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

John McManigle, MD, DPhil
Duke University

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

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

Stephen Ellison, MD
Future Location: Wilmington, NC

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

Michael Devinney, MD, PhD
Future Location: Durham, NC

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

Jon Andrews, MD
Duke University
Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellowship at Duke University

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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Duke Anesthesiology’s ‘Academic Evening’ Goes Virtual

2020 AE Winners

Members of Duke Anesthesiology gathered virtually for the first time on May 5 to share the results of their research pursuits and celebrate scientific excellence at its 28th Annual Academic Evening, an event that aims to advance anesthesia, critical care and pain management. The department’s junior-level investigators and faculty presented 81 poster abstracts this year, ranging from basic science, clinical trials and case reports.

“Part of the magic of Academic Evening has always been the social nature of it – investigators from far-flung areas of the department getting together and sharing their ideas with each other. A couple of years ago I heard a story of a basic scientist finding an unlikely clinical collaborator for her project while standing at a cocktail table eating Thai chicken skewers,” says Dr. Jeffrey Gadsden, program co-director and chief of the department’s Orthopaedics, Plastics and Regional Anesthesiology Division. “These have been a challenging few months for all of us [given the COVID-19 crisis], and we knew that people would be focused on other things – performing their clinical jobs and staying healthy being at the top of that list. At the same time, we believed that our department would want to – and deserved to – celebrate our wonderful and diverse academic accomplishments with each other.”

Vesna Jevtovic-Todorovic, MD, PhD, MBAThis year’s guest judge was Dr. Vesna Jevtovic-Todorovic, endowed professor of anesthesiology and pharmacology and chair of the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. She spoke to a virtual crowd of at least 130 faculty, trainees, students and staff with the message, “be the person who blazes the trail.” She also provided inspiration through three quotes from one of her role models, Eleanor Roosevelt:

“One’s philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes…and the choices we make are ultimately our responsibility.”

“Do what you feel in your heart to be right – for you’ll be criticized anyway.”

“You must do things you think you cannot do.”

She went on to say that “our lives should be about the great discovery of human talents and human potential” and that everyone who joined Academic Evening is living proof of how important the talents are for the profession and specialty of anesthesia. “It is a life-long lesson for all of us that life is not about living forever, but forever living every moment and chasing our dreams until our last breath,” says Todorovic. “The environment and culture that we create as a group and as an individual is what allows us all to realize our dreams. And what an environment you all have created. This is incredible.”

“Dr. Todorovic was a wonderful guest judge, and she clearly embraced the Zoom format, jumping in and out to ask questions and provide feedback to the presenters, as if she were standing right next to them,” says Gadsden.

Ashley McNeil, MDOne 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. Ashley McNeil, CA-1 resident, received first place in this category for her project, titled “Pulmonary Hypertension and Pregnancy: A Preliminary Report of 22 Duke Cases.”

“I am honored and grateful to be selected for this year’s resident research award. Having others recognize the importance of my topic motivates me to continue pursuing the research,” says McNeil. “The progress I have made would not have been possible without the support and inspiring passion of Dr. Marie-Louise Meng and the department’s dedication to resident education.”

Todorovic ended the evening thanking the crowd for this “extraordinary opportunity” and reminded them to “believe in something and that belief will propel you to the next level and take you where you want to be. Don’t look at the past, look to the future.” But not to forget that “we need our families…we need the support of our loved ones… this is what gives you the energy and meaning in life.”

“It was incredible to see the passion that all of the participants shared when it came to their research. As soon as the announcement for abstract submission was made, we had dozens of entries, and just like previous years, the depth and breadth of scientific inquiry in our department was inspiring,” adds Gadsden.

Congratulations to each of the award winners listed below.

2020 Academic Evening Award Winners:

Post Doc Basic Science

1st Place: Shin Hyung Kim: “Elucidating the Role of Ectopic Heat Shock Protein 90 (eHsp90) in Inflammatory Pain”

2nd Place: Gabriel Bassi: “Transcutaneous sciatic stimulation controls gluconeogenesis via Kupffer cell-derived acetylcholine signaling in hepatocytes”

3rd Place: Zilong Wang: “Intrathecal morphine induces itch via opioid receptors on spinal GABAergic inhibitory interneurons”

Fellow Clinical Research (Dick Smith Award)

1st Place: Lauriane Guichard: “Risk Factors for Increased Opioid Use in the Intensive Care Unit After Surgery”

2nd Place: Steven Maler: “Investigating the Opioid Sparing Effects of Lidocaine After Cardiac Surgery”

3rd Place: Anne Hicks: “Is perioperative red blood cell transfusion associated with early alloimmunization following lung transplantation?”

Resident Research (Bill White Award)

1st Place: Ashley McNeil: “Pulmonary Hypertension and Pregnancy: A Preliminary Report of 22 Duke Cases”

2nd Place: RJ Krom: “Post-operative Liver Transplant Opioid Use, Protocols, and Pain Scores in the ICU: A Need for Consistency”

Medical Student Research

1st Place: Tim Beck: “Test of Cross Corrections for Altitude Air/Nitrox Diving at 8,000, 10,000 and 12,000 ft”

2nd Place: Angel Chen: “Associations Between Perioperative Crystalloid Fluid Volume And In-hospital Outcomes in Major Spine Surgeries”

CRNA/DNP/Grad/Undergrad Research

1st Place: George Cortina: “Machine Learning Model to Predict Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit Readmission or Mortality After Cardiothoracic Surgery”

Case Report

1st Place: Katie Herbert: “How Low Can You Go: ROTEM Guidance for Neuraxial Anesthesia in a Pregnant Patient with Severe Pulmonary Hypertension and Thrombocytopenia”

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Introducing the 2020 DREAM Innovation Grant Recipients

2020 DREAM Innovation Grant Recipients

The much anticipated 2020 DREAM Innovation Grant (DIG) recipients were announced at Duke Anesthesiology’s 31st Annual ASA Alumni Event at Lafayette’s Music Room in Orlando on Saturday, October 19th.

Congratulations to the 2020 DIG winners:

DIGs support innovative high-risk and potentially high-reward investigations to accelerate anesthesia and pain management research. Each year, Duke Anesthesiology junior and senior faculty members compete for a DIG by submitting their most innovative research ideas to the DIG Application Review Committee. Dr. William Maixner, vice chair for research, announces the DIG recipients at the department’s annual ASA Alumni Event.

Each DIG recipient can receive up to $30,000 in seed money, which supports their pilot study for one year and ultimately helps them apply for and obtain extramural funding. These grants are funded through a combination of private donors, private companies, alumni, faculty and executive board members. To date, $842,378 has been funded by DIGs, which has led to nearly $15 million in extramural funding to further investigate the role of Alzheimer’s pathways, therapies to improve stroke outcomes, ways to prevent cognitive decline after surgery, blood cell rejuvenation, treatments for obstructive sleep apnea during pregnancy, and more. Click here to view the previous DIG recipients and learn more about their projects.

DIGs are part of the 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. Please consider making an online gift to the Duke DREAM Campaign to support our department’s research initiatives focused on improving patient care.

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2019 Fellowship Graduation Wrap-Up!

Duke Anesthesiology’s Fellowship Class of 2019

Stuart Grant, MB ChB, FRCA

Stuart Grant, MB ChB, FRCA

Duke Anesthesiology’s Fellowship Class of 2019 gathered with their colleagues and families on June 9 at the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club to celebrate their graduation from fellowship programs within the department.

Dr. Mark Stafford-Smith, director of the Duke Anesthesiology Fellowship Education Program and the vice chair of education, along with the fellowship directors, proudly presented the 36 graduates their certificates. Additionally, Dr. Stuart Grant was recognized for his 15-year commitment and dedication as the director of medical student education.

Congratulations to all of the graduates from the fellowships offered by Duke Anesthesiology!

Fellow GraduatesFellowship Program
Molly AminAdult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology
Kiran BelaniAdult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology
Benjamin BrockbankAdult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology
Chris CallAdult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology
Cathy DengAdult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology
John “Jack” GambleAdult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology
Eric JohnBullAdult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology
Ingrid Moreno-DuarteAdult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology
Daniel RosenkransAdult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology
Christopher SchilfAdult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology
Theresa SeayAdult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology
Jessica ZvaraAdult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology
Xiaowei “Angela” PollakAdult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology
David GarciaCritical Care Medicine
Joseph GrahamCritical Care Medicine
Kerri LydonCritical Care Medicine
Duncan McLeanCritical Care Medicine
Mohammadreza RasouliCritical Care Medicine
Peter SofiaCritical Care Medicine
Meredith WhitacreCritical Care Medicine
Amanda FaulknerNeurosurgical Anesthesiology
Cameron TaylorObstetric Anesthesiology
Osa EmoharePain Medicine
Kyle FisherPain Medicine
Nenna NwazotaPain Medicine
Jacob WangPain Medicine
Annika BarnettPediatric Anesthesiology
Jonathan MathewPediatric Anesthesiology
Korey SpringmanPerioperative Medicine
Tara LenkPerioperative Medicine
David CreightonRegional Anesthesiology and Acute Pain Medicine
Elizabeth GauthierRegional Anesthesiology and Acute Pain Medicine
Christian HorazeckRegional Anesthesiology and Acute Pain Medicine
Milly RambhiaRegional Anesthesiology and Acute Pain Medicine
Justin AllenUndersea and Hyperbaric Medicine
Maia OrabiUndersea and Hyperbaric Medicine

The Duke Anesthesiology fellowships offer a rich clinical exposure to high complexity cases with oversight from world-class faculty. Within these fellowships is a cohesive community that comes together each week for a professional seminar on topics designed to assist fellows in developing skills as “thinkers and leaders” in their future careers. Upon completion of a fellowship at Duke Anesthesiology, graduates have enjoyed tremendous success in their professional lives. Departmental alumni are highly sought after in both private practice and academic medicine, and often assume leadership positions. This department takes great pride in its fellows, seeing these individuals as a reflection of the quality of its programs and part of Duke University School of Medicine’s tradition of excellence.

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A Record-Breaking Academic Evening for Duke Anesthesiology

A Record-Breaking Academic Evening for Duke Anesthesiology

For the 27th consecutive year, Duke Anesthesiology gathered to share the results of their research pursuits and celebrate scientific excellence at its annual Academic Evening, held on May 14 at the Millennium Hotel Durham. A record number of 92 poster abstracts were presented this year by the department’s junior-level investigators and faculty, ranging from basic science, clinical trials, case reports, and QI projects.

“As the showcase for our department’s scholarly efforts, it’s exciting to see how Academic Evening continues to grow year to year,” said Dr. Jeffrey Gadsden, co-program director. “This year we had more submissions than ever before, but more important than the number, was the range and diversity of the science presented. And, our guest judge, an international leader in anesthesiology research and patient safety, did an outstanding job of engaging with the trainees and junior faculty throughout the evening.”

This year’s guest judge was Dr. Beverley Orser, chair of the Department of Anesthesia at the University of Toronto and director of research at Sunnybrook Health Science Centre. “Always be ready to pivot or completely turn around if the science demands it,” said Orser to a crowd of about 150 faculty, trainees, students and staff at the event. She applauded the department for its rich diversity among teams – incorporating statisticians and epidemiologists to achieve the best scientific outcome, noting that “we all work better in diverse environments.” Orser also shared some words of wisdom to the trainees: 1) focus on your data – it will be what drives your programs forward, 2) be careful about your assumptions and biases – they can take you down a dead-end pathway, 3) don’t dither, just do the work, but know that good scientific outcome is about good planning, and 4) attention to detail and rigor is essential for execution – it’s all about the last 10 percent of effort. Based on her own experiences, she went on to encourage young investigators to invest in graduate training in order to reap an accelerated research career in the long term.

Academic Evening aims to advance anesthesia, critical care and pain management. One of the anticipated highlights of the annual event is the presentation of the Bill White Resident Research Award. 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. Stephen Ellison, CA-3 resident, received first place in this category for his project, titled “Novel Circulating Metabolic Markers Improve Discrimination of Metabolic Health Independent of Weight.”

“It is a great honor to have been selected for this award,” said Ellison. “I am truly humbled and grateful to have been recognized for the work that has gone into this project over the past few years, which certainly would not have been possible without the support of my research mentor, Dr. Svati Shah, as well as the enduring dedication of Duke Anesthesiology’s ACES Program to training the next generation of physician-scientists.”

At the end of the evening, Orser shared a quote from Charles Pierce, a chemist philosopher: “There is one thing even more vital to science than intelligent methods; and that is, the sincere desire to find out the truth, whatever it may be.” In closing, she told the audience, “In your efforts to collect your data and find your truth, I encourage you to be relentless, train hard, work with the best mentors you have, and most importantly, have fun.”

“It’s fascinating and humbling to see all of the varied types of clinical and bench research being carried out under the banner of Duke Anesthesiology,” adds Gadsden. “We are an incredibly strong and productive department and it’s obvious that we truly live up to our motto of ‘what we do changes the world.’”

Congratulations to each of the award winners listed below.

2019 Academic Evening Winners

1st Place: Sangsu Bang, PhD
“Neuroprotectin D1(NPD1) Protects Listeria Induced Sepsis by Activation of G-Protein Coupled Receptor 37 (Gpr37) in Macrophages”

2nd Place: Peng Wang, MD
“Systemic Administration of Manganese Porphyrin Promotes Cardiac Arrest Recovery in Rats”

3rd Place: Yachao Wang, PhD
“The Perk Branch of the Unfolded Protein Response Confers Neuroprotection in Ischemic Stroke Through Modulation of Protein Synthesis and Autophagy”

1st Place: Milly Rambhia, MD
“Femoral Periarterial Local Anesthetic Injection Decreases Thigh Tourniquet Associated Ischemic Hypertension – A Randomized, Double Blind, Placebo Controlled Trial”

2nd Place: Justin Allen, DO
“Ketogenic Diet for Reduction of CNS Oxygen Toxicity in Working Divers (KetOX Study): Pilot Study”

3rd Place: Cathy Deng, MD
“The Platelet Activation Marker Mean Platelet Volume (MPV) as an Independent Predictor of Acute Kidney Injury After On-Pump Cardiac Surgery”

1st Place: Stephen Ellison, MD, PhD
“Novel Circulating Metabolic Markers Improve Discrimination of Metabolic Health Independent of Weight”

2nd Place: Rosalie Yan, MD
“Gabapentinoids on the Day of Colorectal Surgery are Associated with Adverse Postoperative Respiratory Outcomes?”

3rd Place: Michael Devinney, MD, PhD
“Metabolipidomic Analysis of Cerebrospinal Fluid Reveals Increased Arachidonic Acid-Derived Lipids and Specialized Pro-Resolving Mediators 24 Hours and 6-Weeks Following Surgery and Anesthesia”

1st Place: Trevor Weis, BS
“Same Cheyne-Stokes for Different Folks: Periodic Breathing in Healthy Subjects at High Altitude”

2nd Place: Brooke Evans, BS
“Can the p50 of Red Blood Cells be Modulated While Preserving the Bohr Effect?”

1st Place: Nicole Martin, DNP, CRNA
“Prevention of Residual Neuromuscular Blockade in Post-Surgical Patients Through the use of Objective Monitoring”

1st Place: Del Lamb, MD
“Anesthesia Management for Bilateral Pneumonectomy with ECMO Bridge to Lung Transplantation”

2nd Place: Cameron Taylor, MD
“Tonic-Clonic Seizure After Unrecognized Unintentional Dural Puncture: A Case Report”

1st Place: R. Christopher Call, MD
“Improved Turnover Efficiency and Patient Monitoring Between the Operating Room and Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit Through Substitution of the Anesthesia Transport Monitor with the Detachable Philips Monitor”

2nd Place: Russell-John Krom, MD, PhD
“Assessing Feasibility and Provider Perceptions of Clock Drawings as a Preoperative Cognitive Assessment Tool”

3rd Place: Rebecca Donald, MD
“Reducing the Financial and Environmental Impact of Anesthesia Provided at Duke University Hospital”

View the 27th Annual Academic Evening Photo Gallery

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