Today’s opioid crisis is “all about the synthetic opioids,” said Vanila Singh, MD, MACM, a pain medicine specialist and former UCLA faculty member, who now serves in Washington DC as Chief Medical Officer in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
Varina Clark, a 3rd year medical student in David Geffen School of Medicine is the recipient of the competitive Dean’s Leadership in Health and Science Scholarship.
Congratulations to our UCLA anesthesiology residents and their remarkable faculty mentors for their best-ever performance at the 57th annual Western Anesthesia Residents’ Conference (WARC) held on May 10-12 in Denver! They won top honors both in the oral and poster categories and were selected to deliver more oral presentations (six in all) than residents in any other program.
Ari Huverserian, MD, a CA-2 resident, took the 1st place award for his oral presentation, “The Development, Implementation, and Evaluation of a Telemedicine Preoperative Optimization Initiative at a Major Academic Center.”
Our residents Ryan Gamlin, MD, and Mariam Sarwary, MD, journeyed to Sacramento to take part in the California Medical Association’s annual Legislative Day on April 24, visiting legislators and aides in their State Capitol offices and speaking on behalf of public health and the profession of medicine. They joined CSA officers including Karen Sibert, MD, FASA, our Director of Communications and Immediate Past President of the CSA, and CSA’s advocacy team.
Mansoureh Eghbali, PhD, our department’s Director of Physician-Scientist Training and the Basic Science Research Training Environment, and UCLA graduate student Christine Cunningham were featured speakers at the recent “Heart to Heart” symposium in La Jolla, which focused on cardiovascular disease in women and on promoting heart health in California communities.
Patricia Nwajuaku, MD, MPH, our current fellow in thoracic anesthesiology, and Karen Sibert, MD, FASA, represented our department and the California Society of Anesthesiologists (CSA) at the “Women’s Leadership Breakfast: Launch Her Future” event on March 22, benefiting the Girls Academic Leadership Academy (GALA).
Our department once again hosted a stellar Annual Scientific Evening on March 5, where residents and fellows had the opportunity to present a spectrum of outstanding research to a panel of judges headed by eminent Visiting Professor Roderic Eckenhoff, MD, of the University of Pennsylvania Health System.
The 7th Annual World Patient Safety, Science & Technology Summit featured Dan Cole, MD, FASA, a clinical professor in our department and former ASA President, as a keynote speaker. In his address, titled “Our Dream…It Starts Now”, Dr. Cole talked about the critical need for patients to know they are safe, and for all of us in healthcare to “walk with patients across the quality chasm.”
CA-3 residents Sam Hong, MD, and Sophia Poorsattar, MD, with faculty member Aviva Regev MD, MBA, boarded flights last fall on a long journey to Mbarara, a city of 195,000 in southwest Uganda, for a two-week rotation caring for women at the Centre for Gynecologic and Fistula Care at Mbarara Hospital.
We are delighted once again to celebrate and honor all our department’s faculty, staff physicians, fellows, and residents during Physician Anesthesiologists Week, January 27 to February 2.