Dr. Pollak Appointed to Residency Leadership

Angela Pollak, MD, Assistant Residency Program Director

We are pleased to announce that Angela Li Pollak, MD, assistant professor of anesthesiology, has been appointed the assistant program director for the Duke Anesthesiology Residency Program, effective December 1st.

In this role, Dr. Pollak will serve as an integral part of the residency program’s leadership team, assisting with recruitment, resident advising and mentoring, and enhancement of the clinical and educational environment of the program.

“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with the residency leadership team to support the continued success and growth of the Duke Anesthesiology Residency Program,” says Dr. Pollak. “I am a proud alumnus of the program, and I am excited to support the personal and professional success of current and future Duke Anesthesiology trainees.”

Dr. Pollak brings a wealth of experience to this role. She obtained her BA in biochemistry from Washington University in St. Louis and taught in a charter high school serving low-income students in Boston before going on to receive her medical degree from Weill Cornell Medical School in New York. In 2018, Dr. Pollak completed anesthesiology residency here at Duke in which she served as chief resident. That same year, she was selected to participate in the Feagin Leadership Program, designed to foster the development and training of future academic leaders. Dr. Pollak went on to complete Duke’s Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology Fellowship where she served as a chief administrative fellow. She is also a 2021 scholar of our department’s Academy for Building Leadership Excellence (ABLE) Program. During her time at Duke, Dr. Pollak has been dedicated to medical education in several capacities, including simulation and crisis resource management. Furthermore, she is an active educator in the areas of Point of Care Ultrasound (POCUS) and transesophageal echocardiography, and she serves as co-director of the Duke Anesthesiology Resident Coaching Program.

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Pollak on her new position and welcoming her to the residency leadership team.

Stacey HiltonDr. Pollak Appointed to Residency Leadership
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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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