Duke Anesthesiology Residency Program Ranked Among Top Five in the Nation

Duke Anesthesiology Residency Program Ranked Among Top Five in the Nation

On July 29, Doximity released its 2020-2021 Residency Navigator, once again ranking the Duke Anesthesiology Residency Program among the top five residency programs (by reputation) in its specialty, nationwide.

Doximity not only ranked the Duke Anesthesiology Residency Program #5 in the nation this year, it ranked the program #1 in the region (south) and #1 in the state of North Carolina.

Each year, Doximity and U.S. News & World Report collaborate to collect residency program reputation rankings, nationwide. This year’s Residency Navigator includes 4,700 residency programs across 28 specialties. These rankings are compiled from physician feedback from Doximity’s Residency Nomination Survey and the Residency Satisfaction Survey, along with objective data from a variety of public sources.

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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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Duke Anesthesiology Resident Awarded FAER Grant

Stephan Frangakis, MD, PhD

Stephan Frangakis, MD, PhD

The Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research (FAER) has awarded Duke Anesthesiology CA-3 resident, Stephan Frangakis, MD, PhD, a Research Fellowship Grant (RFG) for his project, titled “Analgesic Effects of Perioperative Propranolol Administration for Spine Surgery.” RFGs provide anesthesiology residents and fellows with the opportunity to obtain significant training in research techniques and scientific methods. This grant provides $75,000 in funding for Frangakis’ research over one year.

More than 100 million surgical procedures are performed in the United States each year, with up to 80 percent of patients experiencing postsurgical pain. Patients with higher levels of pain after surgery are more likely to develop persistent pain and opioid usage, feeding into a chronic pain epidemic that has a greater annual societal cost than that for cancer, heart disease and diabetes combined. Expanding efforts to identify non-opioid analgesics and adjuncts have yielded promising results and new therapies, yet despite these advances in pain management, there has been little improvement in post-surgical opioid usage and patient-reported analgesia. There remains a significant necessity for the development of novel analgesics, and the co-opting of existing agents for novel uses in the prevention of pain and reduction in opioid consumption.

Frangakis’ proposed study will investigate the postsurgical analgesic and opioid-sparing properties of the non-selective β-blocker propranolol in patients undergoing lumbar fusion surgery. It will also investigate the effects of perioperative propranolol therapy on immune modulation and expression of inflammatory cytokines. The data is expected to demonstrate the utility of perioperative propranolol for reducing pain and opioid consumption after surgery, and elucidate some of these mechanisms.

“I feel very fortunate to be awarded this grant, and for the mentorship and guidance from my mentors, Drs. William Maixner and Thomas Buchheit. I am excited to have this opportunity to carry out this interesting and important research, and to develop my skills as a physician-scientist,” says Frangakis. “I owe a great deal of thanks to many people in the department, including Drs. Joseph Mathew and Dhanesh Gupta, the ACES program, and the anesthesiology residency program. And of course this grant would not have been able to be put together, submitted, and awarded without the contributions from multiple people in the Duke Anesthesiology Clinical Research Unit and the budget office. I look forward to working with everyone involved in the research.”

FAER is a charitable arm of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, dedicated to developing the next generation of physician-scientists in anesthesiology.

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