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May 2016

Sarina Isenberg, who is doing her PhD dissertation on work from Rebecca Aslaksan's PCORI trial, was awarded the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Doctoral Funding Award. This is the most prestigious award available in Canada to PhD students in health. She will receive $35,000 CDN/year for 3 years.

Michael Phelps, MD, was awarded $75,600 by The Women’s Board of The Johns Hopkins Hospital to fund his proposal to develop the Single-unit Portable Anesthesia Workstation.

Promise Ariyo, MD, was awarded the Friend of Nursing Attending Award by the Department of Surgery. The award recognizes an individual who provides leadership and vision for the patient plan of care, and the criteria considered include reliability and work habits, compassion and empathy, clinical judgment, responsibility and motivation, teamwork, and interpersonal communication skills.

Lauren Berkow, MD, spoke on sustainability in medicine and anesthesia as a visiting professor at the Cleveland Clinic. She also lectured at the third Johns Hopkins International Tracheostomy Symposium on "intubation and extubation of the difficult airway" and gave a hands-on airway workshop.

The TCD-Neurovascular Lab, under the technical direction of Bobby Ergin, BSN, RVT, RN, has been awarded accreditation by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) in the areas of Extracranial Cerebrovascular Testing and Intracranial Cerebrovascular Testing. The lab underwent a thorough review of its operational and technical components by a panel of experts. The IAC grants accreditation only to those facilities that are found to provide quality patient care in compliance with national standards through a comprehensive application process including detailed case study review.

Charles Brown, MD, accepted an invitation to be vice chair of the ASA Abstract Review Subcommittee on Geriatric Anesthesia.

Steven Cohen, MD, delivered the Michael J. Cousins keynote address at the 2016 Australia and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists annual meeting on "Pain management during war," and a plenary lecture at the World Institute of Pain on "Clinical trial design".

Steven Cohen, MD, became the Neuromodulation and Interventions Section Editor for the journal Pain Medicine and has joined an NIH task force for Research in Pain Medicine.

Steven Frank, MD, has been appointed Division Chief of ACCM Cardiac Anesthesiology.

The Board of Directors of the American Society of Anesthesiologists voted to appoint Steve Frank, MD, for a 3-year term as the ASA representative to the American Association of Blood Banks beginning in October 2016.

Xi "Nancy" Lan, PhD (Mentor: Jian Wang, MD, PhD) presented her poster at the Winter Eicosanoid Meeting.

Peter Pronovost, MD, PhD, FCCM, was elected to the American Association of Physicians, a nonprofit, professional organization whose goals include the pursuit of medical knowledge, the advancement of basic and clinical science, and their application to clinical medicine.

Jian Wang, MD, PhD, was invited to serve as an ad hoc reviewer for the American Heart Association and for an NIH study section.

Joshua Wetzler, a Johns Hopkins undergraduate student who is doing a preceptorship tutorial with Steve Frank and his team, is first author on an ASA abstract that was one of 12 abstracts selected to be presented as part of the Journal Anesthesiology Symposium at the ASA 2016 Annual Meeting. Wetzler JA, Cho B, Johnson DJ, Goobie SM, Nami N, Frank SM.  “High vs. low dose tranexamic acid to reduce transfusion requirements in pediatric scoliosis surgery”


April 2016

Aaron Chang, MS, was awarded $115,000 from the Maryland Innovation Initiative for a grant titled "Method and System for the Early Detection of Acute Kidney Injury." The funding will support proof of concept and commercialization planning efforts of a real-time method to detect acute kidney injury earlier than is now possible. Aaron is mentored by Dr. Charles Hogue.

Nikki Heller, PhD, was awarded a 3-year, $1.5 million dollar grant from the Department of Defense for a study titled "Defining IL-4-activated Monocytes as Viable Cellular Immunotherapy in Acute Lung Injury. Dr. Neil Aggarwal from Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine is co-PI on the project.

Sean Barnes, MD, was announced as the Founder and President of the Society for Pediatric Anesthesia (SPA) Trainee Interest Group at the 2016 SPA Meeting in Colorado Springs, with a seat on the SPA Board of Directors.

Mary Beth Brady, MD, FASE, presented three topics at the annual meeting of the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists in San Diego, California: (1) Percutaneous Valve Procedures—Sedation vs. GA for TAVRs. (2) TEE Review Session—Hemodynamic Calculations, Think, Don't Memorize; and (3) PBLD session with Dr. Jochen Steppan on "The Patient with Pulmonary Hypertension for Non-Cardiac Surgery." Also, Dr. Brady is a member of the SCA International Committee and the SCA Annual Scientific Program Committee.

Charlie Brown, MD, was invited to serve as a Research Committee member for the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists.

At the recent meeting of the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists, Yian Chan, MD, presented a poster at the Complex Cases Poster Presentation: 70 Year Old with Severe Pulmonary Hypertension Undergoing Spinal Fusion. Mary Beth Brady, MD, FASE, was a coauthor.

Hira Chaudhry, MD, was selected to serve on the board of the American Society of Regional Anesthesia an Pain Medicine's Resident Section Committee.

At the recent meeting of the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists, Lee Goeddel, MD presented a poster at the Complex Cases Poster Presentation: Third Time’s a Charm: The Utility of TEE to Guide the Third Operative Repair of a Recurrent and Massive Left Ventricular Pseudoaneurysm in a 33 year old patient with Bechet’s disease. Mary Beth Brady, MD, FASE, and Wei Dong Gao, MD, were coauthors.

Michael Erdek, MD, was quoted on CBS’s 60 Minutes with regard to the provision of end-of-life care in patients suffering from terminal illness.

Steve Frank, MD, was a visiting professor at Boston Children's Hospital, Brigham and Women's Hospital, and the Massachusetts General Hospital, where he spoke to the departments of Anesthesiology and Transfusion Medicine.

Steve Frank, MD, gave an excellent talk on "Evidence-based Transfusion Practice and Blood Utilization Initiatives" at the Combined Multidisciplinary Ground Rounds on March 21.

Michael Grant, MD, submitted a poster for the spring ASRA meeting that was awarded Best Poster in the resident/fellow category and Best at the Meeting. He did an outstanding job in presenting the results in front of approximately 1000 attendees during the awards ceremony.

Xiaoning Han, MD, PhD, received an NIH/NIEHS travel award of $500 for her poster at the Winter Eicosanoid Meeting.

Nikki Heller, PhD, was invited to be part of an NIH study section as an ad hoc reviewer.

Jamie Murphy, MD, had an abstract accepted for oral presentation at the 2016 Society of Obstetric Anesthesiology and Perinatology in Boston. The abstract, titled "Evaluation of Right Sided Heart Pathology, Right Ventricular Systolic Pressure and Brain Natriuetic Peptide in Patients with PreEclampsia with Severe Features" will be presented on May 21.

Srinivasa Raja, MD, was invited as a Visiting Professor to the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston (May 18–19) and to the Institute for Biomedical Sciences of Pain, Fourth Military Medical University, Xi’an, China, to speak at a Continuation Education Course on Neuropathic Pain: Concept, Assessment, and Treatment (July).

Alyson Russo, MD, was chosen by the residency training program as a winner of the Frank L. Coulson, Jr. Award for Clinical Excellence. This honor is awarded annually to the resident in each program who exemplifies clinical excellence.

Jochen Steppan, MD, DESA, was invited to serve as a Research Committee member for the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists.

Robert Stevens, MD, was a plenary speaker at the Postgraduate Symposium on Anesthesiology at the University of Kansas Medical Center on April 2, and at the National Capital Beltway Traumatic Brain Injury symposium on April 5.

Giancarlo Suffredini, MD, won the March House Staff Council Resident Award. He was honored for working well with residents across programs and departments.

Liz Tucker, MD, had her abstract selected as a "Top Abstract in Pediatric Infectious Diseases" for the 2016 Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) annual meeting in Baltimore. She will present her research at a Presidential Plenary session on May 2.

Wendy Ziai, MD, directed a one-day transcranial Doppler ultrasound course at the 7th Neurocritical Care for the General and Surgical Intensivist last month.

Wendy Ziai, MD, gave three talks at the American Heart Association's 2016 International Stroke Conference in Los Angeles: (1) "Challenges in Post-Thrombectomy Management” at the Pre-Conference Symposium I: Stroke in the Real World: To Infinity and Beyond: Endovascular Therapy and Systems of Care; (2) “Evaluation of Intracranial Pressure and Cerebral Perfusion Pressure in the Clot Lysis: Evaluating Accelerated Resolution of Intraventricular Hemorrhage Trial (CLEAR III)” - Platform presentation; and (3) “Venous Thromboembolism in Patients with Spontaneous Intraventricular Hemorrhage- Results from the Clot Lysis: Evaluating Accelerated Resolution of Intraventricular Hemorrhage (CLEAR) III trial” - Platform presentation.

The pediatric anesthesia fellows each presented at the national winter meeting of the Society for Pediatric Anesthesia:

  • Daniel Hayward, MD (Mentor: Dolores Njoku, MD) "Use of Ondansetron in Pediatric Patients Less Than One Year of Age for Postoperative Vomiting Prophylaxis: Surprising Results from a Choosing Wisely® Study." Collaborators were Joann Hunsberger, MD, Giuliana Geng-Ramos, MD, Giselle Torres, MD, Charles Barkulis, DO, Yarnell LaFortune, MD, and Natalia Hnatiuk, MD.
  • Monica Li, MD, MPH (Mentor: Deepa Kattail, MD) "Pain Management in Pediatric Patients with Acute Burn Injuries: A Retrospective Analysis of One Pediatric Burn Center."
  • Jamel Lowery, MD (Mentor: Barbara Vickers, MD) "Review of Common Neonatal Practices of Neonatologist: The Neonatal Epidural and Cuffed Endotracheal Tube."
  • Plinio Silva, MD (Mentor: Deepa Kattail, MD) "Management of Pediatric Burn Patients in the Emergency Department: A Retrospective Study of One Institution."
  • Gnana Simon, MD, MBA (Mentor: Barbara Vickers, MD) "Improving Handoffs Between the Perioperative and Pediatric Intensive Care Teams." Meghan Shackelford was a collaborator.
  • Rajeev Wadia, MD (Mentor: Nicholas Dalesio, MD) "A Systematic Approach to Evaluate Age Related Changes of the Pediatric Airway with Ultrasound." Collaborators were Helen Harvey, Olivia Ly, Stephen Greenberg, and Robert Greenberg.

Sally Bitzer, MD, Rahul Koka, MD, MPH, Shivani Patel, MD, Joanne Shay, MD, MBA, Dolores Njoku, MD, were involved in MOCA simulation at the Society for Pediatric Anesthesia meeting

A group of CRNAs worked on a colorectal CUSP project that was awarded the Minogue Award for Patient Safety Innovation by the Maryland Patient Safety Center. The project has led to decreases in length of stay, surgical site infections, and DVTs and improved patient satisfaction scores. Participants included Nanciann Kean, Cory Adams, Laurie Meginnis, Scott Manning, Lisa Lo, Andy Benson, Kristen Praesel, Erick Hauf, Georgette Burris, Jen Hannon, Sandra Foster, Belinda Gardner, Megan McAuliffe, Kelley Clark, Aileen Liwanagan, Anne McNulty, Kristina Medina, Kelsie Johnson, Harriet Forjuoh, Emmanuel ibhaze, Chris Diem, Kaitlyn Vaughn, and Kelsie Leonard.