Duke Anesthesiology Resident Awarded FAER Grant

Stephan Frangakis, MD, PhD

Stephan Frangakis, MD, PhD

The Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research (FAER) has awarded Duke Anesthesiology CA-3 resident, Stephan Frangakis, MD, PhD, a Research Fellowship Grant (RFG) for his project, titled “Analgesic Effects of Perioperative Propranolol Administration for Spine Surgery.” RFGs provide anesthesiology residents and fellows with the opportunity to obtain significant training in research techniques and scientific methods. This grant provides $75,000 in funding for Frangakis’ research over one year.

More than 100 million surgical procedures are performed in the United States each year, with up to 80 percent of patients experiencing postsurgical pain. Patients with higher levels of pain after surgery are more likely to develop persistent pain and opioid usage, feeding into a chronic pain epidemic that has a greater annual societal cost than that for cancer, heart disease and diabetes combined. Expanding efforts to identify non-opioid analgesics and adjuncts have yielded promising results and new therapies, yet despite these advances in pain management, there has been little improvement in post-surgical opioid usage and patient-reported analgesia. There remains a significant necessity for the development of novel analgesics, and the co-opting of existing agents for novel uses in the prevention of pain and reduction in opioid consumption.

Frangakis’ proposed study will investigate the postsurgical analgesic and opioid-sparing properties of the non-selective β-blocker propranolol in patients undergoing lumbar fusion surgery. It will also investigate the effects of perioperative propranolol therapy on immune modulation and expression of inflammatory cytokines. The data is expected to demonstrate the utility of perioperative propranolol for reducing pain and opioid consumption after surgery, and elucidate some of these mechanisms.

“I feel very fortunate to be awarded this grant, and for the mentorship and guidance from my mentors, Drs. William Maixner and Thomas Buchheit. I am excited to have this opportunity to carry out this interesting and important research, and to develop my skills as a physician-scientist,” says Frangakis. “I owe a great deal of thanks to many people in the department, including Drs. Joseph Mathew and Dhanesh Gupta, the ACES program, and the anesthesiology residency program. And of course this grant would not have been able to be put together, submitted, and awarded without the contributions from multiple people in the Duke Anesthesiology Clinical Research Unit and the budget office. I look forward to working with everyone involved in the research.”

FAER is a charitable arm of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, dedicated to developing the next generation of physician-scientists in anesthesiology.

Stacey HiltonDuke Anesthesiology Resident Awarded FAER Grant
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That’s a Wrap! Highlights from ASA 2019

That’s a Wrap! Highlights from ASA 2019We would like to thank all members of our department who helped make this year’s American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) meeting in Orlando a success. Duke Anesthesiology made a big impression at this year’s event with 43 faculty and trainees participating in the conference, including 86 lectures, workshops, panel discussions, presentations, and more.

During the conference, we hosted Duke Anesthesiology’s 31st Annual ASA Alumni Event at Lafayette’s Music Room for a night of celebration. Thanks to our winning bidders at this year’s silent auction of Duke basketballs, we raised $2,450 to benefit our Global Health Program; these funds will directly support our residents’ global health missions. Two other anticipated highlights of the evening were: 1) the reveal of the 2020 DREAM Innovation Grant (DIG) recipients and 2) the announcement of the 2020 scholars of our Academy for Building Leadership Excellence (ABLE) Program.

Congratulations to:

DIGs are part of the Duke DREAM Campaign, which was launched in 2007. These grants support innovative high-risk and potentially high-reward investigations to accelerate anesthesia and pain management research. Each DIG recipient can receive up to $30,000 in seed money for their pilot study which ultimately helps them apply for and obtain extramural funding. To date, $842,378 has been funded by DIGs, which has led to nearly $15 million in extramural funding. We would like to express our appreciation to the DIG Application Review Committee and the donors who continue to support our research programs and initiatives, ultimately helping us transform the future of patient care. Please click here to make an online donation to our DREAM Campaign.

The ABLE Program is designed to accelerate career development for junior faculty in their chosen pathway by pairing them in a one-year program with a personal coach. Congratulations to those selected for the 2020 ABLE Program, which officially begins on January 2nd: Drs. Nazish Hashmi (Education), Grace McCarthy (Education), Aurelio Alonso (Clinical Operations), Brian Starr (Clinical Operations), W. Michael Bullock (Clinical Research), Marie-Louise Meng (Clinical Research) and Katherine Martucci (Translational Research).

It was also another successful fundraiser at the 10th Annual ASA-Sponsored Run For The Warriors 5k race, dedicated to the men and women wounded during service, their families and families of the fallen. We are proud to announce that for the ninth consecutive year, the Duke Anesthesiology team won first place for fundraising – a total of $8,100 in donations. All proceeds from the race benefit wounded warriors and their families through the many Hope For The Warriors® programs. At the event, we were presented with the 2019 Give Hope Award for our contributions and selfless service. And, Dr. Richard Moon received the 2019 Top Fundraiser Award. Thank you to Richard and all of the race participants and donors who raised money for this nonprofit veteran service organization. A special congratulations goes to our teammates who medaled in their division in this year’s race: Professor Mike Grocott and Drs. Joseph Mathew, Richard Moon and Annemarie Thompson.

We sincerely appreciate your continued support of Duke Anesthesiology and your commitment to our mission of providing extraordinary care through a unique culture of innovation, education, research and professional growth. We are particularly grateful to those who worked in the operating rooms during the ASA so that others on our team could attend. And, thank you to Stacey Hilton and Jaylynn Nash for organizing our ASA events. Here’s to a successful 2020 and we look forward to celebrating at our ASA Alumni Event next October in Washington, DC.

Stacey HiltonThat’s a Wrap! Highlights from ASA 2019
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Duke Anesthesiology Residency Program Ranked Among Nation’s Top Five

Duke Anesthesiology Residency Program Ranked Among Nation’s Top Five

On July 23, Doximity released its 2019-2020 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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Anesthesiologist Honored for Echocardiography Achievements

Congratulations to Dr. Solomon Aronson on receiving this year’s Outstanding Achievement in Perioperative Echocardiography Award

The American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) has named Duke Anesthesiology’s Solomon Aronson, MD, MBA, FACC, FCCP, FAHA, FASE, the seventh recipient of the Outstanding Achievement in Perioperative Echocardiography Award in recognition of his significant clinical, research and educational contributions to the development of the field of perioperative echocardiography (echo).

According to the society, Aronson’s most notable contribution is the expansion of the National Board of Echocardiography. He previously served as the chairman of the Committee of Certification for Perioperative Echocardiography (PTEeXAM), which remains the standard by which perioperative echocardiographers test and demonstrate proficiency in echocardiography. Aronson has also served on a variety of ASE committees since 1993, he was the chair of the council from 2003-2005, and he served on the Board of Directors from 2004-2006.

Aronson says he was fortunate to have started his academic career at a time when his interest in cardiac perfusion, cardiac function, and structural science aligned with the introduction of transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) – at the time, a novel clinical diagnostic imaging technology. In those early years, he says there were “few of us, considered outliers by some and cowboys by others,” who brought TEE into the operating room to explore its potential application in perioperative clinical care.

“Reflecting back, the opportunities that I had to incorporate echo into my research, as well as navigating through the raised eyebrow stares received in those early years when I brought TEE into the operating room, and seeing today’s generation inconspicuously incorporate TEE as a standard of clinical care, is very rewarding,” says Aronson, a professor of anesthesiology who currently serves as Duke Anesthesiology’s executive vice chairman of strategy and finance. “I feel very lucky to have had a chance to work with and be mentored by so many extraordinary people over the years. I am honored to be recognized and have so many to thank,” including Drs. Steven Feinstein, Paul Harper, Leon Goldberg, Mike Roizen and Robert Karp in particular.

Dr. Aronson receives his Outstanding Achievement in Perioperative Echocardiography Award

The 2019 ASE award recipients were honored on June 23 at the ASE Foundation’s 10th Annual Research Awards Gala in Portland, Oregon during its 30th Annual Scientific Sessions.

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