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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2017 Resident Graduation Wrap-Up!

Saturday, June 17 marked a memorable evening for Duke Anesthesiology’s “Resident Class of 2017” as they graduated from this nationally-acclaimed program and gathered with their families to celebrate at Hope Valley Country Club in Durham.

Chairman Joseph Mathew delivered opening remarks about the impact anesthesiologists have on patient care before he, the director (Dr. Annemarie Thompson) and assistant directors (Drs. Brian Colin and Ankeet Udani) of the residency program gave each of the 13 graduates their diplomas. The Outstanding Graduate Award was presented to Dr. Jenna Falcinelli, the co-chief resident of the graduating class. And, Drs. Annie Castro, Theresa Crowgey and Taylor Herbert were all winners of Dr. Richard Moon’s trainee quiz awards.

Several awards were also presented to faculty throughout the evening. Dr. Brian Ginsberg received the Robert Sladen Teacher of the Year Award; Dr. Kerri Wahl received the Mentor Award and Dr. Abigail Melnick received the Residency Program Contribution Award.

Additionally, the department recognized resident leadership positions by presenting them with certificates:

  • Chief Resident Leadership: Drs. Jenna Falcinelli and Chris Wahal
  • Academic Chief Resident Leadership: Drs. Taylor Herbert and Kendall Smith
  • Teaching Scholar Leadership: Drs. Stephanie Jones and Alex Reskallah

Congratulations to all of the graduates and award winners!

Resident Graduates Post-Residency Plans
Jason Bluth Private practice in Hawaii
Jenna Falcinelli Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellowship at Duke University
Taylor Herbert Critical Care Medicine Fellowship at Duke University
Alina Hulsey Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology Fellowship at Duke University
Shawn Jia Critical Care Medicine Fellowship at University of California, San Francisco
Stephanie Jones Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellowship at Duke University
Allison Overmon Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology Fellowship at Duke University
Alexander Reskallah Critical Care Medicine Fellowship at Duke University
Brian Rogers Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology Fellowship at Duke University, then a Critical Care Medicine Fellowship at Johns Hopkins University
Brandon Seifert Private practice in Buffalo, New York
Kendall Smith Critical Care Medicine Fellowship at Duke University
Dennis Thapa Pain Medicine Fellowship at Massachusetts General
Chris Wahal Regional Anesthesiology and Acute Pain Medicine Fellowship at Duke University

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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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Residency Program Director Reveals Match Day Highlights

Annemarie Thompson-MDThis year’s Match Day brought an element of growth to the annual event known as an exciting rite of passage in the lives of thousands of medical students around the world. Not only was this the largest Main Residency Match® in history, it was a record-breaking recruitment season for the Duke Anesthesiology Residency Program that welcomed 15 interns as their Match Class of 2021.

“We were incredibly excited to open that envelope and see the names on our list. In fact, some of our faculty were so excited they began contacting some of the Matches they interviewed along the way which I think is unique and pretty remarkable,” says Dr. Annemarie Thompson, Duke Anesthesiology’s residency program director. “It was so satisfying to watch how happy my colleagues were during the unveiling and how enthusiastic they are to welcome these individuals to our team this summer. It was one of the most special moments of Match Day for me.”

Dr. Thompson was in her office, surrounded by her colleagues, when her Match list was revealed this year. But she says her memories of the drama, the tears and the sheer joy at her Match Day celebration during medical school are never too far away to tap into. “It still feels like a whole lifetime in a minute when you open that envelope; medical students learn where they’re going to train and spend the next few years of their lives, and we learn who will join our program.”

She collectively describes this incoming class as “great people” who have demonstrated the capacity to help others in many aspects of their lives, even before going into medicine, a quality Dr. Thompson believes is one of the foundations of being a good doctor. “When looking at my list of Matches each year, I can immediately see how a class will come together and form their own identity. This class has quickly become known for their intelligence, humor and wide variety of life experiences. That type of diversity is a great addition to our Duke family,” she says.

Selecting the Match class is no small feat. A dedicated team of faculty and residents is committed to recruiting the best and the brightest during interview season at Duke Anesthesiology. “I’m always looking to improve the process,” adds Dr. Thompson, “but my guiding principal is to give potential Matches an authentic view of what it’s like to be a resident at Duke Anesthesiology.” She does so by creating an environment of authenticity during the interview process; talking about the program and personally showing applicants the potential and opportunities they can have training at Duke and living in Durham.

Welcome - Match Class of 2021

According to the National Resident Matching Program, 35,969 U.S. and international medical students and graduates vied for 31,757 positions, the most-ever offered in the Match. Dr. Thompson keeps a close eye on these numbers, specifically noting that this year, there were more anesthesiology positions available in the Match which means programs grew, including Duke Anesthesiology’s, which offered one more intern position for 2017. The Duke Anesthesiology Residency Program also received more applications than ever before, an increase that Dr. Thompson partially attributes to Duke’s size and faculty.

“Duke has a unique position compared to other residency programs and we have enjoyed a reputation for having an innovative program that people want to join,” says Dr. Thompson. “We’re a large, international medical center, but contained within it is a medium-sized, very supportive residency program located in a fun and affordable place to live. We truly have world-class faculty here. We have people in every single field who are nationally and internationally recognized. For residents to have the opportunity to work one-on-one with our faculty, get involved in their projects and patient care, and receive advice during particular periods of their career is a treasure. Our faculty is what makes our program so special. I’m very proud of what we have to offer as an institution.”

As Duke Anesthesiology patiently waits to formally welcome the Match Class of 2021 and Drs. Jack Gamble and  Angela Li prepare for their new roles as co-chief residents, Dr. Thompson leaves the incoming trainees with this advice: “Come in with the great attitude that you have displayed throughout your medical career. Don’t ever be discouraged. Taking care of patients is one of the greatest responsibilities anyone can have. Celebrate with each other during the good times and lean on each other in the bad. The road is long but you’ll soon find that you have a supportive network as you go through both your professional and personal journey as a resident – a network of people who will become lifelong friends and colleagues. There are very few jobs that can give you the personal satisfaction of being a doctor. I would do it all over again and I hope this class will one day look back and say the same.”

Take a look back at this year’s Match Day celebrations at #Match2017, #MatchThrowback and the Duke University School of Medicine.

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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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