In Remembrance of Dr. William Maixner

William Maixner, DDS, PhDIt is with profound sadness that we inform you about the passing of a beloved member of our Duke Anesthesiology family, William “Bill” Maixner, DDS, PhD. He passed away on November 2 at the age of 68 after battling an illness. Duke flags were lowered on November 4 in honor of his life and legacy.

Dr. Maixner, the Joannes H. Karis, MD, Professor of Anesthesiology, was a world-renowned pioneer in pain research and one of our department’s most distinguished faculty. He will be remembered as an extraordinary leader, innovator, scientist and mentor who dedicated his life-long career to unraveling the mysteries of chronic pain and was committed to translating basic discoveries into novel diagnostics and treatments to positively impact research, education and patient care.

On January 1, 2016, Dr. Maixner joined our department from the School of Dentistry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH), where he was the Mary Lily Kenan Flagler Bingham Distinguished University Professor, to further expand our clinical and research program in pain medicine. During his short time with us here at Duke, he achieved incredible milestones. Dr. Maixner developed and led the Center for Translational Pain Medicine, which recently received the rare and prestigious designation as a National Center of Excellence through an $8.5 million National Institutes of Health (NIH) program project grant (PPG), the first PPG in 40 years awarded to our department. He was a visionary who brought to fruition a center that united leading basic scientists, clinicians and clinical researchers under one umbrella, with the core mission of developing novel pain therapies to improve patient care. Through his leadership, this center has rapidly become internationally-recognized as a best-in-class translational pain medicine program, ultimately transforming the way we diagnose and treat painful conditions. He was also instrumental in developing Duke Innovative Pain Therapies, a first-of-its-kind multispecialty pain practice focused on non-opioid therapies, which opened its doors to patients in September 2016. In 2017, Dr. Maixner received one of the highest honors in academia with his appointment as the Joannes H. Karis, MD, Professor of Anesthesiology, designated by the Duke University School of Medicine, becoming only the fifth faculty member in our department to be named a distinguished professor. This endowed professorship recognized his remarkable achievements in advancing medical science, significantly shaping the field of pain research and education, profoundly impacting patient care and exemplifying superior mentorship. That same year, he was named our department’s vice chair for research.

Dr. Maixner was originally from Ottumwa, Iowa. After completing his BA, PhD, and DDS at the University of Iowa, he became a research fellow at the National Institute of Dental Research. He went on to become faculty at UNC-CH, where over the span of 30 years, he served as a professor in the Departments of Endodontics and Pharmacology, co-director of the Oral and Maxillofacial Pain Program, associate dean for academic affairs in the School of Dentistry, and director of the Center for Pain Research and Innovation.

Dr. Maixner played a key role as a knowledge leader in the field of pain; he served as president of the American Pain Society and on our nation’s Health and Human Services Interagency Pain Research Coordinating Committee and the NIH’s Pain Consortium, in which he helped shape the direction of our nation’s national strategies in pain research, education and patient care. He considered chronic pain to be a “hidden epidemic” and proudly campaigned for more research support amongst colleagues, sponsors, health organizations, and congressional committees.

Dr. Maixner earned several accolades throughout his career, including the New York College of Dentistry Distinguished Scientist Award and the Wilbert E. Fordyce Clinical Investigator Award from the American Pain Society. His primary research focus was on biological, environmental and genetic factors involved in pain transmission and modulation. Notably, Dr. Maixner was the principal investigator on the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research’s (NIDCR) $19 million, seven-year OPPERA study to examine pain produced by temporomandibular joint and muscle disorders. In 2012, the NIDCR awarded him and his team an additional $16 million in funding to support the study (called OPPERA II) for an additional five-year period. He published more than 200 manuscripts and book chapters and was continuously funded by the NIH since 1986.

Additionally, Dr. Maixner was appointed as a member of the Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research Academy of Research Mentors in Anesthesiology. His mentorship skills were evidenced by the success of the numerous students, trainees and mid-career scientists whom he mentored throughout his career.

Dr. Maixner’s legacy of innovation within all three pillars of research, education and patient care will forever be remembered here at Duke as we continue to honor his accomplishments and grow his goals. Most importantly, his legacy will live through his family. He was a dedicated and loving husband to his wife, Viravan, father to his two children, William and Dylan, and grandfather to two granddaughters born earlier this year.

Please join us in extending our sincerest condolences to Dr. Maixner’s family, friends and colleagues. At the request of the family, in lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to our DREAM Campaign in support of research through the DREAM Innovation Grants.

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Duke Anesthesiology Residency Program Ranked Among Top Five in the Nation

Duke Anesthesiology Residency Program Ranked Among Top Five in the Nation

On July 29, Doximity released its 2020-2021 Residency Navigator, once again ranking the Duke Anesthesiology Residency Program among the top five residency programs (by reputation) in its specialty, nationwide.

Doximity not only ranked the Duke Anesthesiology Residency Program #5 in the nation this year, it ranked the program #1 in the region (south) and #1 in the state of North Carolina.

Each year, Doximity and U.S. News & World Report collaborate to collect residency program reputation rankings, nationwide. This year’s Residency Navigator includes 4,700 residency programs across 28 specialties. These rankings are compiled from physician feedback from Doximity’s Residency Nomination Survey and the Residency Satisfaction Survey, along with objective data from a variety of public sources.

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Class of 2020 Virtually Graduates from Duke Anesthesiology Training Programs

Class of 2020 Virtually Graduates from Duke Anesthesiology Training Programs

Duke Anesthesiology’s Class of 2020 virtually graduated from their residency and fellowship programs on June 13 and 14 – a virtual first for the department. During the ceremonies, leaders shared the virtual stage to deliver remarks to the 44 graduates and nearly 200 guests. To celebrate the occasion, the graduates gave their commencement speeches via video and were surprised with several congratulatory video messages from Duke leaders and celebrity alumni.

The Duke Anesthesiology Fellowship Education Program is led by Dr. Mark Stafford-Smith. The Duke Anesthesiology Residency Program is led by Dr. Annemarie Thompson, with assistant residency program directors, Drs. Brian Colin and Ankeet Udani.

Four fellowship program directors were recognized for their years of service: Drs. John Freiberger, Jeffrey Gadsden, Lance Roy, and Christopher Young. Resident leadership positions were also recognized:

Chief Residents: Drs. Alison Brown and Delbert Lamb
Education Chiefs: Drs. Bridger Bach and Andrew Wong
ACES Chief: Dr. John McManigle

Congratulations to all of the graduates!

Bridger Bach, MD

Bridger Bach, MD
Post Residency: Pain Fellowship at Vanderbilt University

Alison Brown, MD

Alison Brown, MD
Duke University

Stephan Frangakis, MD, PhD

Stephan Frangakis, MD, PhD
Duke University

Charles Horres, MD

Charles Horres, MD
Duke University

Luca La Colla, MD

Luca La Colla, MD
Post Residency: Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology Fellowship at University of Pittsburgh

Delbert Lamb, MD

Delbert Lamb, MD
Post Residency: Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellowship at Boston Children’s

William Lane, MD

William Lane, MD
Post Residency: Pain Fellowship at University of Pittsburgh

John McManigle, MD, DPhil

John McManigle, MD, DPhil
Duke University

Jared Roberts, MD

Jared Roberts, MD
Post Residency: Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology Fellowship at Texas Heart Institute

Robin Schiller, MD

Robin Schiller, MD
Duke University

Bharat Sharma, MD

Bharat Sharma, MD

Andrew Wong, MD

Andrew Wong, MD
Duke University

Rosalie Yan, MD

Rosalie Yan, MD
Post Residency: Pain Fellowship at Emory University

Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology

Rebecca Anderson, MD

Rebecca Anderson, MD
Future Location: Hollywood, FL

Marcus Behrens, MD

Marcus Behrens, MD
Future Location: Seattle, WA

Mark Berguson, MD

Mark Berguson, MD
Future Location: Plymouth Meeting, PA

Christopher Collins, MD

Christopher Collins, MD
Future Location: Hershey, PA

Stephen Ellison, MD

Stephen Ellison, MD
Future Location: Wilmington, NC

Robert Feng, MD

Robert Feng, MD
Future Location: Stanford, CA

Mark Friedland, MD

Mark Friedland, MD
Future Location: St. Louis, MO

Anne Hicks, MD

Anne Hicks, MD
Future Location: Portland, ME

Kerri Lydon, MD

Kerri Lydon, MD
Future Location: Jacksonville, FL

Steven Maler, MD

Steven Maler, MD
Future Location: Fullerton, CA

Michelle McGauvran, MD

Michelle McGauvran, MD
University of Washington
Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology Fellowship at Duke University

Akeel Merchant, MD

Akeel Merchant, MD
Future Location: Fort Worth, TX

Zachary Woodward, MD

Zachary Woodward, MD
Future Location: Lakewood, CO

Critical Care Medicine

Michael Devinney, MD, PhD
William Fox, MD

William Fox, MD
Future Location: Japan

Lauriane Guichard, MD

Lauriane Guichard, MD
University of Michigan
Critical Care Medicine Fellowship at Duke University

David Luu, MD

David Luu, MD
Future Location: Dallas, TX

Ingrid Moreno Duarte, MD

Ingrid Moreno Duarte, MD
Future Location: Dallas, TX

Calvin Motika, MD

Calvin Motika, MD
Future Location: Bismarck, ND

Daniel Rosenkrans, MD

Daniel Rosenkrans, MD
Future Location: Colorado Springs, CO

Anrew Villion, MD

Anrew Villion, MD
Future Location: Valhalla, NY

Obstetric Anesthesiology

Katherine Herbert, MD

Katherine Herbert, MD
Future Location: Charleston, SC

Pain Medicine

Madison Foushee, MD

Madison Foushee, MD
Future Location: TBD

Scott Frieary, DO

Scott Frieary, DO
Future Location: Greenville, NC

Pediatric Anesthesiology

Jon Andrews, MD

Jon Andrews, MD
Duke University
Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellowship at Duke University

Elizabeth Finucane, DO

Elizabeth Finucane, DO
Future Location: Greensboro, NC

Regional Anesthesiology and Acute Pain Medicine

Anne Castro, MD

Anne Castro, MD
Future Location: Milwaukee, WI

An Chen, MD

An Chen, MD
Future Location: Rockville, MD

Kenneth Mullen, MD

Kenneth Mullen, MD
Future Location: Charlottesville, VA

Peter Shin, MD

Peter Shin, MD
Future Location: TBD

Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine

Martin Sayers, MD

Martin Sayers, MD
Future Location: Hollywood, FL

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Duke Anesthesiology’s ‘Academic Evening’ Goes Virtual

2020 AE Winners

Members of Duke Anesthesiology gathered virtually for the first time on May 5 to share the results of their research pursuits and celebrate scientific excellence at its 28th Annual Academic Evening, an event that aims to advance anesthesia, critical care and pain management. The department’s junior-level investigators and faculty presented 81 poster abstracts this year, ranging from basic science, clinical trials and case reports.

“Part of the magic of Academic Evening has always been the social nature of it – investigators from far-flung areas of the department getting together and sharing their ideas with each other. A couple of years ago I heard a story of a basic scientist finding an unlikely clinical collaborator for her project while standing at a cocktail table eating Thai chicken skewers,” says Dr. Jeffrey Gadsden, program co-director and chief of the department’s Orthopaedics, Plastics and Regional Anesthesiology Division. “These have been a challenging few months for all of us [given the COVID-19 crisis], and we knew that people would be focused on other things – performing their clinical jobs and staying healthy being at the top of that list. At the same time, we believed that our department would want to – and deserved to – celebrate our wonderful and diverse academic accomplishments with each other.”

Vesna Jevtovic-Todorovic, MD, PhD, MBAThis year’s guest judge was Dr. Vesna Jevtovic-Todorovic, endowed professor of anesthesiology and pharmacology and chair of the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. She spoke to a virtual crowd of at least 130 faculty, trainees, students and staff with the message, “be the person who blazes the trail.” She also provided inspiration through three quotes from one of her role models, Eleanor Roosevelt:

“One’s philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes…and the choices we make are ultimately our responsibility.”

“Do what you feel in your heart to be right – for you’ll be criticized anyway.”

“You must do things you think you cannot do.”

She went on to say that “our lives should be about the great discovery of human talents and human potential” and that everyone who joined Academic Evening is living proof of how important the talents are for the profession and specialty of anesthesia. “It is a life-long lesson for all of us that life is not about living forever, but forever living every moment and chasing our dreams until our last breath,” says Todorovic. “The environment and culture that we create as a group and as an individual is what allows us all to realize our dreams. And what an environment you all have created. This is incredible.”

“Dr. Todorovic was a wonderful guest judge, and she clearly embraced the Zoom format, jumping in and out to ask questions and provide feedback to the presenters, as if she were standing right next to them,” says Gadsden.

Ashley McNeil, MDOne 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. Ashley McNeil, CA-1 resident, received first place in this category for her project, titled “Pulmonary Hypertension and Pregnancy: A Preliminary Report of 22 Duke Cases.”

“I am honored and grateful to be selected for this year’s resident research award. Having others recognize the importance of my topic motivates me to continue pursuing the research,” says McNeil. “The progress I have made would not have been possible without the support and inspiring passion of Dr. Marie-Louise Meng and the department’s dedication to resident education.”

Todorovic ended the evening thanking the crowd for this “extraordinary opportunity” and reminded them to “believe in something and that belief will propel you to the next level and take you where you want to be. Don’t look at the past, look to the future.” But not to forget that “we need our families…we need the support of our loved ones… this is what gives you the energy and meaning in life.”

“It was incredible to see the passion that all of the participants shared when it came to their research. As soon as the announcement for abstract submission was made, we had dozens of entries, and just like previous years, the depth and breadth of scientific inquiry in our department was inspiring,” adds Gadsden.

Congratulations to each of the award winners listed below.

2020 Academic Evening Award Winners:

Post Doc Basic Science

1st Place: Shin Hyung Kim: “Elucidating the Role of Ectopic Heat Shock Protein 90 (eHsp90) in Inflammatory Pain”

2nd Place: Gabriel Bassi: “Transcutaneous sciatic stimulation controls gluconeogenesis via Kupffer cell-derived acetylcholine signaling in hepatocytes”

3rd Place: Zilong Wang: “Intrathecal morphine induces itch via opioid receptors on spinal GABAergic inhibitory interneurons”

Fellow Clinical Research (Dick Smith Award)

1st Place: Lauriane Guichard: “Risk Factors for Increased Opioid Use in the Intensive Care Unit After Surgery”

2nd Place: Steven Maler: “Investigating the Opioid Sparing Effects of Lidocaine After Cardiac Surgery”

3rd Place: Anne Hicks: “Is perioperative red blood cell transfusion associated with early alloimmunization following lung transplantation?”

Resident Research (Bill White Award)

1st Place: Ashley McNeil: “Pulmonary Hypertension and Pregnancy: A Preliminary Report of 22 Duke Cases”

2nd Place: RJ Krom: “Post-operative Liver Transplant Opioid Use, Protocols, and Pain Scores in the ICU: A Need for Consistency”

Medical Student Research

1st Place: Tim Beck: “Test of Cross Corrections for Altitude Air/Nitrox Diving at 8,000, 10,000 and 12,000 ft”

2nd Place: Angel Chen: “Associations Between Perioperative Crystalloid Fluid Volume And In-hospital Outcomes in Major Spine Surgeries”

CRNA/DNP/Grad/Undergrad Research

1st Place: George Cortina: “Machine Learning Model to Predict Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit Readmission or Mortality After Cardiothoracic Surgery”

Case Report

1st Place: Katie Herbert: “How Low Can You Go: ROTEM Guidance for Neuraxial Anesthesia in a Pregnant Patient with Severe Pulmonary Hypertension and Thrombocytopenia”

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Duke Anesthesiology Ranked #4 in the Nation Among Specialties

Duke Anesthesiology - 4th in the Nation!

U.S. News & World Report assessed 120 medical schools and once again ranked the Duke University School of Medicine among the best in the nation, placing it 12th. The medical school’s physical therapy program ranked No. 7 among 244 programs evaluated. Seven of the School of Medicine’s clinical departments ranked in the top 10 among specialties: 

  • Surgery (fourth)
  • Anesthesiology (fourth)
  • Internal Medicine (fifth)
  • Radiology (tied, fifth)
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology (tied, fifth)
  • Psychiatry (tied, tenth)
  • Pediatrics (tied, ninth)

Earlier this year, the Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research ranked Duke eighth among the nation’s top medical schools for funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Eight Duke School of Medicine departments and one basic science discipline also ranked among the top ten in the country for NIH funding:

  • Pediatrics (first)
  • Surgery (third)
  • Internal Medicine (fourth)
  • Neurosurgery (fourth)
  • Orthopedics (fifth)
  • Ophthalmology (seventh)
  • Anesthesiology (eighth)
  • Psychiatry (ninth)
  • Genetics (tenth)

In addition to its national rankings, Duke is also ranked among the top 10 United States medical schools in the World University Rankings.

“Our stature as one of the preeminent medical schools in the nation and world is a direct reflection of our exceptional faculty, students and staff who consistently raise the bar for medical research, education and patient care,” said Mary E. Klotman, M.D., dean of Duke University School of Medicine. “I am especially proud of our departments and medical education programs which consistently rank in the top among their peers each year.”

“Our school of medicine is ranked amongst the best in the world, thanks to the extraordinary talent, and commitment of our faculty, staff and trainees,” said A. Eugene Washington, M.D., chancellor for health affairs at Duke University and president and chief executive officer of the Duke University Health System. “Year after year, the Duke University School of Medicine has consistently pushed our patient care, research and education missions to higher levels of excellence and impact and for that, we are very proud.”

Source: Duke University School of Medicine’s Med School Blog (Durham, NC – March 17, 2020)

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