Dr. James Appointed to Duke Leadership Roles

Michael L. James, MD, FAHA, FNCSWe are pleased to announce the appointment of Duke Anesthesiology’s Michael “Luke” James, MD, FAHA, FNCS, to the position of assistant vice chancellor for Duke-NUS Research. This position will assist the vice chancellor of Duke-NUS Affairs by providing support and oversight for building research partnerships and collaborations with Duke-NUS. He will have a coordinate appointment as assistant dean in the Duke-NUS Office of Academic and Clinical Development, which oversees joint activities between Duke-NUS and SingHealth.

James will work with Dr. Edward Buckley, vice chancellor for Duke-NUS Affairs, to identify areas of key strategic overlap between Duke Health and the SingHealth Duke-NUS Academic Medical Center; construct specific, collaborative platforms for building alignment; and create programs to support, resource and execute these new collaborative efforts. In addition, we want to continue to foster individual- and center/departmental-level collaboration both formally through existing platforms and informally by facilitating productive conversations.

As the partnership between Duke and Duke-NUS matures, we look forward to working with James to take advantage of the many opportunities available.

Source: (June 22, 2021) Duke University School of Medicine Announcement

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Dr. Moon Awarded $2M for Diving Studies

Richard E. Moon, MD, CM, MSc, FRCP, FACP, FCCPDuke Anesthesiology’s Richard Moon, MD, CM, MSc, FRCP(C), FACP, FCCP, has been awarded more than $2 million in funding for diving studies from branches of the United States Navy.

The Office of Naval Research has awarded Moon a three-year, $1,209,589 grant for his project, “Integrated Diaphragmatic Function, Chemosensitivity, Erythrocyte Gas Transport and Endurance in Exercising Divers.”

Moon’s study will determine (1) the effectiveness of breathing carbon monoxide on diaphragm training (his research team has previously shown that low dose carbon monoxide upregulates mitochondrial biogenesis in humans); (2) whether carbon monoxide-enhanced diaphragm training increases endurance in divers during underwater exercise; (3) the degree to which oxygen and carbon dioxide exchange is determined by gas channels in human red blood cells.

Additionally, the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) has awarded Moon, medical director of Duke’s Center for Hyperbaric Medicine & Environmental Physiology, an $850,502 contract for his project, “Perfluoromethane to Reduce Decompression Sickness after Heliox Dives.” This contract will fund studies in pigs to determine whether perfluoromethane breathing during decompression from a dive reduces decompression sickness.

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Dr. Achanta Earns Young Investigator Award

Satya Achanta, DVM, PhD, DABTDuke Anesthesiology’s Satya Achanta, DVM, PhD, DABT, has received the Young Investigator Award from the Society of Toxicology, sponsored by the Association of Scientists of Indian Origin. Each year, one award is given to applicants of Indian origin who make outstanding contributions in the field of toxicology. The applicant must have 15 years or less of experience since obtaining the highest degree at the time of application.

“It is a great honor and privilege to receive this prestigious award,” says Achanta, assistant professor in anesthesiology and member of the department’s Center for Translational Pain Medicine. “The award recognizes my significant contributions to the field of transient receptor potential (TRP) ion channels and medical countermeasures research in the last nine years.”

Achanta is a North Carolina state-licensed and a United States Department of Agriculture accredited category II veterinarian with extensive experience in directing research studies in small and large animal models. He is also a board-certified diplomate of the American Board of Toxicology. Achanta’s overall research interests are to protect the biologic barrier from chemical injuries by targeting TRP ion channels; and by activating the mediators of the resolution phase of the inflammation pathway to restore architecture and function. He has been associated with Dr. Sven-Eric Jordt’s Chemical Sensing, Pain and Inflammation Research Laboratory since 2012.

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Duke Anesthesiology Ranks #4 in the Nation Among Specialties

Duke Anesthesiology Ranks #4 in the Nation Among SpecialtiesDuke University School of Medicine vaulted to No. 3 for research among 122 medical schools in the nation – tying its highest ranking in history – in the US News & World Report annual ranking of graduate programs released today. It was also ranked third in 2001.

The magazine’s research rankings are based on numerous indicators, including assessment by deans and residency directors (reputation), as well as faculty-student ratio, student admissions statistics such as MCAT, GPA and acceptance rates, and total federal research activity.

In addition to the research ranking, seven specialty programs in the School of Medicine placed in the top 10:

  • Surgery – second
  • Anesthesiology – fourth
  • Internal Medicine – fifth
  • Radiology – sixth
  • Pediatrics – seventh, tied
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology – eighth
  • Psychiatry – tenth

“These rankings recognize our outstanding faculty, staff and students and their unwavering commitment to delivering exceptional patient care, groundbreaking research and inspired teaching,” said Mary E. Klotman, MD, dean of Duke University School of Medicine. “I am especially proud and grateful to our entire School of Medicine community for never losing sight of our core missions during this most challenging year.”

For the first time this year, the magazine also published four new rankings to measure how medical schools are performing on key health care issues, including the diversity of graduates and how many newly trained physicians plan to practice primary care, establish practices in rural areas, and work in health professional shortage areas.

Among those new measures, Duke tied for 20th nationally among 118 medical schools for the diversity of its graduates. The ranking is based on two indicators: the number of underrepresented minority (URM) students enrolled in the school and the ratio of the school’s URM students to state and national numbers, both based on data from fall 2020. Public institutions’ URM enrollment were compared with its respective state URM percentage, and private institutions’ URM were compared with national figures.

“At Duke, we know that diversity is a key metric for excellence,” Klotman said. “Our diverse classes of students are here because they have demonstrated academic achievement, as well as noble character and the potential to be leaders and make a positive impact on our world.”

This past year, Duke’s School of Medicine has also placed highly in other national assessments, including: 

  • 3rd place among allopathic medical schools, by the Student Doctor Network;
  • 10th place for funding from the National Institutes of Health, by the Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research;
  • 16th place internationally among medical schools, by QS World University Rankings.

Source: Duke University School of Medicine’s Med School Blog (Durham, NC – March 30, 2021)

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