Duke Anesthesiology Resident Flies Aid to Florence Victims

Dr. John McManigle Jr. (pictured in the middle) with Operation Airdrop volunteers.

Dr. John McManigle Jr. (pictured in the middle) with Operation Airdrop volunteers.

On Saturday, September 22, during a 24-hour break before a week of residency night-shifts began, Dr. John McManigle Jr., a CA-2 in the Duke Anesthesiology Residency Program, decided to put his piloting skills to use and take a flight out for some barbecue at a local “fly in” restaurant. But plans for his joy ride quickly changed upon arrival at the Raleigh-Durham International (RDU) Airport where he noticed a large contingent of volunteers loading donated supplies from trucks into the general aviation terminal.

“I decided to investigate, and inside, I found Operation Airdrop for Hurricane Florence victims in full swing, with volunteers loading stacks of supplies into airplanes and pilots planning their flights,” says McManigle, who is an instrument rated private pilot in single-engine land and sea airplanes. “That’s when I found the organizers and volunteered to help.”

Operation Airdrop was originally founded in Texas after Hurricane Harvey in 2017; the non-profit organization has responded to numerous natural disasters since that time, large and small. “I remember reading about their efforts after Harvey and Irma, but I had never taken part before. After Hurricane Florence made landfall in North Carolina, I noticed that Operation Airdrop was working locally to deliver aid to victims, but knowing that I had a full clinical schedule the week after Florence, I didn’t think I would be able to participate.” But McManigle was in the right place at the right time that day, with his Cessna 182 Skylane – a single-propeller, four-seat airplane that he shares with two other pilots. He was assigned to take an assortment of supplies to Columbus County in North Carolina. Technically, his plane can safely carry about 500 pounds of supplies, but given its compact nature, the space for actual supplies was limited. So, he and a team of volunteers helped roll more than 150 pounds of supplies – including diapers, canned goods, batteries, bug spray, toiletries and bottled water – out to his plane.

Photo not taken during Operation Airdrop

Photo not taken during Operation Airdrop

“One of the more amazing things I saw at RDU was the number of planes flying in and out, and the air traffic controllers’ quick adaptation to the change,” says McManigle. “RDU hadn’t seen this much traffic since it was an American Airlines hub in the 1980s. Faced with this surge, the controllers added additional radar and tower control positions, published choreographed arrivals from the southeast and southwest to corral air traffic safely, and were very patient with the rural pilots who came in to volunteer – many a little rusty on the procedures at major commercial airports. Flights on humanitarian missions like this use the call sign “compassion,” and it seemed like the tower was clearing a compassion flight for takeoff about every 90 seconds.”

During McManigle’s flight to Columbus County, he recalls visible signs of flooding, rivers cresting well beyond their banks, and swamped farmlands with obvious damage to buildings and infrastructure. Once he landed, McManigle says the residents picking up supplies conveyed that the majority hadn’t seen the devastating impacts like those on the coast – just long losses of power – but that fifteen families nearby had lost their homes entirely to the storm, and the supplies he delivered could “keep them going” until normal transportation routes reopened.

Operation Airdrop volunteers unloading much needed supplies.

Operation Airdrop volunteers unloading much needed supplies.

“It can be difficult to find time to do meaningful volunteer work on a residency schedule, and I think that makes it important to maximize the impact you can have by focusing on efforts that play to your strengths and availability,” says McManigle. “The airdrop mission was perfect for this – pilots are a limited resource, and although my one flight between hospital shifts was only a drop in the bucket compared to the many volunteers who spent their whole week shuttling supplies back and forth non-stop, I was proud to play a part.”

For information about donating to the victims of Hurricane Florence, please visit Duke’s Doing Good in the Neighborhood campaign, which launched the DGIN Emergency Relief Fund to collect donations for immediate disaster relief work. Donations to this fund go to the North Carolina Disaster Relief Fund.

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A First-Place Tie for Pie in the Face

Drs. Adeyemi Olufolabi, Gavin Martin, and Stephen Parrillo

Drs. Adeyemi Olufolabi, Gavin Martin, and Stephen Parrillo

For the first time since the launch of Duke Anesthesiology’s Pie in the Face event, there was a tie for first place in fundraising! Departmental members gathered in the courtyard outside of the Trent Semans Center on November 30 to watch the winners, Drs. Adeyemi Olufolabi and Stephen Parrillo, graciously accept a celebratory pie in the face, hand-delivered by Drs. Erin Manning and Ashraf Habib.

This year’s three “competitors,” who arrived to the event in coordinating outfits, raised a total of $4,185 which goes toward departmental residents’ travel expenses for their global health missions. Drs. Olufolabi and Parrillo both raised $1,590. The runner-up, Dr. Gavin Martin, raised $1,005. Dr. Ellen Flanagan did the honors and surprised him with a pie in the face as well. We thank all of the donors for their generosity and the contestants for participating in this year’s fourth annual global health fundraiser!

Previous Pie in the Face winners include Duke Anesthesiology’s chairman, Dr. Joseph Mathew, along with Drs. Solomon Aronson and Eddie Sanders. Anesthesia plays a critical role in global health care and there is a great need for anesthesiologists abroad. In response, Duke Anesthesiology continues to take steps to encourage its global presence in countries that need it the most. Click here to learn more and/or make a gift to the department’s Global Health Program.

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That’s a Wrap! Highlights from ASA 2017

That’s a Wrap! Highlights from ASA 2017We would like to thank all members of our department who helped make this year’s American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) meeting in Boston a huge success! Duke Anesthesiology made a big impression at this year’s event with 51 faculty and trainees participating in the conference, including 84 lectures, workshops, panel discussions, presentations, and more. Please join us in congratulating our team of authors who received the 2017 Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation Resident Quality Improvement Recognition Award at the ASA for their video, titled “A Bedside Tool to Improve Safety and Efficiency of Cardiothoracic ICU Patient Transport: The Duke ICU Transition to OR (DITTO) Checklist.” Authors include: Suraj Yalamuri, MD, and Michael Plakke, MD (team leaders); John Haney, MD, AB, MPH; Brad Taicher, DO, MBA; Madhav Swaminathan, MD, FASE, FAHA; Cory Maxwell, MD (mentors); Hassan Amhaz, MD; Vinca Chow, MD; Heather Pena; Joseph Deblasio; Mollie Kettle; Jhaymie Cappiello; Jessica Lumbard; Rachel Gambino; Courtney Thurman.

During the conference, we hosted Duke Anesthesiology’s 29th Annual ASA Alumni Event at The Roof at Taj Boston. Nearly 200 guests (including departmental faculty, trainees, staff, alumni, donors and friends) joined us atop the 17th floor of Boston’s most iconic hotel, surrounded by panoramic views of the city’s Back Bay and skyline for a night of live jazz music, culinary cuisine and celebration. Guests enhanced their evening by bidding on 13 silent auction items (graciously donated by the department, faculty and staff) to benefit our Global Health Program. This year’s winning bidders raised nearly $2,500 which will help fund our residents’ travel expenses for their global health missions.

Two of the most anticipated highlights of the evening were: 1) the announcement of the Mark F. Newman Professorship in which we shared this inspirational video. Donors who generously endow this new professorship are not only ensuring the progress of medicine, research and academic excellence, they are giving a gift for future generations to come. Please consider donating to preserve Dr. Newman’s legacy. 2) the reveal of the 2018 DREAM Innovation Grant (DIG) recipients.

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 are part of the Duke DREAM Campaign which was launched in 2007. These grants support innovative high-risk and potentially high-reward investigations to accelerate anesthesia and pain management research. Each DIG recipient can receive up to $30,000 in seed money for their pilot study which ultimately helps them apply for and obtain extramural funding. To date, $662,900 has been funded by DIGs which has led to nearly $8 million in extramural funding. We would like to express our appreciation to the DIG Application Review Committee and the donors who continue to support our research programs and initiatives, ultimately helping us transform the future of patient care.

It was also another successful fundraiser at the 8th Annual ASA Sponsored Run For The Warriors 5k race, dedicated to the men and women wounded during service, their families and families of the fallen. We’re proud to announce that for the seventh year in a row, the Duke Anesthesiology team won first place for fundraisinga total of $11,895! All proceeds from the race benefit wounded warriors and their families through the many Hope For The Warriors® programs. Thank you to the 42 race participants and donors who raised money for this nonprofit veteran service organization. A special congratulations goes to Dr. Atilio Barbeito (faculty), his son, Jose, and Dr. Stephanie Jones (fellow) who medaled for having one of the top three race times in their division (gender/age group). Dr. Barbeito placed 2nd in his division and 7th overall. Jose placed 2nd in his division and 5th overall. Dr. Jones placed 3rd in her division.

We sincerely appreciate your continued support of Duke Anesthesiology and your commitment to our mission of providing extraordinary care through a unique culture of innovation, education, research and professional growth. We are particularly grateful to those who worked in the operating rooms during the ASA so that others on our team could attend. Here’s to a successful 2018 and we look forward to celebrating at our ASA alumni event next October in San Francisco!

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Duke Anesthesiology Surges to Win First Place for Fundraising

2017 Run for the Warriors

Duke Anesthesiology rallied until the last minute on Saturday, October 21 to secure their title of “top fundraising team” for the seventh consecutive year at the 8th Annual ASA Sponsored Run For The Warriors race at the Boston Common!

Congratulations to Duke Anesthesiology for reaching their fundraising goal and raising more funds than any other team at this year’s event – a total of $11, 895 ($4,490 more than last year). All funds raised will benefit the men and women wounded during service, their families, and families of the fallen through the many Hope For The Warriors® programs.

Thank you to the 42 Duke Anesthesiology race participants (listed below) and donors who raised money for this nonprofit veteran service organization. A special congratulations goes to Drs. Atilio Barbeito (faculty), his son, Jose, and Stephanie Jones (fellow) who medaled for having one of the top three race times in their division (gender/age group)! Dr. Barbeito placed 2nd in his division and 7th overall. Jose placed 2nd in his division and 5th overall. Dr. Jones placed 3rd in her division.

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Atilio Barbeito
José Maria Barbeito
Luz María Barbeito
Miles Berger
Brandi Bottiger
Chad Burkhart
Jessica Burkhart
Eric Cole
Sarah Cotter
Theresa Crowgey
Jonathan Dunkman
Dave Falcinelli
Jenna Falcinelli

Michael Fierro
Kyle Fletke
John Gamble
Mike Grocott
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Alina Hulsey
Courtney James
Luke James
Stephanie Jones
Catherine Kuhn
Annabelle Levine
Matthew Levine
Angela Pollak
Ying Low

Kelly Machovec
David MacLeod
Jonathan Mark
Joseph Mathew
Rachael Mintz-Cole
Richard Moon
Alina Nicoara
Kendall Smith
Kelsey Steller
Alena Suarez
Arturo Suarez
Annemarie Thompson
Bryn Van Hoomissen
Julie Westover

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Duke Anesthesiology Wins First Place for Fundraising

It was another successful fundraiser at the 7th Annual ASA Sponsored Run For The Warriors 5K race along Lake Shore Drive in Chicago on Sunday, October 23! The race is dedicated to our servicemen/women wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan, their families and families of the fallen. Congratulations to Duke Anesthesiology for raising more funds than any other team at this year’s event – a total of $7,405! This is the sixth year in a row the team won first place for fundraising. All proceeds from the race will benefit wounded warriors and their families through the many Hope For The Warriors programs.

Thank you to the 34 Duke Anesthesiology race participants (listed below) and donors who raised money for this good cause. A special congratulations goes to faculty members Drs. Richard Moon and Catherine Kuhn for being among the top five fundraisers of the entire event, and Drs. Jack Gamble (CA-2 resident) and Ying Hui Low (Duke Anesthesiology alumnus) who medaled for having one of the top three race times in their age group!

Karsten Bartels
Meredith Bedsworth
Tiffany Bisanar
Will Bisanar
John Borrelli
Thomas Buchheit
Anushree Doshi
Jenna Falcinelli
Jeff Gadsden
John Gamble
Nicola Gray
Nicole Guinn

Nazish Hashmi
Curtis Hilton
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Michael James
Shawn Jia
Stephanie Jones
Catherine Kuhn
Annabelle Levine
Matthew Levine
Angela Pollak
Ying Low

Jonathan Mark
Joseph Mathew
Rachael Mintz-Cole
Richard Moon
Alina Nicoara
Ali Aheed Quadri
Kendall Smith
Alena Suarez
Arturo Suarez
Dennis Thapa
Julie Westover

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New Chairwoman of DREAM Named

Elizabeth AllardiceElizabeth Allardice is “extremely honored” to be named chairwoman of the board of the Duke DREAM Campaign, effective August 1, 2016. Allardice first joined the campaign as a board member in 2010. The Duke DREAM (Developing Research Excellence in Anesthesia Management) Campaign was established to raise philanthropic support for Duke Anesthesiology’s research programs and initiatives focused on improving patient outcomes, pain management and quality of life, as well as to establish endowed professorships. Its motto is to “empower great minds to turn dreams into reality.”

Allardice is driven by her commitment to educate people on the importance of medical research, quality patient care, caregiver support, funding for research, and organ donations. After losing her husband to chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), Allardice has become involved in the support community of others who are dealing with this devastating disease. She currently serves on the Family Advisory Board for the Concussion Legacy Foundation and is actively involved in the West Point Association of Graduates in honor of her late husband. She is also a proud donor for the Feagin Leadership Program whose mission is to provide a transformational learning experience that develops effective, ethical leaders who will positively influence health care.

A leader in the real estate industry in the Triangle since 2001, Allardice enjoys making dreams of home ownership a reality. She has held several leadership roles in her professional career, including regional vice president for the North Carolina Association of Realtors, chairwoman of the Government Affairs and Grievance Committee, Board of Advisors for RE/MAX International’s Luxury Brand, and founding member of the Institute of Luxury Home Marketing.

Please join us in congratulating Elizabeth Allardice on her new leadership role of the Duke DREAM Campaign!

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