Division Chief Earns Echocardiography Accolade

Jonathan B. Mark, MDThe American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) has selected Duke Anesthesiology’s Jonathan Mark, MD, as the 2018 recipient of the Outstanding Achievement in Perioperative Echocardiography Award. The ASE Council on Perioperative Echocardiography recognizes Dr. Mark for his significant clinical, research, and/or educational contributions to the development of the field. He will be presented this award at the ASE Scientific Sessions in June.

Dr. Mark, professor of anesthesiology and assistant professor of medicine, is currently the chief of the Veterans Affairs Anesthesiology Service Division, known for its excellence in chronic pain management following traumatic injury. Anesthesiologists at the Durham Veterans Affairs Medical Center provide hospital-wide diagnostic transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) services, a procedure traditionally performed by cardiologists. Dr. Mark’s research focuses include new clinical applications of TEE and practicing guideline development, training and certification for perioperative TEE, pulmonary artery catheterization and cardiovascular monitoring.

Chris KeithDivision Chief Earns Echocardiography Accolade
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Dr. Maixner Receives Distinguished Scientist Award

William Maixner, DDS, PhDThe American Association for Dental Research (AADR) has selected Duke Anesthesiology’s William Maixner, DDS, PhD, as the 2018 recipient of the AADR Distinguished Scientist Award. A committee comprised of AADR past presidents chose Dr. Maixner as this year’s awardee for his significant contribution to the field of oral health research. He will be presented the award at the AADR Annual Meeting and Exhibition in March.

Dr. Maixner is currently the Joannes H. Karis, MD, Professor of Anesthesiology, the vice chair for research and the co-director of the Center for Translational Pain Medicine within Duke Anesthesiology. He was also instrumental in establishing Duke Innovative Pain Therapies, a first-of-its-kind multispecialty pain practice in the world, located in Raleigh.

His primary research focus is on biological, environmental and genetic factors involved in pain transmission and modulation. Notably, Dr. Maixner was the principal investigator on the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research’s (NIDCR) $19 million, seven-year OPPERA study to examine pain produced by temporomandibular joint and muscle disorders. In 2012, the NIDCR awarded Dr. Maixner and his team an additional $16 million in funding to support the study (called OPPERA II) for an additional five-year period. Dr. Maixner considers chronic pain to be a “hidden epidemic” and has therefore campaigned for more research support amongst colleagues, sponsors, health organizations and congressional committees. He has published more than 200 manuscripts and book chapters and has been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health since 1986.

Chris KeithDr. Maixner Receives Distinguished Scientist Award
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Chief of Pain Research Named Co-Director of CTPM

Ru-Rong Ji, PhD

We are pleased to announce that Duke Anesthesiology’s Ru-Rong Ji, PhD, and distinguished professor of anesthesiology in the Duke University School of Medicine, has been named the co-director of the Center for Translational Pain Medicine (CTPM), a novel entity aimed at transforming the way painful conditions are diagnosed and treated.

In his new role, Dr. Ji will work closely with his colleague, Dr. William Maixner, co-director of the CTPM and a world-renowned pioneer in pain research. Dr. Ji will continue to focus on basic science research in his Sensory Plasticity and Pain Research Laboratory where he and co-investigators strive to identify molecular and cellular mechanisms that underlie the genesis of chronic pain. Additionally, Dr. Ji will assist in organizing pain seminars and research symposia at Duke and abroad.

The CTPM launched in January of 2016, further expanding the department’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.

“Our vision is to build one of the strongest pain research centers in the world,” says Dr. Ji. “The CTPM is unique because it’s an integration of basic science research, translational research and clinical management. Only a few places in the world can do this. It is a great honor to be appointed co-director and to work with leading scientists and clinicians on research initiatives with the goal of developing novel pain therapeutics.”

Please join us in extending congratulations to Dr. Ji on his new position.

Chris KeithChief of Pain Research Named Co-Director of CTPM
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