NIH T32 - Integrated Training in Anesthesiology (GM08600)

This program is designed to provide postdoctoral fellows with research training devoted to improving care of the anesthetized/critically ill patient by advancing scientific knowledge in the field. The Department of Anesthesiology at Duke University Medical Center has intensively invested its resources in development of multidisciplinary laboratory and clinical research environments to offer state-of-the-art research training experiences. We have also innovated in anesthesiology residency training to provide a research continuum that provides a highly effective preparatory phase prior to T32 enrollment. The T32 program offers a distinguished training faculty (see below for current faculty listing). Additional qualified faculty may be recruited to accommodate areas of research training consistent with trainee research interests.

The T32 training program involves a 2-3 year continuum during which trainees work under the close and direct supervision of a program faculty member on research projects of mutual interest. Emphasis is placed on learning responsible research skills, achieving mastery of the literature, independent hypothesis generation, experimental design, data analysis, presentation of research findings and competition for extramural funding. Trainees are encouraged to exploit relationships established with members of the program faculty for both enrichment of research skill repertoires and development of long-term collaborative relationships.

The Program Director, the Research Council of senior scientists, and the departmental chair, direct the program. Trainees formally report to the program leadership at quarterly intervals for guidance of trainee performance and progress in achieving program goals.

Trainees are sought from a national pool of eligible candidates. The primary focus of this program is the research training of select post-doctoral fellows having the goal of substantive progression toward independent investigator status.  The program also is the cornerstone of our departmental research training endeavor setting high standards for investigative training offered to medical students, residents, junior faculty, and visiting scholars who participate in the research training process.

Requisite Qualifications

  • Completion of MD (or equivalent) and/or PhD degrees.
  • US citizen or permanent resident.

Terms of Training

  • The program allows up to 36 months eligibility, with stipends awarded per NIH guidelines based on number of years since completion of terminal degree.
  • Qualified individuals may also participate in limited clinical practice.

We especially encourage individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, 1 those with disabilities, 2 and those from disadvantaged backgrounds, who meet the Requisite Qualifications, to investigate and apply for this research training opportunity. Referrals to such individuals will be appreciated and contacted by the Program Director.

1Individuals from racial and ethnic groups that have been shown by the National Science Foundation to be underrepresented in health-related sciences on a national basis. (Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering). The following racial and ethnic groups have been shown to be underrepresented in biomedical research: Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, American Indians or Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders.

2Individuals with disabilities, who are defined as those with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, as described in the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and NSF data. For further information on Duke accommodations please see: https://access.duke.edu.

3Individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds defined as

  • Individuals who come from a family with an annual income below established low-income thresholds. These thresholds are based on family size, published by the U.S. Bureau of the Census; adjusted annually for changes in the Consumer Price Index; and adjusted by the Secretary for use in all health professions programs. The Secretary periodically publishes these income levels.
  • Individuals who come from an educational environment such as that found in certain rural or inner-city environments that has demonstrably and directly inhibited the individual from obtaining the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to develop and participate in a research career.

For further information, please contact the Program Co-Director, Miriam Treggiari, MD, PhD.

Duke Anesthesiology T32 Fellowship Interest Form

Our Integrated Training in Anesthesiology Research accepts fellowship applications year-round. We invite all interested applicants to apply by completing the T32 Fellowship Interest Form and joining our long-standing, exceptional research training program at Duke Anesthesiology.

We strongly encourage applications from all groups that have been shown by the National Institutes of Health to be nationally underrepresented in health sciences research training. This includes certain racial and ethnic groups, persons with disabilities, or persons from disadvantaged economic backgrounds, as described below.

  1. The following racial and ethnic groups have been shown to be underrepresented in biomedical research: African Americans, Hispanic Americas, Native Americans, Alaskan Natives, Hawaiian Natives, and natives of the US Pacific Islands.
  2. Individuals with disabilities, who are defined as those with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities.
  3. Individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds who are defined as:
    1. Individuals who come from a family with an annual income below established low-income thresholds. These thresholds are based on family size, published by the U.S. Bureau of the Census; adjusted annually for changes in the Consumer Price Index; and adjusted by the Secretary for use in all health professions programs. For individuals from low-income backgrounds, the institution must be able to demonstrate that such candidates (a) have qualified for Federal disadvantaged assistance; or
    2. Individuals who have received any of the following student loans: Health Professional Student Loans (HPSL), Loans for Disadvantaged Student Programs; or have received scholarships from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under the Scholarship for Individuals with Exceptional Financial Need. b. Individuals who come from a social, cultural, or educational environment such as that found in certain rural or inner-city environments that have demonstrably and recently directly inhibited the individual from obtaining the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to develop and participate in a research career. Recruitment and retention plans related to a disadvantaged background are most applicable to high school and perhaps undergraduate candidates, but would be more difficult to justify for individuals beyond that level of achievement.

Meet the Current Trainees

Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology
Assistant Professor in Anesthesiology
Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology

Past Trainees

Left to Right: Drs. Leah Acker, Anne Cherry, Michael Devinney, Jennifer Dominguez
Left to Right: Drs. Christopher Donnelly, Kamrouz Ghadimi, J. Taylor Herbert, Marie-Louise Meng
Left to Right: Drs. Jamie Privratsky, M. Yawar Oadri, Quintin Quinones, Nathan Waldron
Left to Right: Dr. David Williams

Training Faculty

Name/Degree(s) Rank Primary (& Secondary) Appointment(s) Role in Program Research Interest
Abraham, Soman N., PhD Professor Pathology (Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, Immunology.) Faculty Role of mast cells in innate immunity
Coffman, Thomas, MD Professor Medicine (Cell Biology and Immunology) Faculty Hypertension, molecular pathogenesis of kidney disease
Colton, Carol, PhD Professor Neurology Faculty Mechanisms of Alzheimer’s Disease
Ji, Ru-Rong, PhD Professor Anesthesiology (Neurobiology) Faculty, Research Council Mechanisms of chronic pain
Neuroinflammation
Jordt, Sven-Eric, PhD Associate Professor Anesthesiology Faculty, Research Council Pain and inflammation
Krystal, Andrew, MD Professor Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences; DCRI Faculty Sleep and Mood Disorders
Kuo, Chay, MD Assistant Professor Cell Biology (Neurobiology, Pediatrics) Faculty Neural stem cell functions in health and after brain injury
Laskowitz, Daniel, MD, MHS Professor Neurology (Medicine, Neurobiology, Anesthesiology) Faculty Stroke, acute brain injury
Lefkowitz, Robert, MD Investigator, James B. Duke Professor of Medicine, Professor Cell Biology, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Faculty G-Proteins, Cell signaling
Levy, Jerrold, H., MD Professor Anesthesiology (Surgery) Faculty, Research Council Hemostasis, thrombin signaling, anaphylaxis, acute inflammation, cardiovascular pharmacology
Liedtke, Wolfgang, MD, PhD Associate Professor Neurology (Anesthesiology, Neurobiology) Faculty Pain patho-physiology; trigeminal pain
Lo, Donald, PhD Associate Professor Neurobiology Faculty Neurodegenerative diseases and stroke
Mathew, Joseph P., MD, MHSc, MBA Professor Anesthesiology Faculty, Research Council Mechanisms of cognitive dysfunction after cardiac surgery
McMahon, Timothy, MD, PhD Associate Professor Medicine Faculty Cell signaling by nitric oxide, red blood cell-derived vascular mediators, transfusion medicine
Moon, Richard, MD Professor Anesthesiology (Medicine) Faculty Environmental physiology (hypoxia, altitude, diving), opioid effects on respiratory chemosensitivity, noninvasive monitoring of tissue oxygenation
Murtha, Amy P., MD Professor Obstetrics and Gynecology (Pediatrics) Faculty Preterm birth, Preterm premature rupture of membranes
Newgard, Christopher, PhD Professor Pharmacology and Cancer Biology (Medicine) Faculty Understanding of metabolic regulatory mechanisms and the application of this knowledge for gaining insights into chronic conditions and diseases such as obesity and diabetes
Ortel, Thomas, MD, PhD Professor Medicine
Director, Anticoagulation Management Service
Director, Duke Clinical Coagulation and Platelet Immunology Laboratories
Faculty Inherited thrombotic and hemorrhagic disorders, antiphospholipid antibody syndromes, heparin-induced thrombocytopenia, coagulation factor inhibitors, anticoagulant therapy management, hemophilia and other bleeding disorders
Piantadosi, Claude, MD Professor Medicine (Pathology, Anesthesiology) Faculty Molecular pathology of sepsis and extreme environments
Pitt, Geoffrey, MD, PhD Professor Medicine (Neurobiology, Pharmacology and Cancer Biology) Faculty Mechanisms that control Ca2+ influx through voltage-gated Ca2+ channels and mechanisms by which internal calcium regulates other channels that influence Ca2+ channel function. Studies of mutations that lead to inherited channelopathies such as cardiac arrhythmias and epilepsy.
Podgoreanu, Mihai, MD, FASE Associate Professor Anesthesiology Faculty, Research Council Mechanisms of myocardial ischemia-reperfusion injury, application of genomic technologies in perioperative and acute medicine, clinical decision support utilizing actionable genomic information, predictive modeling, biomarkers in perioperative medicine
Stafford-Smith, Mark, MD Professor  Anesthesiology Faculty, Research Council Cardiothoracic anesthesiology
Study of analgesic strategies after cardiothoracic surgical procedures
Performance of clinical trials
Perioperative transfusion and hemostasis
Treggiari, Miriam, MD, PhD Professor Anesthesiology Faculty, Program Director Outcomes research in critical care, subarachnoid hemorrhage, ICU delirium
Welsby, Ian, MD Professor Anesthesiology Faculty Cardiothoracic anesthesia, critical care and perioperative coagulopathy, transesophageal echocardiography, perioperative transfusion