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February 14th, 2023

Heather Lander, M.D. Awarded URMFG Innovation Grant

Dr. LanderDr. Heather Lander of the Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine has been awarded a URMFG Innovation Grant for her project entitled ‘The PROMIS of an Equitable, Innovative, Geriatric Perioperative Surgical Home.’  

Dr. Lander and her team's project was selected out of an impressive array of innovative initiatives that will drive healthcare delivery at our institution.  This interdisciplinary project will focus on implementing a geriatric perioperative surgical home that will incorporate provider and patient completed geriatric assessments in the Center for Perioperative Medicine to deliver targeted education, optimization, and risk discussions in older surgical patients.  This initiative aligns with both the John A. Hartford Foundation and Institute for Healthcare Improvement's 4Ms of Age-Friendly Health, as well as the Geriatric Surgical Verification Program.  Funding for this project will begin March 1st and we are looking forward to seeing this incredible team's progress.


February 7th, 2023

Desiree Branson Elected President of The Nurse Practitioner Association of New York State

Dr. BransonOn Jan. 1, 2023, Desiree M. Branson, DNP, RN, FNP-C, EBP-C, began her term as president of the Nurse Practitioner Association New York State (The NPA). Branson has been practicing as a family nurse practitioner for 16 years and currently maintains practice at URMC, Department of Anesthesia, at the Center for Perioperative Medicine. Her career also includes 14 years of practice in Vascular Surgery at URMC, and she recently was on the COVID Task Force. She cares for patients within the complex care network, primary care, employee/student health services and in partnership with the United Way servicing areas of need within the Rochester community. 

Branson received her Bachelors, Masters and Doctorate degrees from SON.

Branson is active in supporting and advancing the nurse practitioner profession. She has been a member of the NPA for over 15 years and has served in various board positions including president and regional director of the organization’s Region 2; servicing the areas of Greater Rochester, Finger Lakes, Susquehanna, and Tompkins Cortland.

Branson says, “Nurse practitioners provide high quality, evidence-based, and culturally competent care to patients. In addition, we improve clinical outcomes, provide cost-effective care and are trusted members of the healthcare team. Nurse practitioners in NYS are strong patient advocates - contributing to health care reform, reducing healthcare disparities and removing barriers to care.” 

Branson says, “I am excited and proud to be serving in this role – continuing to support and advocate for all nurse practitioners in NYS.”

The Nurse Practitioner Association New York State

Nurse Practitioners (NPs) are registered nurses who have completed advanced education, at a Master’s or Doctorate level, plus additional preparation. These professionals are authorized to independently diagnose illness and physical conditions, perform therapeutic and corrective measures, order tests, prescribe medications, devices and immunizing agents, and refer patients to other health care providers. The Nurse Practitioner Association New York State (The NPA), the only statewide professional association of nurse practitioners, promotes high standards of healthcare delivery through the empowerment of nurse practitioners and the profession throughout New York State. For more information, visit:


May 25th, 2022

Heather Lander, MD Recognized For Excellence In Geriatric Perioperative Services

Dr. LanderStrong and Highland Hospitals Achieve Highest Level of Age-Friendly Health System Certification  and the Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine's Dr. Heather Lander played an integral part in receiving that certification​

Dr. Lander is a leader in Geriatric Perioperative Excellence.  With her innovation and dedication, she has worked on creating a new best practice for the integration of perioperative planning and care for geriatric patients into the larger health care system.  Dr. Lander has systematized the evaluation, risk discussions and patient-centered education for postoperative care of geriatric patients - beginning right in our own Center for Perioperative Medicine and persisting through the perioperative encounter.  Her work as a geriatric scholar and as a leader in perioperative medicine has focused on elevating the care we offer in the CPM in a way that benefits all. 

Congratulations Dr. Lander and the rest of the Age Friendly Health System Work Group.


May 6th, 2022

Jennifer Timm Earns Doctorate in Nursing Practice

Dr. TimmJennifer Timm, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC earned her Doctorate in Nursing Practice from Chatham University on April 24th, 2022.  Dr. Timm focused her scholarly work on perioperative anemia.  In this work, she emphasized both the importance of educating perioperative nurses on the implications of proceeding with surgery in the setting of anemia as well as educating them on the importance of early identification and treatment of comorbid anemia in the preoperative setting.  To achieve her goals, she created a novel educational program for clinic-based registered nurses in the Center for Perioperative Medicine, which ultimately led to a nursing-led surgeon outreach and notification program for eligible preoperative patients.  As a direct result of her scholarly work, Dr. Timm was able to improve the time available to optimize anemia preoperatively while at the same time drastically increasing the visibility of our perioperative anemia optimization pathway.  The number of consultations for anemia optimization have increased significantly because of her work.  Dr. Timm has been a member of our Department since 2014.  She has been and continues to be an invaluable asset to the Center for Perioperative Medicine as well as to the Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine.  Congratulations on your incredible accomplishment Dr. Timm!!!


December 29th, 2021

New Social Worker, David Gafford, Joins CPM Team

David Gafford

David Gafford began his professional career as a graphic artist in the US Army where he served for four years in El Paso Texas. Following that, he attended Troy University to earn a bachelor's and master's degree in social work. His next job was as a Career Counselor at Fort Rucker in South Alabama, then he spent one and a half years in Child Protective Services. He just spent the last two years as a Lead Case Manager with United Way of Central Alabama. In this role, he worked with homeless Veterans.




November 11th, 2021

Constructions Begins at New CPM Clinic

The new Center for Perioperative Medicine clinic construction has begun!!  The crews are working hard to bring this incredible, state-of-the-art optimization clinic together.  We have a tentative move date scheduled for late winter-early spring 2022.  The new clinic will serve a wide variety of Perioperative needs and will be supporting the patients having surgery at Strong, Golisano, Sawgrass, Strong West and Highland Hospital locations.  Stay tuned for more updates!

  • Main Entrance

  • Checking out the new space

  • Top Secret Plans


September 14th, 2021

CPM Holds Fourth Annual Staff Retreat

CPM held its 4th annual staff retreat on October 15th in the conference room at 158 Sawgrass Drive - their new site which will be ready to move into in March 2022!  

The retreat focused on clinic unity and understanding each other’s roles, as well as quality improvement and expected growth in the coming year.  It was a truly engaging experience, especially since the staff have not been together in the same room since the pandemic began!

Staff Retreat4th Annual Retreat

Drs. Gloff & Robinson Published in Transfusion

Renee RobinsonDr. GloffRenee Robinson, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC and Marjorie Gloff, MD publish their institutional findings in Transfusion.  The article discusses our CPM’s Preoperative Anemia Optimization management, specifically how anemia management preoperatively improves postoperative outcomes and reduces length of stay.





March 10th, 2021

Marjorie Gloff Named ACMO for Patient Safety Loss Prevention

Dr. GloffIn her new role as associate chief medical officer for patient safety loss prevention, Marjorie Gloff, M.D., will help oversee URMC’s risk reduction and quality improvement strategies.

The position is tied to URMC’s participation in the MCIC Vermont insurance cooperative, and Gloff, an associate professor of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine, will help implement some of MCIC’s key initiatives.




Janary 26th, 2021

Dr. Gloff- recipient of the 2020 URMC Board of Directors Physician of the Year.

Dr. GloffFor innovating solutions to help us resume our surgical volume safely and effectively, Dr. Marjorie Gloff, Director of the Center for Perioperative Medicine, has been named the 2020 URMC Board of Directors Physician of the Year. 

Congratulations, Dr. Gloff!


School of Nursing Elevates Wharton to Associate Dean for Equity and Inclusion

Dr. Wharton

 Mitchell Wharton, PhD, RN, FNP-BC, CNS, has been named associate dean for equity and inclusion at the University of Rochester School of Nursing.

  “I am honored to have the opportunity to serve students and colleagues by leading the mission to enhance equity and inclusive practices within our school,” said Wharton, who will transition to this position full time in July after fulfilling his current clinical and educational responsibilities for the spring semester. “I look forward to engaging members of the School of Nursing and Rochester communities as we work together to thoughtfully and respectfully develop strategies to increase diversity throughout the nursing workforce and academic nursing pipeline.”

 Check out the full article by Patrick Broadwater for URMC News: