CTPM Director Appointed to European Pain School Board

William Maixner, DDS, PhDBill Maixner, DDS, PhD, has been appointed to the board of directors of the European Pain School (EPS), an educational project of the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP), the leading pain society worldwide. As director of Duke Anesthesiology’s Center for Translational Pain Medicine (CTPM), and a world-renowned pain researcher, Dr. Maixner believes the CTPM will play a key role in this project which will further address the CTPM’s mission in education – to create a high-quality educational program for clinical and research professionals and the public.

The CTPM, which launched in January of 2016, represents a novel entity that is transforming the way Duke diagnoses and treats painful conditions. This new center further expands Duke’s existing clinical and research program in innovative pain therapies by bringing together, under one umbrella, leading basic scientists, clinicians and clinical researchers who have a common core mission of unraveling the causes of painful conditions to better improve patient care. A guiding principal of the CTPM, which is driving the discovery of new and innovative pain therapies, is the recognition that patients suffering from painful conditions require a multidisciplinary, multidimensional approach to diagnose the cause of a patient’s pain condition and to identify the most effective treatment. Research initiatives are underway that are rapidly unraveling the mysteries of pain.

The IASP and its chapters throughout the world provide support to emerging aspects of pain disease mechanisms resulting in the advancement of interdisciplinary programs to benefit pain patients. The mission of the EPS is to advance IASP’s vision among junior investigators interested in basic and clinical research on pain.

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Signing of the “Morpheus Consortium”

Morpheus Consortium Team

Wednesday, June 8, marked a significant day for Duke Anesthesiology. Putting pen to paper in her office, Dean Nancy Andrews officially launched the “Morpheus Consortium” by signing the memorandum of understanding for academic cooperation between Duke University School of Medicine and University College London.

“I think it’s very exciting,” says Dean Andrews. “Collaborations like this are important because getting different perspectives and having people approach problems from different disciplines and backgrounds help us get to great solutions faster. This signing sends a message of institutional commitment to the department and this collaboration.”

The Morpheus Consortium is the branding of two universities with one shared goal – to be leaders in perioperative medicine and enhanced recovery after surgery, ultimately improving the patient’s journey from the moment their surgery is contemplated to full recovery.

“I believe this may be the first program in the nation to have a collaborative agreement with a respected, well-established entity in the U.K., in an area that we’re only now beginning to understand in our country,” says Dr. Sol Aronson, who was on hand for the signing. “It’s really a phenomenal opportunity for us to leapfrog so far ahead to establish and provide a premiere educational asset to the next generation of specialists who wish to focus on the rapidly evolving world of perioperative medicine.”

Named after the ancient Greek god of dreams, Duke and UCL leaders say Morpheus signifies their shared aspiration to help patients achieve the dream of drinking, eating and mobilizing as soon as possible after surgery. “There’s a crossover of how our health systems run. They are significantly different and I think there is a massive opportunity to learn from each other and take the best from both sides of the Atlantic,” adds Professor Mike Grocott of UCL.

The Morpheus Consortium creates opportunities for Duke and UCL to collaborate in research, education and international training, as well as the ability to test the edge of hyperbaric medicine and physiologic extremes, all in effort to improve patient care. The first formal collaboration under this brand is the new Duke Perioperative Medicine Fellowship which begins in July of 2017.

“I think the new fellows in perioperative medicine are the new breed of anesthesiologists going forward. They are our future,” says Professor Monty Mythen of UCL. “The new physician anesthesiologist is a perioperative physician as well, so they must be fully trained and educated to perform in that arena. We have to make sure that we can play our part, and we must contribute fully to the research and education that forms perioperative medicine.”

According to Professor Mythen, a new curriculum is being defined for the physician anesthesiologist; perioperative evaluation, communication of risk, strategy for mitigation of that risk, as well as clinical service and managerial competencies, are crucial components in the fellowship’s learning modules.

“We are a very innovative department and we at Duke want to be leading the way as we move into this new era of health care,” says Dr. Timothy Miller, program director of the new perioperative fellowship, one of only eight in the nation.

But what makes this fellowship novel and unique, says Dr. Miller, is the opportunity for fellows to enroll in the UCL master’s program in perioperative medicine, the largest in the world. Additionally, fellows can spend two weeks in London and receive mentoring from national and international experts in both clinical service design and research projects.

“In the continuum of a life cycle of an entity, you begin by surviving, then you evolve to growth, and if you’re fortunate enough you enter that sphere of ‘lead.’ With this collaboration, I believe we’re looking at ‘lead’ in the rearview mirror and we’re all about shaping the future,” says Dr. Aronson. “I think the creation of the Morpheus Consortium is one giant step toward that goal and that mission.”

“It is a great pleasure to join forces with our colleagues at University College London to improve patient outcomes and quality of life,” concludes Dr. Joseph Mathew, chairman of Duke’s Department of Anesthesiology. “The mixing of talent and leadership from two very innovative institutions will undoubtedly transform patient care, research and education. I am grateful to Professor Mythen (Duke alumnus) and his colleagues for their partnership in this shared vision of “changing the face of anesthesiology.”

Dr. Joseph Mathew, Dean Nancy Andrews, and Professor Monty Mythen

Dr. Joseph Mathew, Dean Nancy Andrews, and Professor Monty Mythen

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Duke Fellows Visit Belgium for Observership

Three Duke Ambulatory and Regional Anesthesia fellows take part in their program’s first international exchange.

On May 12, 2016, three Duke Regional Anesthesiology & Acute Pain Medicine fellows, Drs. Evan Sutton, Irfan Samee, and Siddharth Sata, visited Belgium for a week-long observership as part of the newly established fellowship exchange program with the New York School of Regional Anesthesia-Center for Research Education and Enhanced Recovery (NYSORA-CREER) in Genk, Belgium. They visited three different sites during the trip, including the Ziekenhuis Oost-Limburg (ZOL) hospital where Dr. Admir Hadzic leads the NYSORA-CREER fellowship, the KU Leuven University Hospital in Leuven, and an off-site orthopedic surgery center (part of KU Leuven).

During the first two days of the trip, they spent time at the ZOL hospital in Genk where the fellows and perioperative team engaged in an exchange of ideas about regional anesthesia techniques, strategies and practices. Events included a full tour of the hospital, observation of a variety of ultrasound-guided regional nerve blocks and perioperative workflow. The focus of an academic conversation centered around a research protocol “writing bootcamp” where the fellows brainstormed ideas for a regional technique for analgesia after anterior total hip arthroplasty surgery. In collaboration with Dr. Admir Hadzic, Dr. Catherine Vandepitte and the ZOL fellows, the fellows drafted a protocol to study the efficacy of a suprainguinal fascia iliaca block for anterior total hip arthroplasty. The ZOL team is planning to implement this study at their institution with the potential of creating a multicenter study involving Duke University Medical Center.

Day three of the trip began with a visit to the KU Leuven University Hospital, hosted by Dr. Steven Coppens, which included a full tour of the perioperative areas of one of Europe’s largest and oldest hospitals. They observed a variety of peripheral and neuraxial blocks, and engaged in an exchange of ideas and practice techniques with the fellows at the KU Leuven program. They discussed challenging cases and ongoing research conducted by the KU Leuven team. On day four, the fellows visited UZ Leuven Pellenberg, an off-site surgery center located about six miles east of the university hospital in the scenic Belgian countryside. Here, the fellows took part in discussions with UZ Leuven anesthesiologists, residents, and fellows, and observed the perioperative workflow in a fast-paced regional anesthesia focused arena while learning about the Belgian culture.

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Resident Class of 2016 Takes Center Stage

Resident Class of 2016 Takes Center Stage

The Duke Anesthesiology Resident Class of 2016 took center stage on Saturday, June 18, as they officially graduated from the residency program and received their certificates at the ceremony held at the Hope Valley Country Club in Durham.

Chairman Joseph Mathew, Residency Program Director, Dr. Annemarie Thompson, and Assistant Residency Program Directors, Drs. Brian Colin and Ankeet Udani, had the honor of delivering the graduates their certificates.

Congratulations goes to…

Eun Eoh – Chief Resident
Stephen Gregory – Chief Resident
Jamie Privratsky – Academic Chief Resident
Nate Waldron – Academic Chief Resident
Jessica Carter
Tera Cushman
Benjamin Dunne
Amber Franz
Joseph Hutson
Dinesh Kurian
Keila Maher
Brittany Merk
Michael Plakke
Suraj Yalamuri

An extended congratulations goes to those who received class awards…

MS2 Teacher of the Year – Brian Rogers (CA-2)
MS4 Teacher of the Year – Jamie Privratsky
Teacher of the Year – Brandi Bottiger (cardiac faculty)
Outstanding Graduate Resident – Eun Eoh
Outstanding Graduate Resident – Nate Waldron
Teaching Scholar – Tera Cushman
Teaching Scholar – Keila Maher

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Faculty Take on New Global Health Roles

Drs. Holly Muir and Brad TaicherThe Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI) has appointed Duke Anesthesiology’s Drs. Holly Muir and Brad Taicher as affiliate faculty to help continue its vision of academic excellence to meet the global health challenges of today and tomorrow to achieve health equality worldwide.

“The Duke Global Health Institute is comprised of groups of individuals who dedicate time to improving the lives of others around the globe. I have great admiration for these folks. I am honored to now be included as a member in this institute,” says Dr. Muir.

“It’s an honor to be nominated,” says Dr. Taicher. “I believe it’s important that the faculty in the School of Medicine are actively engaged in collaborating with DGHI on our initiatives. The title itself is a symbol of that opportunity.”

Both Dr. Muir and Dr. Taicher are actively involved in the Department of Anesthesiology’s Global Health Program and are committed to traveling abroad on yearly global health missions. For Dr. Taicher, this new role allows him to be a resource for Duke students studying global health and interested in learning more about his mission trips in Guatemala. He says it also allows him access to DGHI resources which could allow him to bring students, interested in research projects, to collaborate with he and his team in Guatemala.

“Both our team and the “Duke Guatemala Project,” as well as the students and faculty at DGHI, are all interested in accomplishing the same goals. Having this faculty appointment formalizes our relationship and provides us an opportunity to move forward with that collaboration,” says Dr. Taicher.

For Dr. Muir, she believes the value in her new role with the DGHI is the sharing of knowledge and experiences. “This appointment affords me many new opportunities, including the opportunity to teach in the master’s program. I can interact with Duke global health masters and undergrad students by creating opportunities to participate in our projects. Additionally, the DGHI sponsors visiting lecturers from whom great knowledge can be gained.”

Duke Anesthesiology’s Dr. Yemi Olufolabi is also an affiliate faculty member of the DGHI. It was established in 2006 as a university-wide institute dedicated to developing and employing new models of education and research that bring together international partners and discover innovative solutions to global health challenges. It’s mission is to “reduce health disparities in our local community and worldwide.” To learn more about DGHI, visit https://globalhealth.duke.edu/.

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