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!

Chris KeithThat’s a Wrap! Highlights from ASA 2017
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Duke Anesthesiology Surges to Win First Place for Fundraising

2017 Run for the Warriors

Duke Anesthesiology rallied until the last minute on Saturday, October 21 to secure their title of “top fundraising team” for the seventh consecutive year at the 8th Annual ASA Sponsored Run For The Warriors race at the Boston Common!

Congratulations to Duke Anesthesiology for reaching their fundraising goal and raising more funds than any other team at this year’s event – a total of $11, 895 ($4,490 more than last year). All funds raised will benefit the men and women wounded during service, their families, and families of the fallen through the many Hope For The Warriors® programs.

Thank you to the 42 Duke Anesthesiology race participants (listed below) and donors who raised money for this nonprofit veteran service organization. A special congratulations goes to Drs. Atilio Barbeito (faculty), his son, Jose, and 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.

Wads Ames
Atilio Barbeito
José Maria Barbeito
Luz María Barbeito
Miles Berger
Brandi Bottiger
Chad Burkhart
Jessica Burkhart
Eric Cole
Sarah Cotter
Theresa Crowgey
Jonathan Dunkman
Dave Falcinelli
Jenna Falcinelli

Michael Fierro
Kyle Fletke
John Gamble
Mike Grocott
Stacey Hilton
Alina Hulsey
Courtney James
Luke James
Stephanie Jones
Catherine Kuhn
Annabelle Levine
Matthew Levine
Angela Li
Ying Low

Kelly Machovec
David MacLeod
Jonathan Mark
Joseph Mathew
Rachael Mintz-Cole
Richard Moon
Alina Nicoara
Kendall Smith
Kelsey Steller
Alena Suarez
Arturo Suarez
Annemarie Thompson
Bryn Van Hoomissen
Julie Westover

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Duke Anesthesiology Wins Resident Quality Improvement Award

The Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation (APSF) has named a Duke Anesthesiology team as the winner of the 2017 APSF Resident Quality Improvement (RQI) Recognition Award.

The winning video is 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), for the DITTO Team (Hassan Amhaz, MD; Vinca Chow, MD; Heather Pena; Joseph Deblasio; Mollie Kettle; Jhaymie Cappiello; Jessica Lumbard; Rachel Gambino; Courtney Thurman).

Dr. Eun Eoh accepting the APSF awardAccording to the project’s abstract, critically ill patients in the Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit often require invasive monitoring systems and life-sustaining medical therapies. When transport to the operating room for surgical procedures is needed, much coordination and preparation is required. Using a collaborative effort with stakeholders from several medical teams involved in critically ill patient transport, the authors were able to create and implement a checklist that both significantly improved efficiency and decreased variability of transport times. They were able to decrease transport times by more than 50 percent without increasing the stress and workload of the medical teams.

Winners were announced at the award ceremony on Sunday, October 22, at the annual meeting of the American Society of Anesthesiologists in Boston. Dr. Eun Eoh accepted the APSF award on behalf of the team leaders.

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2018 DIG Recipients Revealed

2018 DREAM Innovation Grant Recipients

The much anticipated 2018 DREAM Innovation Grant (DIG) recipients were announced at Duke Anesthesiology’s 29th Annual ASA Alumni Event at The Roof at Taj Boston on Saturday, October 21.

Congratulations to the 2018 DIG winners:

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 support innovative high-risk and potentially high-reward investigations to accelerate anesthesia and pain management research. Each year, Duke Anesthesiology junior and senior faculty members compete for a DIG by submitting their most innovative research ideas to the DIG Application Review Committee. Dr. William Maixner, vice chair for research, announces the DIG recipients at the department’s annual ASA alumni event.

Each DIG recipient can receive up to $30,000 in seed money which supports their pilot study for one year and ultimately helps them apply for and obtain extramural funding. These grants are funded through a combination of private donors, private companies, alumni, faculty and executive board members. To date, $662,900 has been funded by DIGs which has led to nearly $8 million in extramural funding to further investigate the role of Alzheimer’s pathways, therapies to improve stroke outcomes, ways to prevent cognitive decline after surgery, sleep apnea during pregnancy, strategies to decrease bleeding after cardiac surgery and transplantation, blood cell rejuvenation, and more. Click here to view the 2011-2017 DIG recipients and learn more about their projects.

The DIG is part of the Duke DREAM Campaign which launched in 2007 to support Duke Anesthesiology’s research programs and initiatives. These grants create an avenue for healthy competition among faculty, inspire ingenuity, promote the careers of young physician investigators, enhance donor communication, and further the department’s academic mission. DIGs help to bridge the gap between training and progression to independent investigator status. Please consider making an online gift to the Duke DREAM Campaign to support our department’s research initiatives focused on improving patient care.

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