Please join us in extending our congratulations to three Duke Anesthesiology faculty members who have been appointed to new positions. Holly Muir, MD, has accepted a new role as Chairwoman of the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine, effective January 1, 2017. Gavin Martin, MB ChB, will assume Dr. Muir’s current position as the Vice Chair of Clinical Operations and Jeffrey Gadsden, MD, will assume Dr. Martin’s current role as Chief of the Orthopaedics, Plastics and Regional Anesthesiology Division.
Dr. Muir, Professor of Anesthesiology, joined our department in September of 1998. She helped establish our Women’s Anesthesia Division in which she became Chief of in 2000. In that role, Dr. Muir directed all operations of the division, including clinical care, research and the development of its faculty and staff. She also created our fellowship training program in obstetric anesthesia, fostering a fantastic educational opportunity for residents. In 2005, Dr. Muir was appointed as Vice Chair of Clinical Operations. Over the past 11 years, she has diligently worked with our leadership to implement information systems, increase operating room volumes and efficiency, and create an optimal platform for clinical activity in the perioperative arena at Duke University Hospital. Dr. Muir has been instrumental in forming collaborative relationships between our department and all disciplines in the hospital, as well as recruiting, retaining and mentoring many of our current faculty. These efforts have enabled substantial growth of services and have allowed our department to achieve excellence in perioperative patient care.
Most notably, Dr. Muir helped launch Duke Anesthesiology’s Global Health Program. Dr. Muir has dedicated much of her career at Duke Anesthesiology to advancing opportunities for our residents to take part in global health missions in low resource countries, providing them an invaluable opportunity to expand their knowledge, teach others, and improve the quality of anesthetic care of patients abroad. And, just this summer, the Duke Global Health Institute appointed her as affiliate faculty. Her passion for maternal and neonatal outcomes, and her commitment to the field of anesthesia have certainly been evident during her many leadership roles here at Duke.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to work as an educator and a mentor to many individuals during my 18 years at Duke. Watching and nurturing the growth and development of our faculty has been my biggest pleasure,” says Dr. Muir. “During my time at Duke, we have created a department that cares for and supports each other in all we do. I will miss Duke and all that it stands for. I leave very proud to have been a member of the Department of Anesthesiology. I will miss every member of our department. You each add so much to make collectively an incredible team.”
Dr. Martin, Professor of Anesthesiology, joined our department in July of 1998. He became Chief of the Orthopaedics, Plastics and Regional Anesthesiology Division in 2003. Under his leadership, the regional anesthesiologist’s role has rapidly expanded within our hospital through the introduction of new technology, pharmacological agents and care plans. In his new Vice Chair role, he will work closely with our hospital, departmental leadership, faculty, CRNAs and trainees to deliver the highest quality of care to our patients. “I am honored to be appointed this new role,” says Dr. Martin. “Health care of the present and future must be patient-centered, delivering the best quality of care based on evidence whenever possible, in a manner acceptable and accessible to all. Success will not be my success but rather our success.”
Dr. Gadsden, Associate Professor of Anesthesiology, joined our department in 2014 from St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital in New York, where he was Residency Program Director, Regional Anesthesiology Fellowship Director, and Vice Chair for Clinical Operations. He is currently the Associate Director of the Regional Anesthesiology and Acute Pain Medicine Fellowship Program and known for his passion for education, particularly the use of ultrasound in the perioperative optimization of patients. “It’s a real honor and a privilege to have the opportunity to help grow this already spectacular division,” says Dr. Gadsden. “We’ve made great strides under Dr. Martin’s excellent leadership and I look forward to further breaking ground in the field of regional anesthesia and acute pain medicine.”
We wish Drs. Muir, Martin and Gadsden the best in their new roles and future endeavors.