Our department had much to celebrate at the recent virtual ASA Annual Meeting! Though none of us could attend personally due to the pandemic, many more faculty, fellows, and residents than usual were able to see and hear lectures and research presentations thanks to the entirely virtual format.
One special highlight: Our former chair, Patricia Kapur, MD, received ASA’s highest recognition, the Distinguished Service Award, in a presentation on Sunday morning, October 4! We had hoped to congratulate her personally by holding a reception, but had to content ourselves with a special Grand Rounds presentation on October 7, attended by Dr. Kapur via Zoom from Philadelphia.
We are also celebrating the nomination of our distinguished faculty member and Vice Chair Dan Cole, MD, FASA, past ASA and CSA President, for next year’s ASA Distinguished Service Award!
The Wood Library’s Patrick Sim Forum on the History of Anesthesiology is always a fascinating session at the annual ASA meeting, but this year it proved especially so with a landmark lecture by Selma Calmes, MD, former UCLA faculty and chair of the Olive View-UCLA Department of Anesthesiology. She spoke about the remarkable early 20th century history of Dr. Mary Botsford, who practiced anesthesiology in the Bay Area. Dr. Botsford fostered the careers of other women in anesthesiology from the early 1900s to the 1930s, when women physicians were abruptly pushed out of the field and male physicians took over.
Stellar research presentations
Our prior interim chair, Barbara Van de Wiele, MD, introduced Dr. Kapur at the virtual Grand Rounds, and explained that we sent her a very special gift — a box filled with photos and congratulatory cards from many of her former colleagues and trainees. Dr. Kapur then joined us in watching eight outstanding research presentations from our faculty and residents.
Among our many ASA presentations, the department had the privilege of hearing eight selected abstracts at the October 7 Grand Rounds:1. The work of medical student Varina Clark and her mentor Soban Umar, MD, PhD,was named the “ASA Best of Basic Science Abstract”. Their topic, presented at Grand Rounds by Dr. Umar, is: “In vivo knockdown of Snai1 is a novel therapeutic strategy for right ventricular failure.” 2. Mansoureh Eghbali, PhD, presented her group’s work: “CXCR3 antagonist rescues pulmonary hypertension in female rats by blocking sex-dependent chemokine effects.” 3. Regional anesthesiology specialist Pamela Chia, MD, MS, who joined our faculty this summer, presented her research: “iPACK block has no additional benefit to patients who receive an adductor canal catheter and intraarticular injection for total knee arthroplasty.” 4. CA-3 resident Xuezhi Dong, MD, MPH, presented his work with mentor Laleh Jalilian, MD, on the growing use of telemedicine as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Their project is titled: “Geospatial information system analysis of telemedicine pain management program before and after COVID ‘Safer at Home’.” 5. Michela Ottolia, PhD, discussed her laboratory’s work demonstrating that “Inhibition of the Na+ - Ca2+ exchanger by intracellular Na+ is essential for normal cardiac function.” 6. Riccardo Olcese, PhD, presented his laboratory’s work, titled: “The molecular basis of the voltage dependence of skeletal muscle contraction.” 7. Nirav Kamdar, MD, MBA, presented a remarkable case study describing how he and resident Dane Saksa, MD, MBA, used telemedicine to track the preoperative management of a challenging patient: “Telemedicine-based perioperative management of pheochromocytoma in a patient with Von Hippel Lindau disease.” 8. CA-3 Resident Bryant Hong, MD, described how residents benefited both during residency and later in practice from simulation training in the use of PPE during high-risk patient care: “Using high-fidelity simulation for the training of airway management of patients with emerging infections disease.”
Congratulations to Dr. Kapur, Dr. Calmes, and all our department’s presenters for their hard work and signal accomplishments!
To read more about Dr. Kapur’s career and achievements, click here.
A final list of all our department’s presentations at the 2020 ASA annual meeting will be available soon on our website.