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DEI Award
Congratulations to Aaron Varatharajan, MD,  Bishir Clayton MD, and Lisa P. Solomon DO, FASA recipients of the ISA and ASA diversity, equity and inclusion grants. 

DEI Award ISA ASA Anes department 2022

 

Congratulations to Andrew Keeney, DO and Theodore J. Jeske, DO for scoring in the top 10 percent among those who took the ABA Basic Examination this June 2022.

Pictured: Andrew Keeney, DO.

 

Pictured: Theodore J. Jeske, DO

 Vikash J. Patel, DO Recipient of the 2022 Robert D. Dripps, MD Memorial Award 
The award is presented annually to the outstanding graduate resident in Anesthesiology.
Haley M. Wardrip, MD Recipient of the 2022 Katalin Selmeczi, MD & Curt J Stokes, III MD Memorial Award
This award is given to the graduating resident in Anesthesiology who embodies the spirit, humanism, devotion, courage, and work ethic exemplified by Katalin Selmeczi, MD and Curt J. Stokes, MD.
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Environmental Excellence Award
Rush University Medical Center was recently awarded a GOLD Award by Stryker Sustainability Solution’s team for their efforts to reduce waste.  In 2021 Rush diverted 10,000 pounds of waste. We are continuing to work toward more sustainable process, workflows, and operations in the coming years and appreciate the efforts of all the Rush teams.

 

 

Dr. Lisa Solomon, DO Portrait
Dr. Solomon interviewed on Millennials access to accurate medical information

 

A new study shows 37% of millennials, or those ages 25 to 34 years old, do not trust their health care providers.

The high prevalence of medical misinformation available for all ages has led to a greater push to educate the public. The U.S. Surgeon General declared public health misinformation an “urgent threat to public health” in October 2021. 

A recent study from Harmony Healthcare IT indicates that 69% of its millennial respondents searched online for health and medical advice instead of going to the doctor. In addition, 25% of these respondents reported they had also trusted online information to diagnose their symptoms accurately.  This can come at a dangerous health risk as over 70% of people have been exposed to medical or health-related misinformation.

While information is instantaneous and accessible for those with internet access, the problem with online medical information is the rapid exchange and spread of information that may not be credible, which leads to further confusion. In addition, patients may misdiagnose their medical issue, request unnecessary tests or delay treatment.

“As a board-certified cardiac anesthesiologist, I understand that physicians have the knowledge needed to diagnose and treat medical conditions and online sources do not replace the 12-14 years of medical school and residency. But physicians can do more to address medical misinformation.”

It is imperative that everyone, not just millennials, are extremely cautious of relying on unvetted online medical information. Misinformation is dangerous.

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Sanguino, Luis, MD at SNMA Conference 2022
Student National Medical Association (SNMA) 2022
This year the SNMA was hosted in Orland, FL and the department was proud to have Dr. Sanguino represent Rush University Medical Center and the Department of Anesthesiology.   Medical students of all education levels attend the SNMA’s Annual Medical Education Conference, which is consistently the largest gathering of underrepresented minority medical students in the nation.
“This was my first time attending the SNMA conference. During this conference I was extremely happy to meet many people from various ethnic backgrounds from high school all the way to medical school inquiring about Rush and Anesthesiology in particular. As a first generation Hispanic in the US and first physician in my family, I believe it is very important to continue to encourage young, underrepresented students to pursue a career in medicine and to show them that it is not impossible for people with a different ethnic and cultural heritage to become a physician.”
- Luis Sanguino, MD
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SNMA Conference 2022 Rush Anesthesiology

Jay L. Shils, PhD, D. ABNM, FASNM  - ABNM Chairperson
Dr. Jay L. Shils, PhD, D. ABNM, FASNM elected to chairperson of the of the American Board of Neurophysiological Monitoring (ABNM)
The department of Anesthesiology would like to congratulate Dr. Shils on his election as Chairman of the American Board of Neurophysiological Monitoring.  Additionally, he is the Director of Neurophysiological Intraoperative Monitoring as well as a Full Professor in the department of Anesthesiology at Rush.
Dr. Shils is an expert in Neuromodulation, Microelectrode recording, and Intraoperative Neurophysiological Monitoring techniques and applications.
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Residents in a Room podcast ASA American Society of Anesthesiologists Drs. Petravick and Desai
Rush Residents Drs. Petravick and Desai featured on ASA Residents in a Room podcast - Discussing Technological Changes
Dr. Dillon Tinevez discusses how technological changes have impacted the practice of anesthesiology with fellow residents Drs. Shyam Desai, Mike Petravick, Janhavi Dhargalkar, Artush Grigoryan and Kannan Aravagiri. From apps and wearable technology to learning curves and evolving skill sets, guests consider the many ways technology has shaped anesthesiologists’ practices, skills, and experiences.
Listen to Residents in a Room Episode 36: Past to Present – Technological Changes
Link to Podcast on ASA website
Dr Buvanendran Cutting edge therapies without opioids
Dr. Buvanendran on FOX 32 - Cutting Edge Therapies for Chronic Pain Being Developed at Rush
Cutting edge therapies for chronic pain are being developed in Chicago at Rush hospital.
“The incidence of chronic pain is significant,” said Dr. Asokumar Buvanendran the Anesthesiology Department Chair at Rush University Medical Center. “In fact, it is much more than hypertension and diabetes combined,” he added.  
Rush is partnering with the National Institute of Health to identify where chronic pain originates and who is most susceptible to developing it.  
They are using MRI scans of the brain to get their results.  
“Traditionally, pain is reported by the patient, but we can actually see documented evidence now in the brain of the circuits that light up with chronic pain.  So that’s a really exciting and new field that’s developed over the years,” said Dr. Buvanendran
Instead of prescribing opioids, doctors are now able to insert electrodes surgically into the spine to stop pain signals before they reach the brain and trigger discomfort.   “So if you’re able to interrupt the signals in the process, you naturally can cut down the pain signals going to the brain, and therefore you decrease the pain perception,” said Dr. Buvanendran.
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Behnoosh Shayegan, MD, Shira Miller, MS, CCLS,
Helping Kids Navigate Surgery

Going into surgery is nerve-racking for anyone, but it can be especially frightening for children. Rush University Children’s Hospital has a new tool that is helping Rush’s youngest patients better understand their surgery experience and take on an active role in their care — all while having fun.
Behnoosh Shayegan, MD, director of pediatric anesthesiology, first got the idea for a tool like this while completing her anesthesiology fellowship. She witnessed what a difficult and stressful time this could be for children and dreamed of creating something fun and interactive that could help ease the anxiety of patients going through the surgical process.
Dr. Shayegan teamed up with Shira Miller, MS, CCLS, manager of child life and creative arts therapies, and the two thought through every stage of a patients’ journey into surgery from the moment they walk through the doors to discharge. The treasure map has been a longtime vision of Shayegan’s. 
I wanted to create an interactive tool that puts the patients themselves in charge of their care,” Dr. Shayegan says. “When kids are involved in something that they’re usually scared of, they tend to react more positively.
As patients make their way through the day of surgery and conquer each island on the treasure map, they get a sticker to mark the completion of another step. When the young explorers finally land at Recovery Island, aka the recovery room, they have reached the treasure and are able to collect a prize from a treasure box which includes small, age-appropriate toys. 

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Anesthesiology Child Life Services Treasure Map

Behnoosh Shayegan, MD
Congratulations to Dr. Behnoosh Shayegan on her Promotion to Associate Professor!
It is with great please that we congratulate Dr. Shayegan, MD on her promotion within Rush Medical College to the rank of Associate Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology.  Dr. Shayegan’s work as an anesthesiologist and as the Director of Pediatric Anesthesiology has brough her both academic and professional accolades, and we wish her continued success. 
Dr. Arvind Rajagopal, MD, MPH
Congratulations to Dr. Rajagopal on his promotion to Associate Professor
It is with great pleasure that we wish to announce the promotion of Dr. Arvind Rajagopal, MD, MPH, currently the director of the Anesthesiology residency program, to the rank of Associate Professor.  We are grateful for the many years of dedication he has shown to the anesthesiology department, and we hope for many more.
Sandeep Amin, MDBrian W. Birmingham, MD

Congratulations to Drs. Amin and Birmingham on their Promotion to Associate Professor

The Anesthesiology department would like to thank Dr. Sandeep Amin, MD, Director of Anesthesia Rush Oak Park Hospital, Medical director of the Rush Oak Park Pain Clinic, as well as Dr. Brain Birmingham, MD, Director Cardiac Anesthesiology & Liver Transplant Anesthesiology, for their contributions to the department and congratulate them on their well deserved promotion to Associate Professor. 
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Guest Speaker William McDade, MD, PhD
Dr. William McDade recently presented Diversity and Inclusion in Graduate Medical Education at the Department of Anesthesiology’s weekly Grand Rounds.
 
William McDade, MD, PhD is Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer for the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. Dr. McDade was recently appointed Adjunct Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology at Rush University Medical Center. He has been Chief Academic Officer/EVP for the Ochsner Health System, Professor and Deputy Provost at the University of Chicago, and Associate Dean at the Pritzker School of Medicine. He has served on the executive committee of the Joint Commission Board and has served on boards for the AMA, NBME, and ACGME.  He has been a President and Board Chair of local and state medical societies in Illinois and Chair of the National Medical Association’s Anesthesiology Section and the AMA’s Council on Medical Education.  He is a board-certified Anesthesiologist having graduated from the Prizker School Medical Scientist Training Program, earning a PhD in Biophysics and Theoretical Biology.  He completed an internal medicine internship at UChicago and his anesthesiology residency at the Massachusetts General Hospita.
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Lisa Solomon, DO
Dr. Lisa Solomon joins Rush University Medical Center as an assistant professor in the Department of Anesthesiology. She received her D.O at Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed her fellowship in Cardiothoracic Anesthesia at Loyola University. Recently, Dr. Solomon was published in ASA Monitor with the topic of “Health Literacy in Anesthesia: Moving the Needle in Health Equity.” To view the article, please click on the following link https://pubs.asahq.org/monitor/article/85/8/27/116105/Health-Literacy-in-Anesthesia-Moving-the-Needle-in 

 

Class of 2021 Resident and Farewell Dinner
On Saturday, June 5th, 2021, the Department of Anesthesiology hosted a small gathering to celebrate the Class of 2021 Anesthesiology Residents, Pain Medicine Fellows, and Regional Anesthesia Fellow. The event took place at Gibsons Bar and Steakhouse in downtown Chicago. Smiles and laughter filled the air as we all reflected on their past experiences and accomplishments while at Rush University Medical Center.
To view photos from this event and other departmental Instagram posts click on the following link: https://www.instagram.com/p/CT5etPOPu9i/?utm_medium=share_sheet

 

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Jordan Schell, MD awarded the Robert D. Dripps, MD Memorial Award
The award is presented annually to the outstanding graduate resident in Anesthesiology.
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Teuta Marsic, MD awarded the Katalin Selmeczi, MD & Curt J. Stokes, III, MD Memorial Award
The award is given to the graduating resident who embodies the spirit, humanism, devotion, courage, and work ethic exemplified by Katalin Selmeczi, MD and Curt J. Stokes, MD.
 
Dr. Sarah Cocoma, MD
Dr. Cocoma awarded Non-Surgical Attending of the Year
Rush University Medical Center surgical residents have selected Dr. Sarah Cocoma as this years “Non-Surgical Attending of the Year”.  The anesthesiology department hardily congratulates Dr. Cocoma on wining this prestigious award.  The award was presented to Dr. Cocoma at  the surgical residents’ virtual graduation on June 26th, 2021.
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Darren Gorman, MD, nominated for Hero of the Heart award
Hero of the Heart award
Darren Gorman, an anesthesiology resident, was nominated for the Hero of the Heart award on June 28, 2021 by the chaplain, Flora Tang.  It was for his involvement with an  extubation in the AICU.  Flora said, 
“I was the on-call chaplain on Thursday, 6/24/2021 evening, when Darren paged me to support the family of a patient on 10W who was being compassionately extubated. I witnessed how Darren supported the emotional needs of different members of the family while patiently answering medical questions and suggesting that they do not witness the extubation, while going out of his way to care for the family’s spiritual needs as well. I was able to feel how much care there was in the brief encounter for the grieving family’s wellbeing.
May you continue to be a source of both healing and inspiration to the entire Rush University Medical Center.  You are an exemplary credit to your profession and a true Hero of the Heart.”

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2021 ASA Resident Ambassador
Congratulations to Ryan Kuta, who was selected as a member of the 2021 American Society of Anesthesiologists Resident Experience team. Ryan will work with nine other peers across the country to create a new space for thoughtful, candid discussion in a private online environment built by and for residents.
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2021 ASA “Best of Abstracts”

Congratulation to Dr. Vaskar Das on being awarded the American Society of Anesthesiologest (ASA) 2021 conference “Best of Abstracts: Basic Science” for his abstract  ”Effect of Opioid and Ampa Antagonists on (2r,6r)-HNK (Hydroxynorketamine) Anti-hyperalgesic Activity” at ANESTHESIOLOGY 2021 Annual Meeting to be held in San Diego, California on Sunday, October 10th, 2021

Luis Sanguino
Pillsbury Trust Award
Congratulations to Luis Sanguino, one of this year’s recipients of the Pillsbury Trust Award. The Pillsbury Hospital Residents Trust was established to provide financial aid to residents and fellows during their advanced training in the various fields of medicine and surgery.
 
A Holiday Thanks to the Pediatric Anesthesiology Team A Holiday Thanks to the Pediatric Anesthesiology Team 
Child Life Services sends a huge shoutout to this team from University Anesthesiologists seen in the photo, who generously collected and donated toys for the pediatric patients in Rush University Children’s Hospital this holiday season. This donation was organized by Behnoosh Shayegan, MD, director of pediatric anesthesia, and Shira Miller, MS, CCLS, manager, Child Life.
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2020 Schweppe Foundation Grant Award

Congratulation to Dr. Vaskar Das on the 2020 Schweppe Foundation Grant and Armour pilot grants (Ketamine Metabolite, (2R, 6R) - Hydroxynorketamine as an Alternative Analgesic Target in Low Back Pain, Evaluation of Direct and Indirect Analgesic Efficacy in a Murine Low Back Pain Model), he was recently selected using an NIH-style peer-review panel comprised of Rush research faculty members. These grants will allow development of preliminary data to enable the investigators to be competitive for future federal or private funding. Thank you to the review panel members and congratulations to the awardees! Dr. Das is the principal investigator on this award grant in collaboration with Dr. Asokumar Buvanendran and Dr. Robert McCarthy (Department of Anesthesiology).

 

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Maiko Yamashita Ellen Elpern Voice of the APRN award
Maiko Yamashita, CRNA winner of the Ellen Elpern Voice of the APRN award for 2020

Maiko Yamashita, CRNA has been selected as the winner of the Ellen Elpern Voice of the APRN award for 2020. This is the first time that a CRNA has been awarded this Rush system-wide recognition for excellence in practice, mentoring and leadership.

 

Congratulations Maiko on this outstanding achievement!!

Faculty News  
Get your elective surgeries in now, some doctors say
As elective surgeries get the green light to resume, some patients may have concerns about getting surgery during the COVID-19 pandemiGet your elective surgeries in now, some doctors sayc. As elective surgeries begin to resume, some doctors are recommending their patients have surgery now in case there is another spike in COVID cases.  Parag Patel, MD, an anesthesiologist at Rush University Medical Center stated, “We keep up-to-date with all the most current guidelines put out there by the Department of Public Health as well as the CDC.”   

For elective surgeries, hospitals are implementing new protocols to keep everyone safe.

Dr. Parag Patel COVID Elective Surgeries“We do a screening out front before they come in. Check their temperatures. Check for any symptoms. We are testing all of our patients for COVID before they come in for surgery,” said Dr. Patel.

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Pain Management Best Practices from Multispecialty Organizations during the COVID-19 Pandemic and Public Health Crises
Pain Management during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Dr. Buvanendran and colleagues have come together to address pain management and care during the COVID-19 Pandemic with a recent publication: 
Chronic pain is the leading cause of disability in the world, is associated with multiple psychiatric co-morbidities, and has been causally linked for the opioid crisis. Access to pain treatment has been called a fundamental human right by numerous organizations. The current COVID-19 pandemic has strained medical resources, creating a dilemma for physicians charged with a responsibility to limit spread of the contagion, and their responsibility to treat the patients they are entrusted to care for. To address these issues, an expert panel was convened that included pain management experts from the military, Veterans Health Administration, and academia.
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Dr. Christopher O’Connor: Treating COVID-19 “like nothing I’ve ever seen” Article in the Daily Herald

This week started with O’Connor manning a newly outfitted intensive care unit specially designed to treat COVID-19 patients.  “A COVID patient who has viral pneumonia, they are a different animal completely,” says O’Connor, a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists in Schaumburg. “They are more challenging to ventilate.”
Starting work in a new ICU, similar to a Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH) used during wars with professionals spanning medical fields, resulted in O’Connor working with people for the first time. People had “some trepidation about what would happen, but we all came together. I was proud people came together very quickly as a team,” he says.

The American Society of Anesthesiologists has issued statements on the complications of using one ventilator for multiple patients and converting anesthesia gas machines to ICU ventilators, and a list of resources for anesthesiologists and health care professionals.

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Dr. Vaskar Das, PhD awarded the 2021 Cohn Fellowship
Dr. Vaskar Das, Ph.D., joined Rush University Medical Center as an instructor and postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Anesthesiology and currently continuing his research in collaboration with Dr. Asokumar Buvanendran MD, Dr. Jeffrey Kroin, Ph.D. and Robert J McCarthy, Pharm D. His research has broadly focused on new non-opioid treatments for acute and chronic pain mechanism by following (i) the key energy sensor AMPK (adenosine mono-phosphate activated kinase) & (ii) the analgesic effect of the ketamine metabolite, (2R,6R)-hydroxynorketamine that could be the unique targets in pain therapeutics which could replace opioids. His Cohn research will expand to assess the analgesic efficiency and mechanisms of AMPK activators providing a much needed pharmacological understanding of AMPK activators for low back pain, and post-surgical pain. This project will establish a framework for the rational understanding of pain and will help to evaluate AMPK activators for improving pain management and replacing opioids.  

 

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Dr. Timothy Lubenow featured in Chicago Magazine’s 2020 List of Top Doctors
356 physicians in more than 60 specialties have been chosen by their peers as the finest in the Chicago area. Congratulations to Dr. Lubenow for achieving this recognition.
 

 

Asokumar Buvanandran, MD, Recognized by HHS for Contributions to Acute and Chronic Pain

The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA), along with ASA Pain Committee Chair, Asokumar Buvanendran, M.D., were acknowledged by the Chief Medical Officer for the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for demonstrating early support of the HHS Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force and for providing input on best practice recommendations for acute and chronic pain. Congratulations to Dr. Buvanendran!

 

David M. Rothenberg, MD, FCCM, Receives the Distinguished Service Award for ” Outstanding Contributions to the Advancement of Anesthesiology in Illinois from the Illinois Society of Anesthesiologists

 

 

                                 

        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.

 

Resident News
Midwest Anesthesia Regional Conference
April 29-May 1, 2022 | St. Louis, MO

Hosted by University of Missouri-Columbia, St. Louis University, Washington University-St. Louis, University of Iowa

 

Congratulations to our Anesthesiology residents who earned 8 awards!

 

Sara Boldt, DO and Margaret Griesemer, DO: Analgesic Effectiveness and Opioid Sparring Properties of the Erector Spinae Plane Block, Thoracic Epidural and IV Patient Controlled Analgesia Following Esophagectomy: A Retrospective Comparison *1st Place in Regional

 
Nathaniel Donnell, MD and Sandeep Amin, MD: Delayed Allergic Reaction after Spinal Cord Stimulator Implantation *2nd Place in Pain Medicine

 

Russell Igarashi, DO and Vaskar Das, PhD: Effect of opioid and AMPA Antagonists on (2R,6R)-HNK (Hydroxynorketamine) Anti-hyperalgesic Activity in a Murine Model of Low Back Pain *1st Place in Basic Science

 

Yeon Park, MD and Michael Holland, MD: The Association of Pain Catastrophizing with Labor Pain and Analgesic Use *1st Place in OB Anesthesia

 

Alex Sadauskas, MD and Asokumar Buvanendran, MD: Clinical characteristics and surgical factors associated with postoperative pain trajectories over the first 28 days following surgery. *3rd Place in Pain Medicine

 

Theodore Stewart-Hester, DO and Neal Mehta, MD: Novel approach to integrating erector spinae plane block catheters in multimodal anesthesia for scoliosis surgery *2nd Place in Regional Anesthesia

 

Varun Takanti, MD and Vaskar Das, PhD: Cartilage Specific Deletion of PKCδ in Osterix Increases Joint Pain in Mouse Osteoarthritis Model *3rd Place in Basic Science

 

Ellen Zhou, MD and Christopher O’Connor, MD: Perils of Lidocaine on Induction *3rd Place in Patient Safety

 

Congratulations to our Rush medical student who earned an award!

 

Sofia Armengol, MD and Edmund Mangahas, MD: Etomidate Infusion for the Management of Cushing’s Syndrome *1st Place in General Anesthesia

 

Congratulations to all our residents for their outstanding performance including: 

 

Kimberly Allen, MD
John Baddour, DO

Arya Bekhradi, MD

Mark Blazel, DO

Bishir Clayton, MD
Shyam Desai, MD

Hemanth Garapati, MD
Mateusz Graca, MD

Daniel Hamburger, MD
Collin Hubler, MD

Theodore Jeske, DO

Andrew Keeney, DO


 

 

Jared Konner, DO
David Lee, DO

Michael McGinnis, MD

Stephen Music, DO

Ethan Parnass, MD
Jessica Richelieu, MD

Jayne Slocum, MD

Timothy Swiatkowski, MD

Aaran Varatharajan, MD

Nathan Wick, DO

Daniel Webster, MD

March 18-21, 2022| Virtual
The following Rush resident presented:

Yogesh Taheem, MD and Amod Sawardekar, MD: Institutional Experience with Regional Anesthesia in Pediatric Renal Transplantation with Comparison to No Regional Anesthesia: A Retrospective Review of 68 Patients

March 18, 2022| Virtual
The following Rush resident presented:

Tara Mojtahed, MD and Lisa Solomon, DO: Perioperative management of abdominal compartment syndrome

Regional Anesthesiology and Acute Pain Meeting

November 18-20, 2021 | San Francisco, CA

The following Rush resident presented:
Nathan Wick, DO and Tolga Suvar, MD: An Algorithmic Approach to Diagnosing Intrathecal Drug Delivery Device Complications: A Case Report
American Society of Anesthesiologists 

October 8-12, 2021  | San Diego, CA

 

Thank you to the following Rush residents that presented:

Mateusz Graca, MD

Sara Izzo, DO

Tara Mojtahed, MD

Michael Petravick, MD

Alexi Pollet, DO

Haley Wardrip, MD

Tony Zhang, MD

Anesthesiology MARC 2021

Midwest Anesthesia Regional Conference

April 16-18, 2021 | Virtual

Hosted by Rush University Medical Center and Cook County Health

 

Congratulations to our Anesthesiology residents who earned 11 awards!

 

The following Rush residents presented:
 

Nkoli Akaolisa, MD and Alaeddin Tarhuni, MD: Biventricular Support in a Patient with COVID Associated Myocarditis *1st Place in Cardiovascular

 

Deepali Garg, MD and Alisha Bhatia, MD: Sedation Compared to General Anesthesia During Mechanical Thrombectomy: A Retrospective Analysis of Outcomes in Subjects with Matched NIH Stroke Scores and Age at Presentation *3rd Place in Neuroanesthesia

 

Keena Kohl, MD and Vaskar Das, PhD: Effect of a-Amino-3-Hydroxy-5-Methyl-4-Isoxazolepropionic Acid Receptor (AMPA) Dependent Glutamate A1 and Glutamate A2 Activation on Hippocampal Pain Pathways Following Hind-paw Incision in Mice *1st Place in Pain Medicine

 

Michael McGinnis, MD and Vaskar Das, PhD: Time Course of Glial Cell Activation in a Murine Model of Osteoarthritis Pain *2nd Place in Basic Science

 

Yabtsega Moges, MD and Arvind Rajagopal, MD: Delirium in Elderly Patients Undergoing Outpatient Surgical Procedures: A Randomized Clinical Trial of an Avoid Delirium Protocol *1st Place Award in Ambulatory

 

Michael Petravick, MD and Shruti Bassi, MD: Endoscopic Resection of a Juvenile Nasopharyngeal Angiofibroma in a 14 Year Old Male with Multiple Bleeding Disorders and Recent SARS COV-2 *1st Place in Pediatrics

 

Michael Petravick, MD and Alisha Bhatia, MD: Sudden Onset Rigidity, Apnea, Tachycardia, and Hypertension in a Patient Undergoing Awake Craniotomy for Anaplastic Astrocytoma *3rd Place in Neuroanesthesia

 

John Ward, MD and Vaskar Das, PhD: Effect of Opioid and AMPA Antagonists on (2R, 6R)-HNK (Hydroxynorketamine) Anti-hyperalgesic Activity *2nd Place in Pain Medicine

 

Nathan Wick, DO and Vaskar Das, PhD: Peripheral Adenosine Mono-phosphate Activated Kinsas Alpha as a Novel Analgesic Target for Chronic Low Back Pain *2nd Place Award in Pain Medicine

 

Nathan Wick, DO and Tolga Suvar, MD: Clinical Presentation and Diagnosis of Fractured Intrathecal Catheter *3rd Place Award in Pain Medicine

 

Tony Zhang, MD and Alisha Bhatia, MD: Intraoperative Bilateral Lower Extremity Paralysis During Surgical Correction of Progressive Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis *3rd Place in Neuroanesthesia

 

Congratulations to all our residents for their outstanding performance including: 

 

Ali Bazzi, DO
Sara Boldt, DO
Shyam Desai, MD
Mateusz Graca, MD
Clinton Gunn, MD
Shakeem Iyamah, MD
Jared Konner, DO
Sandra Miskiewicz, DO
Norman LaCombe, MD

 

Tara Mojtahed, MD
Maxwell Muench, DO
Taylor Pierce, MD
Alexander Ryder, DO
Luis Sanguino, MD
Michael Sparks, MD
Timothy Swiatkowski, MD
Yogesh Taheem, MD
Haley Wardrip, MD

 

 

 American Society of Anesthesiologists

American Society of Anesthesiologists 

October 19-23, 2019  | Orlando, Florida

Thank you to all the Rush residents that presented

 

 

The Society of Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology

51st Annual Meeting

 

May 1- 5, 2019  | Phoenix, Arizona 

The following Rush residents presented:

John Gburek, MD and Laurie Mark, MD: Obstetrical Considerations and Management of Labor and Delivery of a G1P0 Woman with a History of Multiple Liver Transplants.

 

Anna Sobilo, MD and Michael Holland, MD: Cesarean Section in a Parturient with Congenital Cardiomyopathy, Complicated by Ventricular Bigeminy.

 

Society of Critical Care Anesthesiologists 32nd Annual Meeting and Critical Care Update

 May 17, 2019| Montreal, Quebec

The following Rush residents presented:

Angella Koncarevic, MD and Alisha Bhatia, MD: The Role of Plasma Exchange in the Treatment of West Nile Virus Neuroinvasive Disease.

 

Jessica Kruse, MD and Laurie Mark, MD: A Difficult Airway in the ICU: Complicated by a Bronchoesophageal Fistula.

 

Society of Critical Care Anesthesiologists 

International Anesthesia Research Society Annual Meeting and International Science Symposium 

 May 18-21, 2019 | Montreal, Quebec

The following Rush residents presented:
Daryl Kerr, MD and Mary Rhee, MD: Anesthetic Management of Metastatic Chondrosarcoma to the Right Atrium in the setting of a Right-to-Left Intracardiac Shunt.
 

Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists Thoracic Symposium

May 17, 2019 | Chicago, IL

The following Rush residents presented:

Yeona Chun, MD and Arvind Rajagopal, MD: Serratus Anterior Plane Block for Staged Thoracic Outlet Decompression in Paget-Schroetter Syndrome.

 

Jordan Schell, MD and Kristine Pearson-Chauhan, DO: Re-expansion Pulmonary Edema.

 

Lida Shaygan, MD and Pete Pelletier, MD: Postoperative Serratus Anterior Plane Continuous Catheter as an Analgesic Rescue Technique, after a Failed Thoracic Epidural, for an Ivor Lewis Esophagectomy with Laparotomy and Right Sided Thoracotomy.

 

Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiology

Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists 41st Annual Meeting

May 18-21, 2019 | Chicago, IL

The following Rush residents presented:

Lawrence Kopsick, MD and Kristine Pearson-Chauhan, DO: The Anesthetic Considerations of Video-Assisted Thoracoscopy Surgery in a Patient with Kartagener’s Syndrome.

 

Jonathan Schirripa, MD and Brian Birmingham, MD: Transhepatic Access for Left Atrial Appendage Closure Device Complicated by Subcapsular Hematoma.

 

Avanthi Tudor, MD and Kristine Pearson-Chauhan, MD: Management of Ventricular Septal Defect Post Bacterial Endocarditis.

 

Regional Anesthesiology and Acute Pain Meeting

April 11-13, 2019 | Las Vegas, NV

The following Rush residents presented:
Bryce Austell, MD and Pete Pelletier, MD: Bilateral Erector Spinae Catheters for Analgesia in Sternectomy.

 

John Ha, DO, Arjun Ramesh, MD, Robert McCarthy, PhD, and Neil Mehta, MD: Factors Associated with Failed Supraclavicular Brachial Plexus Nerve Block in Upper Extremity Surgery.

 

Inderbir Johal, MD: Total Knee Arthroplasty Solely Utilizing Peripheral Nerve Blockade and Sedation.

 

Alexandra Lelchuk, MD: Determination of Clinically Important Cut-off Values of Pain Catastrophizing for Predicting Increased Postoperative Pain Following Total Knee Arthroplasty.

 

Raj Patel, MD and Alisha Bhatia, MD: Neuraxial Anesthesia for Below Knee Amputation in the Setting of Gangrene and Untreated 3-vessel Coronary Artery.

 

Arjun Ramesh, MD, Nathaniel Froikin, BS, Yabtsega Moges, MD, and Asokumar Buvanendran, MD: Transversus Abdominis Plane Block Improves Outcomes and Reduces Discharge Time in an Enhanced Recovery from Anesthesia and Surgery Protocol in Patients Undergoing Laparoscopic Bariatric Surgery.

 

Salman Sagarwala, MD and Aris Austin, MD: Erector Spinae Plane Catheter for Postoperative Analgesia in a Patient Undergoing Resection of Pancoast Tumor.

 

Hemanth Sirandas, MD and Neal Mehta, MD: Gastric Content Assessment Utilizing Point-Of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS) in a Patient with Questionable NPO Status.

 

Annual Midwest Anesthesia Regional Conference

April 12-14, 2019 | Detroit, MI

Hosted by Beaumont, Detroit Medical Center, Henry Ford Health Systems, McLaren Greater Lansing, University of Michigan, and Wayne State University

 

Congratulations to our Anesthesiology residents who earned a total of 16 awards!
 
The following Rush residents presented:
Kolawole Akinduro, DO and Kristine Pearson-Chauhan, DO: A Rare Case of Endogenous Endopthalmitis in a Pregnant Woman with Pyelonephritis.
 
Sherry Bhowra, MD and Neal Mehta, MD: Gastric Content Assessment Utilizing Point-of-Care Ultrasound in a Patient with Questionable NPO Status.

 

Patrick Binetti, MD and Behnoosh Shayegan, MD: Airway Management of a Fetus with a Craniofacial Abnormality During Operation on Placental Support (OOPS) Procedure.

*2nd Place in Pediatrics

 

Yulong Chen, MD and Alexander Froyshteter, MD: Dusky Blue Skin Discoloration after Isosulfan Blue Injection.

 

Yeona Chun, MD and Alexander Froyshteter, MD: Perioperative Glucose Monitoring Utilizing an Implanted Monitoring System in a Pediatric Patient.

* 1st Place Award in Pediatrics

 

Yuriy Davydov, MD and Kristine Pearson-Chauhan, DO: Acute Hypotensive Transfusion Reaction.

 

Mardia Elfakhery, MD and Brian Birmingham, MD: Transhepatic Access for Left Atrial Appendage Closure Device Complicated by Subcapsular Hematoma.

 

Mukund Gande, MD and Nitesh Mody, DO: Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation in a Patient with Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome and Disseminated Histoplasmosis.

*1st Place Award in Critical Care

 

John Gburek, MD and Michael Holland, MD: Obstetrical Considerations and Management of Labor and Delivery of a G1P0 Woman with a History of Multiple Liver Transplants.

 

Salvin Jacob, MD and Jeffrey Kroin, PhD: The Ketamine Metabolite (2R, 6R)-HNK Reduces Allodynia in Neuropathic Pain Mice.

*2nd Place Winner - Association of Midwest Academic Anesthesia Chair Award for Basic Poster Presentations

 

Drew Jensen, MD and Alisha Bhatia, MD: Airway Management in a Patient with Cervical Neck Trauma and Fresh Tracheostomy Requiring Lung Isolation for Right-sided VATS, Wedge Resection, and TALC Pleurodesis.

 

Lawrence Kopsick, MD and Kristine Pearson-Chauhan, DO: The Anesthetic Considerations of Video-assisted Thoracoscopy Surgery in a Patient with Kartagener’s Syndrome.

 

Jessica Kruse, MD and Asokumar Buvanendran, MD: Tap Block Improves Outcomes and Reduces Discharge Time in an Enhanced Recovery from Anesthesia and Surgery Protocol in Patients Undergoing Laparoscopic Bariatric Surgery.

* 2nd Place in Regional

 

Ryan Kuta, DO and Kristine Pearson-Chauhan, DO: Peripheral Nerve Blockade as the Primary Anesthetic for Total Knee Arthroplasty.

 

Norman LaCombe, MD and Jeffrey Kroin, Ph.D.: Early Treatment with Metformin Reduces Pain in a Mice Model of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS).

*3rd Place Winner - Association of Midwest Academic Anesthesia Chair Award for Basic Poster Presentations

 

Nabila Malik, MD and Asokumar Buvanendran, MD: Factors Associated with Failed Supraclavicular Brachial Plexus Nerve Block in Upper Extremity Surgery.

 

Shefali Mandhle, MD and Arvind Rajagopal, MD: Serratus Anterior Plane Block for Staged Thoracic Outlet Decompression in Paget-Schroetter Syndrome.

*3rd Place in Regional

 

Teuta Marsic, MD and Anna Dziamski, MD. Management of Intra-operative Anaphylaxis of Unknown Origin in a Female Undergoing Breast Reconstruction Surgery.

 

Teuta Marsic, MD and Neal Mehta, MD: Bilateral Erector Spinae Plane Continuous Catheter as analgesic Technique for Sternectomy with Chest Wall Chondrosarcoma Resection and Reconstruction.

*3rd Place in Regional

 

Pranusha Naidu, MD and Sandeep Amin, MD: Diagnosis of a Severed Intrathecal Pump Catheter using Ultrasound and Fluoroscopy.

 

Rodd Rezvani, MD and Jeffrey Kroin, PhD: Bone Biomarker Upregulation in a Tibia Fracture Model of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome in Mice.

 

Rodd Rezvani, MD and Alexander Froyshteter, MD: A Difficult Anatomical and Physiological Airway Outside the Operating Room.

 

Jordan Schell, MD and Kristine Pearson-Chauhan, DO. Re-expansion Pulmonary Edema.

* 3rd Place In Cardiovascular

 

Phillip Standen, DO and Alisha Bhatia, MD: Right-sided Paratracheal Mass: A Case of Progressive Dyspnea and Hypoxemia Refractory to Intubation.

*3rd Place in Airway

 

Mark Anthony Sy, MD and Arvind Rajagopal, MD: Perioperative Management of Jehovah’s Witnesses.

 

Morgan Ulloa, MD and Alexander Froyshteter, MD: Anesthetic Management of Pediatric Patients with Niemann-Pick Disease Type C for Intrathecal 2-Hydroxypropyl-β-Cyclodextrin Injection.

*1st place Honors

 

Morgan Ulloa, MD and Alisha Bhatia, MD: Clinical Validation of StimpodTM Acceleromyography and Electromyography.

* 1st Place Honors

 

Keziah Vargas, MD and Alisha Bhatia, MD: Laryngospasm and Difficult Airway in a Foreign Body Aspiration Retrieval.

 

Zerghona Wadood, MD and Alisha Bhatia, MD: West Nile Virus Neuroinvasive Disease.

*3rd Place in Critical Care

 

Jaclyn Yeung, DO and Laurie Mark, MD: A Case of Epiglottitis in an Immunocompromised Adult

*3rd Place in Airway

 

Rena Zheng, MD and Asokumar Buvanendran, MD: Determination of Clinically Important Cut-off Values of Pain Catastrophizing for Predicting Increased Postoperative Pain following Total Knee Arthroplasty.

 

Congratulations to all our residents for their outstanding performance including: 

 

Kola Akinduro, MD

Sherry Bhowra, MD

Yulong Chen, MD

Yuriy Davydov, MD

Mardia Elfakhery, MD

John Gburek, MD

Drew Jensen, MD

Lawrence Kopsick, MD

Ryan Kuta, MD

Pranusha Naidu, MD

Rodd Rezvani, MD

Mark Sy, MD

Keziah Vargas, MD

Nabila Malik, MD

Rena Zheng, MD

 
 

Society for Pediatric Anesthesiology

March 15-17, 2019| Houston, TX

The following Rush residents presented:

Jenny Chan, MD and Alexander Froyshteter, MD: Skin Lesions and Airway Obstruction: Be Mindful of Mediastinal Masses.

 

Yeona Chun, MD and Alexander Froyshteter, MD: Perioperative glucose monitoring utilizing an implanted monitoring system in a pediatric patient.

 

Leili Khorassani, MD and Behnoosh Shayegan, MD: The Operation on Placental Support (OOPS) Procedure for Airway Management of a Fetus with a Craniofacial Abnormality.

 

Society for Pediatric Anesthesiology

 

Postgraduate Assembly in Anesthesiology

December 7-11, 2018| New York, NY

The following Rush residents presented:

Daryl Kerr, MD and Jesse H. Marymont, MD: Intraoperative Use of Impella Device for ON-PUMP Coronary Artery Bypass Graft.

 

 

Regional Anesthesiology and Acute Pain Meeting

November 15-17, 2018| San Antonio, TX

The following Rush residents presented:

Mitchell Bosman, MD and Sandeep Amin, MD: Use of Dorsal Root Ganglion Stimulation in Post- Thoracotomy Pain Syndrome after Failed Spinal Cord Stimulation.

 

Ryan Kuta, DO and Timothy Lubenow, MD: Neuromodulation in a Patient with Adult Tethered Spinal Cord Syndrome.

 

Shefali Mandhle, MD and Timothy Lubenow, MD: The Use of Dorsal Root Ganglion Stimulation for Back Pain Secondary to Failed Back Surgery Syndrome.

 

Raj Patel, MD and Timothy Lubenow, MD: Dorsal Root Ganglion Stimulation in the Treatment of Chronic Osteoarthritis Knee Pain.

 

Salman Sagarwala, MD and Timothy Lubenow, MD: DRG Stimulation in a Patient with CRPS Following Back Surgery.

 

American Society of Anesthesiologists

San Francisco, CA | October 13-17,2018
13 Faculty Research Studies Presented by:

Asokumar Buvanendran, MD

Timothy R. Lubenow, MD

Robert J. McCarthy, PharmD

Jeffrey S. Kroin, PhD

Mario Moric, MS

Vaskar Das, PhD

 

10 Resident Case Reports presented by:

 

Jenny Chan, DO

Salman Sargawala, MD

Hemanth Sirandas, MD

Alan F. Molina, MD

Lida Shaygan, DO

 

Faculty Mentors:

 

Arvind Rajagopal, MD

Kristine Pearson-Chauhan, DO

Behnoosh Shayegan, MD

 

Anna Sobilo, MD

Phillip Standen, DO

Hung Tran, MD

Jaclyn Yeung, DO

Avanthi Tudor, MD

 

 

 

Laurie Mark, MD

Neal Mehta, MD

Asokumar Buvanendran, MD

 

 

 Congratulations to Vaskar Das, Ph.D. who received the top award in the Young Investigator Basic Science ( Cancer and Chronic Pain Category) for his study: Degenerative Disc Pain in Mouse Model.

 

 

Midwest Anesthesia Residents Conference

Cincinnati, Ohio | April 13-15, 2018
 
Dr. Raj Patel, Dr. Jeffrey S. Kroin, Dr. Vskar Das, PhD, and Dr. Asokumar Buvanendran: Can Biphosphonate Drugs Prevent Pain a Mouse CRPS Model?
* 1st Place Award in the Basic Science Category
 
Dr. Morgan Ulloa, Dr. Jefferey S. Kroin, Dr. Vskar Das, and Dr. Asokumar Buvanendran: Changes in Pain Mediators in Mouse Dorsal Root ganglion after Bone Fracture
* 2nd Place Award in the Basic Science Category 
 
Dr. Michael Warren, Dr. Asokumar Buvanendran, and Dr. Robert McCarthy: Acute Postoperative Pain in an Independent Predictor of Persistent Postsurgical Pain Following Total Knee Arthroplasty
* 1st Place Award in the Pain Studies Category
 
Dr. Danial Shams and Dr. Timothy Lubenow: Dorsal Root Ganglion Stimulation for Chronic Pain
* 2nd Place Award in Pain Studies Category
 
Dr. David Kim: Chronic Sacroiliac Joint Pain Successfully Treated with Dorsal Root Ganglion Stimulation
* 2nd Place Award in Pain Case Reports Category
 
Dr. Anna Sobilo and Dr. Kristine Pearson-Chauhan: Splenopneumopexy
* 2nd Place Award in the General Case Report Category
 
Dr. Arjun Ramesh and Patricia Perry: Anesthesthetic Management of Mirror Syndrome
* 2nd Place Award in Obstetrical Case Reports
 
Dr. Tran Hung and Dr. Sandeep Amin: Dorsal Root ganglion Stimulation for Chronic Pain in Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease
* 3rd Place Award in Pain Case Reports Category
 
 

 

Rush Surgical Society Awards

March 21, 2018
Rush Residents Presented:
Raj Patel, MD, Vaskar Das, PhD, and Jeffrey Kroin, PhD.  Can Biphosphonate Drugs Prevent Pain in Mouse CRPS Model?
* 3rd Place Winner
 

Bryce Austell, MD and Asokumar Buvanendran, MD. Drugs Prescribed at Hospital after Surgery for Pain Control

* Finalist 

 Resident Scores in Top 10% on ABA Basic National Exam

 

Congratulations to Dr. Salman Sagarwala, who scored in the top 10% on the ABA Basic National Exam. We are proud of his achievement!

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Irshad Siddiqui CNIM, will give a presentation at the Illinois Society of Electroneurodiagnostic Technologists Meeting

March 16, 2019 | Winfield, Illinois | DuPage Hospital 
 Presentation:
Irshad Siddiqui, CNIM . Monitoring the Cranial Nerves

 

Anna Dziamski, MD wins Katalin Selmeczi, MD & Curt J. Stokes, MD Memorial Award

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

Kathleen L. Than, DO wins Robert D. Dripps, MD Memorial Award

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