesiology’s Dr. Kelly Machovec and Emily Funk, CRNA, participated in the provision of anesthetic care for the children. Diagnoses treated on this surgical mission included total anomalous pulmonary venous connection, ventricular septal defects, atrial septal defects, patent ductus arteriosus, tetralogy of fallot, and A-V septal defect.

Additional team members from the DUHS included pediatric cardiologist, Dr. Stephen Miller, perfusionists, Greg Smigla and Sam Kaiser, respiratory therapist, Amy Zinn, intensivists, Dr. Jen Turi and Jean Koo NP, OR nurses, Michelle Figurerres and Keiza Clerigo, and ICU nurses, Karen Osborne, Amanda Litton, Amanda Hodges, Leigh Pedersen and Shelly Stock.

Pediatric Medical Mission in the Philippines
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Faculty Take on New Global Health Roles

The Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI) has appointed Duke Anesthesiology’s Drs. Holly Muir and Brad Taicher as affiliate faculty to help continue its vision of academic excellence to meet the global health challenges of today and tomorrow to achieve health equality worldwide.

“The Duke Global Health Institute is comprised of groups of individuals who dedicate time to improving the lives of others around the globe. I have great admiration for these folks. I am honored to now be included as a member in this institute,” says Dr. Muir.

“It’s an honor to be nominated,” says Dr. Taicher. “I believe it’s important that the faculty in the School of Medicine are actively engaged in collaborating with DGHI on our initiatives. The title itself is a symbol of that opportunity.”

Both Dr. Muir and Dr. Taicher are actively involved in the Department of Anesthesiology’s Global Health Program and are committed to traveling abroad on yearly global health missions. For Dr. Taicher, this new role allows him to be a resource for Duke students studying global health and interested in learning more about his mission trips in Guatemala. He says it also allows him access to DGHI resources which could allow him to bring students, interested in research projects, to collaborate with he and his team in Guatemala.

“Both our team and the “Duke Guatemala Project,” as well as the students and faculty at DGHI, are all interested in accomplishing the same goals. Having this faculty appointment formalizes our relationship and provides us an opportunity to move forward with that collaboration,” says Dr. Taicher.

For Dr. Muir, she believes the value in her new role with the DGHI is the sharing of knowledge and experiences. “This appointment affords me many new opportunities, including the opportunity to teach in the master’s program. I can interact with Duke global health masters and undergrad students by creating opportunities to participate in our projects. Additionally, the DGHI sponsors visiting lecturers from whom great knowledge can be gained.”

Duke Anesthesiology’s Dr. Yemi Olufolabi is also an affiliate faculty member of the DGHI. It was established in 2006 as a university-wide institute dedicated to developing and employing new models of education and research that bring together international partners and discover innovative solutions to global health challenges. It’s mission is to “reduce health disparities in our local community and worldwide.” To learn more about DGHI, visit https://globalhealth.duke.edu/.

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