Class of 2021 Graduates from Duke Anesthesiology Training Programs

Class of 2020 Virtually Graduates from Duke Anesthesiology Training Programs

Duke Anesthesiology’s residency and fellowship classes of 2021 gathered on June 5 and 6 to celebrate their graduation from the department’s training programs. Thirteen residents received their diplomas at the ceremony held at The Pavilion at the Angus Barn and 35 fellows received their diplomas at the ceremony held at The Pit.

Duke Anesthesiology Fellowship Graduates of 2021

The Duke Anesthesiology Fellowship Education Program is led by Dr. Mark Stafford-Smith, who says “I sincerely congratulate all of our fellow graduates who have succeeded despite a host of challenges throughout the past year and have contributed in a significant way to Duke Anesthesiology’s response to Covid 19.”

Duke Anesthesiology Resident Graduates of 2021

The Duke Anesthesiology Residency Program is led by Dr. Annemarie Thompson, with assistant residency program directors, Drs. Brian Colin and Ankeet Udani. “I’m so proud of our residents, not only for the excellent physicians they have become, but also for the resilient and kind people they are for having endured a residency experience like no other,” says Thompson. “I am honored to have had the opportunity to get to know each and every one of the graduates, and I look forward to watching them make a difference in their patients’ lives and our global community.”

Resident leadership positions were also recognized during the ceremony:

Chief Residents: Drs. Megan Fah and Harold Douglas Wackerle
Education Chiefs: Drs. Michael Cutrone and Russell-John Krom
ACES Chief: Dr. Leah Acker

Congratulations to all of the graduates!

Michael Cutrone, MD

Michael Cutrone, MD

James Dierkes, MD

James Dierkes, MD

Megan Fah, MD

Megan Fah, MD

Russell-John Krom, MD

Russell-John Krom, MD

Gabrielle Madsen, MD

Gabrielle Madsen, MD

Manal Mirreh, MD

Manal Mirreh, MD
University of Michigan - Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellowship

Sean Moore, MD

Sean Moore, MD

Derek Nelsen, MD

Derek Nelsen, MD

Jason Stearns, MD

Jason Stearns, MD

Rose Tang, MD

Rose Tang, MD

Bella Vishnevsky, MD

Bella Vishnevsky, MD

Harold Wackerle, MD

Harold Wackerle, MD

Allesyn Young, MD

Allesyn Young, MD
Children’s National Hospital – Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellowship

Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology

Jon Andrews, MD
David Carroll, DO

David Carroll, DO
Future location: Charleston, SC

Andre Gosling, MD

Andre Gosling, MD
Future location: Birmingham, AL

Lauriane Guichard, MD

Lauriane Guichard, MD
Future location: Chapel Hill, NC

Michael Gysel, MD

Michael Gysel, MD

Joseph Kamassai, MD

Joseph Kamassai, MD
Future location: Baltimore, MD

Robert Morris, MD

Robert Morris, MD
Future location: Albany, NY

Justice Mushonga, MB ChB

Justice Mushonga, MB ChB
Future location: Largo, FL

Sawyer Naze, MD

Sawyer Naze, MD
Future location: Chicago, IL

Tarek Radwan, DO

Tarek Radwan, DO
Future location: Raleigh, NC

Estuardo Saravia Fernandez, MD

Estuardo Saravia Fernandez, MD

Robin Schiller, MD, DMD

Robin Schiller, MD, DMD
Future location: Boston, MA

Alexander Stoker, MD

Alexander Stoker, MD
Future location: Phoenix, AZ

Danielle Van Patten, MD

Danielle Van Patten, MD
Future location: Morristown, NJ

Critical Care Medicine

Jonathan Curley, MD

Jonathan Curley, MD
Future location: Jonathan Curley, MD

Selby Johnson, MD

Selby Johnson, MD

Daryl Kerr, MD

Daryl Kerr, MD

Karl Kristiansen, MD

Karl Kristiansen, MD

Michelle McGauvran, MD

Michelle McGauvran, MD
Future location: Colorado Springs, CO

Sachin Mehta, MD

Sachin Mehta, MD

Osamudiamen Obanor, MD

Osamudiamen Obanor, MD
Future location: Houston, TX

Karuna Puttur Rajkumar, MBBS

Karuna Puttur Rajkumar, MBBS

Obstetric Anesthesiology

Olga Diomede, MD

Olga Diomede, MD
Future location: Portland, ME

Riley Landreth, DO

Riley Landreth, DO
Future location: San Diego, CA

Pain Medicine

Adam Kemp, MD

Adam Kemp, MD
Future location: Eugene, OR

Eric Ngo, MD

Eric Ngo, MD
Future location: Hawaii

Anuj Shah, MD

Anuj Shah, MD
Future location: Greensboro, NC

Bharat Sharma, MD

Bharat Sharma, MD
Future location: TBD

Pediatric Anesthesiology

Alison Brown, MD

Alison Brown, MD
Future location: Charlotte, NC

John McManigle, MD, DPhil

Regional Anesthesiology and Acute Pain Medicine

Stephan Frangakis, MD, PhD

Stephan Frangakis, MD, PhD
Future location: Ann Arbor, MI

Charles Horres, MD

Charles Horres, MD
Future location: Chicago, IL

Brian Nevitt, MD

Brian Nevitt, MD
Future location: Santa Cruz, CA

Andrew Wong, MD

Andrew Wong, MD
Future location: Durham, NC

Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine

Christopher Winstead-Derlega, MD

Christopher Winstead-Derlega, MD
Future location: Nag’s Head, NC

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Duke Anesthesiology Celebrates 29 Years of Scientific Excellence

29th Annual Academic Evening

William Maixner, DDS, PhD

William Maixner, DDS, PhD

Despite the novel coronavirus pandemic, 84 poster abstracts – ranging from basic science, clinical trials and case reports – were submitted and showcased at Duke Anesthesiology’s 29th Annual Academic Evening, an event that aims to advance anesthesia, critical care and pain management. It once again took place virtually on May 11 with at least 115 departmental members in attendance, eager to celebrate scholarly activity and scientific excellence from its junior-level investigators and faculty; leadership also honored the life and legacy of the late Dr. William “Bill” Maixner, who served as the department’s vice chair for research for three years and co-chair of the event.

Jeffrey C. Gadsden, MD, FRCP, FANZCA

Jeffrey C. Gadsden, MD, FRCP, FANZCA

“We were thrilled to see the depth and breadth of engagement in this year’s Academic Evening,” says Dr. Jeffrey Gadsden, event chair and associate professor of anesthesiology. “In a year when clinical research was interrupted by the pandemic, we saw an exceptional number of abstract submissions, which shows not only the commitment to scholarly discovery here at Duke Anesthesiology, but the resilience of our trainees and their faculty mentors.”

One 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. Leah Acker, Academic Career Enrichment Scholars (ACES) chief resident, received first place in this category for her project, titled “Perioperative EEG Complexity Measures as Predictors of Postoperative Delirium in Older Adults.”

Leah Acker, MD

Leah Acker, MD

“Academic Evening has been one of my favorite events since I first attended as a Duke medical student, and I’m honored to receive the Bill White research award this year. It’s humbling to think of all the seminal trials and research that he was a part of in this department, and to feel that in some small way, my work is helping to carry that tradition of excellence forward,” says Acker. “I am grateful for the opportunity to apply my engineering background and skills to the clinical problems we see as anesthesiologists. None of my work would be possible without the superb mentorship I’ve received from Drs. Miles Berger, Heather Whitson, and Marty Woldorff, the statistical guidance from Mary Cooter Wright, and our department’s on-going dedication to resident education.”

Guest judge, Dr. Deborah J. Culley, chair of the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, was particularly impressed with the number of posters submitted by residents, saying “this past year has been a period of unprecedented pressure” and acknowledging the essential role of residents during covid surges. “Hats off to you all for being able to accomplish such amazing research during that period of time. Research from this event suggests that there is a bright future in anesthesiology, and you really are that future.”

Deborah J. Culley, MD

Guest judge, Dr. Deborah J. Culley

Culley went on to speak about the importance of academics being maintained within the anesthesiology specialty, applauded the department for its commitment to research, and left the audience with a message about resilience: “When things don’t go the way you want them to go, you have to be resilient enough to look at what the reviewers are saying to you…part of becoming an academician is recognizing that you can’t always come out on top. But if you persevere and keep going through the process, you’ll find yourself in the exact position that each of you are here today. I think the individuals coming from your institution are going to be the leaders of the future.”

“Dr. Culley was a wonderful guest judge,” adds Gadsden. “She provided the presenters with inspiring words of wisdom about the importance of doggedness in an academic career, despite the obstacles and setbacks that are frequently encountered.”

Congratulations to each of the award winners listed below.

2021 Academic Evening Award Winners:

Post Doc Basic Science

1st Place: Sharat Chandra: “New Non-Sulfonamide Inhibitors of Voltage-Gated Sodium Channel 1.7 for Treatment of Pain and Itch”

2nd Place: Su Hyoun Park: “Altered Resting State Activity of the Brain Reward Circuit in Fibromyalgia”

3rd Place: Satya Achanta: “TRPV4 Inhibitor Counteracts Phosgene-Induced Pulmonary Inflammation and Edema”

Fellow Clinical Research (Dick Smith Award)

1st Place: Riley Ann Landreth: “The ED90 of Intrathecal Chloroprocaine for Cervical Cerclage Placement: An Up-Down Sequential Allocation Dose-Response Study”

2nd Place: Olga Diomede: “A Randomized Controlled Trial of Dural Puncture Epidural versus Standard Labor Epidural Technique in Parturients with Obesity”

3rd Place: Michelle McGauvran: “Association Between Gabapentinoids and Postoperative Pulmonary Complications in Patients Undergoing Thoracic Surgery”

Resident Research (Bill White Award)

1st Place: Leah Acker: “Perioperative EEG Complexity Measures as Predictors of Postoperative Delirium in Older Adults”

2nd Place: Katherine W. Sun: “Comparison of Neuraxial Techniques for Labor Analgesia: A Retrospective Analysis”

Medical Student Research

1st Place: Tim Beck: “Altitude Decompression Corrections for 35% Oxygen Diving at 10,000 and 12,000 ft Elevation”

2nd Place: Sierra Camille Mims: “Intrathecal Bupivacaine versus Chloroprocaine for Transvaginal Cervical Cerclage: A Retrospective Analysis”

CRNA/DNP/Grad/Undergrad Research

1st Place: Erica Harris: “Sensory Evoked Potential Stimulation Interferes with TOF Assessment and Increases Risk for Undiagnosed Residual Neuromuscular Blockade”

Case Report

1st Place: Robert Morris: “False Positive Intraoperative Diagnosis Of Severe Aortic Insufficiency Associated With An A-V Dialysis Fistula”

Quality Improvement

1st Place: James Dierkes: “A Picture Says a Thousand Words: Use of a Visual Aid to Improve Patient Positioning During Neuraxial Procedures”

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2021 DREAM Innovation Grant Recipients Revealed

2021 DREAM Innovation Grant Recipients

Congratulations to three Duke Anesthesiology faculty, Drs. Michael Devinney, Heath Gasier and Marie-Louise Meng, on being selected as the 2021 DREAM Innovation Grant (DIG) recipients. The much-anticipated announcement was made on October 28, 2020 at Dr. Joseph Mathew’s virtual Chair’s Rounds.

Congratulations to the 2021 DIG winners:

Michael Devinney, MD, PhD

“Proteomic Determination of Neuroinflammation in Postoperative Delirium”

Heath Gasier, PhD

“Heme Oxygenase-1 Regulation of Skeletal Muscle Inflammation and Mitochondrial Fitness in Sarcopenic Obesity”

Marie-Louise Meng, MD

“Myocardial Dysfunction and Cardiac Metabolism in Preeclampsia”

DIGs support innovative high-risk and potentially high-reward investigations to accelerate anesthesia and pain management research. Each year, an annual competition is held among junior to mid-career faculty members within Duke Anesthesiology, who do not have established NIH funding. They compete for a DIG by submitting their most innovative research ideas to the DIG Application Review Committee, which was led by the late Dr. William Maixner, who was dedicated to transforming the future of patient care through innovative research.

Each DIG recipient can receive up to $30,000 in seed money, which supports their innovative pilot study for one year and ultimately helps them apply for and obtain extramural funding. One of the grants is reserved to support a beginning scientist (within five years of completion of residency or fellowship). The other award(s) are used as a seed grant to help investigators obtain preliminary data to support a new application to the National Institutes of Health. These grants are funded through a combination of private donors, private companies, alumni, and faculty. To date, $922,374 in DREAM Innovation Grants have led to nearly $15 million in extramural funding. Click here to view the previous DIG recipients and learn more about their projects.

DIGs are part of the department’s Duke DREAM Campaign, which launched in 2007 to support Duke Anesthesiology’s research programs and initiatives. These grants create an avenue for healthy competition among faculty, inspire ingenuity, promote the careers of young physician investigators, enhance donor communication, and further the department’s academic mission. DIGs help to bridge the gap between training and progression to independent investigator status.

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Transition in Leadership Roles Announced

Drs. Dongiguez, Jones, and Olufolabi

Please join us in extending our congratulations to Drs. Jennifer Dominguez and Adeyemi Olufolabi on their new diversity and inclusion leadership roles within Duke Anesthesiology, effective October 1.

Dominguez now serves as chair of our Anesthesiology Inclusivity Committee (AIC). Olufolabi serves as the committee’s senior advisor. They transitioned into these leadership roles previously held by Dr. Mandisa-Maia Jones, who has been with our department for six years and has accepted an opportunity at Cornell. We would like to express our gratitude for her dedication and commitment to launching and leading this departmental program.

Diversity and inclusion are essential components of academic medicine, both to promote equity and fairness among us, and to fulfill our School of Medicine’s mission for excellence in education, research, and clinical care. Our Diversity and Inclusion Program within Duke Anesthesiology is a group of faculty and trainees that works on various initiatives to promote the recruitment, retention, and career development of faculty and trainees who identify as women, LGBTQ or with racial and ethnic groups that are underrepresented in medicine. The AIC accomplishes these goals through recruitment, education, outreach, advocacy, and by promoting an inclusive culture within the department that positively impacts how we teach, learn and serve. We are committed to building an environment where we all feel we belong, and are engaged and productive.

Dominguez joined our department in 2013 as an assistant professor of anesthesiology. She graduated from the Yale School of Medicine, where she also completed residency training, followed by a fellowship here at Duke. She currently serves as the director of our Obstetric Anesthesiology Fellowship Program.

“I have enjoyed being a member of the AIC for several years, and am also grateful to Dr. Jones for her leadership. I look forward to working with Dr. Olufolabi and this committed and vibrant group of faculty, residents and fellows to move these vital initiatives forward,” says Dominguez. “Recent events from the disproportionate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on communities of color, to heinous acts of police brutality have prompted an openness to acknowledge and dialogue about systemic race, ethnic and gender based discrimination that I have not seen previously in my lifetime. I hope that this momentum will continue so that we can make impactful and lasting changes that will benefit our profession, our patients, and our communities.”

Olufolabi joined our department in 1997 as a visiting associate. He received his MBBS at the University of Ibadan in Nigeria and went on to complete his specialist registrar training at the University of Southampton. He has served as an affiliate for the Duke Global Health Institute for the past decade, and leads our department’s Global Health Program.

“I believe the country is birthing a new fair and equitable society for all Americans. And like natural birth, it is fraught with pain and a prolonged period of uncertainty. But history tells us that we will evolve and will get there,” says Olufolabi. “We just need to keep banging on the door and believing in the creed that we all are created equal.”

On behalf of our department, we wish Drs. Dominguez, Jones and Olufolabi the best in their new roles and future endeavors.

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