Department of Anesthesiology

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Get your elective surgeries in now, some doctors say
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 pandemic. 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

 

 

 

 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 Sydrome.

 

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 Catherter 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 Biomaker 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, MD wins Robert D. Dripps, MD Memorial Award

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