Manuel Rosa-Garrido, PhD, is honored with this year’s prestigious American Heart Association Outstanding Early Career Investigator Award. Dr. Rosa-Garrido, Assistant Project Scientist in the UCLA laboratory headed by Thomas Vondriska, PhD, was recognized both for his work, “Elucidation of Gene Regulation Paradigms by Integrating Chromatin Architecture, Histone Marks, and DNA Methylation.”
Jason Hirsch, MD, our newest faculty member in the Division of Obstetric Anesthesiology, distinguished himself this spring with an award-winning presentation about rescue from local anesthetic toxicity at the 50th annual meeting of the Society for Obstetrics and Perinatology (SOAP) in Miami.
It is our pleasure to congratulate Ari Huverserian, MD, Matthew Klekman, MD, Melanie Kusonruksa, MD, and Andrew Wu, MD, for scoring in the top 10% of test takers nationwide on the American Board of Anesthesiology 2018 BASIC Examination.
Hot off the (digital) presses! We’ve just published the Summer Edition of Open Circuit, our semi-annual department magazine. This issue includes articles on graduation, the Acute Pain Service, the Complex Care Team, our peer support pilot, and many other department achievements.
“The culture of medicine, one of high standards and perfectionism, is also one in which emotional reactions to adverse events are generally not acknowledged or openly discussed. To our detriment, we are trained to ignore our own humanness and frailty,” says Susana Vacas, MD, PhD. To remedy this, our department embarked on a six-month peer support pilot program that concluded at the end of June.
As another academic year has come to a close and a new one begins, now is a perfect time to reflect on the progress of our UCLA Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine, and consider where we are going from here
To help create new models of care, our leadership relies on Johnny Quach, MBA, Assistant Director of Business Analytics. Mr. Quach describes his job as “transforming raw data into intelligence that we can take action on.”
Maxime Cannesson, MD, PhD, and colleagues have developed an algorithm that predicts potentially dangerous low blood pressure that can occur during surgery. The algorithm identifies hypotension 15 minutes before it occurs in 84 percent of cases, the researchers report in a new study published in the Online First edition of Anesthesiology. Karen Sibert, MD, FASA, co-authored the study.
The 56th annual Western Anesthesia Residents’ Conference (WARC) was held on May 4th – 6th, 2018 in San Diego. UCLA Anesthesiology residents presented 25 high-quality abstracts at the meeting. UCLA had five oral presentations (the most by any program) at WARC and two presentation winners.
Delara Brandal, MD, one of our CA-3 Chief Residents, is the first-ever recipient of the ASRA's (American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine) Young Investigator Award, designed to support a project by a physician within five years of graduation from residency/fellowship.
Congratulations to Randolph Steadman, MD, MS and our Vice Chancellor for Education and Yue Ming Huang, EdD, MHS and Director of Operations for the UCLA Simulation Center. Eugene and Maxine Rosenfeld have bequeathed $20 million to create Eugene and Maxine Rosenfeld Hall, which will house an expanded Simulation Center as well as the Center for Advanced Surgical and Interventional Technology.
Our residents and fellows have been working hard on research projects all year. On Tuesday, March 6, their efforts culminated in presentations at our 10th Annual DAPM Scientific Evening, with a record number of abstracts submitted. Soban Umar, MD, PhD, who serves as our Resident Research Coordinator, led the extensive planning for the event.
At this year’s presentation to the health system’s Quality Council, our department received accolades for innovative and value-added care throughout our perioperative services, ICUs and pain programs. “The major theme was the collaboration we are doing with other departments,” says Nirav Kamdar, MD, MPP, MBA, our Director of Quality. “That’s what anesthesia is all about. We’re the one specialty that has a presence amongst all others. Our job is about orchestrating that collaboration.”
Drew Cheng, MD, represented our department as an attendee of the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas in January. CES, touted as the “world’s gathering place for all those who thrive on the business of consumer technologies,” is sponsored by the Consumer Technology Association. Every major consumer electronics and technology firm (Sony, Samsung, LG, Amazon, Google, Panasonic, Huawei, Nvidia, and Intel - the list goes on) participates. CES also offers a conference track on healthcare disruption, and a VIP tour and exhibition area for physicians.
To prepare for more opportunities in healthcare leadership, Chief Nurse Anesthetist Shelly Anderson has enrolled in University of Redlands’ MBA Program.
Ms. Anderson and her classmates traveled to Vietnam and Cambodia in December, where she conducted research into the challenges facing US companies investing in Southeast Asia’s developing private healthcare market.