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
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
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
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
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
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
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!
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
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
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
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
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
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!
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!
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”
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
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
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
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
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
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
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!
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)!
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.
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.
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!
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
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!
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
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
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
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
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!
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!
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
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.
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
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
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
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?”
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!
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
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
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
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
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.”
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
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
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).
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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!
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
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
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
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, 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
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
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
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.