Congratulations to faculty member Ira Hofer, MD, who has just been awarded a Mentored Research Scientist Career Development Award (K01) from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute at the NIH!
Congratulations to faculty member Emily Methangkool, MD, MPH, who has won the 2020 Award for Outstanding Service from Women in Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology (WICTA)!
Congratulations to faculty member Jason Lee, MD, who has won a position as a DGSOM Educator for Excellence! Dr. Lee was chosen after a rigorous selection process that sought to identify outstanding faculty educators to lead the teaching of medical students in core clinical skills, and he is the only anesthesiologist among the group.
Congratulations to Mariam Sarwary, MD, for winning a coveted spot in next year’s ASA Policy Research Rotation in Political Affairs! Assuming that the COVID-19 pandemic ebbs enough to make it possible, Dr. Sarwary will travel to Washington DC in March 2021 to participate in a four-week rotation in Washington, D.C., designed to allow resident physicians to experience the political, legislative, and regulatory factors that affect the delivery of patient care.
Representing outstanding achievement on the part of our faculty and residents, our annual department awards were presented this year as part of a virtual Grand Rounds on June 24. For the first time in memory, the same faculty member – Michael Wolfe, MD – won the Dillon Award for outstanding performance by an Assistant Professor and the Teacher of the Year Award!
Congratulations to UCLA third-year medical student Varina Rene Clark, ScB, for her two most recent awards! Under the mentorship of Soban Umar, MD, PhD, she has won a 2020 Minority Trainee Development Scholarship from the American Thoracic Society (ATS), selected for the quality of the science in her submitted abstract, among other criteria.
We look forward to welcoming our patients back to UCLA!
So many of our patients have had to defer elective surgery and procedures due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our department stands ready and well prepared to provide anesthesia care for every type of operation and procedure, for patients of every age. We are fortunate to have good supplies of N95 masks and protective equipment of all kinds.
One of the true heroes of the COVID-19 pandemic is our 2018 graduate Ajai Rai, MD. Ten days ago, he left his private anesthesiology practice in Fresno, where elective surgery had ceased, and headed straight for New York City, the COVID epicenter, where there is desperate need for physician help.
Congratulations to all the young researchers who presented outstanding work at our department’s March 10 Scientific Evening! Their research included hypothesis-based oral and poster presentations, as well as complex-case poster presentations, and the work was carefully reviewed and judged by a panel of faculty members.
In February 2020, our department will have articles featured on the covers of BOTH of the top journals in our field: Anesthesiology, and Anesthesia & Analgesia! Congratulations to Susana Vacas, MD, PhD; Maxime Cannesson, MD, PhD; Laleh Jalilian, MD; and Nirav Kamdar, MD, MPP, MBA!