That’s a Wrap! Highlights from ASA 2018

2018 ASA Wrap-UpWe would like to thank all members of our department who helped make this year’s American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) meeting in San Francisco a success. Duke Anesthesiology made a big impression at this year’s event with 47 faculty and trainees participating in the conference, including 96 lectures, workshops, panel discussions, presentations, and more.

During the conference, we hosted Duke Anesthesiology’s 30th Annual ASA Alumni Event at Cityscape for a night of celebration. Thanks to our winning bidders at this year’s live auction (emceed by John Borrelli), we raised $5,225 to benefit our Global Health Program; these funds will directly support our residents’ global health missions. Two other anticipated highlights of the evening were: 1) the reveal of the 2019 DREAM Innovation Grant (DIG) recipients and 2) the announcement of the inaugural scholars of our new Academy for Building Leadership Excellence (ABLE) Program.

Congratulations to:

John Whittle, MBBS, MD, FHEA, FRCA, FFICM

“Can a Structured Exercise Intervention Modulate the Vagal Inflammatory Response in High-Risk Surgical Patients?”

Huaxin Sheng, MD

“Effect of Neuronal Stimulation in Enhancing Injured Spinal Cord Repair”

Andrea Nackley, PhD

“A Molecular Exploration into Comorbid Chronic Pain and Obesity”

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, $752,378 has been funded by DIGs, which has led to nearly $11 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. Please click here to make an online donation to our DREAM Campaign.

The ABLE Program is designed to accelerate career development for junior faculty in their chosen pathway by pairing them in a one-year program with a personal coach. Congratulations to those selected for the 2019 ABLE Program, which officially begins on January 2nd: Drs. Elizabeth Malinzak (Education), Amanda Kumar (Education), Timothy Stanley (Clinical Operations), Lisa Einhorn (Clinical Operations), Mary Yurashevich (Clinical Research), John Whittle (Clinical Research) and Jamie Privratsky (Translational Research).

It was also another successful fundraiser at the 9th 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 eighth consecutive year, the Duke Anesthesiology team won first place for fundraising – a total of $5,025. All proceeds from the race benefit wounded warriors and their families through the many Hope For The Warriors® programs. At the event, we were presented with the 2018 Team Award for our participation and fundraising efforts. And, Dr. Richard Moon received the 2018 Top Fundraiser Award. Thank you to him and all of the race participants and donors who raised money for this nonprofit veteran service organization. A special congratulations goes to Duke Medical School students, Reed Kamyszek, who placed first in the overall race (with a time of 17:16), and Tiffany Dong, who placed third 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 2019 and we look forward to celebrating at our ASA alumni event next October in Orlando.

Chris KeithThat’s a Wrap! Highlights from ASA 2018