Dr. Jennifer Lucero speaking at the White Coat Ceremony for DGSOM Class of 2026

Dr. Jennifer Lucero Presents Keynote Address at UCLA White Coat Ceremony

September 23, 2022

Dr. Jennifer Lucero, Vice Chair of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at UCLA DAPM, shared a powerful personal story of resilience and perseverance to welcome students into the medical profession.


Drs. Eghbali & Ruffenach

Drs. Gregoire Ruffenach & Mansoureh Eghbali: RNA-Binding Protein That Orchestrates Smooth Muscle Cell Phenotype in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

August 22, 2022

In Circulation, research led by Dr. Gregoire Ruffenach in the laboratory of Dr. Mansoureh Eghbali identifies a fundamental new class of molecules that may be therapeutic targets in pulmonary artery hypertension.


 

 The 2022 Womxn’s Panel: Celebrating Individual Journeys for Collective Success

The 2022 Womxn’s Panel: Celebrating Individual Journeys for Collective Success

March 29, 2022

The 2022 “Womxn’s Panel: Emerging Leadership,” which was held virtually on the evening of March 23, highlighted the varied career paths of a diverse group of women within the UCLA Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine. The discussion highlighted the unique trajectories of emerging leaders in less visible fields, and their stories of perseverance held universal appeal.


Our 14th Annual Scientific Evening

Our 14th Annual Scientific Evening

March 17, 2022

For the first time in two years, our department on March 15 hosted our Annual Scientific Evening in person, featuring posters and presentations from the remarkable clinical and bench research work continually in progress in our laboratories and operating rooms.


Humans of UCLA Anesthesia

Humans of UCLA Anesthesia

January 31, 2022

In honor of National CRNA Week 2022, CA-1 resident Jordan Francke, MD, interviewed Cynthia Leaks, MSN, CRNA, a native of Amarillo, Texas. Read more about her background, how she became interested in anesthesia, and why we don't mind that she has a soft spot for USC as well as loyalty to UCLA!


Humans of UCLA Anesthesia

Humans of UCLA Anesthesia

January 12, 2022

Welcome to another edition of Humans of UCLA Anesthesia, with many thanks to author Jordan Francke, MD, and today's featured interviewee, PSST Grace Guzman! How many people do you know who've taught yoga on a catamaran in the middle of the Pacific Ocean?? Read more about Grace's fascinating background and wide travels, and enjoy!


Humans of UCLA Anesthesia

Humans of UCLA Anesthesia

November 29, 2021

"Humans of UCLA Anesthesia" features brief profiles of various members of our department so that we can get to know each other better! Meet Dr. Eric Van Baarsel, CA-1 resident, a native of Riverside with strong ties to the Netherlands, who has hidden talents as an artist and bartender! Thanks to CA-1 resident Dr. Jordan Francke for this interview.


ASA 2021 Highlights

ASA 2021 Highlights

November 1, 2021

Many of our faculty members and residents enjoyed the opportunity to travel to San Diego in early October for the ASA annual meeting, ANESTHESIOLOGY 2021. It was a delight to reconnect with so many friends and colleagues from all over the country – many seeing each other for the first time in two years, as last year’s meeting was entirely virtual.


Dr. Dan Cole Elected President of APSF

Dr. Dan Cole Elected President of APSF

September 27, 2021

Congratulations to Daniel Cole, MD, FASA, who has been elected President of the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation (APSF)!


 Congratulations to our 2021 graduates!

Congratulations to our 2021 graduates!

July 6, 2021

To our collective surprise and delight, we were able to hold our resident graduation ceremony this year in person, not virtually! Residents, their families, and faculty members enjoyed a sunny outdoor event at the Luskin Conference Center on June 26, with a buffet lunch and presentation of awards.


 “Dying of Covid in a ‘Separate and Unequal’ L.A. Hospital” – New York Times

“Dying of Covid in a ‘Separate and Unequal’ L.A. Hospital” – New York Times

February 8, 2021

In a February 8 article, New York Times reporter Sheri Fink interviewed three of our faculty members who have been helping to cover ICU shifts at the beleaguered Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital.


Our intensivists lend a hand in community ICUs hit hard by COVID

Our intensivists lend a hand in community ICUs hit hard by COVID

February 1, 2021

During the post-Thanksgiving COVID surge in southern California, the intensive care units (ICUs) in community hospitals have been especially hard hit by an influx of critically ill COVID patients. On January 8, Christopher Ortiz, MD, PhD, became the first of our critical care specialists to help lighten the load on Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital (MLKCH) by covering shifts in its overstressed ICU.


Our faculty shine at STA Annual Meeting

Our faculty shine at STA Annual Meeting

January 21, 2021

January’s virtual annual meeting of the Society for Technology in Anesthesia (STA) featured our faculty member Ira Hofer, MD, as meeting co-chair, while other faculty members – Drs. Nirav Kamdar, Theodora Wingert, Laleh Jalilian, and Eilon Gabel – led panel discussions and presented their own research. Our department chair, Maxime Cannesson, MD, PhD, took office as the society’s 2021 President.


 Our first-ever Virtual Open House for medical students

Our first-ever Virtual Open House for medical students

January 21, 2021

For the first time ever, the pandemic in 2020 made it impossible for medical students interested in anesthesiology to visit the UCLA Health campus in person and tour our department. In response, Judi Turner, MD, PhD, our Vice Chair for Education, and the faculty and staff of the Education Office staged our first Virtual Open House via Zoom in September. More than 180 medical students signed on for an inside look at our program, the application process, and resident life.


Neuroanesthesia fellowship program gains recognition

Neuroanesthesia fellowship program gains recognition

December 14, 2020

Our Division of Neurosurgical Anesthesiology has achieved a long-awaited goal: three-year accreditation of the fellowship program by the International Council on Perioperative Neuroscience Training (ICPNT). The experience of trainees in the UCLA fellowship program, under the direction of Susana Vacas MD, PhD, now is recognized to meet criteria and standards set by the ICPNT and the Society for Neuroscience in Anesthesiology and Critical Care (SNACC).


 Congratulations to Dr. Kasey Grewe!

Congratulations to Dr. Kasey Grewe!

December 7, 2020

Dr. Kasey Grewe, one of our critical care fellows, on December 6 published an article in the national magazine, The Atlantic, on her harrowing experiences as a third-year anesthesiology resident taking care of critically ill COVID-19 patients during the peak of the pandemic in New York City last spring.


Congratulations to historian and physician Dr. Jane Moon!

Congratulations to historian and physician Dr. Jane Moon!

November 9, 2020

Congratulations to Assistant Professor Jane Moon, MD, who has been named an Associate Editor of the journal Anesthesiology and co-author of the monthly feature "WLM Reflections". Dr. Moon is an accomplished writer and historian, who chairs the Wood Library-Museum's Archives Committee and taught high-school history before becoming a physician.


ACGME Goal: “A workforce that will achieve health equity”

ACGME Goal: “A workforce that will achieve health equity”

October 22, 2020

Anesthesiologist William McDade, MD, PhD, the first-ever Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) delivered a stirring Grand Rounds talk on October 21, urging the virtual audience to recognize that healthcare disparities can be eliminated only when we start to view them as quality deficiencies.


Highlights from #ANES2020

Highlights from #ANES2020

October 7, 2020

Our department had much to celebrate at the recent ASA Annual Meeting! Though none of us could be there personally due to the pandemic, many more faculty, fellows, and residents than usual were able to "attend" thanks to the virtual format. Former chair Patricia Kapur, MD, received the ASA Distinguished Service Award, and current Vice Chair Dan Cole, MD, was nominated for next year's DSA!


Resident Spotlight – Jonathan Dahan, MD, CA-1

Resident Spotlight – Jonathan Dahan, MD, CA-1

September 29, 2020

Our chief residents – Drs. Awad Hirpara, Jeff Kim, and Libby Wang – wanted to learn more about Dr. Dahan, one of our first-year residents.


Resident Spotlight – Sara Navab, MD, CA-3

Resident Spotlight – Sara Navab, MD, CA-3

September 29, 2020

Our chief residents – Drs. Awad Hirpara, Jeff Kim, and Libby Wang – were fascinated to learn more about the eclectic background of our third-year resident Dr. Navab.


Resident Spotlight – Oliver Drewry, MD, PGY-1

Resident Spotlight – Oliver Drewry, MD, PGY-1

September 24, 2020

Our chief residents – Drs. Awad Hirpara, Jeff Kim, and Libby Wang – were fascinated to learn more about Dr. Drewry, one of our new anesthesiology interns.


Resident Spotlight – Samrawit Abraha, MD, CA-2

Resident Spotlight – Samrawit Abraha, MD, CA-2

September 24, 2020

Our chief residents – Drs. Awad Hirpara, Jeff Kim, and Libby Wang – were fascinated to learn more about our second-year resident Dr. Abraha, known as “Samru”.


Dr. Hofer receives NIH K01 grant for research in machine learning

Dr. Hofer receives NIH K01 grant for research in machine learning

September 1, 2020

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!


Emily Methangkool Photo Congratulations to Dr. Methangkool for Outstanding Service Award!

Congratulations to Dr. Methangkool for Outstanding Service Award!

August 26, 2020

Congratulations to faculty member Emily Methangkool, MD, MPH, who has won the 2020 Award for Outstanding Service from Women in Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology (WICTA)!


Jason Lee sp Photo Dr. Jason Lee: DGSOM Educator for Excellence

Dr. Jason Lee: DGSOM Educator for Excellence

August 11, 2020

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.


Mariam Sarwary, MD Photo CA-3 resident Mariam Sarwary wins ASA Policy Research opportunity

CA-3 resident Mariam Sarwary wins ASA Policy Research opportunity

July 17, 2020

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.


Yearbook 2020

Yearbook 2020

July 6, 2020

View our first-ever yearbook, featuring photos of all our graduating residents and fellows, and articles about this remarkable year.


Our Annual Graduation Awards!

Our Annual Graduation Awards!

July 2, 2020

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! 


Back-to-Back Awards for Medical Student Varina Clark, ScB

Back-to-Back Awards for Medical Student Varina Clark, ScB

June 22, 2020

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.


Congratulations to the Class of 2020!

Congratulations to the Class of 2020!

June 22, 2020

Our department celebrated the graduation of our Class of 2020 residents on June 13, for the first time via Zoom! We are immensely proud of this class. Click on the link to view the ceremony and resident-produced video farewell.


UCLA Surgery Patients: We are ready to take care of you

UCLA Surgery Patients: We are ready to take care of you

May 4, 2020

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.


True #HealthcareHero: UCLA alum Ajit Rai, MD

True #HealthcareHero: UCLA alum Ajit Rai, MD

April 10, 2020

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.


We bid a reluctant farewell to Dr. Randy Steadman

We bid a reluctant farewell to Dr. Randy Steadman

April 1, 2020

Just before the COVID-19 pandemic started to demand everyone’s full attention, our department gathered together (remember when we could do that?) at a lovely reception to say farewell, congratulations, and thank you to one of our most distinguished alumni, Randolph Steadman, MD, MS.


Scientific Evening 2020: Outstanding research by our residents and fellows

Scientific Evening 2020: Outstanding research by our residents and fellows

March 17, 2020

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.


Double Wins for UCLA Anesthesiology!

Double Wins for UCLA Anesthesiology!

January 22, 2020

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!


Daniel Herr MS, MD, FCCM Photo Slaying the sacred cows: The real facts about ECMO

Slaying the sacred cows: The real facts about ECMO

January 22, 2020

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.


Our CA-1 residents gain hands-on experience with difficult airway techniques

Our CA-1 residents gain hands-on experience with difficult airway techniques

December 9, 2019

There are few more terrifying scenarios in anesthesiology than an unexpectedly difficult airway. But thanks to the efforts of Drs. Elaine Boydston, Michael Lin, and other faculty members and fellows in our department, our newest residents are going to be better prepared than ever to face this inevitable challenge.


El Segundo students visit UCLA 2 Photo Area high school students tour Dr. Umar's research laboratory

Area high school students tour Dr. Umar's research laboratory

November 25, 2019

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.


Our medical mission in Myanmar

Our medical mission in Myanmar

November 13, 2019

Matt Park, MSN, CRNA, joined a Rotaplast team on a two-week medical mission to Myanmar, helping children with cleft lip and palate defects. The team also cared for patients with complex wound or burn scars who needed advanced plastic surgery care.


"That no one shall be harmed by anesthesia care": Dr. Mark Warner and the vision of APSF

"That no one shall be harmed by anesthesia care": Dr. Mark Warner and the vision of APSF

October 1, 2019

Dr. Mark Warner discussed ways to make anesthesiology even safer at Grand Rounds on Sept. 25. "Stay off your cell phones!" he advised. The APSF President, seen here with Dr. Emily Methangkool, outlined safety goals for the year, including using early warning systems such as end-tidal CO2 for all perioperative patients, better monitoring for treatable problems (depressed ventilation, sepsis) , and early recognition and faster response for the decompensating patient.


Open Circuit Summer 2019

Open Circuit Summer 2019

August 15, 2019

Our summer issue of Open Circuit has arrived!


Dr. Jean-Francois Pittet: “What do you need to know to publish in anesthesia journals?”

Dr. Jean-Francois Pittet: “What do you need to know to publish in anesthesia journals?”

July 17, 2019

Dr. Jean-Francois Pittet gave Grand Rounds on July 17. The Editor-in-Chief of Anesthesia & Analgesia predicts that in 10 to 15 years the peer review process as we know it will change dramatically and "it will be all open access online." He offered practical tips for authors seeking to have their research published, and discussed ways that A&A is evolving to be more inviting and user-friendly for readers.


Congratulations to the Class of 2019!

Congratulations to the Class of 2019!

June 26, 2019

On the lovely sunny evening of June 21, our 2018-19 residents and fellows celebrated their graduation at the UCLA Faculty Center. This year’s class includes 23 graduating residents and 20 fellows who completed training in seven different subspecialty areas. They were joined by family, friends, and faculty members for a lively reception and dinner, capped by two highly entertaining videos starring members of our department.


Dr. Vanila Singh Guides National Opioid Policy at HHS

Dr. Vanila Singh Guides National Opioid Policy at HHS

June 19, 2019

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).


UCLA Resident Steps Up at CSA House of Delegates

UCLA Resident Steps Up at CSA House of Delegates

June 6, 2019

Congratulations to Mariam Sarwary, MD, who is finishing up her CA-1 year, on her election by her peers as the newest UCLA resident representative to the California Society of Anesthesiologists!


Varina Clark awarded Dean’s Leadership in Health and Science

Varina Clark awarded Dean’s Leadership in Health and Science

May 23, 2019

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.


Our residents take top honors at the Western Anesthesia Residents’ Conference

Our residents take top honors at the Western Anesthesia Residents’ Conference

May 14, 2019

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.” 


Karen Sibert CMA Legislative day 2019 Photo In Sacramento for CMA Legislative Day

In Sacramento for CMA Legislative Day

April 25, 2019

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.


“Heart to Heart” event highlights UCLA research on role of sex hormones in heart disease

“Heart to Heart” event highlights UCLA research on role of sex hormones in heart disease

March 29, 2019

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.


Supporting STEM education for Los Angeles schoolgirls

Supporting STEM education for Los Angeles schoolgirls

March 25, 2019

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).


Dr Photo Annual Scientific Evening 2019

Annual Scientific Evening 2019

March 14, 2019

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.


New edition of Open Circuit

New edition of Open Circuit

February 26, 2019

The winter 2018-2019 edition of our department magazine, Open Circuit, has arrived.


The 7th Annual World Patient Safety, Science & Technology Summit

The 7th Annual World Patient Safety, Science & Technology Summit

February 6, 2019

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.”


Giving anesthesia in Uganda - Our residents report back from their two-week rotation

Giving anesthesia in Uganda - Our residents report back from their two-week rotation

February 1, 2019

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.


Physician Anesthesiologists Week 2019

Physician Anesthesiologists Week 2019

January 25, 2019

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.


National CRNA Week 2019

National CRNA Week 2019

January 18, 2019

We are delighted to celebrate and honor our department’s talented, skilled, and dedicated group of nurse anesthetists during National CRNA Week, January 20-26.


Resident Spotlight - Lyndsey Bradley, MD, CA-2

Resident Spotlight - Lyndsey Bradley, MD, CA-2

November 1, 2018

When it came time to choose residency training in anesthesiology, Dr. Bradley knew that at UCLA she would have the opportunity to experience challenging cases as early as her CA-1 year. In addition, she found it uplifting that the residents and faculty were great, fun, and caring individuals who always put patient care first.


Resident Spotlight - Libing Wang, MD, CA-1

Resident Spotlight - Libing Wang, MD, CA-1

October 30, 2018

“On my interview, I could tell that UCLA would be an environment that would help me grow as a clinical anesthesiologist with the variety and complexity of cases, and would also support my research interests,” she says. “But I ultimately chose to come to UCLA because of the fun, supportive, collaborative environment that I witnessed on the interview day. Now that I am a resident, my colleagues make me excited to wake up every morning and go to work.”


Telemedicine for Anesthesiologists: Perioperative Evaluation and Beyond

Telemedicine for Anesthesiologists: Perioperative Evaluation and Beyond

October 26, 2018

Congratulations to Nirav Kamdar, MD, MPP, MBA, Ari Huverserian, MD, Aviva Regev, MD, MBA, and Lauren Beck, MD, for their publication, “Telemedicine for Anesthesiologists: Perioperative Evaluation and Beyond”. The article, which appears in the October issue of ASA Monitor, provides a comprehensive look at the state of telemedicine in anesthesiology.


Resident Spotlight - Cameron Rice, MD, CA-3

Resident Spotlight - Cameron Rice, MD, CA-3

October 12, 2018

Dr. Rice’s inspiration to pursue medicine began with his fascination at studying how all the pieces of the human body fit together to create a living, breathing, creative, and intelligent being. In medicine, he found the opportunity to explore that interest and develop the gifts to realign those pieces when they fall out of place.


Social Worker Julie Wu: Expert Help in the Psychotherapy of Pain

Social Worker Julie Wu: Expert Help in the Psychotherapy of Pain

October 5, 2018

To treat the multiple facets of pain – emotional and social as well as physical – our Director of the UCLA Comprehensive Pain Centers, F. Michael Ferrante, MD, created a new “Psychology of Pain” program in 2017 to enhance our collaborative, multimodal, holistic approach to pain treatment. Julie Wu, LCSW, is the program’s outpatient therapist. She helps patients develop coping skills to reduce the emotional suffering that accompanies pain, and teaches them techniques to improve their functionality and quality of life.


Dr. Manuel Rosa-Garrido Wins AHA Early Career Award

Dr. Manuel Rosa-Garrido Wins AHA Early Career Award

September 19, 2018

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.”


Dr. Jason Hirsch Honored for Research in Obstetric Anesthesiology

Dr. Jason Hirsch Honored for Research in Obstetric Anesthesiology

August 31, 2018

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.


Congratulations to Our Residents on BASIC Examination Top 10% Scores

Congratulations to Our Residents on BASIC Examination Top 10% Scores

August 20, 2018

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.


The Summer Edition of Open Circuit Has Arrived

The Summer Edition of Open Circuit Has Arrived

August 8, 2018

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.


KZiv headshot ed Photo Innovative Peer Support Pilot Shows Great Promise for Long-Term Success

Innovative Peer Support Pilot Shows Great Promise for Long-Term Success

July 25, 2018

“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.


Message from the Interim Chair

Message from the Interim Chair

July 17, 2018

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


Johnny Quach, MBA: Helping Us Use Data to Improve Lives

Johnny Quach, MBA: Helping Us Use Data to Improve Lives

June 27, 2018

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.”


Research Team Led by Maxime Cannesson, MD, PhD, Develops Algorithm to Predict Potentially Dangerous Low Blood Pressure

Research Team Led by Maxime Cannesson, MD, PhD, Develops Algorithm to Predict Potentially Dangerous Low Blood Pressure

June 13, 2018

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.


WARC_1_Ed Photo Our Residents Excel at WARC 2018 in San Diego

Our Residents Excel at WARC 2018 in San Diego

May 9, 2018

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.


Congratulations to Dr. Brandal for ASRA Young Investigator Award!

Congratulations to Dr. Brandal for ASRA Young Investigator Award!

April 11, 2018

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.


UCLA Simulation Center Receives $20 Million Gift for Expansion

UCLA Simulation Center Receives $20 Million Gift for Expansion

March 30, 2018

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.


Resident, Fellow Research Takes Center Stage at Our 10th Annual DAPM Scientific Evening

Resident, Fellow Research Takes Center Stage at Our 10th Annual DAPM Scientific Evening

March 9, 2018

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.


Department Initiatives Shine at 2017 Quality Council Presentation

Department Initiatives Shine at 2017 Quality Council Presentation

March 7, 2018

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 Photo Drew Cheng, MD, Shares Insights from the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show

Drew Cheng, MD, Shares Insights from the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show

February 23, 2018

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.


Chief Nurse Anesthetist Shelly Anderson Expands Horizons in MBA Program

Chief Nurse Anesthetist Shelly Anderson Expands Horizons in MBA Program

February 5, 2018

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.


Dr. James Grant, ASA President, Outlines the Future of Healthcare

Dr. James Grant, ASA President, Outlines the Future of Healthcare

January 17, 2018

In an enlightening, if sometimes sobering, Grand Rounds on January 10, James Grant, MD, MBA, FASA, spoke from his vantage point as ASA President about the critical "7 C's" of the healthcare landscape.


Carla Gonzalez Lends Her Skills to Care Harbor/LA

Carla Gonzalez Lends Her Skills to Care Harbor/LA

January 4, 2018

Carla Gonzalez, Assistant to the Chair of our department, spent a weekend this fall volunteering at Care Harbor/LA, a community clinic event that provides free medical, dental, and vision care to the uninsured, underinsured, and underserved. Ms. Gonzalez used her Spanish language skills to help attendees navigate the registration process, and communicate with nurses and physicians.