An Affair To Remember

If you’ve dined with us on a yacht in San Diego, or danced among the dinosaurs at the Chicago Field Museum at one of our most recent ASA Alumni receptions, you know firsthand that Duke Anesthesiology loves to throw a good party in an exotic setting. As we contemplated the ideal setting in which to celebrate our 40th Anniversary, we decided to do something a little different: to keep things close to home. We are happy to report that Durham did not disappoint!

The celebration began on June 1st at the Washington Duke Inn, with a delightful testament to the thriving research activity in our department–the Duke Anesthesiology Celebration of Research (DACoR). DACoR is a new spin on the event formerly known as Academic Evening, which has provided faculty and trainees with an ideal setting in which to present their research findings for 20 consecutive years. This year, internationally renowned physician-scientist and former faculty member, Dr. Laura Niklason, served as our distinguished visiting scholar. She continued to inspire us the following morning as the keynote speaker for Saturday morning’s academic program. The afternoon was reserved as a time for faculty and alumni to participate in one of many exciting tours of Duke or Durham we had arranged, or to simply relax and reconnect with old friends and colleagues at their leisure.

The culmination of the celebration took place Saturday evening at a black-tie Gala event. The Nasher Musuem of Art proved to be the perfect setting: Between the lovely Alexander Calder sculptures that graced the main dining area, the use of the blank white walls as a backdrop for a creative lighting display, and the attention to detail seen in the floral centerpieces and table settings, this event was truly a work of art! Guests enjoyed a cocktail hour and access to all the gallery spaces, followed by a seated dinner catered by Parizade. Prior to dessert, Drs. Victor Dzau, Merel Harmel, Jerry Reves, and Mark Newman each gave a brief speech in which they reflected on the legacy of Duke Anesthesiology. After these speeches had concluded, guests enjoyed a short video honoring our distinguished past and exciting future.

As the piece de resistance, a painting was unveiled, which an artist had been furiously producing over the course of the evening. This painting of our event and the guests who attended it is to be proudly hung in Duke North Hospital as a memento of the evening and our 40 years of excellence. Before spinning off to the dance floor to be serenaded by the lovely Janet Stolp and “The Best Kept Secrets,” guests filed up on stage to sign the painting, which served in place of a guest book.

Even if you missed this event, it’s not too late to make your mark on the future of this department. We hope that you will venture back to Durham to see just how far we’ve come, and to help us determine where we are headed in the next 40 years.

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