Duke Anesthesiology Fist Bump

Fist Bump for Blair Costin, MD, Vijay Krishnamoorthy, MD, Rachael Mintz-Cole, MD, and Jamie Privratsky, MD

We had to figure out a full ICU week on short notice and multiple team members stepped in to fill shifts. Vijay worked nine days in row (!), Jamie did additional days even though we couldn't trade shifts, Rachael had to work night shifts after these additional ones, and Blair was just coming off ICU nights. All these team members went above and beyond to help out when we needed and they all deserve recognition for their hard work and dedication to our ICUs. - Nitin Mehdiratta, MD

Fist Bump for Joshua Dooley, MD

On a particularly busy OR day, Dr. Dooley stepped in to help with several challenging procedures. Despite also being busy, he went above and beyond by making an intentional effort to teach both me and my pre-med student; he created a supportive learning environment and brought levity and positivity to the situation. He made the patient feel comfortable and well-cared for. Very grateful for the opportunity to work with him - he’s a phenomenal asset to the department. - Reade Tillman, MD

Fist Bump for Polly Hurlburt

For the second year in a row, the Pre-K students at Ravenscroft made a toy donation to Duke Child Life Services. As a service project in honor of MLK Day, the Pre-K students collect toys for hospitalized children. Our Child Life team is so grateful for the fantastic collection of toys and games to share with our patients. What a wonderful way to teach Pre-K students about community service, and a beautiful way to honor the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. - Andrea Udani, MD

Fist Bump for Teena Wyatt and Jenifer Crompton

Teena and Jenifer have done such an amazing job managing the Critical Care Medicine Fellowship. They have streamlined the interview process during application season and have gone above and beyond to support the faculty and fellows who are involved in recruitment. I want to acknowledge their hard work and the amazing energy that they bring to all of our fellowships. Thank you Teena and Jen for everything that you do. - Nazish Hashmi, MD

Fist Bump for Carrie Holbert

Carrie has been amazing supporting a multifaceted grant submission and being a strong team player. Thank you for the hard work, dedication, patience, and persistence to get this submission through the finish line. - Miriam Treggiari, MD, PhD, MPH

Fist Bump for Jessica Bezdziecki, CRNA

Big thanks to Jessica for coming in to help with many emergencies in the OR on L&D over the holiday! We truly appreciate all the team work in keeping these laboring ladies safe and cared for! - Kristal Barbee, CRNA

Fist Bump for Jennifer Easterling, CRNA

Thanks so much for coming to L&D over the holiday and placing an epidural on all of the laboring ladies on the floor while the three of us assigned to L&D managed many simultaneous emergencies! Without you, many would have been in pain. - Kristal Barbee, CRNA

Fist Bump for Leah Acker, MD, Kristal Barbee, CRNA, Jessica Bezdziecki, CRNA, Jennifer Easterling, CRNA, and Suhas Kochat, MD

Thank you to the amazing L&D and Duke North (DN) team for keeping our moms and babies safe! Kristal and Dr. Kochat did an amazing job taking care of two complex patients in emergent situations. Thank you to the DN team (Dr. Acker, Jennifer and Jessica) for coming up to help and making sure that our very full and active unit was well looked after while my team was busy actively caring for the other two patients for the majority of the night! - Mary Yurashevich, MD

Fist Bump for Sujatha Cumaran, MD

I wanted to pass along how impressed I have been with the performances of one of the anesthesia interns, Dr. Sujatha Cumaran, on the general pulmonary service. As a nocturnist, I get to interact with a lot of interns, and she seems far ahead of the curve on all counts – her clinical thinking is very organized, she is excellent at quickly incorporating new information into her treatment plans, and she demonstrates a lot of compassion and respect for her patients.