That’s a Wrap! Highlights From ASA 2016

We would like to thank all members of our department who helped make this year’s American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) meeting in Chicago a huge success! Duke Anesthesiology made a big impression at this year’s event with 59 faculty and trainees participating in the conference, including 102 lectures, workshops, panel discussions, presentations, and more. Please join us in congratulating Dr. Miles Berger for receiving the inaugural William L. Young Neuroscience Research Award and Dr. Miklos Kertai for winning “Best of Abstracts: Clinical Science” for his project titled, “Interrelationship of Preoperative Anemia, Postoperative Anemia, Acute Kidney Injury And Mortality After Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting Surgery.”

During the conference, we hosted Duke Anesthesiology’s 28th Annual ASA Alumni Event at the ROOF on theWit. Nearly 200 guests (including Duke Anesthesiology faculty, trainees, staff, alumni, donors and friends) joined us atop the #1 rooftop bar in Chicago surrounded by breathtaking views of the “Windy City” for a night of music, dancing, culinary cuisine and celebration. Guests enhanced their evening by bidding on 16 silent auction items (graciously donated by our faculty and the department) to benefit our Global Health Program and the DREAM Campaign. This year’s winning bidders raised $3,630 which will help fund our residents’ travel expenses for their global health missions.

One of the most anticipated highlights of the evening was the announcement of the 2017 DREAM Innovation Grant (DIG) recipients. Congratulations to…

  • Kamrouz Ghadimi, MD – “Role of Sirtuins in Platelet Aging and Perioperative Thrombocytopenia after Mechanical Circulatory Support”
  • Ian Welsby, MB BS – “Red Cell Rejuvenation for Optimal Tissue Oxygen Delivery”

The DIG is part of the 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. This year’s DIG recipients will each receive $30,000 in seed money for their pilot study which ultimately helps them apply for and obtain extramural funding. To date, $542,900 has been funded by DIGs which has led to nearly $8 million in extramural funding. We’d like to express our appreciation to the DIG Application Review Committee, the DREAM Campaign board members and chairwoman, Elizabeth Allardice (who joined us at the alumni event), along with our donors who continue to support our research programs and initiatives, ultimately helping us transform the future of patient care.

It was also another successful fundraiser at the 7th Annual ASA Sponsored Run For The Warriors 5k race, dedicated to the men and women wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan, their families and families of the fallen. I’m proud to announce that for the sixth year in a row, the Duke Anesthesiology team won first place for fundraising – a total of $7,405! All proceeds from the race benefit wounded warriors and their families through the many Hope For The Warriors® programs. Thank you to the 34 Duke Anesthesiology race participants and donors who raised money for this good cause. A special congratulations goes to faculty members, Drs. Richard Moon and Catherine Kuhn, for being among the top five fundraisers of the entire event, and Drs. Jack Gamble (CA-2 resident) and Ying Hui Low (Duke Anesthesiology alumnus) who medaled for having one of the top three race times in their age group!

We sincerely appreciate the continued support of our Duke Anesthesiology team and their 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 2017 and we look forward to celebrating at our ASA alumni event next October in Boston!