Fellows Awarded Funding in Duke Competition

Drs. Dinesh Kurian, Kendall Smith, Christina Pedro

Duke Anesthesiology critical care medicine fellows, Drs. Dinesh Kurian and Kendall Smith, and obstetric anesthesiology fellow, Dr. Christina Pedro, along with their faculty support, have received $3,000 in funding for each of their projects submitted to the 2017 Duke Graduate Medical Education High-Value Care Quality Improvement Competition.

Dr. Kurian’s Project: “Appropriate Selection of Vasopressor Infusion in the Cardiothoracic ORs to Reduce Cost.” Faculty support: Dr. Cory Maxwell (Cardiothoracic Anesthesia)

Dr. Pedro’s Project: “Postoperative Opioid Use and Practices.” Faculty support: Dr. Ashraf Habib (chief, Women’s Anesthesia)

Dr. Smith’s Project: “Reducing Delirium via Non-pharmacologic Methods in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit.” Faculty support: Drs. Madan Kwatra (Basic Sciences) and Nazish Hashmi (Cardiothoracic Anesthesia)

Dr. Paul Wischmeyer is also recognized as faculty support for Duke Neurology’s Dr. Joshua VanDerWerf’s winning project, titled “Improving nutrition delivery in our critically ill.” This funding is made possible by a grant from The Duke Endowment to support Duke house staff in high-value care learning and practice.

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2018 DIG Recipients Revealed

2018 DREAM Innovation Grant Recipients

The much anticipated 2018 DREAM Innovation Grant (DIG) recipients were announced at Duke Anesthesiology’s 29th Annual ASA Alumni Event at The Roof at Taj Boston on Saturday, October 21.

Congratulations to the 2018 DIG winners:

Qing Ma, MD

“The Role of Sirtuin-3 in Neuroinflammation and Perioperative Cerebral Injury”

Jamie Privratsky, MD, PhD

“The Role of Dendritic Cells in Acute Kidney Injury and Renal Healing”

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, $662,900 has been funded by DIGs which has led to nearly $8 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, sleep apnea during pregnancy, strategies to decrease bleeding after cardiac surgery and transplantation, blood cell rejuvenation, and more. Click here to view the 2011-2017 DIG recipients and learn more about their projects.

The DIG is 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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Congratulations “Fellow Class of 2017!”

Duke Anesthesiology’s “Fellow Class of 2017” gathered at the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club on Sunday, June 4 for their graduation ceremony and to celebrate their shared accomplishment among family, friends and colleagues.

The director of the department’s Fellowship Education Program and the vice chair for education, Dr. Mark Stafford-Smith, along with the fellowship directors, proudly presented the 35 graduates their diplomas. Congratulations to all of the graduates from the fellowships offered by Duke Anesthesiology!

Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology
Katayoun Aghajani
Matthew Bean
Claire Cunniff
Tera Cushman
Eun Eoh
Phillip Geiger
Jason Johnson
Dinesh Kurian
Michael Plakke
Srikar Rao
Mona Rudnick
Martin Sigurdsson
Claudio Villalpando Leon
Nathan Waldron

Critical Care Medicine
Nawar Al-Rawas
Hassan Amhaz
Vinca Chow
Thomas Christianson
Benjamin Dunne
Jamie Privratsky
Matthew Read
Suraj Yalamuri

Neurosurgical Anesthesiology
Marc McLawhorn

Obstetric Anesthesiology
Jennifer Lee

Pain Medicine
Jessica Carter
James Jones
Chad Pletnick
Marc Yelle

Pediatric Anesthesiology
Rebecca Schol

Regional Anesthesiology and Acute Pain Medicine
James Kim
Amanda Kumar
Neda Sadeghi

Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine
Bo Cui
Christopher Martin
Tim Thurman

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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Duke Anesthesiology Marks Academic Evening’s Silver Anniversary

A special 25th anniversary edition of Academic Evening was held on May 16 at the Millennium Hotel in Durham. All training levels and divisions of Duke Anesthesiology were represented by the 102 poster abstracts, presented by the department’s junior-level investigators and faculty. The annual event supports research and discovery with the overall goal of advancing anesthesia, critical care and pain management.

A key element to the evening was guest judge Dr. Aman Mahajan, the executive chairman of the Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, and the Ronald L. Katz Professor of Anesthesiology and Bioengineering. Dr. Mahajan’s expertise is in cardiothoracic anesthesiology, cardiac electrophysiology and echocardiography. As director of the UCLA Perioperative Services at UCLA, he coordinates a multidisciplinary team of physicians involved in the care of patients undergoing surgical and interventional procedures. Dr. Mahajan’s research focuses on autonomic neural modulation of cardiac electrophysiology and assessment of cardiac mechanical function in heart failure.

After 23 years of service to Academic Evening, Dr. David Warner served as program director for the final time. Dr. Jeffrey Gadsden co-directed for the first time and will assume the event’s future leadership. “It was a pleasure and honor to work alongside Dr. Warner. He essentially built this event into what it is today,” says Dr. Gadsden.

“Academic Evening allows us to celebrate our academic successes and often serves to foster new and exciting research ideas and collaborations between departmental subspecialties,” says senior resident, Dr. Kendall Smith, winner of the Bill White Resident Research Award. “To receive this award among the many excellent resident entries this year was both a surprise and a great honor.”

At the night’s conclusion, Drs. Gadsden and Warner thanked all of the participants and everyone who helped make this event possible, especially those who served as abstract judges, moderators, mentors, and support staff. “Just when you think you couldn’t be more proud of the department you work in, you receive more than 100 abstracts of original research. It’s humbling,” says Dr. Gadsden.

Congratulations to each of the award winners and teams, listed below.

2017 Academic Evening Winners

1st Place
Martin Sigurdsson, MD

Runner-Up
Shu Yu, MD

Runner-Up
Chao Xiong, MD

1st Place
Rebecca Scholl, MD

Runner-Up
Hassan Amhaz, MD

Runner-Up
Claudia Villalpando, MD

1st Place
Kendall Smith, MD

Runner-Up
Jon Andrews, MD

Runner-Up
Rebecca Anderson, MD

1st Place
Benjamin Andrew, BS, RD

Runner-Up
Andrea Ansari, BS

1st Place
Michael Young, MD

1st Place
Benjamin Dunne, MD

Runner-Up 
James Kim, MD

1st Place
Suraj Yalamuri, MD
Michael Plakke, MD

Runner-Up
Tera Cushman, MD

Runner-Up
Jennifer Lee, MD

View the 25th Annual Academic Evening Photo Gallery

View the Academic Evening 25th Anniversary Video

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