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August 2014

2014–15 U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT: NYPH Is Ranked 6th On The Honor Roll

New York-Presbyterian is #1 in New York and #6 in the Nation!

New York-Presbyterian Hospital has once again been ranked as the leading hospital in New York and is now #6 in the nation according to the 2014 U.S. News & World Report “America’s Best Hospitals” Survey!  We are delighted that for the 14th consecutive year, we have been named to the Honor Roll, rising to number #6 in the nation, up from #7 for the last two years. 

We are nationally ranked in 15 of the 16 specialties included in the Survey, and are particularly proud to have ranked among the Top 10 as follows:

  • The Top 3 in Neurology & Neurosurgery (#2); Psychiatry (#2); Cardiology & Heart Surgery (#3); Nephrology (#3); and Rheumatology (#3 for our combined program with Hospital for Special Surgery)
  • The Top 5 in Urology (#5)
  • The Top 10 in Diabetes & Endocrinology (#6); Geriatrics (#6); Gastroenterology & GI Surgery (#8); and Pulmonology (#8).

 


The Best Doctors And The Best Hospital

Dr. Michael Weinberger has been named BEST DOCTOR in the Pain Medicine Section by Castle Connolly for our region.

Castle Connolly conducts a peer review survey, with licensed physicians voting on line. Participating physicians are asked to nominate doctors, who in their judgment are best in their field, taking into account professional qualifications, reputation, skills in dealing with patients.  The Castle Connolly physician led research team then vets the pool.  The final list includes those whom Castle Connolly consider among the top 10% of the region’s physicians.

 

 

 

 

 


July 2014

IARS 2014 Annual Meeting

Columbia Anesthesiology garners two awards at the IARS 2014 Annual Meeting and International Science Symposium.  May 17th – 20th, 2014, in Montreal, Canada

 

Congratulations to Drs. Erin Grawe and Robert Whittington!

Erin Grawe, MD
Best of Category Award Winner for Challenging Case Reports
Dr. Grawe was selected as the Best of Category Award Winner for Challenging Case Reports. Her abstract, A Multidisciplinary Approach to a LVAD-Arrest Algorithm: A Case Report and an Institutions Response, was chosen by a peer-reviewed panel for this distinction from over 510 abstract submissions. Her extensive research on this topic was the determining factor in her abstract submission receiving this recognition.

 

 

 

 

Robert Whittington, MD      
Kosaka Award Nominee and Kosaka Award Winner
Dr. Whittington was selected as a Kosaka Award Nominee and Kosaka Award Winner. His abstract, Midazolam Increases Tau Phosphorylation In The Mouse Hippocampus, was chosen by the judges for these distinctions from over 510 abstract submissions. His extensive research on this topic was the determining factor in his abstract submission receiving this recognition.

 

 

 

 


June 2014

Columbia at the AUA

 

Dr. George Gallos elected to the AUA  

The Association of University Anesthesiologists was founded over 60 years ago to promote academic exchange within the specialty of anesthesiology.  Membership to the AUA occurs through a nomination process and review by current AUA members and the AUA council and is predicated upon a career with evidence of substantial scholarly activity and success in basic research, clinical research and education.  This year, George Gallos, MD was inducted as our department’s newest member to the AUA.  Dr. Gallos becomes the 18th member of our faculty to be a member of the AUA.  In addition to this honor Dr. Gallos recently received the 3 year Louis V. Gerstner Jr. Foundation Award for his research project that questions whether targeting ANO-1 channels in human uterine smooth muscle can prevent premature uterine contractions that lead to preterm labor.

 

 

 

Resident Travel Award

G. Tom Yocum, MD, received a resident travel award this year for his abstract entitled “Genetic Deletion of the GABAA a4 Subunit Leads to Increased Airway Resistance and Inflammation.”  In recognition of this honor Dr. Yocum was invited to present his research in an oral presentation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lung Session organized by Dr. Charles Emala    

The Scientific Advisory Board of the AUA, chaired by Charles Emala, MD, sponsored a mini-symposium on lung biology and repair.  The structure of this symposium was a first for the AUA in that it was sponsored by a journal, The American Journal of Physiology: Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology, and moderated by the journal’s editor-in-chief, Sadis Matalon, PhD.  The symposium featured a keynote talk by Charles Serhan, PhD on the role of resolvins in actively repairing tissue inflammation and was followed by 3 invited talks from young physician-scientist anesthesiologists.

 

 

 

 

Margaret Wood Resident Research Award          

A new prize named in honor of Margaret Wood, MD was awarded for the first time this year, and received by Katie J. Schenning, MD, MPH, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland Oregon for her abstract entitled “Postoperative Dementia: Role of Anesthesia and APOE4”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


May 2014

Columbia Anesthesiology Co-Hosts Symposium on Anesthesia Neurotoxicity in Children

PANDA Symposium IV
On Saturday April 12, 2014, the fourth PANDA Symposium on “Anesthesia and Neurodevelopment” was held at CHONY-NYP, co-hosted by MSCHONY-NYP and the Department of Anesthesiology at CUMC. The one-day symposium program was divided into an update session on “Pre-clinical and Clinical Research” in the morning and an afternoon session on “Next Steps in Anesthetic Neurotoxicity Research”. The program participants included many of the researchers who are actively conducting research in anesthetic neurotoxicity, pediatric surgical specialists and pediatric medical subspecialists who are clinician stakeholders in this discussion, neurodevelopment researchers, an expert in participatory research and representatives from SmartTots, Autism Speaks and the FDA. In all, there were 85 attendees from 18 different academic institutions in the US and abroad. The proceedings of the symposium will appear as a supplement of Journal of Neurosurgical Anesthesiology in October.

 

Learn More
PANDA Symposium Program
PANDA Symposium Speaker Biographies

 

 


April 2014

Our 4 New Chief Residents are ready for July 2014!

Namrata Khimani, Angela Lee, Jacob Schaff and Robert Kong


2014 Match: Columbia Department of Anesthesiology Matches First Class Group of Residents for July 2014

We have completed another very successful resident match, once again attracting a superb group of residents from across the entire country reflecting the Department’s stature as one of the top ranked residency programs in the country.  The members of next year’s class of 26 residents are from Medical Schools in eight states including many of the best Medical Schools in the country.  Most importantly they are a group of outstanding individuals who will contribute to our academic life over the next four years. Three of this year’s class will be joining our ever enlarging group of Apgar Scholars.

 


March 2014

Anesthesiology Perioperative Interventional Procedural Pain Program

The Department of Anesthesiology at Columbia is expanding its Perioperative Interventional Pain Program" reports Dr. Robert Maniker. Nerve blocks can be used for many procedures, with fewer side effects such as drug-induced nausea and vomiting.

Drs. Maniker and Brown have developed a Hip Fracture Protocol in which a femoral nerve catheter will be placed in patients presenting with femoral fractures. The catheter will be placed in the ED or on the floor under ultrasound guidance as soon as possible following admission, and will remain in place throughout the perioperative period. The objective is to improve perioperative pain management as well as patient satisfaction.

http://columbiadoctors.org/prof/rbmaniker

The performance of peripheral nerve blocks for non-orthopedic surgery is increasing, in part due to increased use of Transversus Abdominis Plane (TAP) blocks  for postoperative analgesia following abdominal surgery for example hysterectomy. We are encouraging the use of these and other regional procedures to improve post-operative pain control.

 

Dr. George Gallos Wins Obstetric Award in New Orleans

George Gallos received the top translational science award at the annual meeting of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine. The award entitled “Research Excellence in study of Prematurity and Maternal Physiology” was awarded at The Pregnancy Meeting hosted by the Society in New Orleans. Dr. Gallos’ research abstract presented a strategy for targeting the anoctamin family of chloride channels in uterine smooth muscle as a novel therapy for preterm labor.

 

 

 

 

 


February 2014

 

Pain Medicine Opens Location At 1790 Broadway (at Columbus Circle)

Columbia Doctors Pain Medicine has opened a new purpose built, state of the art facility at 1790 Broadway. The new facility at Columbus Circle in the Upper West Side is ideally located in a landmark building with easy access to public transport. The new facility will consolidate interventional pain procedures, medical and psychology consultations in one setting.

According to Dr. Margaret Wood, MD the E.M. Papper Professor of Anesthesiology and Chairman of the Department, the totally new facility will allow the team of pain medicine experts practicing at the new facility to treat patients with not only state of the art equipment but also do so in a facility that is aesthetically outstanding. The pain medicine team includes Drs. Weinberger, Bandola, Mathew, Dizdarevic, Maniker and Sonty. All of the Columbia Doctors Pain Medicine specialists practicing in the new facility are board certified in Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, with special expertise in interventional pain management.

Dr. Michael Weinberger, the chief of the Division of Interventional Pain Medicine commented on the pleasure of transitioning from the previous windowless offices to the new facility, which has stunning Central Park views and a custom designed layout to facilitate patient flow and enhance the patient experience. The Center will have a state-of-the-art procedural room with a dedicated recovery area for patient comfort.

Services include treatment for conditions such as spine related pain, post-surgical pain, abdominal and pelvic pain, cancer pain, headache, trigeminal neuralgia, post herpetic neuralgia. We offer a complete portfolio of interventional procedures, all of which can be performed at 1790 Broadway (see box).

 

  • Fluoroscopically guided interventions
  • Epidural steroid injections
  • Selective nerve root injections
  • Facet joint injections and medial branch blocks
  • Radiofrequency ablation
  • Sacroiliac joint injections
  • Discography
  • Joint injections (shoulder, knee, hip)
  • Ultrasound guided injections
  • Celiac plexus and splanchnic nerve blocks
  • Sympathetic plexus/nerve blocks (stellate ganglion, lumbar sympathetic, peripheral sympathetic nerve injections)
  • Peripheral nerve blocks (intercostal, ilioinguinal, pudendal, genitofemoral, brachial plexus, transversus abdominis and rectus sheet blocks)
  • Paravertebral nerve blocks
  • Sphenopalatine and trigeminal ganglion blocks
  • Kyphoplasty/vertebral augmentation procedures
  • Spinal cord stimulation
  • Intrathecal pumps
  • Cryoablation
  • Acupuncture
  • Psychological approaches to pain management, meditation therapy
  • Biofeedback


Same Day appointments can be made by calling before 11a.m. to (212) 305-7114

 


January 2014

Congratulations to Emily Vail: Gold Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award!

Emily Vail has been selected by the P&S Class of 2016 as one of the six outstanding residents, for her qualities as a teacher and role model, among all house officers who the class had encountered in all required 3rd year clinical clerkships at all hospitals where the clerkships are taught. The awards will be presented on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 1:00 pm, at the Steven Z. Miller Student Clinician’s Ceremony in the Alumni Auditorium. A reception will follow the ceremony in the Bard Hall Lounge. 

This is a tremendous achievement, and the whole Department is very proud of Emily, and indeed all our residents.

Margaret

 

 

 

 


December 2013

The Department of Anesthesiology wishes everyone Happy Holidays, and a Healthy and Prosperous 2014

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November 2013

 

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.

 We Congratulate:

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!

 


October 2013

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!


September 2013

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:

 

 

  1. List the Apgar Scholar Categorical position in your rank order list
  2. 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
  3. Two separate ERAS applications will NOT be needed
  4. 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.

http://www.asescientificsessions.org/2013-program-information/award-winners-2/

Congratulations Jack!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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