The Department of Anesthesiology wishes everyone Happy Holidays, and a Healthy and Prosperous 2014
Columbia at the Annual Meeting of the ASA in San Francisco
As usual, Columbia was well represented at this years’ ASA meeting in San Francisco, and many faculty, residents and fellows attended.
Caleb Ing, MD for the nomination of his abstract for the ASA Best of Clinical Sciences Abstracts. Entitled “Multimodal Assessment of Cognitive Outcomes Associated With Exposure to Anesthesia in Early Childhood”
Charles W. Emala, MD for being selected to present this year¹s FAER Honorary Lecture. Entitled “Peripheral GABAA Receptors: Unrecognized Anesthetic Targets?”
Ryan MJ Ivie, MD for winning the Young Investigator Award at this year¹s SOCCA Meeting. Entitled “The Generalizability of Randomized Controlled Trials in Critical Care Medicine”
Click here to see our events at the ASA
San Francisco Run For The Warriors
Some fun running facts: we had 22 members on the Columbia Anesthesia Team and raised just under $1000 --- a great time was had by all runners and walkers!
THE DEPARTMENT HAS HAD SOME RECENT WELL DESERVED FUNDING AND RESEARCH SUCCESSES:
Dr. Charles Emala, Anesthesiology, received $1.3 million over five years in a competitive renewal from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences for “Anesthesiology Research Training” for our NIH T32 Mentored Research Fellow Training Grant. Due to our past success, we also were awarded 4 positions, not 3 positions as in the past.
SmartTots Research Grant Awarded to Dr. Lena Sun - Pediatric Anesthesia Neurodevelopment Assessment (PANDA) Study. Dr. Sun received $200,000 to fund her very important clinical study into neurocognitive defects following anesthesia in a pediatric population.
Dr. Ryan Ivie's abstract on inclusion and exclusion criteria in ICU trials was awarded the Young Investigator Award for this year's SOCCA meeting in October.
Congratulations to all!
APPLICATIONS FOR APGAR FELLOWSHIPS MOVES TO NRMP MATCH
Since we launched the Apgar Scholars Program for entering residents more than a decade ago the program has attracted a stellar group of individuals who are now progressing well in their academic careers. The program continues to be one of the most innovative and influential in defining the future of academic anesthesiology in the US. It has been widely emulated by other leading academic departments and has become an important part of the training environment at Columbia. This year in order to make it easier for applicants and reduce the burden of extra paperwork on our applicants we are going to move the Apgar Application process to the NRMP match. From this year we will offer our 24 regular categorical residency slots and in addition our 2 Apgar categorical slots through NRMP (See link to our website for full details here). What this means is that applicants to our program who want to apply to be considered as an Apgar Scholar should do the following:
- List the Apgar Scholar Categorical position in your rank order list
- Assuming you want to apply for a regular residency slot (in case you do not match to an Apgar slot) you should also list a regular Columbia Categorical Position on your rank order list
- Two separate ERAS applications will NOT be needed
- If you are applying for an Apgar Scholar’s position you should mention this in your personal statement
We are excited to continue this enormously successful program at Columbia and to help our applicants reduce the complexity of the application process
Dr. Jack Shanewise received the “Outstanding Achievement in Perioperative Echocardiography Award” from the American Society of Echocardiography! It was presented at the 4th Annual ASE Foundation Gala on Saturday, June 29, 2013.
Congratulations to Columbia Doctors Named to New York Magazine Best Doctors List (Castle Connolly)
Our very own Dr. Michael Weinberger received recognition in the specialty area of Pain Medicine.
Physicians are nominated not only because of their special training and clinical skills, but also because of the time, care and concern they give to their patients. Well done Mike!
Our Local Hero!!
We come to work every day hoping what we do will make a difference in a child's life and the life of his/her family. Sometimes we do a reasonable job; sometimes we can only say we have tried our best. But, our friend and colleague Rob Kazim does more than that even when he is on vacation! He SAVED a young child's life!
He was on vacation in Florida in June. Together with his sister, Deb Kazim, they
brought back a life that was almost lost at the bottom of a swimming pool. A five year
old was resuscitated and brought back to life because Rob happened to take the long way to leave the pool area. This young boy is going to have a full life because Rob noticed him, brought him to the surface, pulseless, blue and cold. Deb and Rob did chest compressions and mouth to mouth for many minutes. The child was revived and the family is whole.
We want to share with you this touching story. We are privileged to be able to say that we personally know a hero. And, this hero is our friend Rob!
Dr. Caleb Ing featured on the Website for SmartTots
View the video, and see Caleb Ing speaking in our very own library!
The IARS SmartTots asked three doctors specializing in pediatric anesthesia, Dr. Dean Andropoulos, Dr. Peter Davis, and Dr. Caleb Ing to address this and other questions in the newly released video, Perspectives from the Front Lines. This brief video covers 5 key topics:
Anesthesia and the Developing Brain
Complicated Anesthetic & Sedative Drugs
Impact on Children
Types of Studies Still Needed
Research Funding Needed
As discussed by Dr. Ing in this video, an association has been found between exposure to anesthesia and long-term cognitive effects. He goes on to explain that “We still don’t know if this is due to the anesthesia itself, surgery or another factor such as the child’s medical condition.” We need to find the answer to this question to ensure the safety of children as they undergo anesthesia or sedation.
Watch the video at: www.SmartTots.org or click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=_7dMpmwRxzs
Neil Masters, MD a Columbia anesthesia resident has been awarded the 2013 SEA-HOV Traveling Fellowship. Congratulations!
The fellowship recipient will serve a one month assignment at a Health Volunteers Overseas (HVO) anesthesia training site in Ethiopia, Malawi, or Vietnam.
The SEA-HVO Fellowship allows senior anesthesia residents the opportunity to improve anesthesia care in developing countries by teaching and mentoring their counterparts. The SEA-HVO Fellows will be exposed to a wide range of surgical pathologies and anesthetic techniques not commonly seen in the United States. They will learn to communicate more effectively with people from different cultures and will be exposed to the realities and constraints of delivering health care in a resource scarce environment. Most importantly, SEA-HVO Fellows will serve as teachers of anesthesia and role models for the anesthesia students at the HVO program site where they serve, contributing to the future safety of patients receiving anesthesia in developing nations.
Residents Win Anesthesia Jeopardy!
Ryan Ivie holds the trophy aloft, after having led the residents to victory over the attendings in the game show Anesthesia Jeopardy.
Welcome to the New Residents – The Class of 2017
During the last week of June the new residents spent time undergoing orientation, and meeting staff and faculty – and also having a good time socially getting to know each other.
- Alisa Chen - UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School-Piscataway
- Jerri Chen - Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University
- Sarah Dillon - State University of New York Upstate Medical University
- Anthony Fernandes - UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School-Piscataway
- Peter Fu - Boston University School of Medicine
- David Gottlieb - Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University
- Keren Griffiths - University of Connecticut School of Medicine
- Caroline Gross - University of Maryland School of Medicine
- Holden Groves -University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine
- Kurt Hoffmeister - Washington University in St Louis School of Medicine
- Rhea Ittoop - UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School-Camden
- Matthew Kron - Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
- Samantha Lee -University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine
- Jessie Lo - UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School
- Yang Long - New York University School of Medicine
- Elvedin Lukovic - State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine
- Fatemah Mamdani - UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School
- Julia Pavelic - Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine
- Martin Pavelic - Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine
- Lauren Rosenberg - Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
- Safa Shaikh - UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School-Piscataway
- Dorothy Van Oppen - Washington University in St Louis School of Medicine
- Yefim Vilnits - State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine
- Jeremy Walco - University of Louisville School of Medicine
- Joshua Wong - Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University
- Matthew Yoder - Indiana University School of Medicine
Welcome to Class Day at Columbia University, College of Physicians & Surgeons
Tuesday, May 21st, 2013
Dr. Wood was honored to present the Virginia Apgar Award for Excellence in Anesthesiology to Sucie Chang. Sucie has carried out outstanding research in the laboratory of Dr. C. Emala, her mentor, and we are pleased that she has chosen to match for an Anesthesiology Residency. Dr. Wood was especially delighted to have the opportunity to present the award to not only her, but also her beautiful baby!
We wish both her and her family good fortune in the coming years.
Coming Soon! The Department of Anesthesiology Pain Medicine Clinic is moving to 1790 Broadway, Columbus Circle in the late fall of 2013.
The Department is working with Architects and Interior Designers to create a wonderful new state-of-the-art facility which will function as an ambulatory clinic with a procedure room and recovery area, incorporating the latest technology.
Congratulations to Hannah Wunsch who has been elected to Membership in the Association of University Anesthesiologists (AUA).
The AUA’s Mission is the advancement of the Art and Science of anesthesiology by: (1) the encouragement of its members to pursue original investigations in the clinic and in the laboratory; (2) the development of methods of teaching (anesthesia); and (3) the free and informal interchange of ideas. Membership is honorific, by election.
"Staff Profile Corner"
Elsa Wuhrman, DNP, FNP, BC, DCC is our nurse practitioner for Acute Pain Services. She has been an asset to the department, since joining us in early 2005. Her love and talent for the field of pain management is obvious as underscored by her many patient accolades. Dr. Wuhrman derives great satisfaction, especially from successfully treating some of our more challenging patients with complex pain issues. She is particularly enthusiastic about applying new theories and therapies described in the literature in attainment of that goal. She finds the physiology of pain and its evolving treatments fascinating, and has taken a great interest in the field of pharmacogenetics, especially as it relates to opioid and other analgesic medications and has lectured on this topic at various forums.
Her collaborative approach to patient care helps to ensure that patients receive optimal pain management during their stay, as well as in the outpatient setting after discharge. As an extension of that collaboration Dr. Wuhrman also serves as a resource to residents, fellows, nurses, physician assistants and other health care colleagues. Whether during patient rounds or formal inservices she is always ready to share her expertise with others. She is an assistant professor in the School of Nursing and regularly precepts NP and DNP students.
Dr. Wuhrman graduated from Hunter College with a BS in nursing, obtained her Master’s Degree from SUNY Stony Brook, and completed her doctoral studies at Columbia University in May 2012. She became a nurse practitioner in 1987 and has been active in the promotion of the role in New York State and in educating future nurse practitioners.
In addition to providing direct patient care Dr. Wuhrman works closely with Dr. Anthony R. Brown, Director of Acute Pain Services, developing and maintaining departmental policies related to pain management. She also collaborates with nursing and other disciplines to provide the same development and maintenance of nursing and hospital policies. It is her fervent hope that this collaboration will bring about real change in the way other disciplines approach the patient with pain, thereby improving pain management even for those patients not directly managed by the Pain Service.
In furtherance of this goal and in representing the Department of Anesthesiology, she has been instrumental in putting forth a number of NYP/CUMC’s major initiatives including the development and implementation of the Pain Resource Nurse (PRN) education program; expansion of the ability to prescribe intravenous Patient Controlled Analgesia to non pain management/anesthesiology providers; and, in close collaboration with our Pediatric Pain Management division, the transfer of PCA, PCEA, and PCRA paper orders to an electronic ordering system and the development of the Ketamine for Analgesia policy. She represents the department in several key committees including the Sedation and Analgesia Committee; HCAHPS pain management steering committee and the Sickle Cell Pathway Task Force. Currently, Dr. Wuhrman is spearheading the effort to pilot and evaluate the potential of subcutaneous infusions and/or PCA for pain control in our patients with poor IV access, a project of the Sedation and Analgesia Committee, co-chaired by Dr. Brown.
She is active in the American Society for Pain Management Nursing and has served on key committees, chairing the Education Committee for several years. Dr. Wuhrman has co-authored important articles related to managing pain and she has extensive experience speaking on related topics. She is also a member of the Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society.
When not working, she loves to spend time with her family, especially her 12 year old daughter, Rachel and husband John, as well as the cat, dog, bird, and fish. They enjoy going to the beach in the summer and sledding in the snow in the winter. Right now, the family is eagerly preparing for Rachel’s Bat Mitzvah this coming June.
Columbia Receives Awards from the Association of University Anesthesiologists (AUA)
Dr. Jennifer Danielsson has received the Resident Travel Award for her abstract entitled “Novel chloride channel blockers relax airway smooth muscle: potential new tools to treat bronchospasm” for presentation at the annual meeting of the Association of University Anesthesiologists in April in Miami, FL. These studies detail potential novel therapeutics that hyperpolarize the plasma membrane of human airway smooth muscle cells and facilitate airway relaxation.
Dr. George Gallos has received the Junior Faculty Award for his abstract entitled “A novel strategy to treat human pre-term labor - targeting the TMEM16/anoctamin chloride channel in human pregnant uterus” for presentation at the same meeting. These studies detail the pivotal role that these recently characterized calcium-activated chloride channels play in the control of spontaneous and oxytocin induced contractions in pregnant human uterus and suggest targeting these channels may have therapeutic potential in pre-term labor.
Charles DiMaggio was featured in NY1 report “Study Reveals Results Of Safety Measures Aimed At School-Aged Children”.
60th AUA Annual Meeting
April 4-6, 2013 at the JW Marriott Marquis
Congratulations to Geb!
Dr. Gebhard Wagener’s textbook, Liver Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine is now released, and he has donated a copy to the Anesthesiology Library. Authors include physicians from Columbia (Teresa Mulaikal, Jean Emond, Rob Sladen, Geraldine Diaz, Philipp Houck, Oliver Panzer, Jonathan Hastie, Vivek Moitra, Paul Weyker, Christopher Webb, Leena Mathew, Tricia Brentjens, James Guarrera, Lloyd Meeks, Joe Meltzer and Jennifer Sandadi), the United States and from overseas, so it is truly an international textbook.
Find out more about Dr. Wagener at:
Columbia Anesthesiology Professors Receive Awards for Outstanding Leadership
- Dr. Robert Sladen received the 2013 Shubin-Weil Critical Care Master Clinician Award at the SCCM Annual Meeting in Puerto Rico.
- Dr. Robert Kazim will receive the 2012 Patient Centered Care Physician Champion Award at the Patient Centered Care Awards ceremony on Tuesday, March 12th in the Riverview Terrace at 3:00 p.m.
Congratulations to both!!
Dr. Danielle Ludwin elected to the Apgar Academy of Educators
The Virginia Apgar Academy of Medical Educators is an active community of educators at P&S dedicated to promoting, rewarding, and supporting outstanding education for medical students, residents, fellows, and faculty. Membership in the Academy represents not only recognition of excellence as an educator, but also a commitment to contributing to the educational life of the medical community.
Danielle joins departmental faculty (http://ps.columbia.edu/about-ps/apgar/members) Marc Dickstein, Vivek Moitra and Rob Sladen who have previously been elected to the Academy.
You might find this of interest….The Most Important Article in NEJM History!
(FROM THE NOVEMBER 2012 ISSUE OF NEJM)…
Throughout the 200th anniversary year we have asked for your votes, and you have responded with a
resounding favorite. Since the 1846 report from Boston surgeon Henry Jacob Bigelow, "Insensibility
during Surgical Operations Produced by Inhalation," so many of the significant advances we've seen
rely on the use of anesthesia. It is difficult to imagine medicine today without it. If you haven't read the
original report yet, it's worth taking a few minutes to travel back to the mid-nineteenth century, when
Bigelow wrote, "It has long been an important problem in medical science to devise some method of
mitigating the pain of surgical operations." The beginning of ether anesthesia won the final round of
voting against many other significant developments published in NEJM over the last two centuries: the
first description of platelets, the beginning of bone marrow transplantation, studies on an attenuated
measles vaccine, the first oral ACE inhibitor, the knowledge that aspirin prevents heart attacks, the first
treatment of stroke, or understanding how to prevent type II diabetes. Explore the historical timeline for