2019 Fellowship Graduation Wrap-Up!

Duke Anesthesiology’s Fellowship Class of 2019

Stuart Grant, MB ChB, FRCA

Stuart Grant, MB ChB, FRCA

Duke Anesthesiology’s Fellowship Class of 2019 gathered with their colleagues and families on June 9 at the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club to celebrate their graduation from fellowship programs within the department.

Dr. Mark Stafford-Smith, director of the Duke Anesthesiology Fellowship Education Program and the vice chair of education, along with the fellowship directors, proudly presented the 36 graduates their certificates. Additionally, Dr. Stuart Grant was recognized for his 15-year commitment and dedication as the director of medical student education.

Congratulations to all of the graduates from the fellowships offered by Duke Anesthesiology!

Fellow GraduatesFellowship Program
Molly AminAdult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology
Kiran BelaniAdult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology
Benjamin BrockbankAdult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology
Chris CallAdult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology
Cathy DengAdult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology
John “Jack” GambleAdult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology
Eric JohnBullAdult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology
Ingrid Moreno-DuarteAdult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology
Daniel RosenkransAdult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology
Christopher SchilfAdult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology
Theresa SeayAdult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology
Jessica ZvaraAdult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology
Xiaowei “Angela” PollakAdult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology
David GarciaCritical Care Medicine
Joseph GrahamCritical Care Medicine
Kerri LydonCritical Care Medicine
Duncan McLeanCritical Care Medicine
Mohammadreza RasouliCritical Care Medicine
Peter SofiaCritical Care Medicine
Meredith WhitacreCritical Care Medicine
Amanda FaulknerNeurosurgical Anesthesiology
Cameron TaylorObstetric Anesthesiology
Osa EmoharePain Medicine
Kyle FisherPain Medicine
Nenna NwazotaPain Medicine
Jacob WangPain Medicine
Annika BarnettPediatric Anesthesiology
Jonathan MathewPediatric Anesthesiology
Korey SpringmanPerioperative Medicine
Tara LenkPerioperative Medicine
David CreightonRegional Anesthesiology and Acute Pain Medicine
Elizabeth GauthierRegional Anesthesiology and Acute Pain Medicine
Christian HorazeckRegional Anesthesiology and Acute Pain Medicine
Milly RambhiaRegional Anesthesiology and Acute Pain Medicine
Justin AllenUndersea and Hyperbaric Medicine
Maia OrabiUndersea and Hyperbaric Medicine

The Duke Anesthesiology fellowships offer a rich clinical exposure to high complexity cases with oversight from world-class faculty. Within these fellowships is a cohesive community that comes together each week for a professional seminar on topics designed to assist fellows in developing skills as “thinkers and leaders” in their future careers. Upon completion of a fellowship at Duke Anesthesiology, graduates have enjoyed tremendous success in their professional lives. Departmental alumni are highly sought after in both private practice and academic medicine, and often assume leadership positions. This department takes great pride in its fellows, seeing these individuals as a reflection of the quality of its programs and part of Duke University School of Medicine’s tradition of excellence.

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2019 Residency Graduation Wrap-Up!

Duke Anesthesiology’s Residency Class of 2019

Duke Anesthesiology’s Residency Class of 2019 gathered with their colleagues and families on June 8 at Bay 7 in Durham’s American Tobacco Historic District to celebrate their graduation from the nationally-acclaimed Duke Anesthesiology Residency Program.

Chairman Joseph Mathew delivered opening remarks and was joined on stage by Dr. Annemarie Thompson, residency program director, Drs. Brian Colin and Ankeet Udani, assistant residency program directors, and the 13 graduates. Two awards were announced during the ceremony; the Outstanding Graduate Award was presented to Dr. Jon Andrews, and Dr. Stuart Grant received the Robert Sladen Teacher of the Year Award.

Jon Andrews, MDJon Andrews, MD
Outstanding Graduate Award

Stuart Grant, MBStuart Grant, MB ChB, FRCA
Robert Sladen Teacher of the Year Award

Additionally, the department recognized resident leadership positions by presenting them with certificates:

  • Chief Residents: Sarah Cotter and Will Fox
  • Education Chiefs: Anne Castro and Julien Cobert
  • ACES Chiefs: Michael Devinney and Stephen Ellison

Congratulations to all of the graduates and award winners!

Resident GraduatesPost-Residency Plans
Rebecca AndersonAdult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology Fellowship at Duke
Jon AndrewsPediatric Anesthesiology Fellowship at Duke
Fatu BanguraPediatric Anesthesiology Fellowship at Northwestern
Anne CastroRegional Anesthesiology and Acute Pain Medicine Fellowship at Duke
An ChenRegional Anesthesiology and Acute Pain Medicine Fellowship at Duke
Julien CobertCritical Care Medicine Fellowship at University of California San Francisco
Sarah CotterCardiothoracic Anesthesia Fellowship at Brigham
Michael DevinneyCritical Care Medicine Fellowship at Duke
Rebecca DonaldPain Medicine Fellowship at Vanderbilt
Stephen EllisonAdult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology Fellowship at Duke
Will FoxCritical Care Medicine Fellowship at Duke, followed by active duty Air Force
Michael MangubatPrivate practice in Virginia
Josef PletichaPain Medicine Fellowship at Duke
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A Record-Breaking Academic Evening for Duke Anesthesiology

A Record-Breaking Academic Evening for Duke Anesthesiology

For the 27th consecutive year, Duke Anesthesiology gathered to share the results of their research pursuits and celebrate scientific excellence at its annual Academic Evening, held on May 14 at the Millennium Hotel Durham. A record number of 92 poster abstracts were presented this year by the department’s junior-level investigators and faculty, ranging from basic science, clinical trials, case reports, and QI projects.

“As the showcase for our department’s scholarly efforts, it’s exciting to see how Academic Evening continues to grow year to year,” said Dr. Jeffrey Gadsden, co-program director. “This year we had more submissions than ever before, but more important than the number, was the range and diversity of the science presented. And, our guest judge, an international leader in anesthesiology research and patient safety, did an outstanding job of engaging with the trainees and junior faculty throughout the evening.”

This year’s guest judge was Dr. Beverley Orser, chair of the Department of Anesthesia at the University of Toronto and director of research at Sunnybrook Health Science Centre. “Always be ready to pivot or completely turn around if the science demands it,” said Orser to a crowd of about 150 faculty, trainees, students and staff at the event. She applauded the department for its rich diversity among teams – incorporating statisticians and epidemiologists to achieve the best scientific outcome, noting that “we all work better in diverse environments.” Orser also shared some words of wisdom to the trainees: 1) focus on your data – it will be what drives your programs forward, 2) be careful about your assumptions and biases – they can take you down a dead-end pathway, 3) don’t dither, just do the work, but know that good scientific outcome is about good planning, and 4) attention to detail and rigor is essential for execution – it’s all about the last 10 percent of effort. Based on her own experiences, she went on to encourage young investigators to invest in graduate training in order to reap an accelerated research career in the long term.

Academic Evening aims to advance anesthesia, critical care and pain management. One of the anticipated highlights of the annual event is the presentation of the Bill White Resident Research Award. 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. Stephen Ellison, CA-3 resident, received first place in this category for his project, titled “Novel Circulating Metabolic Markers Improve Discrimination of Metabolic Health Independent of Weight.”

“It is a great honor to have been selected for this award,” said Ellison. “I am truly humbled and grateful to have been recognized for the work that has gone into this project over the past few years, which certainly would not have been possible without the support of my research mentor, Dr. Svati Shah, as well as the enduring dedication of Duke Anesthesiology’s ACES Program to training the next generation of physician-scientists.”

At the end of the evening, Orser shared a quote from Charles Pierce, a chemist philosopher: “There is one thing even more vital to science than intelligent methods; and that is, the sincere desire to find out the truth, whatever it may be.” In closing, she told the audience, “In your efforts to collect your data and find your truth, I encourage you to be relentless, train hard, work with the best mentors you have, and most importantly, have fun.”

“It’s fascinating and humbling to see all of the varied types of clinical and bench research being carried out under the banner of Duke Anesthesiology,” adds Gadsden. “We are an incredibly strong and productive department and it’s obvious that we truly live up to our motto of ‘what we do changes the world.’”

Congratulations to each of the award winners listed below.

2019 Academic Evening Winners

1st Place: Sangsu Bang, PhD
“Neuroprotectin D1(NPD1) Protects Listeria Induced Sepsis by Activation of G-Protein Coupled Receptor 37 (Gpr37) in Macrophages”

2nd Place: Peng Wang, MD
“Systemic Administration of Manganese Porphyrin Promotes Cardiac Arrest Recovery in Rats”

3rd Place: Yachao Wang, PhD
“The Perk Branch of the Unfolded Protein Response Confers Neuroprotection in Ischemic Stroke Through Modulation of Protein Synthesis and Autophagy”

1st Place: Milly Rambhia, MD
“Femoral Periarterial Local Anesthetic Injection Decreases Thigh Tourniquet Associated Ischemic Hypertension – A Randomized, Double Blind, Placebo Controlled Trial”

2nd Place: Justin Allen, DO
“Ketogenic Diet for Reduction of CNS Oxygen Toxicity in Working Divers (KetOX Study): Pilot Study”

3rd Place: Cathy Deng, MD
“The Platelet Activation Marker Mean Platelet Volume (MPV) as an Independent Predictor of Acute Kidney Injury After On-Pump Cardiac Surgery”

1st Place: Stephen Ellison, MD, PhD
“Novel Circulating Metabolic Markers Improve Discrimination of Metabolic Health Independent of Weight”

2nd Place: Rosalie Yan, MD
“Gabapentinoids on the Day of Colorectal Surgery are Associated with Adverse Postoperative Respiratory Outcomes?”

3rd Place: Michael Devinney, MD, PhD
“Metabolipidomic Analysis of Cerebrospinal Fluid Reveals Increased Arachidonic Acid-Derived Lipids and Specialized Pro-Resolving Mediators 24 Hours and 6-Weeks Following Surgery and Anesthesia”

1st Place: Trevor Weis, BS
“Same Cheyne-Stokes for Different Folks: Periodic Breathing in Healthy Subjects at High Altitude”

2nd Place: Brooke Evans, BS
“Can the p50 of Red Blood Cells be Modulated While Preserving the Bohr Effect?”

1st Place: Nicole Martin, DNP, CRNA
“Prevention of Residual Neuromuscular Blockade in Post-Surgical Patients Through the use of Objective Monitoring”

1st Place: Del Lamb, MD
“Anesthesia Management for Bilateral Pneumonectomy with ECMO Bridge to Lung Transplantation”

2nd Place: Cameron Taylor, MD
“Tonic-Clonic Seizure After Unrecognized Unintentional Dural Puncture: A Case Report”

1st Place: R. Christopher Call, MD
“Improved Turnover Efficiency and Patient Monitoring Between the Operating Room and Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit Through Substitution of the Anesthesia Transport Monitor with the Detachable Philips Monitor”

2nd Place: Russell-John Krom, MD, PhD
“Assessing Feasibility and Provider Perceptions of Clock Drawings as a Preoperative Cognitive Assessment Tool”

3rd Place: Rebecca Donald, MD
“Reducing the Financial and Environmental Impact of Anesthesia Provided at Duke University Hospital”

View the 27th Annual Academic Evening Photo Gallery

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Dr. Mark Receives Master Clinician/Teacher Award

Jonathan B. Mark, MDThe Duke University School of Medicine has selected Duke Anesthesiology’s Jonathan Mark, MD, as a recipient of the Master Clinician/Teacher Award for 2019. It was established to honor individuals with superlative accomplishment and service in the areas of clinical care and teaching. This award recognizes clinical practitioners who exemplify the highest standards of clinical care, pedagogy, and professionalism or to basic scientists who achieve distinction in pedagogy and professionalism.

“Like many colleagues who have received this award over the past 15 years, including two departmental friends, Drs. Catherine Kuhn and Mark Stafford-Smith, I feel privileged each and every day to take care of patients and mentor the next generation of physicians,” says Mark. “For me, the opportunity to combine doctoring and teaching has been profoundly meaningful and fulfilling, both professionally and personally. The intellectual curiosity and drive to improve care that I see daily in our trainees continues to inspire and motivate me.”

Dr. Edward Buckley, vice dean for education, presenting Dr. Mark his award at the 2019 Spring Faculty Meeting on May 8. Photo courtesy: Duke University School of Medicine.

Dr. Edward Buckley, vice dean for education, presenting Dr. Mark his award at the 2019 Spring Faculty Meeting on May 8.

Mark, a professor of anesthesiology and assistant professor in medicine, received this award at the Duke University School of Medicine’s annual Spring Faculty Meeting on May 8 at the Doris Duke Center. He served as the department’s chief of the Veterans Affairs Anesthesiology Service Division from 1992 – 2018; a division in which he grew to become one of the premier VA anesthesiology services in the country. Mark is known for his extensive contributions in cardiovascular anesthesiology, advocacy for patient safety, and vocation for mentoring. His nominators specifically note his dedication to helping trainees prepare for their exams and teaching them about transesophageal echocardiography, a clinical skill that he helped pioneer within the field of anesthesiology. He is described as “the rare ideal of the master educator mixed with clinical mastery;” a “prized possession in regards to medical education and anesthetic knowledge who serves as the mentor to nearly every anesthesiology attending and trainee who steps foot in the Durham VA.”

“To be recognized by my peers at Duke for four decades of work as a clinician and teacher is such a special honor – delicious icing on a wonderful career cake,” adds Mark. “I feel humbled, deeply appreciative, and very fortunate to be a Duke physician.”

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