special events

Academic Evening: Our Annual Academic Evening takes place every year in late May, in the reception area and auditorium of the Milstein Heart Center, coordinated by Dr. Robert Sladen and Dr. Charles Emala. It is an opportunity for Departmental residents, fellows, medical students, postdoctoral students and research associates to present their research and academic work to their colleagues and the faculty. All submitted abstracts are presented as posters in one of three categories: basic science research, clinical research or case reports. A Faculty Selection Committee ranks the top two basic science research and clinical research abstracts, and the best case report, which are presented in oral form at the end of the evening. An invited distinguished Guest Judge (see list below) selects first and second place awards. Our 19th Annual Academic Evening, held on May 28th, 2016, was our most successful ever, with 66 abstract presentations. A new innovation was simultaneous computerized case report presentations with Faculty facilitators at four locations.

2006 - 2016 Academic Evening Program

Academic Evening Guest Judges

1998: Paul Barash, MD, Professor of Anesthesiology
Yale University School of Medicine
1999: Warren M. Zapol, MD, Reginald Jenney Professor of Anesthesia,
Harvard Medical School
2000: John P. Kampine, MD, Professor and Chair, Department of Anesthesia, Medical College of Wisconsin, "Anesthesia and the Control of the Respiration"
2001: Simon Gelman, MD, PhD, Leroy Vandam/Benjamin Covino,
Professor of Anaesthesia, Harvard Medical School, Chairman of Anesthesiology, Perioperative & Pain Medicine @ Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA "Pathophysiology of Aortic Cross-Clamping"
2002: David Longnecker, MD, Robert D. Dripps Professor and Chair
Vice Dean For Professional Services, University of Pennsylvania, "Influence of Anesthesia Providers on Surgical Outcomes"
2003: Peter Glass, MD, Chairman, SUNYat Stony Brook
"Challenges for Research Anesthesia"
2004: Patricia A. Kapur, MD, Professor & Chairman, Department of Anesthesiology, UCLA. "Current approaches to maximizing the functional capability of your in – and out-patient PACUs"
2005: Mark A. Warner, MD, Professor and Chair, Department of Anesthesiology, Mayo Clinic, "Who better than anesthesiologists?"
2006: Douglas Coursin, MD, Professor of Anesthesiology and Internal Medicine, University of Wisconsin, "Perioperative Glycemic Control & Therapy How Sweet is to be Euglycemic?"
2007: Mark F. Newman, MD, Merel H. Harmel Professor and Chairman, Department of Anesthesiology, Duke University Medical Center, “Genetics of Perioperative Outcomes”
2008: Jonathan Moss, MD, Professor and Vice Chairman for Research, Anesthesia and Critical Care, Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care, University of Chicago, “Development of peripheral opiate antagonists: morphine’s secrets revealed”
2009: Ronald G. Pearl, MD, PhD, Professor and Chair, Department of Anesthesia, Stanford University School of Medicine, “Perioperative Management of Pulmonary Hypertension”
2010: Neal Cohen, MD, MPH, MS, Vice Dean of Academic Affairs, Professor of Anesthesiology, School of Medicine, University of California San Francisco, California, "If anesthesia is so safe, do patients still need an anesthesiologist?"
2011: Philip D. Lumb, MBBS, FCCM, Professor and Chair, Department of Anesthesiology, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles CA
2012: Keith Anthony Jones, M.D., Alfred Habeeb Professor and Chair, Department of Anesthesiology, University of Alabama School of Medicine, Birmingham, AL.  “Perioperative Management of Pheochromocytoma: Biochemical and Biophysical Rationales”
2013: Kevin K Tremper, MD, PhD, Robert B. Sweet Professor and Chair, Department of Anesthesiology, University of Michigan. “Anesthesiology: From Patient Safety to Population Outcomes”.
2014: Jeanine Wiener-Kronish, MD, Henry Isaiah Dorr Professor of Research and Teaching of Anesthetics, Harvard Medical School, Anesthetist-in-Chief, Department of Anesthesiology, Critical Care and Pain Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital.  “Intraoperative Mechanical Ventilator”   
2015: Berend Mets, MB, ChB, PhD, FRCA, FFA (SA), Eric A. Walker Professor and Chair, Department of Anesthesiology, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. “To Stop or Not: Angiotensin Axis Blockade”
2016: Beverly Orser, MD, PhD, Professor of Anesthesiology and Physiology, Department of Anesthesia, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center, Toronto, ON, Canada. “Cognitive Deficits after Anesthesia and Surgery: Causes and Treatments”

Mock Oral Exams: One morning each Spring (usually in March or April), a few weeks prior to the A.B.A Oral Board Exam, CA-2 and CA-3 residents attend a "mock" oral exam. Residents are each assigned a thirty minute exam period with one senior (often an actual Board examiner) and one junior examiner. Examiners conduct the exam identically to the A.B.A. format. At the end of the exam, the examiners critique the resident on their exam performance. Although stressful for all at that moment, residents find this to be a valuable opportunity to practice and prepare for the actual, inevitable, exam and to ask for more opportunities.

E.M. Papper Lecture: This endowed lecture is held each year and is given by an outstanding anesthesiologist with an international reputation. The lecture honors Dr. E. M. Papper, the first Chairman of the Department. Recent lectures have been:

1998: Dennis Mangano, MD, PhD, Director, McSPI Research Group, Professor of Anesthesiology, UCSF, California, "The Evolution of Perioperative Outcomes Research: Perspectives for the New Millennium"
1999: Carol Hirshman, MD, Bendixen Professor, Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons, New York, "What the BG Dog Told Us About Asthma and Anesthesia"
2000: Ronald D. Miller, MD, Professor and Chairman, Department of Anesthesiology University of California, San Francisco, "Dreams and Medical Publications"
2001: Carol L. Lake, MD, MBA, Professor and Chairman, Department of Anesthesiology, University of Louisville, "Cardiac Anesthesia: Past, Present, and Future"
2002: Henry Rosenberg, MD, Professor and Vice Chairman for
Academic Affairs, Thomas Jefferson University, "Past, Present and Future of Malignant Hyperthermia"
2003: Roberta L. Hines, MD, FABA, FANZA, Professor and Chairman
Department of Anesthesiology, Yale University, "Anesthesiology’s Odyssey: Innovations in Research and Patient Care"
2004: Zeljko J. Bosnjak, PhD, Professor and Vice Chairman, Medical College of Wisconsin, "Anesthetic induced cardio protection"
2005: Hugo Van Aken, MD, PhD, FRCA, FANZCA, Department of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine, University Hospital of Münster, Germany, “Thoracic Epidural Anesthesia/ Analgesia and Outcome”
2006: Judy Kersten, MD, Professor of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Toxicology, Medical College of Wisconsin, “Diabetes and Cardiovascular Risk”
2007: Lee A. Fleisher, MD, Robert Dunning Dripps Professor and Chair, Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care, School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, “Did the 2007 ACC/AHA pre-operative cardiac evaluation guidelines really say that?”
2008: Sten GE Lindahl, MD, PhD, FRCA, Professor, Karolinska Institute Chief of Research and Education, Karolinska University Hospital, Vice Chair of the Nobel Assembly, Chair of the Nobel Assembly (2009), “Choosing Nobel Prizes in Physiology or Medicine”
2009: Emery N. Brown, MD, PhD, Warren M. Zapol Professor of Anaesthesia, Harvard Medical School, Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, “Clinical Neurophysiology of General Anesthesia – Induced Loss of Consciousness"
2010: Mervyn Maze, MB, ChB, Chair, Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Care, University of California, San Francisco
2011: Roger A. Johns, MD, MHS, Professor, Department of Anesthesiology, and Critical Care Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, "From Gene to Function:  RELM Proteins in Pulmonary Hypertension"

Lecture I
Dan Mark Roden, M.D.C.M., Professor of Medicine and Pharmacology, Director, Oates Institute for Experimental Therapeutics, Assistant Vice-Chancellor for Personalized Medicine, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.  “Harnessing a Healthcare System to Advance Personalized Medicine”

Lecture II
Richard Dutton, MD, MBA, Executive Director, Anesthesia Quality Institute. “Hemostatic Resuscitation – What it is and how we do it”

2013: Lecture I
James P. Rathmell, MD, Executive Vice Chair and Chief, Division of Pain Medicine, Professor of Anesthesiology, Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital. “The Link Between Acute and Chronic Pain”

Lecture II
Alex S. Evers, MD, Henry E. Mallinckrodt Professor of Anesthesiology, Professor of Internal Medicine and Developmental Biology, Washington University School of Medicine.  “Anesthetic Binding Sites in Brain: A Window into Memory, Mood, Pain and Consciousness”

2014: Lecture I
Jacques E. Chelly, MD, PhD, MBA, Profesor of Anesthesiology and Orthopedic Survery, Vice Chair for Clinical Research, Director, Regional and Orthopedic Fellowships, Director, Acute Interventional Perioperative Pain and Regional Anesthesia, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. “Paravertebral Blocks: Regional Anesthesia Novel Frontier”

Lecture II
B. Scott Segal, MD, Anesthesiologist-in-Chief, Chair, Department of Anesthesiology, Tufts University School of Medicine. “Labor Epidural Analgesia and Maternal Fever: Are We Hurting the Baby?”

Lecture III
Hugh C. Hemmings, Jr., MD, PhD, FRCA, The Joseph F. Artusio, Jr. Professor and Chair of Anesthesiology, Weill Cornell Medical College. “Synaptic Mechanisms of General Anesthesia”


Lecture I
Bobbie-Jean Sweitzer, MD, Professor of Anesthesia & Critical Care, Professor of Medicine, Director, Anesthesia Perioperative Medicine Clinic, University of Chicago. “Evaluation and Optimization of the Higher Risk Patients”

Lecture II
Collleen Koch, MD, MS, MBA, The Mark C. Rogers Professor and Chair of Anesthesiology and Critical Care, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore MD. “Hospital-Acquired Anemia: A Hazard of Hospitalization”

2016: Laura E. Niklason, MD, PhD, Nicholas M. Greene Professor and Vice-Chair, Department of Anesthesia and Biomedical Engineering, Yale University School of Medicine. “State of the Art: Cell Therapies and Regenerative Medicine.

Sydney Winchell Memorial Lecture Series: These endowed lectures honor Dr. Sidney Winchell, who trained in our department from 1958 – 60. Recent lectures have been:

1998: Jeevendra Martyn, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital,
"Insights into Myopathy of Critical Illness"
1999: Archibald I. J. Brain, MA, LMSSA, FFARCSI, Honorary Consultant Anaesthetist, Royal Berkshire Hospital, United Kingdom, "The Laryngeal Mask Airway, Past, Present & Future"
2000: Charles Weissman, MD, Professor and Chairman of the
Department of Anesthesiology & Critical Care at Hadassah-
Hebrew University Medical Center in Jerusalem, "Enhanced Perioperative Care: Challenge for the 21st Century"
2001: Frank James, MD, former chair at Wake Forest Bowman Gray, Winston-Salem, NC, "The History of Obstetric Anesthesia, Advances through the Ages"
2003: William Young, MD, Vice Chairman, UCSF, “Emerging Concepts in Physiologic Manipulation of Cerebral Perfusion”
2004: Daniel Thys, MD, FACC, FAHA, Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology & Chairman, Dept of Anes, St. Luke’s-Roosevelt "Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery: Anesthetic Implications"
2005: Jeevendra Martyn, MD, Professor of Anesthesiology, Massachusetts General Hospital, “Acetylcholine receptors: Interactions with muscle relaxants”
2006: Charles W. Hogue, MD, Associate Professor of Anesthesiology Johns Hopkins University Medical School, Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care, "Improving Outcomes for Women Undergoing Cardiac Surgery"
2007: Tomoki Hashimoto, MD, Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology, University of California San Francisco, Center for Cerebrovascular Research, “Anesthetic Management of Patients with Cerebral Aneurysms”
2008: Richard Polin, MD, Interim Chairman of Pediatrics, Professor of Pediatrics, Department of Pediatrics, New York Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University Medical Center, “New Concepts in Neonatal Resuscitation”
2009: Ezra S. Susser, MD, Dr.PH, Anna Cheskis Gelman and Murray, Charles Gelman, Professor and Chair, Department of Epidemiology, Columbia University , Mailman School of Public Health, “Life Course Studies: Belated Concerns & Delayed Effects”
2010: Isobel M. Russell, MD, PhD, FACC, Professor and Chief of Adult and Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesia, Moffitt Long Hospitals, Department of Anesthesia, University of California, San Francisco, “Echocardiography of Congenital Heart Disease In the Adult”
2011: Lecture I
John H. Eisenach, MD, Associate Professor of Anesthesiology, Assistant Professor of Physiology, Mayo Clinic, “Fear Not the Failing Heart”

Lecture II
Simon C. Body, MBChB, MPH, Associate Professor, Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, “Do Genetics Really Make a Difference to Postoperative Cardiac Outcomes?”

2012: Lecture I
Charles Chavkin, PhD, Chair of Pain Research and Professor in the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Washington, Seattle “Therapeutic Potential of Kappa Opioids in Pain and Addiction Treatment”.

Lecture II
Alex S. Evers, M.D., Henry E. Mallinckrodt Professor of Anesthesiology, Professor of Internal Medicine and Developmental Biology, Washington University School of Medicine, “Preventing Anesthesia Awareness”

2013: Matthew B. Weinger, MD, Director of the Center for Research and Innovation in Systems Safety (CRISS), Norman Ty Smith Chair in Patient Safety and Medical Simulation, Professor of Anesthesiology, Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee. “What every anesthesiologist should know about safety but was afraid to ask”.
2014: Lecture I
Michael S. Avidan, MBBCh, FCASA, Professor, Anesthesiology and Surgery, Washington University. “My Travails in the Land of Negative Trials”

Lecture II
Richard Levy, MD, Associate Chief, Anesthesiology in Pain Medicine & Director, Cardiac Anesthesia, Associate Professor of Anesthesiology, Pediatrics, and Integrative Systems Biology, George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. “Carbon Monoxide, Isoflurane, and Neuro Development”

2015: Lecture I
Alexandre Mignon, MD, PhD, MBA, Professor of Anesthesiology & Intensive Care Medicine, Cochin/Hotel-Dieu Hospital, Paris Descartes University and School of Medicine. “Serious Games: The Next Generation for Effective Education and Simulation”

Lecture II
Santhanam Suresh, MD, Professor and Chair, Department of Anesthesiology, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. “Ultrasound-guided Regional Anesthesia in Children”

Lecture III
Vincent Chan, MD, FRCPC, FRCA, Professor, Department of Anesthesiology, University of Toronto. “Perioperative Use of Ultrasound for Anesthesia Practice”


Lecture I
Dean B. Andropoulos, MD, MHCM, Anesthesiologist-in-Chief, Texas Children’s Hospital. “Dexmedetomidine and Anesthetic Neurotoxicity in the Developing Brain”

Lecture II
E. Wesley Ely, MD, MPH, Professor of Medicine, Associate Director of Research GRECC, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. “Saving the Injured Brain from Acquired Dementia: A New Frontier in Critical Care”

Allen Hyman History of Anesthesia Lecture is traditionally the first endowed
lecture of the academic year. Recent lectures have been:

1998: Douglas Bacon, MD, "The Creation of Infrastructure in Anesthesiology 1900 - 1960"
1999: James T. Goodrich, MD, "A Study of Andreas Vesalius
(1514 – 1564): His Contribution to Modern Anatomical Studies, Personal Trials & Tribulations From Medical Student to Professor: 1974 - 1999"
2000: Donald Caton, MD, Professor of Anesthesiology and Obstetric and Gynecology, University of Florida, "Social Values and the Pain of Childbirth"
2001: Peter E. Dans, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine & Health Policy and Management, Johns Hopkins University, "Hollywood’s View of the Doctor from the 1930s to the 1990’s"
2002: Allen Hyman, MD, Professor of Anesthesiology, "The History of Infant Resuscitation"
2003: John W. Severinghaus, MD, Dr. Me. HA, FRCA, Emeritus Professor of Anesthesiology, University of California, San Francisco, "Discovery of Oxygen: Plagiarism Emerges Two Centuries Late"
2004: Dr. J. B. Glen and Dr. David Goodale, "Anesthetic drug discovery - from xylocaine and halothane to diprivan"
2005: Sir Ian Kennedy, Chairman, Healthcare Commission, UK, "When Babies Died: Learning Lessons for Healthcare"
2006: Frank Lowy, MD, Professor of Medicine & Pathology, Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, Columbia University, College of Physicians & Surgeons, "Staphylococcus aureus: plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose"
2007: Lee Goldman, MD, Executive Vice President for Health and Biomedical Sciences, Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Harold and Margaret Hatch Professor Columbia University Medical Center, “Three decades of cardiac risk in non-cardiac surgery”
2008: Richard Smiley, MD, PhD, Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology (in OB-GYN) and Director of Obstetrical Anesthesia and Guohua Li, MD, DrPH, M. Finster Professor and Director of the Center for Health Policy and Outcomes in Anesthesiology and Critical Care, “ John Snow, Father of Two: The Origins of Scientific Epidemiology and Anesthesiology”
2009: Andranik Ovassapian, MD, Professor of Anesthesia & Critical Care, University of Chicago, “The All-Important Airway: A Historical Review”
2010: Theodore H. Stanley, MD, Professor of Anesthesiology, Department of Anesthesiology, University of Utah School of Medicine, “The History of Opioids in Anesthesia – The Department of Anesthesiology at Columbia University Medical Center was Involved”
2011: Myron L. Weisfeldt, MD, William Osler Professor of Medicine, Director, Department of Medicine, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, “Past and Future of Resuscitation from Cardiac Arrest”
2012: James E. Caldwell, MBChB, Professor Emeritus of Clinical Anesthesiology, UCSF School of Medicine, San Francisco, CA, “A History of Neuromuscular Blocking Drugs”
2013: Robert Sladen, Md, ChB, FCCM, Professor and Executive Vice-Chair, Dhief, Division of Critical Care, Department of Anesthesiology, Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons. “A History of Intensive Care”
2014: Daniel Raemer, PhD, Associate Professor of Anaesthesia, Massachusetts General Hospital, center for Medical Simulation. “Medical Simulation – back to the future”
2015: Paul G. Barash, MD, Professor of Anesthesiology, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT, “The Game Changers: The Twenty Most Important Anesthesia Articles Ever Published”
2016: Theodore H. Stanley, MD, Anesthesiology Professor, University of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City, UT. “The Opioids Part II: The Story of Fentanyl”

Virginia Apgar Endowed Lecture

2003: Herbert Kleber, MD, Professor, NYPH Psychiatric Institute, "Pharmacotherapy for Drug Addiction"
2004: John Driscoll, MD, Professor and Chairman, Department of Pediatrics, Columbia University, "Dr. Virginia Apgar: Innovator and Advocate"
2005: Jeffrey Drazen MD, Editor-in-Chief, New England Journal of Medicine, Parker B. Francis Professor of Medicine, Harvard University, “Pharmacogenetics of Asthma”
2007: PD Dr. med. Michael Zaugg, DEAA, Institute of Anesthesiology, E-HOF, University Hospital Zurich, “New Paradigms in Organ Protection: Anesthetic pre- and post conditioning”
2008: Steven Shafer, MD, Professor of Anesthesiology, Department of Anesthesiology, Columbia University Medical Center, “The Anesthetic Pipeline”
2009: Laurent G. Glance, MD, Associate Professor, Department of Anesthesiology, Vice-Chairman for Research, University of Rochester School of Medicine, “Health Care Report Cards: Report on the Report Cards
2010: Paul R. Knight III, MD, PhD, Professor of Anesthesiology and Microbiology, Department of Anesthesiology, University at Buffalo, NY. “Aspiration Pneumonia (Disambiguation)”.
2011: Thomas J. J. Blanck, MD, PhD, Dorothy Reaves Spatz, MD Professor of Anesthesiology, Chairman, Department of Anesthesiology, New York University School of Medicine, “Clinical Research: Past and Present”
2012/13: Judy R. Kersten, MD, Professor of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Toxicology, Senior Vice Chair of Anesthesiology, Department of Anesthesiology, Medical College of Wisconsin. “What’s So Bad About Being Sweet?”
2014: Jeanine D’Armiento, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Medicine and Anesthesiology, Director, Center for Molecular Pulmonary Disease in Anesthesiology and Physiology and Cellular Biophysics, Director Center for LAM and Rare Lung Disease, Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons. “Molecular Mechanism in Lung Injury and Repair”
2015: Y. S. Prakash, MD, PhD, Professor of Anesthesiology & Physiology, Chair, Department of Physiology and Biomedical Engineering, Vice-Cahir for Research, Department of Anesthesiology, Mayo Clinic. " Nanoparticles for Targeting Lung Diseases: The Need for Intelligent Design”
2016: David S. Warner, MD, Vice Chair, Research, Chief, Division of Basic Sciences, Distinguished Professor of Anesthesiology in the School of Medicine, Professor of Anesthesiology, Neurobiology and Surgery, Duke University. “Advancing Translational Research: Lessions From Study of Acute Brain Injury”

A very important social event is the Graduating Residents’ and Fellows’ Dinner, to which all the graduating CA3-residents, fellows, spouses and faculty are invited.

Columbia University Medical Center Department of Anesthesiology