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!
The technique of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, or ECMO, may seem sometimes like a “bridge to nowhere” or a “Hail Mary” attempt to prolong life when there’s no hope. But the Grand Rounds presentation on January 22 by Daniel Herr, MD, FCCM, portrayed ECMO as anything but futile.
Faculty members Christine Nguyen-Buckley, MD, Soban Umar, MD, PhD, and Jane Moon, MD, hosted an enthusiastic group of high school seniors from El Segundo High School on a visit to UCLA.
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).