Duke Anesthesiology Career Service Awards

Duke Anesthesiology proudly recognizes members of the department who have demonstrated outstanding service and dedication to Duke! We thank them for their commitment to this team and the patients we serve!

Janet E. Goral

Narda Croughwell
Dianne L. Scott

Robin B. Coleman
Gary W. Massey

Christine Eaton
Nancy W. Knudsen
Jonathan B. Mark
Mark F. Newman

Jennifer Parsons
Allison K. Ross
E. June Santa
Christopher Young

Patricia M. Allushuski
Maurice L. Begin
John B. Eck

Nancy M. Kota
John F. Pierce
Melanie M. Sennett

Laura L. Booth
Karen Clemmons
Stuart A. Grant
Victoria Grossman
Paula Hawkns

Katharine S. Heinkel
Carrie A. Hines
William P. Norcross
Caswell S. Patmore

Earl S. Ransom
Jennifer Sanford
Cheryl J. Stetson
Marcy S. Tucker

Debra T. Allen
Wendy Bush
Natalie S. Clarke
Brian J. Colin
Sonia B. Crabtree
Charles E. Creel

Allan S. Fabito
Ilene B. Farkas
Patricia P. Fletcher
Stephen M. Melton
Sarah Miller
Timothy E. Miller

Allison Mooney
Michael A. Neal
Srinivas Pyati
Aaron J. Sandler
Mark W. Schontz
Erlinda Yeh

Rory Camasura
Shannon Currie
Jennifer Dominguez
Jennifer Easterling
Eric Ehieli
Lisa M. Einhorn
Reginald Enierga
Merrie Gough
Kirk Hamilton
Scott Helms

Lori A. Hester
Ru-Rong Ji
Amber Johnson
Courtney H. Kalkhof
Kelly A. Machovec
Erin Manning
Janina Marcenaro
Karen McCain
Collins Mogbo

Rachel E. Morales
Jennifer Neifeld
Karthik Raghunathan
Richard Runkle
Zaneta Y. Strouch
Dharamdeo Surujpaul
Zebulon Thomeczek
Elizabeth Wilder
Magan Zani

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Dr. Berger Receives Prestigious K76 Award

Miles Berger, MD, PhDThe National Institutes of Health has awarded Duke Anesthesiology’s Miles Berger, MD, PhD, and his team of investigators a Paul B. Beeson Emerging Leaders Career Development Award in Aging (K76); a five-year, $1,195,505 grant for their project, titled “Neuro-inflammation in Postoperative Cognitive Dysfunction: CSF and fMRI Studies.”

According to the project description, each year, more than 16 million older Americans undergo anesthesia and surgery, and up to 40 percent of these patients develop postoperative cognitive dysfunction (POCD), a syndrome of postoperative thinking and memory deficits. Although distinct from delirium, POCD (like delirium) is associated with decreased quality of life, long term cognitive decline, early retirement, increased mortality, and a possible increased risk for developing dementia, such as Alzheimer’s disease. Strategies are needed to prevent POCD, but first, we need to understand what causes it. A dominant theory holds that brain inflammation causes POCD, but little work has directly tested this theory in humans. Dr. Berger and his team’s preliminary data strongly suggests that there is significant postoperative neuro-inflammation in older adults who develop POCD.

In this K76 award, the team of investigators will prospectively obtain pre and postoperative cognitive testing, fMRI imaging and CSF samples in 200 surgical patients over the age of 65. This will allow them to evaluate the role of specific neuro-inflammatory processes in POCD, its underlying brain connectivity changes, and postoperative changes in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) Alzheimer’s disease (AD) biomarkers, such as the microtubule-associated protein tau. This project will advance understanding of neuro-inflammatory processes in POCD and clarify the potential link(s) between these processes and postoperative changes in AD pathology, in line with the National Institute of Aging’s mission to understand aging and fight cognitive decline due to AD.

The K76 is a mentored career development award; Dr. Berger’s mentoring team includes Drs. Joseph Mathew (chairman of Duke Anesthesiology) and Harvey Cohen (director of the Duke Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development ), as well as Drs. Roberto Cabeza (from the Duke Center for Cognitive Neuroscience), Kent Weinhold (vice chair for research of Duke Surgery), and Heather Whitson (deputy director of the Duke Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development). Co-investigators and collaborators include Drs. Niccolò Terrando (Duke Anesthesiology), Jeffrey Browndyke (Duke Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences) and David Murdoch (Duke Medicine).

During this K76 grant period, Dr. Berger, an assistant professor of anesthesiology, will also complete an individually-tailored MS degree in translational research that will include training in immunology methods, fMRI imaging, cognitive neuroscience, geroscience, and physician leadership. This career development plan will provide him with transdisciplinary skills to pursue his longer term goal of improving postoperative cognitive function for the more than 16 million older Americans who have anesthesia and surgery each year.

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Dr. Maixner Appointed Vice Chair for Research

William Maixner, DDS, PhDWe are pleased to announce that William Maixner, DDS, PhD, has been appointed as the Vice Chair for Research at Duke Anesthesiology, effective July 1, 2017.

“It’s a great honor to assist the department and the university in promoting research and scholarship and to expand our presence on the national and international stage,” says Dr. Maixner. “I have been offered a unique opportunity to move our department forward and create a unique space for anesthesia research in the domain of translational medicine.”

Dr. Maixner’s appointment comes on the heels of David S. Warner, MD, a Distinguished Professor of Anesthesiology, retiring from the position of Vice Chair for Research which he has held since 2001, positively impacting the careers and research directions of Duke Anesthesiology trainees and faculty for the past 16 years. “The department has made a remarkable team effort to grow our academic mission and position itself for a brilliant future in advancing patient care. It’s been a tremendous honor and a joy to be a part of it,” says Dr. Warner. “I want to express gratitude to the entire department for their contributions, all of which have been essential.”

Dr. Maixner was recently named the Joannes H. Karis, MD, Professor of Anesthesiology, and is the director of Duke Anesthesiology’s Center for Translational Pain Medicine and Duke Innovative Pain Therapies (a first-of-its-kind, multispecialty pain practice at Brier Creek). In his new role as Vice Chair for Research, Dr. Maixner will develop an interdisciplinary strategy for the department and continue to lead efforts to grow, promote, and support research and scholarship of programs in pain medicine/mechanisms, cognitive decline after surgery, transfusion medicine, organ preservation and resuscitation, perioperative genomics, obstetrics, simulation and safety, and hyperbaric medicine. He will also develop a multidisciplinary research vision, strategically leading and identifying novel investigative opportunities, while ensuring that junior faculty members establish formal career development plans with aggressive, but realistic, timelines and milestones in a pathway to research independence.

“Dr. Warner has made a significant mark within this department, university and the national level; I have some big shoes to fill. He has set a standard for me to look towards and to strive to achieve,” says Dr. Maixner. “I look forward to working with Dr. Warner during this transition, and it’s my hope and goal that we’ll be working arm-in-arm as we move forward on developing initiatives and research activities. He’s passing the baton, but we’re part of the same relay.”

“We are now in a position to harness the many resources that have been created to develop a mature and programmatic strategy that will provide focused collaborations, training, and innovation, yet still support a critically important inclusive culture,” adds Dr. Warner. “There is no better person than Dr. Maixner to take our mission to the next level. He has already proven his capability to achieve this vision.”

Please join us in extending congratulations to Dr. Maixner and thanking Dr. Warner for his many years of outstanding service to all of us.

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Dr. Jordt Named Co-Chair of Terrorism & Inhalation Disasters Section

Sven-Eric Jordt, PhDThe American Thoracic Society (ATS) elected Duke Anesthesiology’s Sven-Eric Jordt, PhD, as the co-chair of its Section on Terrorism and Inhalation Disasters (TID) on May 23 at the society’s annual meeting.

TID brings together ATS members with interests in mechanisms and treatment approaches for chemically-induced inhalation injuries and their health effects, epidemiology of inhalation injuries, identification and control of inhalation threats associated with terrorism, industrial accidents, infectious diseases and environmental disasters, preparedness and first responder networks. Dr. Jordt will support the section’s mission by coordinating section proposals, official society publications and outreach efforts.

An ATS report calling for an increase in research efforts to develop new therapeutics for chemical inhalation injury was published in the June 1, 2017 issue of the Annals of the American Thoracic Society, titled “An Official American Thoracic Society Workshop Report: Chemical Inhalational Disasters. Biology of Lung Injury, Development of Novel Therapeutics, and Medical Preparedness.”

Dr. Jordt is an associate professor of anesthesiology, faculty of Duke Anesthesiology’s Center for Translational Pain Medicine, and the director of the Chemical Sensing, Pain and Inflammation Research Laboratory which focuses on the mechanisms that enable humans and animals to sense touch, pain and irritation.

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Dr. Swaminathan Elected Vice President of ASE

Madhav Swaminathan, MD, FASE, FAHAOn June 4, Duke Anesthesiology’s Madhav Swaminathan, MD, MMCi, became the first anesthesiologist to be appointed as vice president of the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) in the organization’s 42-year history.

“It is humbling to be accepted by the society into a key leadership role that will eventually lead to the presidency of the largest and most influential voice in echocardiography in the world,” says Dr. Swaminathan. “It represents recognition of years of hard work by many giants in the field who have made it possible for an anesthesiologist to be in this position.”

In his new role as vice president on ASE’s Board of Directors, Dr. Swaminathan says he hopes to continue some of the work that they have been doing in the society – expanding its global presence in echocardiography and reaching out to non-traditional users of cardiovascular ultrasound, such as critical care medicine practitioners, through educational initiatives. He believes these efforts will continue to foster innovation in echocardiography and explore novel ways in which diagnostic cardiovascular ultrasound can add value to population health.

According to Dr. Swaminathan, Duke Anesthesiology has been a leader in the field of perioperative echocardiography since its inception. “My appointment to the leadership of the ASE is unprecedented and reflects years of hard work by leaders in our specialty,” adds Dr. Swaminathan. “Many in our institution, including Drs. Joseph Mathew, Jonathan Mark, and Mark Newman of Duke Anesthesiology, and Joseph Kisslo and Pamela Douglas of Duke Medicine, both past ASE presidents, have been instrumental in this effort.”

Dr. Swaminathan has assumed roles on several ASE committees, most recently as chairman of the Membership Committee and chairman of the Council on Perioperative Echocardiography. He has also served on the Industry Relations Committee, Education Committee, and as co-chairman and chairman of the Perioperative Echocardiography track for ASE’s Scientific Sessions from 2011-2015. Notably, he was the first anesthesiologist selected to deliver the prestigious Feigenbaum Lecture at ASE’s Scientific Sessions in 2015.

Dr. Swaminathan is a professor of anesthesiology, the clinical director of the Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology Division, and co-director of Perioperative Optimization. His research focuses on elucidating mechanisms of, and risk factors for, perioperative acute kidney injury in patients undergoing heart surgery with emphasis on the role of early recovery of kidney function. He is also involved in research exploring the role of transesophageal echocardiography in outcomes after cardiac surgery.

Chris KeithDr. Swaminathan Elected Vice President of ASE
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