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, DO

Michael Cutrone, DO

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
Charles Horres, MD

Charles Horres, MD
Future location: Chicago, IL

Brian Nevitt, MD

Brian Nevitt, MD
Future location: Santa Cruz, CA

Andrew Wong, MD

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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Class of 2020 Virtually Graduates from Duke Anesthesiology Training Programs

Class of 2020 Virtually Graduates from Duke Anesthesiology Training Programs

Duke Anesthesiology’s Class of 2020 virtually graduated from their residency and fellowship programs on June 13 and 14 – a virtual first for the department. During the ceremonies, leaders shared the virtual stage to deliver remarks to the 44 graduates and nearly 200 guests. To celebrate the occasion, the graduates gave their commencement speeches via video and were surprised with several congratulatory video messages from Duke leaders and celebrity alumni.

The Duke Anesthesiology Fellowship Education Program is led by Dr. Mark Stafford-Smith. The Duke Anesthesiology Residency Program is led by Dr. Annemarie Thompson, with assistant residency program directors, Drs. Brian Colin and Ankeet Udani.

Four fellowship program directors were recognized for their years of service: Drs. John Freiberger, Jeffrey Gadsden, Lance Roy, and Christopher Young. Resident leadership positions were also recognized:

Chief Residents: Drs. Alison Brown and Delbert Lamb
Education Chiefs: Drs. Bridger Bach and Andrew Wong
ACES Chief: Dr. John McManigle

Congratulations to all of the graduates!

Bridger Bach, MD

Bridger Bach, MD
Post Residency: Pain Fellowship at Vanderbilt University

Alison Brown, MD

Alison Brown, MD
Duke University

Stephan Frangakis, MD, PhD

Stephan Frangakis, MD, PhD
Duke University

Charles Horres, MD

Charles Horres, MD
Duke University

Luca La Colla, MD

Luca La Colla, MD
Post Residency: Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology Fellowship at University of Pittsburgh

Delbert Lamb, MD

Delbert Lamb, MD
Post Residency: Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellowship at Boston Children’s

William Lane, MD

William Lane, MD
Post Residency: Pain Fellowship at University of Pittsburgh

John McManigle, MD, DPhil
Jared Roberts, MD

Jared Roberts, MD
Post Residency: Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology Fellowship at Texas Heart Institute

Robin Schiller, MD

Robin Schiller, MD
Duke University

Bharat Sharma, MD

Bharat Sharma, MD
Future location: TBD

Andrew Wong, MD

Andrew Wong, MD
Duke University

Rosalie Yan, MD

Rosalie Yan, MD
Post Residency: Pain Fellowship at Emory University

Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology

Rebecca Anderson, MD

Rebecca Anderson, MD
Future Location: Hollywood, FL

Marcus Behrens, MD

Marcus Behrens, MD
Future Location: Seattle, WA

Mark Berguson, MD

Mark Berguson, MD
Future Location: Plymouth Meeting, PA

Christopher Collins, MD

Christopher Collins, MD
Future Location: Hershey, PA

Stephen Ellison, MD
Robert Feng, MD

Robert Feng, MD
Future Location: Stanford, CA

Mark Friedland, MD

Mark Friedland, MD
Future Location: St. Louis, MO

Anne Hicks, MD

Anne Hicks, MD
Future Location: Portland, ME

Kerri Lydon, MD

Kerri Lydon, MD
Future Location: Jacksonville, FL

Steven Maler, MD

Steven Maler, MD
Future Location: Fullerton, CA

Michelle McGauvran, MD

Michelle McGauvran, MD
University of Washington
Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology Fellowship at Duke University

Akeel Merchant, MD

Akeel Merchant, MD
Future Location: Fort Worth, TX

Zachary Woodward, MD

Zachary Woodward, MD
Future Location: Lakewood, CO

Critical Care Medicine

Michael Devinney, MD, PhD
William Fox, MD

William Fox, MD
Future Location: Japan

Lauriane Guichard, MD

Lauriane Guichard, MD
University of Michigan
Critical Care Medicine Fellowship at Duke University

David Luu, MD

David Luu, MD
Future Location: Dallas, TX

Ingrid Moreno Duarte, MD

Ingrid Moreno Duarte, MD
Future Location: Dallas, TX

Calvin Motika, MD

Calvin Motika, MD
Future Location: Bismarck, ND

Daniel Rosenkrans, MD

Daniel Rosenkrans, MD
Future Location: Colorado Springs, CO

Anrew Villion, MD

Anrew Villion, MD
Future Location: Valhalla, NY

Obstetric Anesthesiology

Katherine Herbert, MD

Katherine Herbert, MD
Future Location: Charleston, SC

Pain Medicine

Madison Foushee, MD

Madison Foushee, MD
Future Location: TBD

Scott Frieary, DO

Scott Frieary, DO
Future Location: Greenville, NC

Pediatric Anesthesiology

Jon Andrews, MD
Elizabeth Finucane, DO

Elizabeth Finucane, DO
Future Location: Greensboro, NC

Regional Anesthesiology and Acute Pain Medicine

Anne Castro, MD

Anne Castro, MD
Future Location: Milwaukee, WI

An Chen, MD

An Chen, MD
Future Location: Rockville, MD

Kenneth Mullen, MD

Kenneth Mullen, MD
Future Location: Charlottesville, VA

Peter Shin, MD

Peter Shin, MD
Future Location: TBD

Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine

Martin Sayers, MD

Martin Sayers, MD
Future Location: Hollywood, FL

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