We are pleased to announce that Madhav Swaminathan, MD, FASE, FAHA, has been appointed as the vice chair for faculty development at Duke Anesthesiology, effective January 1, 2018. In his new role, Dr. Swaminathan will be responsible for nurturing our faculty with the vision, mentorship, opportunities and infrastructure they need to be leaders in “changing the face of anesthesiology.”
“It is an honor and privilege to serve the department in any capacity. This particular position is important as it helps faculty at all levels achieve their professional goals while advancing the mission of the department,” says Dr. Swaminathan.
Dr. Swaminathan’s short-term goals are to 1) develop robust methods to assess faculty needs, 2) make institutional resources for developing professional skills, such as writing, public speaking and collaborative research opportunities, readily available to departmental faculty, 3) streamline mentorship pathways for mentees and mentors, 4) simplify the pathway for navigating the appointments, promotions and tenure process, and 5) establish new programs for wellness, inclusion, leadership and skills development.
Dr. Swaminathan, professor of anesthesiology, arrived at Duke in 2000 as a cardiothoracic anesthesiology fellow. Two years later, he joined the department as faculty and developed his research interests in kidney outcomes after cardiac surgery. In 2004, he assumed a leadership role as the director of perioperative echocardiography at Duke. And in 2013, he was appointed as clinical director of cardiothoracic anesthesiology. During his time at Duke, Dr. Swaminathan has notably earned two historic appointments. In 2015, he was named the 16th Feigenbaum Lecturer at the scientific sessions of the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE), marking the first time a cardiac anesthesiologist was given this honor. This year, he was appointed vice president of the ASE, and in 2019, he is slated to become the first anesthesiologist to hold the position of president in the organization’s 44-year history.
“I am fortunate to have giants in this field as my mentors and have learned and benefited from their commitment to faculty development. During that process, I have successfully mentored junior faculty into leadership roles and have gained a deeper understanding of what makes a faculty member a successful professional in our field,” says Dr. Swaminathan. “I would like all faculty members to not only develop their own careers, but also mentor junior members along the way and ultimately advance the department’s vision. I look forward to working with our faculty to develop innovative methods for enhancing personal and professional growth.”
Please join us in extending congratulations to Dr. Swaminathan on his new position.