Duke Anesthesiology Residency Program Ranks Among Nation’s Top Five

Doximity 2021-2022 - Duke Anesthesiology Residency Program

We’re proud to announce that our Duke Anesthesiology Residency Program has once again been ranked among the top five residency programs (by reputation) in our specialty, nationwide. Specifically, we have maintained our #5 ranking, as revealed by Doximity’s 2021-2022 Residency Navigator.

Our program has also, once again, been ranked #1 in the region (south) and #1 in the state of North Carolina. 

Each year, Doximity and US News & World Report collaborate to collect residency program reputation rankings across 28 specialties, nationwide. The reputation component is powered by Doximity’s annual Residency Nomination Survey. Residency Navigator is a comprehensive residency program directory (including more than 4,000 residency programs) used by approximately 90-percent of graduating fourth-year medical students.

We’d like to extend our congratulations and gratitude to everyone within our department who works hard every day in support of our program and residents.

Stacey HiltonDuke Anesthesiology Residency Program Ranks Among Nation’s Top Five
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Dr. Udani Appointed Simulation Center Director

Dr. Udani Appointed Simulation Center Director

We are pleased to announce that after serving as interim director for nearly two years, Ankeet Udani, MD, MSEd, has been appointed the director of Duke’s Human Simulation and Patient Safety Center (HSPSC), effective immediately. With this appointment, Dr. Udani will no longer serve as assistant director of our department’s residency program, beginning July 1.

Dr. Udani brings seven years of experience to his new role. Since joining Duke Anesthesiology faculty in 2014, and being appointed as the assistant director of the simulation center that same year, he has been a key player of new growth within the HSPSC, including the advancement of continuing medical education and patient safety initiatives. Dr. Udani is credited for enhancing the center’s faculty training program and enhancing the residency simulation curriculum with specialty-specific simulations and crisis resource management training. He also founded the Duke Anesthesiology Twitter Journal Club, which has worldwide participation. Throughout his career, Dr. Udani has been actively involved in 17 societies/organizations, which currently includes serving as a committee member of education and training for the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation and a committee member of technology in education for the Society for Education in Anesthesia.

Dr. Udani received his medical degree from St. George’s University School of Medicine in the West Indies in 2009. He completed an anesthesiology residency and a fellowship in patient safety and simulation-based medical education at Stanford University. He also holds a master’s degree in medical education from Johns Hopkins University. He has received funding from the Foundation of Anesthesia Education and Research and the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation to study the role of simulation-based medical education.

The HSPSC is a joint project of Duke University’s School of Medicine and our department. It is comprised of an interdisciplinary, interprofessional team of physicians, nurses, educators, and human factors engineers who focus on health care education, safety, quality, and research. The center is internationally-recognized for advancing medical education through state-of-the-art technologies. Dr. Udani will work closely with Dr. Mark Stafford-Smith, vice chair of education, in setting new goals and reaching new heights within the HSPSC, ultimately elevating this 21st Century model for improving patient safety and quality.

Please join us in thanking Dr. Udani for his service as interim director and residency assistant director and extending him congratulations on his new role in our department.

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Class of 2021 Graduates from Duke Anesthesiology Training Programs

Class of 2020 Virtually Graduates from Duke Anesthesiology Training Programs

Duke Anesthesiology’s residency and fellowship classes of 2021 gathered on June 5 and 6 to celebrate their graduation from the department’s training programs. Thirteen residents received their diplomas at the ceremony held at The Pavilion at the Angus Barn and 35 fellows received their diplomas at the ceremony held at The Pit.

Duke Anesthesiology Fellowship Graduates of 2021

The Duke Anesthesiology Fellowship Education Program is led by Dr. Mark Stafford-Smith, who says “I sincerely congratulate all of our fellow graduates who have succeeded despite a host of challenges throughout the past year and have contributed in a significant way to Duke Anesthesiology’s response to Covid 19.”

Duke Anesthesiology Resident Graduates of 2021

The Duke Anesthesiology Residency Program is led by Dr. Annemarie Thompson, with assistant residency program directors, Drs. Brian Colin and Ankeet Udani. “I’m so proud of our residents, not only for the excellent physicians they have become, but also for the resilient and kind people they are for having endured a residency experience like no other,” says Thompson. “I am honored to have had the opportunity to get to know each and every one of the graduates, and I look forward to watching them make a difference in their patients’ lives and our global community.”

Resident leadership positions were also recognized during the ceremony:

Chief Residents: Drs. Megan Fah and Harold Douglas Wackerle
Education Chiefs: Drs. Michael Cutrone and Russell-John Krom
ACES Chief: Dr. Leah Acker

Congratulations to all of the graduates!

Michael Cutrone, MD

Michael Cutrone, MD

James Dierkes, MD

James Dierkes, MD

Megan Fah, MD

Megan Fah, MD

Russell-John Krom, MD

Russell-John Krom, MD

Gabrielle Madsen, MD

Gabrielle Madsen, MD

Manal Mirreh, MD

Manal Mirreh, MD
University of Michigan - Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellowship

Sean Moore, MD

Sean Moore, MD

Derek Nelsen, MD

Derek Nelsen, MD

Jason Stearns, MD

Jason Stearns, MD

Rose Tang, MD

Rose Tang, MD

Bella Vishnevsky, MD

Bella Vishnevsky, MD

Harold Wackerle, MD

Harold Wackerle, MD

Allesyn Young, MD

Allesyn Young, MD
Children’s National Hospital – Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellowship

Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology

Jon Andrews, MD
David Carroll, DO

David Carroll, DO
Future location: Charleston, SC

Andre Gosling, MD

Andre Gosling, MD
Future location: Birmingham, AL

Lauriane Guichard, MD

Lauriane Guichard, MD
Future location: Chapel Hill, NC

Michael Gysel, MD

Michael Gysel, MD

Joseph Kamassai, MD

Joseph Kamassai, MD
Future location: Baltimore, MD

Robert Morris, MD

Robert Morris, MD
Future location: Albany, NY

Justice Mushonga, MB ChB

Justice Mushonga, MB ChB
Future location: Largo, FL

Sawyer Naze, MD

Sawyer Naze, MD
Future location: Chicago, IL

Tarek Radwan, DO

Tarek Radwan, DO
Future location: Raleigh, NC

Estuardo Saravia Fernandez, MD

Estuardo Saravia Fernandez, MD

Robin Schiller, MD, DMD

Robin Schiller, MD, DMD
Future location: Boston, MA

Alexander Stoker, MD

Alexander Stoker, MD
Future location: Phoenix, AZ

Danielle Van Patten, MD

Danielle Van Patten, MD
Future location: Morristown, NJ

Critical Care Medicine

Jonathan Curley, MD

Jonathan Curley, MD
Future location: Jonathan Curley, MD

Selby Johnson, MD

Selby Johnson, MD

Daryl Kerr, MD

Daryl Kerr, MD

Karl Kristiansen, MD

Karl Kristiansen, MD

Michelle McGauvran, MD

Michelle McGauvran, MD
Future location: Colorado Springs, CO

Sachin Mehta, MD

Sachin Mehta, MD

Osamudiamen Obanor, MD

Osamudiamen Obanor, MD
Future location: Houston, TX

Karuna Puttur Rajkumar, MBBS

Karuna Puttur Rajkumar, MBBS

Obstetric Anesthesiology

Olga Diomede, MD

Olga Diomede, MD
Future location: Portland, ME

Riley Landreth, DO

Riley Landreth, DO
Future location: San Diego, CA

Pain Medicine

Adam Kemp, MD

Adam Kemp, MD
Future location: Eugene, OR

Eric Ngo, MD

Eric Ngo, MD
Future location: Hawaii

Anuj Shah, MD

Anuj Shah, MD
Future location: Greensboro, NC

Bharat Sharma, MD

Bharat Sharma, MD
Future location: TBD

Pediatric Anesthesiology

Alison Brown, MD

Alison Brown, MD
Future location: Charlotte, NC

John McManigle, MD, DPhil

Regional Anesthesiology and Acute Pain Medicine

Stephan Frangakis, MD, PhD

Stephan Frangakis, MD, PhD
Future location: Ann Arbor, MI

Charles Horres, MD

Charles Horres, MD
Future location: Chicago, IL

Brian Nevitt, MD

Brian Nevitt, MD
Future location: Santa Cruz, CA

Andrew Wong, MD

Andrew Wong, MD
Future location: Durham, NC

Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine

Christopher Winstead-Derlega, MD

Christopher Winstead-Derlega, MD
Future location: Nag’s Head, NC

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Duke Anesthesiology Celebrates 29 Years of Scientific Excellence

29th Annual Academic Evening

William Maixner, DDS, PhD

William Maixner, DDS, PhD

Despite the novel coronavirus pandemic, 84 poster abstracts – ranging from basic science, clinical trials and case reports – were submitted and showcased at Duke Anesthesiology’s 29th Annual Academic Evening, an event that aims to advance anesthesia, critical care and pain management. It once again took place virtually on May 11 with at least 115 departmental members in attendance, eager to celebrate scholarly activity and scientific excellence from its junior-level investigators and faculty; leadership also honored the life and legacy of the late Dr. William “Bill” Maixner, who served as the department’s vice chair for research for three years and co-chair of the event.

Jeffrey C. Gadsden, MD, FRCP, FANZCA

Jeffrey C. Gadsden, MD, FRCP, FANZCA

“We were thrilled to see the depth and breadth of engagement in this year’s Academic Evening,” says Dr. Jeffrey Gadsden, event chair and associate professor of anesthesiology. “In a year when clinical research was interrupted by the pandemic, we saw an exceptional number of abstract submissions, which shows not only the commitment to scholarly discovery here at Duke Anesthesiology, but the resilience of our trainees and their faculty mentors.”

One of the anticipated highlights of the annual event is the presentation of the Bill White Award for resident research. White was involved in the design, data control and examination, and statistical analysis of biomedical studies in both observational and clinical trials within Duke Anesthesiology for more than 20 years. Dr. Leah Acker, Academic Career Enrichment Scholars (ACES) chief resident, received first place in this category for her project, titled “Perioperative EEG Complexity Measures as Predictors of Postoperative Delirium in Older Adults.”

Leah Acker, MD

Leah Acker, MD

“Academic Evening has been one of my favorite events since I first attended as a Duke medical student, and I’m honored to receive the Bill White research award this year. It’s humbling to think of all the seminal trials and research that he was a part of in this department, and to feel that in some small way, my work is helping to carry that tradition of excellence forward,” says Acker. “I am grateful for the opportunity to apply my engineering background and skills to the clinical problems we see as anesthesiologists. None of my work would be possible without the superb mentorship I’ve received from Drs. Miles Berger, Heather Whitson, and Marty Woldorff, the statistical guidance from Mary Cooter Wright, and our department’s on-going dedication to resident education.”

Guest judge, Dr. Deborah J. Culley, chair of the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, was particularly impressed with the number of posters submitted by residents, saying “this past year has been a period of unprecedented pressure” and acknowledging the essential role of residents during covid surges. “Hats off to you all for being able to accomplish such amazing research during that period of time. Research from this event suggests that there is a bright future in anesthesiology, and you really are that future.”

Deborah J. Culley, MD

Guest judge, Dr. Deborah J. Culley

Culley went on to speak about the importance of academics being maintained within the anesthesiology specialty, applauded the department for its commitment to research, and left the audience with a message about resilience: “When things don’t go the way you want them to go, you have to be resilient enough to look at what the reviewers are saying to you…part of becoming an academician is recognizing that you can’t always come out on top. But if you persevere and keep going through the process, you’ll find yourself in the exact position that each of you are here today. I think the individuals coming from your institution are going to be the leaders of the future.”

“Dr. Culley was a wonderful guest judge,” adds Gadsden. “She provided the presenters with inspiring words of wisdom about the importance of doggedness in an academic career, despite the obstacles and setbacks that are frequently encountered.”

Congratulations to each of the award winners listed below.

2021 Academic Evening Award Winners:

Post Doc Basic Science

1st Place: Sharat Chandra: “New Non-Sulfonamide Inhibitors of Voltage-Gated Sodium Channel 1.7 for Treatment of Pain and Itch”

2nd Place: Su Hyoun Park: “Altered Resting State Activity of the Brain Reward Circuit in Fibromyalgia”

3rd Place: Satya Achanta: “TRPV4 Inhibitor Counteracts Phosgene-Induced Pulmonary Inflammation and Edema”

Fellow Clinical Research (Dick Smith Award)

1st Place: Riley Ann Landreth: “The ED90 of Intrathecal Chloroprocaine for Cervical Cerclage Placement: An Up-Down Sequential Allocation Dose-Response Study”

2nd Place: Olga Diomede: “A Randomized Controlled Trial of Dural Puncture Epidural versus Standard Labor Epidural Technique in Parturients with Obesity”

3rd Place: Michelle McGauvran: “Association Between Gabapentinoids and Postoperative Pulmonary Complications in Patients Undergoing Thoracic Surgery”

Resident Research (Bill White Award)

1st Place: Leah Acker: “Perioperative EEG Complexity Measures as Predictors of Postoperative Delirium in Older Adults”

2nd Place: Katherine W. Sun: “Comparison of Neuraxial Techniques for Labor Analgesia: A Retrospective Analysis”

Medical Student Research

1st Place: Tim Beck: “Altitude Decompression Corrections for 35% Oxygen Diving at 10,000 and 12,000 ft Elevation”

2nd Place: Sierra Camille Mims: “Intrathecal Bupivacaine versus Chloroprocaine for Transvaginal Cervical Cerclage: A Retrospective Analysis”

CRNA/DNP/Grad/Undergrad Research

1st Place: Erica Harris: “Sensory Evoked Potential Stimulation Interferes with TOF Assessment and Increases Risk for Undiagnosed Residual Neuromuscular Blockade”

Case Report

1st Place: Robert Morris: “False Positive Intraoperative Diagnosis Of Severe Aortic Insufficiency Associated With An A-V Dialysis Fistula”

Quality Improvement

1st Place: James Dierkes: “A Picture Says a Thousand Words: Use of a Visual Aid to Improve Patient Positioning During Neuraxial Procedures”

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