Faculty Named Duke Health Scholars and Fellows

Drs. Karhausen, Podgoreanu, QadriOn November 2, the Duke University School of Medicine announced that 38 faculty members were named as Duke Health Scholars and Duke Health Fellows. Three faculty members of Duke Anesthesiology received the honors that recognize both past achievements and future potential for continued success as clinician-scientists.

Dr. Jorn Karhausen was named a Duke Health Scholar in which he will receive a substantial award to expand his research in new directions. Drs. Muhammad Yawar Qadri and Mihai Podgoreanu, chief of the Cardiothoracic Anesthesia Division, were both named Duke Health Fellows in which they will each receive a smaller research discretionary fund and expert mentoring tailored to their interests and career aspirations.

This inaugural program was created to support the research efforts and enhance the academic success of early to mid-career clinician-scientists in School of Medicine clinical departments. Award recipients were nominated by their department chairpersons and selected through peer review.

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2017 DIG Recipients Revealed

2017 DIG Recipients Drs. Ghadimi and Welsby

The much anticipated 2017 DREAM Innovation Grant (DIG) recipients were announced at Duke Anesthesiology’s 28th Annual ASA Alumni Event at the ROOF on theWit in Chicago on Saturday, October 22.

Congratulations to the 2017 DIG winners:

Kamrouz Ghadimi, MD

“Role of Sirtuins in Platelet Aging and Perioperative Thrombocytopenia after Mechanical Circulatory Support”

Ian Welsby, MB BS

“Red Cell Rejuvenation for Optimal Tissue Oxygen Delivery”

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. David Warner announces the DIG recipients at the department’s annual ASA alumni event.

Each DIG recipient can receive up to $25,500 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, $542,900 in DIG donations have led to nearly $8 million in extramural funding.

Drs. Mathew and Ghadimi

Drs. Mathew and Ghadimi

Drs. Warner and Ghadimi
Drs. Warner and Ghadimi
Drs. Warner and Ghadimi

Drs. Warner and Ghadimi

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. Click here to view all of Duke Anesthesiology’s DIG recipients and their projects.

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Duke Fellows Visit Belgium for Observership

On May 12, 2016, three Duke Ambulatory and Regional Anesthesia fellows, Drs. Evan Sutton, Irfan Samee, and Siddharth Sata, visited Belgium for a week-long observership as part of the newly established fellowship exchange program with the New York School of Regional Anesthesia-Center for Research Education and Enhanced Recovery (NYSORA-CREER) in Genk, Belgium. They visited three different sites during the trip, including the Ziekenhuis Oost-Limburg (ZOL) hospital where Dr. Admir Hadzic leads the NYSORA-CREER fellowship, the KU Leuven University Hospital in Leuven, and an off-site orthopedic surgery center (part of KU Leuven).

During the first two days of the trip, they spent time at the ZOL hospital in Genk where the fellows and perioperative team engaged in an exchange of ideas about regional anesthesia techniques, strategies and practices. Events included a full tour of the hospital, observation of a variety of ultrasound-guided regional nerve blocks and perioperative workflow. The focus of an academic conversation centered around a research protocol “writing bootcamp” where the fellows brainstormed ideas for a regional technique for analgesia after anterior total hip arthroplasty surgery. In collaboration with Dr. Admir Hadzic, Dr. Catherine Vandepitte and the ZOL fellows, the fellows drafted a protocol to study the efficacy of a suprainguinal fascia iliaca block for anterior total hip arthroplasty. The ZOL team is planning to implement this study at their institution with the potential of creating a multicenter study involving Duke University Medical Center.

Day three of the trip began with a visit to the KU Leuven University Hospital, hosted by Dr. Steven Coppens, which included a full tour of the perioperative areas of one of Europe’s largest and oldest hospitals. They observed a variety of peripheral and neuraxial blocks, and engaged in an exchange of ideas and practice techniques with the fellows at the KU Leuven program. They discussed challenging cases and ongoing research conducted by the KU Leuven team. On day four, the fellows visited UZ Leuven Pellenberg, an off-site surgery center located about six miles east of the university hospital in the scenic Belgian countryside. Here, the fellows took part in discussions with UZ Leuven anesthesiologists, residents, and fellows, and observed the perioperative workflow in a fast-paced regional anesthesia focused arena while learning about the Belgian culture.

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That’s a Wrap! Highlights from Duke Anesthesiology’s 24th Annual Academic Evening

Duke Anesthesiology hosted another successful Academic Evening on May 9 at the Millennium Hotel in Durham. The 24th Annual Academic Evening featured an impressive 103 poster abstract presentations from the department’s junior level investigators and faculty. The ePosters represented challenging clinical cases and research reports from all training levels and departmental divisions. This annual event helps promote research and discovery with the overall goal of advancing anesthesia, critical care and pain management.

“Academic Evening is a great opportunity to learn more about all of the amazing work our peers are doing,” said Dr. Sarah Cotter, one of Duke Anesthesiology’s resident interns. “Participating in Academic Evening reminded me of the many reasons why I was so excited to Match here and of all the things I’m looking forward to starting in my CA-1 year.”

New to this year’s category line-up was the addition of “Quality Improvement Projects,” a new educational initiative led by Dr. Brad Taicher with the Department of Anesthesiology.

Duke Anesthesiology alumna and former faculty member, Dr. Debra Schwinn, served as this year’s guest judge and speaker. Dr. Schwinn is currently the associate vice president for medical affairs at the University of Iowa and also holds appointments as a professor of anesthesiology, pharmacology and biochemistry. Her inspiring speech touched on lifestyle advice and ways to better improve patient care. When presenting awards for each of the winning posters, she described each project and its potential implications to the science and practice of anesthesiology.

Incoming Duke Anesthesiology resident intern, Dr. Russ Horres, was given the opportunity to recite a quote from Antonio Machado during Dr. Schwinn’s speech: “Traveler, there is no path; paths are made by walking.” He said the event is “a great opportunity to meet and interact with attendings in the department. I was really impressed by all of the research going on in the department, especially from a basic science standpoint.”

At the conclusion of the evening, program directors, Dr. David Warner and Dr. Cathleen Peterson-Layne, 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. “At the end of a long year, spending the evening surrounded by great people, great ideas, and great food can be the exact reminder we need that we are all so fortunate to be here and to be part of this group,” said Dr. Cotter when asked about her overall experience participating in this year’s event and winning runner-up in the “Resident Research category.

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

2016 Academic Evening Winners

1st Place
Satya Achanta, DVM, PhD
(Duke Anesthesiology Chemical Sensing, Pain and Inflammation Research Laboratory)
TRPV4 Inhibitor Improves Pulmonary Function and Oxygen Saturation in a Pig Translational Model of Chemically Induced Acute Lung Injury

Runner-Up
Shuai Liu, PhD
(Duke Anesthesiology Molecular Neurobiology Laboratory)
SUMO2 plays a critical role in episodic and fear memories

1st Place
Ying Hui Low, MD
(Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology Fellow, Duke Anesthesiology)
Heart-specific release of immune mediators during surgical ischemia-reperfusion and their association with postoperative adverse outcomes

Runner-Up
Lisa Einhorn, MD
(Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellow, Duke Anesthesiology)
Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy versus Surgical Gastrostomy in Infants with Congenital Heart Disease

Runner-Up
Tiffany Richburg, MD
(Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology Fellow, Duke Anesthesiology)
Postoperative Atrial Fibrillation:  Predictive Value of Global Longitudinal Strain

1st Place
Brittney Ciszek, PhD
(Pending Dental Student, Duke Anesthesiology Center for Translational Pain Medicine)
Peripherally located β2-and β3-adrenergic receptors contribute to the development of COMT-dependent pain in rats, but not the maintenance of pain in COMT-/-mice

Runner-Up
Daniel DeMasi
(Clinical Trial Assistant, Duke Human Pharmacology and Physiology Lab)
Measurement of Non-Invasive Cerebral Flow During Hypocapnia & Hypercapnia

1st Place
Nathan Waldron, MD
(CA-3 Resident, Duke Anesthesiology)
Adverse outcomes associated with postoperative atrial arrhythmias after lung transplantation

Runner-Up
Sarah Frush Cotter, MD
(Resident Intern, Duke Anesthesiology)
Blood-Brain Barrier Permeability and Cognitive Dysfunction After Cardiac and Non-Cardiac Surgery

Runner-Up
Lauren H. Jones, MD
(CA-1 Resident, Duke Anesthesiology)
Early Progressive Mobility Protocol Implementation in the ICU:  Analysis of Medical and Fiscal Benefits

1st Place
Alexander Chamessian
(Medical Student, Duke University School of Medicine)
Optogenetic control of A-beta fibers using a novel VGLUT1-Channelrhodopsin-EYFP mouse

Runner-Up
Yul Daniel Huh
(Medical Student, Duke University School of Medicine)
Intrathecally injected bone marrow stromal cells produce sustained neuropathic pain reduction in paclitaxel-treated mice

1st Place
Hassan Amhaz, MD
(Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology Fellow, Duke Anesthesiology)
Upper Extremity Peripheral Intravenous Line Infiltration with Concomitant Loss of Pulses Treated with Lipoaspiration: A Case Report

Runner-Up 
Bronwyn Southwell, MD
(Pain Medicine Fellow, Duke Anesthesiology)
Intramedullary implantation of an intrathecal catheter

Runner-Up
Agnes Lamon, MD
(Obstetric Anesthesiology Fellow, Duke Anesthesiology)
TWO DIFFICULT AIRWAYS AT ONCE: EXIT procedure for severe fetal micrognathia in a mother with Pierre-Robin syndrome

1st Place
Kendall Smith, MD
(CA-2 Resident, Duke Anesthesiology)
Real-time electronic reminders improve timely re-dosing of prophylactic antibiotics during surgery

Runner-Up
Suraj Yalamari, MD (CA-3 Resident, Duke Anesthesiology)
Jamie Privratsky, MD (CA-3 Resident, Duke Anesthesiology)
Dissemination of a Simple Flowchart to Reduce the Unnecessary Escalation of Antibiotic Prophylaxis

Runner-Up
Nazish K. Hashmi, MD
(Critical Care Medicine Anesthesiology Fellow, Duke Anesthesiology)
Development, implementation and evaluation of the impact of a standardized perioperative blood transfusion protocol for cardiac surgery patients at the Durham VAMC

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