Department of Anesthesiology

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Meet the Department of Anesthesiology faculty and staff

Meet the Department of Anesthesiology faculty and staff.

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The Department of Anesthesiology in the news

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The Department of Anesthesiology at Rush University has long been recognized for its comprehensive and excellent medical care. Located in the heart of the Illinois Medical District, the anesthesiology department offers patients the best in innovative anesthesia and medical services. This stimulating environment also provides the department’s postgraduate residents and fellows with a rich and extensive academic experience in all areas of anesthesiology, including solid organ  transplants, major neurosurgical and spinal surgery, tertiary obstetrics, critical care and pain medicine. In addition to Rush, the department provides medical care at Rush Oak Park Hospital and the Rush Surgicenter. The anesthesiology department also has one of the country’s largest pain centers, providing acute and chronic pain management services to more than 12,000 patients annually in preoperative and non-operative settings.

Department of Anesthesiology in the News

Resident News

Kathleen L. Than, M.D. wins Robert D. Dripps, M.D. memorial award.

The award is presented annually to the outstanding graduate resident in Anesthesiology.

Resident News

Anna Dziamski, M.D. wins Katalin Selmeczi, M.D. & Curt J. Stokes, M.D. memorial award.

The award is given to the graduating resident who embodies the spirit, humanism, devotion, courage and work ethic exemplified by Katalin Selmeczi, M.D. and Curt J. Stokes, M.D.

Resident News

CA-3 Resident Fellowship Placements.

Congratulations to the following residents on their respective fellowship placements.

Resident News

The Midwest Anesthesia Resident’s Conference (MARC) was held April 21 – 23, 2017 at The Hyatt Regency Chicago. The Department of Anesthesiology had twenty-eight residents presenting thirty research studies or case reports. Ten of our residents received awards for their presentations. 

Congratulations to John Ha, who won the 2nd place FAER award for his presentation in basic sciences titled: The Role of Cartilage B-Catenin Signaling in the Development of Spondyloarthritis in Mice. Dr. Ha was mentored by Dr. Jeffrey Kroin.

Congratulations also to the following MARC award winners.

Faculty News
David M. Rothenberg, MD, FCCM, Receives the Distinguished Service Award for “Outstanding Contribution to the Advancement of Anesthesiology in Illinois” from The Illinois Society of Anesthesiologists.
                  Award presented at 4/29/17 ceremony.
                                       Faculty News
Asokumar Buvanandran, MD, Appointed President of American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine.
Originally founded in 1923, ASRA was reborn in 1975 and is the largest subspecialty medical society in Anesthesiology. With approximately 4,500 members, the society has rich international distribution and rising attendance at annual meetings and scientific presentations. Dr. Buvanendran’s ASRA presidency will last through April 2019 and include hosting the World Congress of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, an event not scheduled to occur in the United States for another 24 years and expected to attract more than 3,000 delegates.

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