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Change in Leadership in Anesthesiology: The Baton is Passed

Ansgar Brambrink, MD, PhD, has become the Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons (P&S) and anesthesiologist-in-chief at New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC), effective July 1, 2016.  He comes to Columbia from the Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU).

Dr. Brambrink received his doctorate and medical degrees from Westfälische Wilhelms-University School of Medicine in Germany and completed a residency in anesthesiology and an anesthesiology and neurosurgery fellowship in the intensive care units at the University Hospital at Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany. He also completed a clinical and research fellowship in anesthesiology at Johns Hopkins University. He served on the faculty of Johannes Gutenberg University from 1996 until 2003 before joining OHSU. Within four years, Dr. Brambrink had joint appointments in three OHSU departments: anesthesiology and perioperative medicine, neurology, and neurologic surgery. At OHSU, he was instrumental in building a multidisciplinary neuroscience intensive care unit, which he directed for five years.

Dr. Brambrink, an internationally renowned expert in brain injury, specializes in clinical care, research, and educational aspects of anesthesia and its applications to the treatment of patients with neurological conditions, including stroke. Dr. Brambrink’s research interests include brain ischemia, the loss of oxygen and nutrients for brain cells due to inadequate blood flow, and the effects of anesthesia on the brain. In particular, his work has advanced knowledge of anesthesia-induced developmental neurotoxicity; the alteration of normal nervous system activity after exposure to toxins; the application of neuroscience and anesthesiology research to the care of neurosurgery patients; neurocritical care for life-threatening neurological disorders; and neurosurgical complications due to surgery. Dr. Brambrink also has investigated the pathophysiology of brain ischemia and treatment strategies and the brain’s endogenous repair after ischemic stroke.  His clinical research has included studies of the effects of modified immune response following severe trauma, techniques for regional anesthesia, and innovative airway devices in pediatric and adult anesthesia. Additionally, he investigates the effects of anesthetics and sedatives on the developing brain, in order to optimize delivery of anesthesia in infants and children.

“Dr. Brambrink has extensive experience in applying the expertise of multiple disciplines to enhance the care of patients who require anesthesia, particularly those with stroke-related challenges, and to minimize any adverse effects of anesthetic agents,” said Lee Goldman, MD, executive vice president and dean of the Faculties of Health Sciences and Medicine and chief executive of CUMC. “We welcome Dr. Brambrink to this key leadership role and look forward to his research and clinical contributions to patient-centered care, as well as his educational contributions to training the next generation’s physician-scientists.”

“Dr. Brambrink is one of the top minds in the field of anesthesiology,” said Steven J. Corwin, MD, president and CEO of NewYork-Presbyterian. “His unique, multidisciplinary expertise will be a tremendous asset to us and will enhance our ability to care for all of our patients, especially those being treated for stroke. We look forward to having him join our team.”

As an educator, Dr. Brambrink has earned high ratings and recognition among peers, students, and mentees. He has edited several textbooks and educational volumes on topics including pediatric anesthesia, trauma anesthesia, airway management, neuroanesthesia, neurocritical care, and preoperative management of patients with pre-existing disease. He has authored more than 260 scientific articles, book chapters, and other educational publications.

Dr. Brambrink recently served as president of the ‘Society of Neuroscience in Anesthesiology and Critical Care’ (SNACC), and he belongs to a dozen professional societies. He has served on the editorial board of ‘Stroke’ for several years and is now on the editorial board of the ‘Journal of Neurosurgical Anesthesiology’.

Dr. Brambrink succeeds Margaret Wood, MD, the E.M. Papper Professor of Anesthesiology, who retired after successfully leading the Department of Anesthesiology for more than 20 years. Her tenure included the creation of new divisions, expansion of clinical and research activities, and growth of the critical care division. Dr. Wood was the first woman appointed to chair a clinical department at P&S.



Congratulations to Dr. Caleb Ing who has been named an Irving Assistant Professor

This 3 year appointment as a named endowed Assistant Professor will support Dr. Ing’s research entitled “Factors Contributing to Neurodevelopmental Deficit After Surgery and Anesthesia in Children”.  










Columbia University at the AUA/ IARS Meeting

The department was again very well represented at several leading annual academic anesthesiology meetings.  The department had 49 presentations including original research and clinical perspectives at the annual meeting of the Association of University Anesthesiologists (AUA), the International Anesthesia Research Society (IARS), the Society of Critical Care Anesthesiologists (SOCCA) and the Society for Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology (SOAP).  Three faculty were invited to present their original research in oral format at the AUA including Drs. H.T. Lee, Maya Mikami and Tom Yocum.  Invited oral presentations from departmental faculty at the IARS included Dr. May Hua who spoke at a Scholar’s Symposium on “Building a Program of Research Using Big Data” and a presentation by Dr. Lena Sun entitled “Neurotoxicity of Anesthetics in the Young: Will the PANDA Study Change the Way We Care for Kids?” that highlighted the results of her study published in JAMA June 7, 2016.  Dr. Gebhard Wagener delivered an invited oral presentation at the SOCCA entitled “Liver Support and Liver Replacement: Ready for Prime Time?” and Dr. Vivek Moitra’s SOCCA invited oral presentation was entitled “What’s New in Perioperative Resuscitation”.  Dr. Smiley served as a member of the Program Committee and Program Faculty for the annual SOAP meeting at which 16 departmental research abstracts were presented.  These presentations highlight the breadth and depth of research and scholarly activity that exemplifies Columbia Anesthesiology.



Notice of Award: Provost’s RFP on Massive Open Online Course (MOOCs)

Vivek Moitra, Jessica Spellman and David Kessler received funding for their research award, entitled “Crisis Resource Management, for the amount $15,750.






Bahaa Daoud has been named CU Resident of the Month!

Congratulations!  It is exemplary residents like Bahaa that make us a top Department in the nation!






Fatemah Mamdani received the SEA-HVO Traveling Fellowship

This award will allow her to teach in Malawi this coming academic year.  Congratulations!






Getting to know you….Mary Clark

Margaret Wood remembers “Mary Clark was one of the first people that I recruited when I came to Columbia – and how glad I am that I did.  Whatever the problem, ACGME, JCAHO, QA or research compliance – Mary always comes through and solves the problem”.

Mary joined the Department in January 2000, after a long tenure as a Clinical Instructor at NYPH involving general medical, stepdown, transplant, dialysis and clinical research units.  Her long and varied career includes bedside nursing in medical surgical, hemodialysis, cardiac care, and MICU areas, as well as years in clinical research with heart failure patients and nursing education.  Prior to joining the Department, she was a nurse practitioner in the PAU.  She is fortunate to have worked with many esteemed mentors, publishing in journals and books, and lecturing on many topics to nursing audiences.  Upon her transition to the Anesthesia Department, she brought the strengths of clinical experience and institutional knowledge, but she needed to learn the language of anesthesiology – asking many questions of the clinical experts in the Department and attending those Thursday morning conferences!  In her Quality role, Mary brings her diverse background into areas of patient safety and advocacy, risk mitigation, systems analysis and staff support.

Departmental Quality Assurance Director Steve Mercer states, "I'm confident that I speak for our entire department when I say that Mary is an outstanding professional who we are extremely fortunate to have as a department member. She is held in high esteem, not only in our department but, throughout the greater institution.  The quality of her work, and how she represents the Department of Anesthesiology throughout NY Presbyterian, combine to make her an integral member of our team and its mission."


June 2016

Dr. Leena Mathew has been named as one of the Best Doctors for Pain Medicine in the New York Magazine – issue May 30th – June 12th, 2016.  Congratulations!!

LEENA MATHEW: Acupuncture, pain- cancer, Botox therapy, pain-chronic; New York; 212-305-7114 NY PRES-COLUMBIA


Getting to know you….Marsha Brooks, Clinical Scheduler

I was born in Jamaica and emigrated to the USA in 1990. I live in New Jersey and make the unpredictable commute to get to work at 7am. I love to interact with people but am also cautious when I need to be. When I am not working I delight in listening to all kinds of music but my love is reggae and rhythm and blues. I enjoy travelling, watching tennis and reading the bible and teaching it to others (not all at the same time!) I am an unabashed foodie ……..tear inducing spicy food is my favorite.

I’m pretty good at board games, particularly scrabble.

I am the scheduling coordinator for the department and am located in Milstein Hospital 4GN -4448. As the scheduling coordinator, I coordinate, compile and distribute “man power schedules” for attending physicians, residents, fellows and CRNA’s. I work closely with Dr. Wood and Dr. Mercer in preparing and distributing the monthly and daily schedules.

I provide information and updates regarding on-call responsibilities of physicians for all sites. In addition, I prepare correspondence for staff, as well as reviewing and processing payroll records for anesthesia operating room technicians and CRNA’s.

I have worked with the anesthesia department for 10 years. I love working with people from different cultures and ethnicity. It makes for a rich personal experience. Some days are more stressful than others, but Dr. Wood and Mercer have always been available for help and advice.

I am pleased to be a part of this department and to work with people who show so much care and compassion personally and professionally. My office door is always open!

Dr. Wood says – Marsha performs one of the most important functions in the Department – making sure everyone knows where to be on a given day! She often has to give bad news to someone – another case/maybe you have to stay later than expected – but always tries to do it in a respectful “nice” way. She keeps us all organized, and the job is much more than everyone realizes! If you are a new resident, Marsha is someone you need to get to know, and pay a visit! She can really help you.

Marsha Brooks


Congratulations to Dr. Jennifer Danielsson who received the Louis V. Gertsner, Jr. Award

This prestigious Columbia 3 year award will support Dr. Danielsson’s research entitled “TMEM16A Antagonism:  A Novel Target to Treat Asthma”.  Dr. Danielsson is investigating the therapeutic potential of antagonism of the TMEM16A channel to achieve airway smooth muscle relaxation and decreased cytokine and mucus production by airway epithelial cells.








May 2016

InnovateNYP: Pediatric App Challenge to Launch on March 12

Stan Hum, Jen Busse and Matt Monteleone

For the past two years, department members Lena Sun, MD, Matthew Monteleone, MD, and Jennifer Busse, NP, along with Stanley Hum, MD, from the PICU have been working to develop, refine, and roll out the OuchApp – a mobile device app to guide non- anesthesiologists through the basic principles of pediatric pain assessment and management.  This past March, Drs. Monteleone and Hum entered the InnovateNYP Pediatric Appathon and won first place (78 participants in 17 teams competed in the competition).  They teamed up with user experience and graphic design experts to design, over a period of about a day and a half, an app to guide parents through the pre-, peri-, and post-operative periods.  Members of the team are now working on a more comprehensive app which will be entered in the Pediatric App Challenge which concludes in May.


Congratulations to our new Chief Residents for 2016/17

Peter Fu, Jerri Chen, Lauren Rosenberg and Matt Pavelic



Dr. Mikami is Awarded FAER Mentored Research Training Grant (MRTG)  for July 2016

Congratulations to Maya Mikami, MD, PhD, MPH for being awarded the Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research (FAER) 2-year Mentored Research Training Grant (MRTG)-Basic Science, for her proposal entitled “Control of the airway smooth muscle cell cytoskeleton by gelsolin: a potential novel therapeutic target for bronchoconstrictive diseases” to begin July 2016.










April 2016

Getting to know you….Carlos Cusi, Chief, Pediatric Anesthesia Technician

Officially, Carlos is the chief technician at CHONY.  His responsibilities include providing supervision of the anesthesia technician team at CHONY, coordinating their assignments.  In addition, he is responsible for maintaining inventory of all supplies, and keeping the equipment in working order.   He monitors the available supplies and orders them so that we are assured there will always be a constant adequate stock of needed supplies.  He supervises the technician staff at CHONY in processing equipment for decontamination and disinfection to be in regulatory compliance. He works closely with the pediatric anesthesia faculty to obtain quotes, trial the equipment we may need to use in the OR and other anesthetizing locations (infusion pumps, airway equipment, ultrasound machines, and others).  He maintains the equipment so that they are in good working order, and is the liaison with Biomedical department for troubleshooting or repair of equipment.  All of these job descriptions all come down to one thing, while Carlos does not provide anesthesia care for children, we cannot provide anesthesia care without his commitment, dedication and special brand of professionalism.  He is the unsung hero at Pediatric Anesthesia.  What he does is to make the entire Pediatric Anesthesia team, including attendings, CRNAs, fellows and residents, always prepared and fully supported when we provide anesthesia for children at NYP, no matter when or where.

Carlos says that first of all he thanks God for all the things he has given him.  On his free time he enjoys spending time with his two wonderful sons Kevin and Bryan and with his beautiful wife Beatriz.  He also enjoys hiking.  He also spends some of his vacation time doing medical missions to Peru and Mexico.




Meghan Prin - UJMT Fogarty Global Health Fellowship 2016-2017

Meghan Prin has been selected as a 2016-17 Fogarty Global Health Research Fellow. This program is an 11-month mentored clinical research training program sponsored by the NIH Fogarty International Center and other NIH Institutes. Her project, entitled "Critical Care Services in Resource Poor Settings: Critical illness severity and outcomes," will be carried out in Lilongwe, Malawi, under the mentorship of Dr. Guohua Li of Columbia and Dr. Anthony Charles of the University of North Carolina-Project Malawi. This is the first time that the Fogarty fellowship has been awarded to an anesthesiologist, and Meghan will be the first Fogarty fellow to conduct critical care research. Congratulations to Meghan – this is wonderful news and we are all so very proud of her.  Her Fellowship fits very nicely with our Departmental interest in Global Health; we have initiated a new Fellowship Program at the Instructor level under the leadership of Dr. Julia Sobol.  Further information on this Fellowship can be obtained from Dr. Sobol or Jennifer Cardone (









The 43rd Annual Daytime Emmy Award Nominations have been announced, and our Dr. Peter Salgo has been nominated for Outstanding Informative Talk Show Host

Dr. Salgo has been the Host of Second Opinion on PBS for the past 12 years. Prior to that, he was the Health and Science Correspondent for Channel 2 News in New York (WCBS TV), and the Anchor of America’s Vital Signs” on CNBC.

The Awards ceremony will be held on the evening of May 1, 2016 in Los Angeles. It will be broadcast as a live stream.

Congratulations to Peter!







March 2016

Dr. Robert Whittington has been appointed Executive Senior Editor for the Geriatric Anesthesia Section of Anesthesia and Analgesia effective January 1, 2016

He is directly responsible for coordinating the peer-review process and assessing the publication suitability of all geriatric anesthesia-related manuscripts submitted to A & A.  This is the first time a section of A & A is being dedicated to practice of geriatric anesthesia, and this important editorial endeavor complements Dr. Whittington’s NIH-funded research as well as his professional involvement with the Society for the Advancement of Geriatric Anesthesia (SAGA).









George Gallos …. Article in Columbia Medicine

A wonderful article in Columbia Medicine highlighted our very own George Gallos, and his contributions to improvements in Patient Safety in terms of preterm delivery- why mothers deliver early.

See the article here.











Society of Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology (SOAP) National Awards!

Congratulations to Allison Lee, Ruth Landau and Marie-Louise Meng for receiving prestigious grant awards from SOAP!

Marie-Louise Meng Ruth Landau Allison Lee



February 2016


Getting to know you….Ben Silver

Ben Silver has just moved to the big city and begun working to help with the newly formed Certified IT Group for Anesthesiology.  He will be responsible for coordinating support across the department and is in charge of the Anesthesiology Certified IT Group, reporting to Dr. Berman.

Ben has worked in technology and support for as long as he has been working.  He's been at startups, private high schools, and even Apple. Dr. Wood says that she does not need to go to the Apple “genius bar” anymore!

In his free time (whenever he can snag a lunch break) he likes to walk around and explore the city, see concerts and museums, and write terrible songs and poems.

Feel free to reach out with your phone questions, computer problems, and philosophical conundrums




Three new faculty started in January…welcome Drs. Chiu, Miltiades and Vail!

Felicia Y. Chiu
Emily A. Vail
Drs. Vail & Miltiades
Andrea Miltiades



January 2016

The Department of Anesthesiology wishes everyone a Happy and Prosperous New Year!



New AUA Members

The Columbia Department of Anesthesiology has 5 new AUA members.  Drs. Yocum, Kim, Ing, Hua and Danielsson were elected to AUA Associate Membership in December. “Young AUA” is a new type of membership to encourage junior faculty to attend the AUA annual meeting, network and meet academic faculty from all over the U.S. on both an academic but also social level. Congratulations!

More information about the AUA can be accessed at


Retirement Celebration for Dr. Robert Sladen and Dr. Eric Heyer

The Department held a retirement party for Drs. Sladen and Heyer on November 30th, 2015, which was attended by colleagues, friends and family.  We all wish them success and happiness for the next stage of their lives.


December 2015

The Simulation Center Opened on Tuesday, October 6th!

Several years ago, Dr. Margaret Wood envisioned creating a unique learning space for anesthesiology residents, fellows, and faculty. On October 6, 2015, this effort culminated in the opening of a new simulation center, originally named the Anesthesia Center for Education Research and Evaluation (ACERE). In recognition of Dr. Wood’s outstanding two decades of leadership of our Department, ACERE was renamed the Margaret Wood Center for Simulation and Education.   

The Margaret Wood Center for Simulation and Education will provide training to members of the Department as part of an effort to modernize education, increase patient safety, and develop team-building skills using the most advanced learning techniques.  The Center includes an operating room, a recovery room or ICU, a conference debriefing room, a standardized patient/task training room, and an anesthesia workroom.  The Center will utilize computer driven mannequins that have the capability to breathe, talk, and have a pulse. Procedural trainers for point of care ultrasound, echocardiography, central line placement, and bronchoscopy are available.  The simulation center has audiovisual capabilities in all rooms including the main hallway.   



Oliver Panzer elected to Apgar Academy of Medical Educators

Dr. Panzer has been elected to the Virginia Apgar Academy of Medical Educators.  Dr. Panzer has been particularly active in developing innovative ways to teach ultrasound imaging.  Joining the Academy is an honor and a recognition of his work and talents, but it also represents his commitment to join the activity of the Academy.  He will be involved in giving workshops on education, coaching fellow faculty members on their teaching, mentoring junior educators, and/or contributing to the committees of the Academy. 





Minjae Kim received SCCM 2016 abstract award

We would like to congratulate Minjae Kim as one of the recipients of the 2016 SCCM Star Research Achievement Awards. 

Title: Interaction Effects of Multiple Complications on Postoperative Mortality in General Surgery











Robert Maniker receives the FAER Education Award

Congratulations to our own Dr. Maniker who has received $100,000 for his project entitled “Validation of an Objective, Practical and Real-Time Assessment of Regional Anesthesia Procedural Skills”.    

The project will evaluate the practical use of a 7-item global rating scale (GRS) for the assessment of regional anesthesia procedure skills by direct observation. The Anesthesia Toolbox platform will be used to deliver uniform rater training materials and collect large-scale data on the tool’s implementation by multiple programs. The tool will be tested for validity of its results, and longitudinal data from multiple programs will be used to define normalized score distributions and build standardized learning curves. The overall goals are to define a procedure assessment with valid and interpretable results that will allow training programs to document the achievement of competency milestones over time and aid in early identification of trainees who may benefit from additional training modalities.





Dr. Meghan Prin receives the ASA Resident Humanitarian Award

Congratulations to Dr. Meghan Prin who received the ASA Resident Humanitarian Award for her services to Global and International Health.  She was presented with her award in San Diego at this year’s ASA meeting.











November 2015

Getting to know you….Anthony Guerne

Anthony Guerne has recently joined the Department as our new Simulation Center Manager and is responsible for the day to day running of the Simulation Center, and also helping the faculty and trainees learn how to implement simulation based education as a teaching methodology.

Anthony has a broad experience of running simulation scenarios so he very much understands crisis situations in many hospitals in the NY area.  He has also been an EMT – Paramedic in the Northshore – LIJ Health System.

His Professional Education includes:

  • Harvard University Institute for Medical Simulation Instructor Training Course, 2011
  • METI Corporation; “Essentials of HPS Training Course”, 2010
  • Laerdal Corporation “Sim Man Instructors Course”, 2009

His office is in the Simulation Center on PH5.   Please drop by to say hello, and see how he can help you with simulation education.

Anthony, we are delighted to have you on board!  Welcome!


Columbia at the ASA: San Diego

Columbia Anesthesiology was once again well represented at the annual meeting of the American Society for Anesthesiology in October with 76 presentations from residents, fellows and faculty.  Of special note were awards that went to Drs. Tom Yocum and Meghan Prin.  Dr. Yocum received two awards for his research entitled “Selective Pharmacologic Targeting of the GABAA Receptor α4 Subunit in Airway Smooth Muscle to Alleviate Bronchoconstriction” which was selected as one of the top ten basic science abstracts for the meeting and also won first place in the resident research contest.  Dr. Prin was awarded the “2015 ASA Resident Humanitarian International Global Health Service Award” for her work in International Global Health.


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Dr. Curry Receives a Virginia Apgar Grant of $5,000 for 2015/16

The Apgar Committee felt that Dr. Curry’s project, “Making Professionals Professional: Explicit Teaching of Professionalism in a Residency Program” was well conceived and had the potential to impact the field of medical education.

Congratulations to Dr. Curry!










October 2015

Getting to know you….Frances Antonetty

Frances Antonetty has recently joined the Department as our new Grants and Contracts Manager and is responsible for the administration of grants both within and outside the Department.  She is also involved in working with Dr. Charles Emala in Research Administration.

Frances came to us from the Columbia Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics where she was a Grants Financial Administrator, and previous to that she spent 10 years as a Grants Administrator in the Department of Pathology at Columbia.  So she is very experienced.

Please welcome Frances to the Department. She is here to help you with your grants, and also provide you with information about NIH and other Foundation Grants.  All budgets for grants that are submitted by the Department whether they require a letter from the Chair or not should be prepared by Frances.  Her office is on PH5.

Frances, we are delighted to have you on board!  Welcome!



Dr. Sladen Receives Physician of the Year Award from Columbia Nursing

The Department of Nursing, under the leadership of Wilhelmina Manzano, Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer, NYP Healthcare System have established  Physician of the Year Awards. The Award formally acknowledges members of the medical staff who consistently practice with nurses, in a collaborative and collegial manner. Nominees are identified by their nurse colleagues, and supported by other professional staff.

Dr. Robert Sladen was nominated by a nurse colleague from Surgical Intensive Care Unit, Mirella Rivera, RN, CNIII in collaboration with her SICU colleagues and the CTICU nursing staff.

The selection from a field of many impressive nominees and a rigorous selection process is truly an accomplishment.  Dr. Sladen was selected 2015 Physician of the Year in the Attending Physician category. The ceremony took place September 9, 2015 in Myrna Daniels Auditorium with opening remarks from Courtney Vose, the VP and CNO of Milstein. The ceremony was attended by:
Dr. Steve Corwin, CEO, Willie Manzano, CNO, Andria Castellanos, COO along with other winners of the 2015 POTYA.

Congratulations to Dr. Sladen!



September 2015

Congratulations to Meghan Prin and Guohua Li!

Meghan Prin

Meghan Prin, M.D. has been named as the first recipient of the ASA Resident Humanitarian Service Award.  Meghan is an outstanding individual who represents all that this award was designed to recognize.  Meghan has been contributing to international and community service from the earliest time in her career, having worked with underserved and under resourced populations from New Jersey to Ecuador, and Sub-Saharan Africa.  However, she has not just worked in these settings - what she has done that separates her from the others is that she has analyzed and published the results of her experiences and even presented her experiences at our specialty’s premiere honorific society—the AUA in Nashville this year.  It is critical that if we, as a society want to truly make a difference to improving human health through international outreach, we must report our results and outcomes to result in generalizable knowledge.  Meghan has clearly done that and this award recognizes her contributions for which we all congratulate her. Congratulations Meghan!





Guohua Li

Congratulations to Guohua Li, MD, DrPh who has recently been awarded the Excellence in Science Award from the American Public Health Association’s ICEH Section.  As you know Guohua is the M. Finster Professor of Anesthesiology and Vice-Chair, Department of Anesthesiology, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, Professor of Epidemiology, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health Director, Center for Health Policy and Outcomes in Anesthesia and Critical Care and Director, Center for Injury Epidemiology and Prevention at Columbia University.  He is simply one of the world’s outstanding epidemiologists.  For those of you who have recently joined the Department as new residents or fellows and may not have met him yet you should know that Guohua has already influenced your lives in ways that you probably never knew!  It was Guohua’s studies and work on the risks of teenage driving that resulted in the graduated licensing programs that many of you experienced as you first started driving.  It was not always like that, and as a result of Guohua’s work thousands of teenagers and their passengers are alive today who would have died in automobile wrecks before graduated licensing.  At the other end of the age spectrum he showed that it was safe for commercial airline pilots to fly up to age 65 so that they no longer had to retire at 60 and legislation to allow that to happen was passed.  Prevention of injury is central to the provision of safe health care, anesthesia and critical care and Guohua is mentoring and leading many of the junior faculty and fellows in studies to evaluate the factors resulting in adverse or suboptimal outcomes.  Guohua is a superb, thoughtful and rigorous investigator and mentor and I encourage those of you who are really serious about pursuing excellent science to take any opportunity to work with him.  Congratulations to Guohua on this prestigious award and recognition from his colleagues.  Please take the opportunity to congratulate Guohua!



August 2015

Dr. Michael Weinberger, A New York Best Doctor For 2015!

Dr. Anis Dizdarevic, A New York Best Doctor For 2015!

Castle Connolly Medical Ltd publishes an annual guidebook titled – “Top Doctors: New York Metro Area” which lists those whom Castle, Connolly considers among the top 10% of the region’s physicians. Drs. Michael Weinberger and Anis Dizdarevic are listed in the Pain Medicine Section.

Congratulations to Drs. Dizdarevic and Weinberger! We are really proud of them both.











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