September 10, 2023
The UCLA DAPM is excited to have created an educational global health pathway for its residents. As of July 2023, seven residents have joined the pathway and have already received their first lecture titled "Introduction to Global Health Equity in Anesthesia."
September 8, 2023
Six medical students from schools across the country converged in the Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine at UCLA to embark on a summer research experience.
August 23, 2023
With 2 full days of rafting and camping overnight on the shores of the river, there was a lot of teambuilding as well as some peaceful downtime away from busy Los Angeles.
June 21, 2023
Olivia Vallejo, DAPM JEDI Manager, received the prestigious Kevin McCauley Memorial Outstanding Staff Award at the 2023 UCLA Staff Assembly Awards Ceremony on June 21.
June 15, 2023
The Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine (DAPM) at UCLA had a phenomenal showing at the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists (SCA) 2023 Annual Meeting on May 6-9 in Portland, OR. Several faculty, fellow, and resident physicians participated in the conference by presenting various topics or case reports, moderating sessions, helping lead workshops or problem-based learning discussions (PBLDs), and attending committee or governance meetings.
June 15, 2023
Resident physicians Brittany Burton, MD, MHS, MAS, CA-2, and Jordan Francke, MD, MPH, CA-2, and faculty anesthesiologists Catherine Cha, MD, Richard Hong, MD, and Cristianna Vallera, MD, represented the UCLA Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine (DAPM) at the Society of Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology (SOAP) Annual Meeting in New Orleans, LA, on May 3-7, 2023.
June 6, 2023
For the past several decades, the Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine (DAPM) at UCLA has had a strong presence within the California Society of Anesthesiologists (CSA). DAPM physicians had another impressive showing at the CSA 2023 Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA, from April 27 to 30 this year.
Brittany Burton, MD, MHS, MAS, and Cristianna Vallera, MD, Awarded 2023 SOAP Diversity & Inclusivity Mentored Grant
April 30, 2023
Congratulations to CA-3 resident physician Brittany Burton, MD, MAS, MHS, and mentor Cristianna Vallera, MD, on receiving the 2023 SOAP Diversity & Inclusivity Mentored Grant for their proposal, “Machine Learning Approaches to Predict Postpartum Hemorrhage for Cesarean Delivery!"
April 26, 2023
Dr. Calmes, Retired Clinical Professor of the Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine at UCLA and Retired Chief of Anesthesiology of Olive View-UCLA Medical Center, gave a moving account of her own experience with childhood polio and adult post-polio syndrome during the IARS 2023 Annual Meeting.
April 26, 2023
The contributions of our administrative staff ensure that our department runs efficiently, that our faculty and staff receive the support they need, and that we are able to excel in all of our core missions — education, research, community engagement, and clinical care. We thank them for their tireless efforts and commitment to excellence.
April 20-22, 2023
Several trainees and faculty members from the Acute Pain and Regional Anesthesiology Division presented their research and case reports at the 48th Annual Regional Anesthesiology and Acute Pain Medicine Meeting in Hollywood, Florida.
April 19, 2023
CA-2 resident physician Jordan Francke, MD, MPH, met with several California legislators on priority health care issues in anesthesiology at California Medical Association's 9th annual Legislative Advocacy Day.
April 18, 2023
DAPM Administrative Managers Olivia Vallejo, Carla Gonzalez, Elizabeth Paray, and Lucelva Mendez, as well as Chief Administrative Officer Stephanie Fisher, MA, learned about new tools, resources, and research-based best practices for enhancing departmental onboarding practices at the Engagement and Retention Workshop.
April 16, 2023
CA-2 resident physician Jordan Francke, MD, MPH, was awarded the SEA-HVO Traveling Fellowship for international medical education at the Society for Education in Anesthesia (SEA) Spring Meeting in Seattle.
April 14-15, 2023
Resident, fellow, and attending physicians of the Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine (DAPM) at UCLA traveled to Denver, Colorado, to attend the 2023 Society of Critical Care Anesthesiologists (SOCCA), Society for the Advancement of Transplant Anesthesia (SATA), and International Anesthesia Research Society (IARS) Annual Meetings.
Brent Ershoff, MD, MS: Intraoperative hydromorphone decreases postoperative pain: an instrumental variable analysis
April 12, 2023
Using an instrumental variable analysis treating hydromorphone presentation dose (i.e. 2mg versus 1mg vial) as the instrumental variable, Brent Ershoff, MD, MS, shows that increased intraoperative hydromorphone administration causes decreased postoperative pain.
April 10, 2023
Quenesha Caballero and Carla Gonzalez participated in professional development workshops and watched keynote speeches from UCLA leaders at the 2023 UCLA Administrative Management Group (AMG) Leadership Conference.
Judi Turner, MD, PhD, Appointed Assistant Designated Institutional Official, UCLA Graduate Medical Education
April 6, 2023
As Assistant DIO, Dr. Turner will develop and cultivate an inclusive culture of teaching excellence and professional development within the community of GME trainees and faculty at UCLA. Congratulations Dr. Turner!
April 3, 2023
Jennifer Lucero, MD, MA, DAPM Vice Chair for Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI), and Olivia Vallejo, JEDI Administrative Manager, co-hosted this year's DAPM Womxn's Panel featuring many DAPM leaders in education. The discussion focused on the central roles that women play in education—as both teachers and students in academic medicine, and as members of families and our society at large.
March 31 – April 2, 2023
At this year’s Society for Pediatric Anesthesia and American Academy of Pediatrics Annual Meeting, DAPM members learned about cutting-edge research within the field of pediatric anesthesiology while also exploring the city of in Austin, Texas.
This ASA Monitor article by Johnathan Pregler, MD, FASA, & others covers the recent evolution of economic forces within anesthesiology.
March 31, 2023
Today is Anesthesia Tech Day! We celebrate our Patient Specialty Services Techs as integral members of the anesthesia patient care team. Your contributions are invaluable to the success of DAPM and the overall care of patients at UCLA Health.
March 27, 2023
A study by John Park, MD, PhD, Justine Liang, MD, MS, and Soban Umar, MD, PhD on "Electrical Remodeling in Right Ventricular Failure Due to Pulmonary Hypertension: Unraveling Novel Therapeutic Targets" was covered in Pulmonary Hypertension News and highlighted in ASA Monitor TODAY.
March 19, 2023
Congratulations to Daniella Goñi, MD, Michael LoBasso, MD, Oliver Drewry, MD, and Adela Perez, MD, on conquering the 2023 LA Marathon!
March 14, 2023
Our research & clinical trainees showcased research posters and oral presentations at the 2023 DAPM Scientific Evening. Congratulations to all the presenters on your research accomplishments and thank you to our organizers and judges for supporting this event!
March 10, 2023
We are pleased to introduce our 2023-2024 Chief Residents: Sara Arastoo, MD, Chase Barker, MD, Mariana Gomez, MD, MBA, and Jennifer Nam, MD, MBA. Congratulations, and we look forward to your leadership!
J. Shin, Grogan, Lee, Liew, Umar, D. Shin, Hoftman: A novel negative pressure isolation device reduces aerosol exposure: A randomized controlled trial
March 6, 2023
The SLACC device protects physicians from infection during airway management. The design for the device was developed by a UCLA team including John Shin, MD, Tristan Grogan, MS, Jason Lee, MD, Elaine Liew, MD, Soban Umar, MD, PhD, Dong Ho Shin, & Nir Hoftman, MD, and will be available for open access.
March 3, 2023
Artwork by Zhuang Fang, MD, MPH, was selected to be featured in the 2022-2023 edition of The UCLA Beat, the UCLA DGSOM journal of literary and artistic expression. Dr. Fang's photograph (depicted to the right) is entitled "Good Morning, Matterhorn," and his poem is called "Rhythm."
February 28, 2023
The UCLA DAPM Resident Wellness Committee hosted a Fitness Challenge over the month of February. From snowboarding at Big Bear Mountain to lifting weights while on 24-hour call, the challenge was a major success in promoting wellness and building connections amongst the resident physicians.
John Park, MD, PhD, Justine Liang, MD, MS, and Soban Umar, MD, PhD: Electrical Remodeling in Right Ventricular Failure Due to Pulmonary Hypertension: Unraveling Novel Therapeutic Targets
February 27, 2023
In this paper from the International Journal of Molecular Sciences, Drs. Park, Liang, and Umar explore the underlying mechanism of electrical remodeling in right ventricular failure due to pulmonary hypertension.
February 26, 2023
In January 2023, a large multidisciplinary team performed the first full-scale ex-utero intrapartum treatment (EXIT) procedure in the Main Operating Room (OR) of the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.
February 22, 2023
Belle Benanzea-Fontem, MD, CA-1 Resident Physician, was awarded the 2023 Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Junior Resident Scholar Grant by the Society for Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists (SCA). Congratulations Dr. Benanzea-Fontem!
Ultrasound exams in the high school library: Project Lead the Way inspires tomorrow’s medical students
February 21, 2023
UCLA Health featured DAPM's collaboration with Project Lead the Way, directed by Sophia Poorsattar, MD, in bringing biomedical curriculum to Los Angeles-area high schools.
February 6, 2023
Rajesh Kumar, PhD, has been awarded a new NIH/NINDS R21 Grant entitled, "Brain Metabolites, Brain Antioxidant, and Cerebral Blood Flow Deficits in Single Ventricle Heart Disease."
Emily Methangkool, MD, MPH: Women Physicians Day, 2023 — We Have More Work To Do, but Also a Lot To Celebrate!
February 3, 2023
For Women Physicians Day, we celebrate the trailblazing women in medicine that make up DAPM! Check out this piece by Emily Methangkool, MD, MPH, about celebrating progress for women physicians in anesthesia while recognizing the work that is still needed.
January 28, 2023
The inaugural UCLA ECMO Symposium was a huge success! Dr. Vadim Gudzenko and Dr. Marisa Hernandez-Morgan co-directed the event with cardiac surgeon Dr. Peyman Benharash and ECMO Coordinator Weiting Chen.
January 29 - February 4, 2023
For this Physician Anesthesiologists Week, we are proud to celebrate the dedicated and skilled anesthesiologists that make up DAPM! Physician anesthesiologists are the guardians of patient safety before, during, and after surgery. To all our physicians: thank you for all that you do and have a wonderful Physician Anesthesiologists Week!
January 27, 2023
Jennifer Lucero, MD, MA, DAPM Vice Chair for JEDI, is featured in the ASA "Pathways to Anesthesiology" series. In her video, Dr. Lucero discusses Diversity, Inclusion & Equity Efforts in Anesthesiology.
January 26, 2023
In this Open Anesthesia podcast, Beti Anake, MD, MS, DAPM Director of Global Health Initiatives, sits down with Dr. Tirunesh Busha, one of three pediatric anesthesiologists in Ethiopia.
January 22 - 28, 2023
Our team of over 50 CRNAs play a vital role in providing safe and effective anesthesia care to our patients, as well as participate in policy development, quality improvement, education, and more. We at UCLA wish our amazing nurse anesthestists a happy National CRNA Week!
January 16, 2023
Phantom limb pain has historically been a major barrier to recovery for patients after amputation. Here, Zachary Paquette, MD, CA-2 Resident Physician, analyzes "a case of ulnar-distribution phantom limb pain following an upper-extremity amputation despite the use of interscalene blockade."
January 13, 2023
In MedPage Today, Emily Methangkool, MD, MPH, was quoted in an article on patient safety concerns with the growing use of anesthesia care outside the operating room.
January 11-14, 2023
Danny Kim, MD, MS, PhD candidate, and Maxime Cannesson, MD, PhD, presented two oral and poster presentations at the Society for Technology in Anesthesia (STA) 2023 Annual Meeting in Las Vegas, NV.
Dane Saksa, MD, MBA: Variability in Resource Utilization in the Evaluation and Management of Simple Febrile Seizures Inpatients in US Children’s Hospitals
January 1, 2023
In the January 2023 issue of the Journal of Neurosurgical Anesthesiology, Dane Saksa, MD, MBA conducted a study to characterize resource utilization in the treatment of hospitalized patients with simple febrile seizure in US children's hospitals.
Fischer, Chapski, Soehalim, Grogan, Cai, Vondriska: Longitudinal profiling in patients undergoing cardiac surgery reveals postoperative changes in DNA methylation
December 30, 2022
In Clinical Epigenetics, Matthew Fischer, MD, MS, Doug Chapski, PhD, Elizabeth Soehalim, Tristan Grogan, Hua Linda Cai, MD, PhD, and Thomas Vondriska, PhD identified postoperative changes in DNA methylation after cardiac surgery.
December 26, 2022
DAPM's global health efforts over the past year have ranged from providing medical care for low-income communities around the world to the launch of a new health equity curriculum for resident physicians.
Maggy Riad, MD: Anticholinergic Syndrome: An Under Diagnosed Harmful Condition In The Perioperative And ICU Settings
December 16, 2022
In the first issue of the latest EC Pharmacology And Toxicology volume, Maggy Riad, MD, describes the incidence of anticholinergic syndrome in the perioperative and ICU settings, which often goes underdiagnosed.
December 13, 2022
Congratulations to Adrian Arrieta, PhD and Natalie Gehred from the Vondriska Lab and Lejla Medzikovic, PhD from the Eghbali Lab on receiving AHA Fellowships!
December 6, 2022
Congratulations to Laila Aryan, PhD candidate in the Eghbali Lab, and Doug Chapski, PhD from the Vondriska Lab for being awarded NIH Fellowship Awards!
December 2, 2022
Lorraine Lubin, MD served as an editor for a new textbook, Congenital Heart Disease in Pediatric and Adult Patients: Anesthetic and Perioperative Management. In collaboration with other experts in in pediatric anesthesia, cardiology, and cardiac surgery, Dr. Lubin's work describes surgical interventions and anesthesia plans for a wide range of conditions.
Banerjee, Zargari, Medzikovic, Russino, Mikhael, Grogan, Rahman, Eghbali and Umar: Intralipid® improves left ventricular function in rats with lipopolysaccharide-induced endotoxaemia by a Src-STAT3-mediated mechanism
December 1, 2022
Somanshu Banerjee, PhD, Soban Umar, MD, PhD, and others investigate the role of Intralipid® in sepsis-induced cardiac dysfunction.
November 30, 2022
Reza Borna, MD led a UCLA Health team, including Joseph Meltzer, MD, Maryte Gylys, MD, MBA, Sergey Progushev, MD, Brianna Ortbals, MSN, CRNA, Pauline Rioux, CRNA, to Guatemala to provide over 50 surgeries to patients in need.
November 28, 2022
Dr. Francke, CA-2 Resident Physician, traces the invention of the modern cuffed endotracheal tube through history in this essay for the California Society of Anesthesiologists' (CSA) History of Anesthesia Essay Contest.
November 21, 2022
Dr. Barbara Van de Wiele was recognized at a DGSOM Reception hosted by Dean Steven Dubinett, MD for completing her 2021 fellowship in the Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine program.
November 19, 2022
Chase Barker, MD, Jane Moon, MD, John Shin, MD, and Micaela Zywicki, MD advised medical students interested in pursuing anesthesiology at CAMSS 2022 at UC Irvine. They participated in a variety of activities throughout the symposium: from leading workshops on airway management to presenting keynote speeches and panels.
November 18, 2022
Congratulations to Drs. Matthew Fischer, Jason Lee, Emily Methangkool, Jane Moon, Sophia Poorsattar, and Louis Saddic on your election to AUA!
Hernandez-Morgan, Stypula, Fischer, Grogan, Neelankavil: Impact of the Affordable Care Act on Disparities in Access to and Outcomes After Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting
November 16, 2022
Marisa Hernandez-Morgan, MD, MA published a paper examining the effects of the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion within cardiac surgery along with co-authors Christine Stypula, MD, Matthew Fischer, MD, MS, Tristan Grogan & Jacques Neelankavil, MD.
New health equity curriculum for anesthesiology residents offers tools to provide more equitable patient care
November 16, 2022
Betelehem Asnake, MD, MS, UCLA DAPM Director of Global Health Initiatives, led the development of a new curriculum on topics in health equity, which launched at DAPM in October 2022. She hopes the curriculum will fill long-standing gaps in medical education and equip residents with the tools they need to provide equitable health care for all patients.
November 14, 2022
Congratulations to Dr. Boldt on his new role as the inaugural Chief, Division of Trauma and Adult Multi Specialty Anesthesiology!
Patricia Nwajuaku, MD, MPH Appointed Medical Director for Clinical Operations, Quality, Safety and Education, Martin Luther King Hospital
November 8, 2022
Patricia Nwajuaku, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor, has been appointed as the Medical Director for Clinical Operations, Quality, Safety and Education, Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital Operating Room, in the Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine at UCLA.
November 5, 2022
Dr. Kim, CA-1 Anesthesiology Resident, was invited to present at the 5th Annual Meeting of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) in Texas. Dr. Kim's talk covered his research on the "Application of deep learning for real-time non-invasive continuous monitoring for enhanced peripheral oxygen saturation in intensive care unit (ICU) and operating room (OR)."
J. Prince Neelankavil, MD, Tristan Grogan: Association Between Preoperative Hemodialysis Timing and Postoperative Mortality in Patients With End-stage Kidney Disease
November 3, 2022
J. Prince Neelankavil, MD, Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology and Chief, Division of Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology, and Tristan Grogan, Principal Statistician at UCLA Health, published an article in JAMA along with former Fellow Physician, Vikram Fielding-Singh, MD, JD.
November 3, 2022
Keren Ziv, MD was invited to speak at the British Society of Interventional Radiology Annual Scientific Meeting held in Glasgow, Scotland from November 2-4, 2022. This was her second invited lecture on physician wellness this year.
November 2, 2022
The UCLA Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine (DAPM) had a strong presence at the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) Annual Meeting, which was held in New Orleans, Louisiana, from October 21-25. Read on for a recap of the conference and department social!
October 24, 2022
John Park, MD, PhD was awarded the Second Place distinction in the 2022 Residents' Research Essay Contest at ANESTHESIOLOGY 2022 for his manuscript, "LOXL Inhibition Improves Right Ventricular Function in Pulmonary Hypertension." Congratulations Dr. Park!
Kyle Scranton, BS and Lejla Medzikovic, PhD Earn Poster Prizes at UCLA Cardiovascular Research Theme Symposium 2022
October 21, 2022
Congratulations to Kyle Scranton, BS and Lejla Medzikovic, PhD for earning the top poster prizes at the UCLA Cardiovascular Research Theme Symposium!
October 19, 2022
Drs. K. Elliot Higgins III , Lisa Lee, and Jennifer Lucero have recently been invited to conduct Grand Rounds presentations at several prestigious health centers on topics including short acting spinals, machine learning, and aversive racism.
October 14-16, 2022
The DAPM Resident Physicians spent the weekend in Hermosa Beach for the 2022 Resident Retreat! Special shoutout to the clinicians who generously volunteered to cover the residents' shifts.
Researchers say brain images plus artificial intelligence may diagnose sleep apnea faster than current methods
October 12, 2022
New UCLA research suggests that a combination of brain imaging data and machine learning can accurately diagnose obstructive sleep apnea.
October 12, 2022
Dr. Buckley was interviewed for the SNACC Fellows' and Residents' podcast on the management of ventriculostomies.
October 6, 2022
Dr. K. Elliot Higgins gave a presentation on short acting spinals and evidence for optimizing ambulatory management at the Montefiore-Einstein Anesthesiology Grand Rounds on September 30, 2022.
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. 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.