Dr. Vorenkamp Appointed Division Chief

Dr. Vorenkamp Appointed Division Chief

We are pleased to announce that after serving as interim chief for 18 months, Kevin Vorenkamp, MD, FASA, has been appointed chief of our Pain Medicine Division, which covers the Inpatient Pain Service and offers clinical services at nine locations.

Dr. Vorenkamp brings 14 years of experience to his new role as division chief. He joined Duke Anesthesiology faculty in 2018 as an associate professor and currently serves as the medical director of the Duke Raleigh Hospital Pain Clinic and the associate director for patient safety and quality improvement. The Pain Medicine Division reported growth in all ambulatory locations in 2019, 2020 and so far this year, despite the pandemic.

Prior to joining Duke, Dr. Vorenkamp practiced at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle, Washington and at the University of Virginia (UVA), serving as medical director of UVA’s Pain Management Center and director of both department’s pain medicine fellowships. He received his medical degree in 2002 from the University of Michigan Medical School, where he went on to complete residency in anesthesiology. He completed a fellowship in pain medicine at the University of Vermont.

Dr. Vorenkamp has actively held leadership positions within many national societies, including the American Medical Association (AMA), the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA), the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA), the Spine Intervention Society (SIS), and the American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA). He is serving a second term as a member of the AMA’s CPT Editorial Panel and is notably the first-ever panel member board certified in pain medicine. Dr. Vorenkamp is highly involved with the ASA and achieved fellow status in 2018. Additionally, he was program chair of ASRA’s annual meeting in 2017, its pain medicine lead from 2014-2016, and currently serves as its vice chair of the Practice Management Committee. Between 2017 and 2019, Dr. Vorenkamp held the vice chair position of the SIS’s Health Policy Division. And, for two years, he served as a question writer for the ABA’s pain medicine exam. He serves as the ASA delegate to the Multi-Society Pain Workgroup (MPW) and has been involved with the creation and publication of MPW practice guidelines on interventions for lumbar facet joint pain and safeguards to prevent neurological complications after epidural steroid injections.

Please join us in thanking Dr. Vorenkamp for his service as interim chief and extending him congratulations on his new role in our department.

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Dr. Jooste Appointed Division Chief

Edmund Jooste, MB ChB and Allison Ross, MD

Please join us in extending our congratulations to Edmund Jooste, MB ChB, on his new role as chief of our Pediatric Anesthesiology Division, effective May 1, and in expressing our sincere gratitude to Allison Ross, MD, for her 15 years of dedication, service and leadership in this position.

“I have been looking forward to stepping down as division chief to take on the next phase of my career where I can contribute to new endeavors while fostering career development in others,” says Dr. Ross, professor of anesthesiology and professor in pediatrics. “Duke has provided the perfect infrastructure to support the goals and objectives set forth years ago when I took this position, and I am so proud of what I have been able to achieve in this role. The metamorphosis of the division and its variable contributions to Duke and to our specialty continues to be exciting and important. I am particularly happy that Dr. Jooste will be transitioning into this role. He is an outstanding leader who will use the foundation that currently exists to take the division to the next level.”

Dr. Ross received her medical degree from Marshall School of Medicine in West Virginia in 1988. She started her training as a resident in pediatrics at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, DC and then continued as a resident in anesthesiology at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, where she stayed to complete a fellowship in pediatric anesthesiology. Dr. Ross arrived at Duke 29 years ago in 1992 as an associate in our department. She rose through the ranks, serving as the division’s associate chief, interim chief and then appointed chief in 2006 in which she assembled a cohesive group of faculty with various backgrounds and strengths who are excellent clinicians, educators and researchers. Notably, Dr. Ross helped to design and create the Children’s Health Center, the preoperative and post-anesthesia care unit areas, the pediatric procedure suite, and ultimately, our suite of pediatric operating rooms. She served as medical director for these areas and developed countless guidelines and protocols for the care of children in the perioperative arena. In 2016, Dr. Ross was named medical director of Children’s Anesthesia; under her leadership, Duke Children’s Hospital and Health Center became an American College of Surgeons (ACS)-verified Level 1 Children’s Surgery Center, one of only five hospitals in the country to receive this distinction at that time. Dr. Ross now serves as an ACS site reviewer for other children’s hospitals.

Early in her career, Dr. Ross was a pioneer for pediatric regional blocks and represented Duke in publications and workshops on landmark techniques in children. She also participated in pharmacodynamic and pharmacokinetic trials for many of the pediatric anesthesia drugs used today, and served as a consultant for industry and the FDA for drug development in children. She remains active in research regarding the sedation of children who are mentally challenged and in postoperative pain trials. Dr. Ross helped initiate the ACGME-accredited Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellowship at Duke and has provided leadership in 36 roles among Duke organizations and 20 roles among national and international organizations; she currently serves on a national task force supported by the Society for Pediatric Anesthesia to determine appropriate training for fellows and the future of the specialty.

Certified as a business and professional coach, Dr. Ross looks forward to using those skills to contribute to the career development of faculty, trainees and staff. Other future endeavors include consulting for children’s hospitals outside of Duke to improve organization, scheduling and clinical/research growth, and co-leading a group focused on reducing health care disparities in pediatrics at Duke.

Dr. Jooste, professor of anesthesiology and professor in pediatrics, brings 16 years of experience to his new role as division chief. He earned his medical degree at the University of Pretoria in South Africa and went on to complete an anesthesiology residency and a pediatric anesthesiology fellowship at Columbia University in New York. He was a faculty member at Columbia University’s Children’s Hospital of New York and at the University of Pittsburgh’s Children’s Hospital, where he also served as the assistant pediatric fellowship director, before joining Duke Anesthesiology faculty in 2011. Dr. Jooste’s current leadership roles at Duke include the clinical director of Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesiology (held since 2011) where he was part of the creation of the Congenital and Pediatric Heart Center and director of the Clinical Research Unit (held since 2014).

We would also like to express our appreciation to the 10-member search committee for their collective time, efforts and contributions to the search process and selection of Dr. Jooste as division chief – an important task that helps ensure the future success of both the division and the department. The search committee was chaired by Dr. Gavin Martin and comprised of members of our department (Drs. Warwick Ames, Jeanna Blitz, Lisa Einhorn, Nicole Guinn, Evan Kharasch, David MacLeod, Yasmin Maisonave, Adeyemi Olufolabi, and Madhav Swaminathan).

On behalf of our department, we wish Drs. Jooste and Ross the best in the next phase of their careers and we thank Dr. Ross for her commitment to Duke Anesthesiology and the Pediatric Anesthesiology Division.

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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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