News & Events
March 4th, 2024
Dr. Gewandter has been selected to speak at the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) 2024 World Congress in Amsterdam.
She will be the chair of a 3-speaker session: “Personalized and Multidimensional Outcomes for Pain to Improve Clinical Meaning and Sensitivity.” Her talk will be entitled “Personalized outcomes for neuropathic pain trials: A participant-centered approach.”
February 29th, 2024
Dr. Gewandter has been invited to serve as faculty at the 2nd annual NIH-sponsored PURPOSE (Positively Uniting Researchers of Pain to Opine, Synthesize, & Engage) Network meeting aimed at helping to advance the careers of Junior researchers.
Dr. Gewandter will speak about her perspectives on publishing and editing in the pain field and will serve on a panel of K24 awardees discussing their experience with the grant mechanism
Dr. Gewandter is one of 11 mid-career pain researchers in the country to be accepted to the first annual United States Association for the Study of Pain Leadership Academy.
February 27th, 2024
Dr. Janine Shapiro is Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Medical Director for Continuing Medical Education, and a Professor of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. Janine has been actively involved with the NEGEA for over a decade. She served on the NEGEA Steering Committee from 2013 to 2023 as the Continuing Professional Development (formerly Continuing Education and Improvement) Representative (2013-2017), and as NEGEA Chair-Elect, Chair, and Immediate Part Chair (2017-2023). During that time, Janine was also actively involved as a member of the Annual Conference Committee and Scholars Committee and is an abstract reviewer for the conference. She served as both the Conference Chair and Host Chair for the 2017 NEGEA Annual Conference which was held at the University of Rochester. In addition to her service and leadership roles with the NEGEA, Janine has made many contributions to the work of the AAMC Group on Educational Affairs, Group on Faculty Affairs, and Council for Faculty and Academic Societies. She has served as a faculty coach for the AAMC Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) program since 2014, serving as its NEGEA Regional Director from 2016-2018, and is a member of its advisory committee.
February 26th, 2024
Dr. PJ Papadakos presented a lecture to senior medical students on February 24, 2024, at Universidad San Francisco de Quito in Quito Ecuador via teleconference. The title of his lecture was “Emergent Airway Management and Ventilation”.
This lecture was part of the International effort to teach ENLS (Emergency Neurological Life Support) around the world.
February 20th, 2024
Dr. Isaac Y. Wu, MD, FASE, Dr. Kunal Panda, Dr. Laurent Glance and Dr. Yang Gu's recent manuscript “Perioperative Extracorporeal Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation in Adult Patients” was accepted into the May 2024 issue of Anesthesiology.
February 16th, 2024
Dworkin et al. Publication in the 30 Most Cited Articles on Pain
One of Bob Dworkin’s articles was included in the International Association for the Study of Pain’s list of 30 of the most cited articles on pain. The most cited article was Melzack & Wall’s landmark gate control theory of pain, and the second most cited provided the basis for David Julius’ Nobel Prize for discovering the TRPV1 capsaicin receptor. Dworkin’s article — the reference for which follows — was about 20 articles lower on the list...
Dworkin RH, Turk DC, Farrar JT, Haythornthwaite JA, Jensen MP, Katz NP, Kerns RD, Stucki G, Allen RR, Bellamy N, Carr DB, Chandler J, Cowan P, Dionne R, Galer BS, Hertz S, Jadad AR, Kramer LD, Manning DC, Martin S, McCormick CG, McDermott MP, McGrath P, Quessy S, Rappaport BA, Robbins W, Robinson JP, Rothman M, Royal MA, Simon L, Stauffer JW, Stein W, Tollett J, Wernicke J, Witter J. Core outcome measures for chronic pain clinical trials: IMMPACT recommendations. Pain, 2005;113:9-19.
February 12th, 2024
Congratulations to Dr. Heather Lander on her recent promotion to Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine!
Dr. Peter Papadakos, Director of Critical Care Medicine & Professor Department of Anesthesiology and Surgery appeared on a recent episode of the podcast Anesthesiology News Presents titled “Is the Healthcare Delivery System Prepared for the Next Terror Attack?”
Link: Is the Healthcare Delivery System Prepared for the Next Terror Attack? (anesthesiologynews.com)
February 7th, 2024
Dr. Heather Lander presented Grand Rounds to the Department of Medicine as part of the UR Age-Friendly workgroup on February 6, 2024!
We are one of only two Perioperative Centers that currently hold this recognition and the first in New York.
February 1st, 2024
Dr. Peter Papadakos, Director of Critical Care Medicine & Professor Department of Anesthesiology and Surgery published an article in Anesthesiology News along with Dr. Robert Glatter, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at Lenox Hill Hospital, and Ava Papadakos an undergrad student at Arizona State University “Exploring the Rise in Severe Injuries Associated With Electric Scooters”
Link: Exploring the Rise in Severe Injuries Associated With Electric Scooters (anesthesiologynews.com)
Daryl I. Smith, MD, Professor and Chief Diversity and Inclusivity Officer, represented the Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine at the 2024 Presidential Stronger as One Diversity Awards Ceremony on 25 January 2024.
(L-R) Tiffany Steele, PhD, Assistant Professor, WSE; Anika Simone Johnson, EdD, Assistant Dean of Equity & Inclusion, WSE; Daryl I. Smith, MD; Adrienne Morgan, PhD, Vice President and Associate Dean, SMD; Sheniece L.Martin-Stanil-El, DNP, RN, SNL Faculty and Staff Director, SON; Nahoko Kawakyu O’Connor, PhD, Associate Professor, Director of Program Evaluation, WSE; Jasmine Mitchell, Associate Director & International Student Advisor, WSE.
January 17th, 2024
Dr. Brett Gutsche, MD was a graduate of The University of Rochester Medical School. Dr. Gutsche's career eventually made its way to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) in 1969, where he spent the rest of his career until retiring in 2013. Dr. Gutsche became known while at the University of Pennsylvania for groundbreaking work in obstetrical anesthesia, becoming a Professor of Anesthesia and Obstetrics/ Gynecology. He received countless awards including the University of Pennsylvania’s Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching, which meant much to him. When asked late in life what he was most proud of as a physician, it was that he made a significant contribution to the field of anesthesiology, particularly as it pertained to obstetrical anesthesia. Unfortunately, Dr. Gutsche passed peacefully from complications with Alzheimer’s disease on April 13, 2022. Dr. Brett Gutsche’s estate gifted additional funding towards the John Snow Endowment Fund for Anesthesia.
The John Snow Endowment Fund for Anesthesia
This endowment was created by the John Snow Family to provide funding for program education for anesthesia residents in the area of Obstetric Anesthesia or the Treatment of Acute Pain or Cancer Pain, such as by attending one or more conferences, providing guest lecturers, or other educational opportunities in this discipline as identified by the Department Chair.
January 16th, 2024
Jennifer Gewandter, Phd, MPH of the Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine has been selected as 2024 Visiting Professor and Johns Hopkins Blaustein Pain Treatment Center Grand Rounds lecturer.
The title of her presentation will be “Chronic pain clinical trials: Balancing theory and practice.”
January 12th, 2024
Dr. Peter Papadakos, Director of Critical Care Medicine & Professor Department of Anesthesiology and Surgery presented a state-wide lecture “Manage Digital Distractions Refocus on Patient-Centered Care” to the Hospital Association of NY on January 10, 2024.
January 10th, 2024
The Center for Perioperative Medicine’s Age Friendly Team was formally accepted by the Institute for Health Improvement as an Age-Friendly Health System Participant.
We are one of only two Perioperative Centers Nationally that currently hold this recognition, and the first in NYS.
Congratulations to CPM's Age Friendly Team!
Dr. Peter Papadakos, Director of Critical Care Medicine & Professor Department of Anesthesiology and Surgery presented “The Physiology of Ventilation” at Grand Rounds for the Department of Medicine at Mercer University School of Medicine on January 9th, 2024.
December 26th, 2023
Jennifer Gewander, PhD, MPH of the Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine was the only American invited to speak at the 5th European Congress on Clinical Trials in Pain; which took place in Brussels, Belgium from December 7-8. Her talk was entitled, “Heterogeneity in chronic pain and treatment response: Considerations for clinical trial design.”
Read more about it here: URMC Newsroom
Congratulations, Dr. Gewandter!
Dr. Peter Papadakos, Director of Critical Care Medicine & Professor Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine and his contributor Robert Glatter, MD published an article “Is Our Healthcare System Prepared For A Massive Terrorist Attack?” in Forbes Magazine.
Dr. Gewandter, of the Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine, recently published the results of her phase II clinical trial in The Journal of Pain. The study, titled “Wireless Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) for Chronic Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy (CIPN): A Proof-of-Concept Randomized Clinical Trial" provides preliminary evidence suggesting that TENS can improve pain qualities associated with CIPN.
December 19th, 2023
Dr. Sonia Pyne, Medical Director of the Ambulatory Surgery Center and professor of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine, was featured in article about the "Medtail" trend, and the build of the UR Medicine Orthopaedics & Physical Performance Center.
Check out the article here: https://perkinswill.com/insights/medtail-is-making-healthcare-more-accessible-and-rejuvenating-commercial-districts/
Dr. Peter Papadakos, Director of Critical Care Medicine & Professor Department of Anesthesiology and Surgery recently published the article “Where Did My Beds Go?” in December 2023 issue of CURRENTS.
Link: Where Did My Beds Go? (neurocriticalcare.org)
December 18th, 2023
Dr. PJ Papadakos, MD FCCM FAARC FCCP FNIV, Director of Critical Care Medicine and Professor of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine, was awarded Honorary Life Membership to the American Association of Respiratory Therapy at the annual meeting in Nashville, TN on November 6th, 2023.
It was awarded for his service to the profession and for his contributions to respiratory care and medicine.
He is just the second member of the Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine to receive this award!
December 11th, 2023
Drs. Denham Ward and Bob Dworkin and their colleagues in ACTTION’s sedation consortium recently had consensus recommendations published for clinical research designs for studies of PICU sedation and analgesia. Multiple recommendations are presented involving study design, enrollment, outcomes and measurement instruments, and research needs. Major themes for future studies included utilizing coordinated multidisciplinary teams to ensure culturally appropriate study designs and diverse patient enrollment, obtaining input from PICU survivors and their families, engaging community members, and using age and developmentally appropriate, validated instruments for assessments of sedation, pain, withdrawal, and delirium. The complete reference follows:
Jackson SS, Lee JJ, Jackson WM, Price JC, Beers SR, Berkenbosch JW, Biagas, KV, Dworkin RH, Houck CS, Li G, Smith HAB, Ward DS, Zimmerman KO, Curley MAQ, Horvat CM, Huang DT, Pinto NP, Salorio CF, Slater R, Slomine BS, West LL, Wypij D, Yeates KO, Sun LS. Sedation research in critically ill pediatric patients: proposals for future study design from the Sedation Consortium on Endpoints and Procedures for Treatment, Education, and Research IV workshop. Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, in press.
Dr. Peter Papadakos, Director of Critical Care Medicine & Professor Department of Anesthesiology and Surgery and his contributor Robert Glatter, MD published an article “The Lack of Rehabilitation Beds Is Impacting Patient Safety And Care” in Forbes Magazine.
Link:The Lack of Rehabilitation Beds Is Impacting Patient Safety and Care (forbes.com)
December 7th, 2023
Drs. Eaton, Nadtochiy, Wissler, Gu, Tatsiana Stefanos, and Natalie Lebedko of the Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine co-authored the article “Effect of Bivalirudin on Coagulation in Neonatal (cord) and Adult Human Blood in Vitro” which was recently published in Pediatric Anesthesia!
This study demonstrates that bivalirudin has greater potency in cord blood in vitro than in adult blood. Plasma degradation appears to proceed more rapidly in cord blood than in adults. Both of these findings should be considered when planning dosing regimens in neonatal patients
December 6th, 2023
Dr. Andres Laserna has been selected as the recipient of the Anesthesiology Selection’s Congress Scholarship, “Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Failure-to-Rescue After Sepsis in Noncardiac Surgery."
Daryl I. Smith, MD, Chief Diversity and Inclusivity Officer for the Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine, taught in the Airway Workshop of the Morehouse College School of Medicine on 2 December 2023 in Atlanta, GA. This activity was also part of the outreach to HBCU medical schools for the departmental recruitment efforts.
Anthony Okafor, MD, developed, secured funding for, and led an airway workshop for MS1-4 hosted by Bridge MD at Morehouse School of Medicine on 2 December 2023 in Atlanta, GA.
Dr. Okafor’s discussions covered the basics of airway management including bag mask ventilation, airway adjuncts, direct laryngoscopy, and endotracheal intubation. After a brief Q&A, students participated in hands-on skills training with direct supervision and feedback.
November 27th, 2023
Dr. Peter Papadakos, Director of Critical Care Medicine & Professor Department of Anesthesiology and Surgery writes an article in TIME The Epidemic of Violence in American Hospitals.
This article is also featured on the Weekend Review of American College of Emergency Physicians Website!
November 13th, 2023
Congratulations to Dr. Sonia Pyne on her recent promotion to Professor of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine!
November 8th, 2023
The University of Rochester Medical Center is charting a new record for its number of heart transplants performed.
So far this year, 36 hearts have been transplanted by Dr. Kate Wood alone and Drs. Chang, Khan, Lander, Lebow, Panda, Wu, and Wyrobek worked with Dr. Wood on 9 of these 36 heart transplant surgeries this year!
To Read more about this amazing story click the link below.
Link: Rapid Pace of Heart Transplants at URMC Helps Program Reach 350-Milestone - URMC Today (rochester.edu)
October 30th, 2023
Highland Hospital is now offering inpatient pain management consultations. Dr. Chin-Lin Ching, Director, Palliative Care Division at Highland and Dr. Rajbala Thakur, Director of Cancer Pain Services at URMC and Palliative Care Consultant, and their departments are working in collaboration to offer the service which will expand advanced medication and procedural options to relieve pain.
October 26th, 2023
Congratulations to Dr. Kunal Panda on his recent promotion to Associate Professor of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine.
October 18th, 2023
Congratulations to Dr. Rachel Stahl and Dr. Olga Vornovitsky on being promoted to Associate Professor of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine.
October 13th, 2023
Dr. Michael Isei is from Nigeria. After his Master’s degree from University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria he was accepted into the PhD program in the department of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Prince Edward Island, PEI, Canada where he worked on the interactions of copper with temperature and hypoxia on reactive oxygen species homeostasis in heart mitochondria. During his PhD studies he published 4 first author papers. He was awarded his PhD in 2021 before accepting a postdoctoral position here at the University of Rochester. He already has published a first author paper from his PhD studies. He is a dedicated educator and a mentor to all the students in the lab.
October 9th, 2023
Bob Dworkin has just published 3 articles on psychedelics (e.g., psilocybin, LSD), a class of drugs that has shown promising treatment benefits in a wide range of conditions, including psychiatric disorders, chronic pain conditions, and migraine and cluster headache. The first article cited below describes the methods needed to determine whether true synergy occurs when psychedelics are combined with psychotherapy, which is how they are typically administered. The second article comprehensively reviews fMRI studies pf psychedelics to determine if there are consistent findings that provide a foundation for identifying mechanisms of therapeutic action. The third is a systematic review of control conditions that have been used in psychedelic clinical trials, including those intended to enhance blinding of participants and investigators.
1. Dworkin RH, McDermott MP, Nayak SM, Strain EC. Psychedelics and psychotherapy: is the whole greater than the sum of its parts? Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics, in press.
2. Linguiti S, Vogel JW, Sydnor VJ, Pines A, Wellman N, Basbaum A, Eickhoff CR, Eickhoff SB, Edwards RR, Larsen B, McKinstry-Wu A, Scott JC, Roalf DR, Sharma V, Strain EC, Corder G, Dworkin RH, Satterthwaite TD. Functional imaging studies of acute administration of classic psychedelics, ketamine, and MDMA: methodological limitations and convergent results. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, in press.
3. Nayak SM, Bradley MK, Kleykamp BA, Strain EC, Dworkin RH, Johnson MW. Control conditions in randomized trials of psychedelics: an ACTTION systematic review. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 2023;84:22r14518.
October 6th, 2023
The Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine had a strong showing at the 2023 University of Rochester Surgical Symposium.
Dr. Kaitlyn Mitchell and Dr. Rachel Stahl presented on “Multimodal Analgesia and Contemporary Strategies to Control Pain in the Older Adult Patient."
Dr. Heather Lander presented on “Quantifying Vulnerabilities in the Older Adult prior to Major Surgery."
October 4th, 2023
Peter J. Papadakos, MD, Director of Critical Care Medicine for the Department of Anesthesiology and Professor for the Department of Surgery writes an article in Anesthesiology News titled: “Electronic Distractions in Healthcare: Part Deux.”
September 28th, 2023
Dr. Watt co-authored a history book about the Erie County Medical Society, of which she will become president on October 12th. Dr. Watt will be the seventh female physician president of the organization in its 202-year history!
Congratulations, Dr. Watt!
Article Link: Athletics molded new Erie County Medical Society president (buffalonews.com)
Laurent Glance, MD recently published "Was COVID-19 Associated With Worsening Inequities in Stroke Treatment and Outcomes?" in the Journal of the American Heart Association.
Using data on 1,265,084 hospitalizations for the acute ischemic strokes in adults aged 65 years or older, the study did not find any evidence that the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated racial and ethnic disparities in 30-day mortality, severe strokes, nonhome discharges or the use of reperfusion therapy.
September 11th, 2023
Congratulations to Laurent Glance, MD, of the Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine, who was published in JAMA Network Open for his work on the study titled: “The COVID-19 Pandemic and Associated Inequities in Acute Myocardial Infarction Treatment and Outcomes”
This cross-sectional study of 1.3 million AMI admissions found that the COVID-19 pandemic was associated with increases in mortality and nonhome discharges and reduction in revascularization in patients admitted with non-ST segment elevation MI but not in patients admitted with ST-segment elevation MI. This study did not find that race and ethnicity-associated inequities increased significantly during the pandemic
Congratulations to Dr. Heather Lander and Dr. Marjorie Gloff for being invited to present their talk, titled “Perioperative Optimization of the Orthopedic Patient – Rapid Fire Updates,” to the NYS Society of Orthopedic Surgeons.
August 28th, 2023
ASA Monitor guest editor Dr. William Roberts from the Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine convened several of the department's faculty, residents and staff to highlight challenges and opportunities in delivering perioperative care to rural communities.
Take a look at the full issue here:
Check out the Central Line podcast featuring Dr. Roberts and Dr. Suzanne Karan, too.
Finally, kudos to UR Medical Student William DiPasquale on sharing his personal story of resilience.
August 23rd, 2023
Dr. Peter Papadakos, Director of Critical Care Medicine & Professor Department of Anesthesiology and Surgery writes an article currently the 7th most read article on TIME Magazine titled “No AI Can Learn the Art of Medicine”.
Congratulations, Dr. Papadakos!
August 18th, 2023
Dr. Christopher Galton was recently promoted to Associate Professor of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine with a joint appointment as Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine.
Congratulations, Dr. Galton!
August 14th, 2023
Congratulations to the Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine's Vice-Chair of Research Laurent G. Glance, MD and Chief Diversity Officer Daryl I. Smith, MD, on the publication of their editorial "Do Anesthesiologists Have a Role in Promoting Equitable Health Care?" in the September 2023 issue of Anesthesiology.
Check Out Dr. Papdakos, Director of Critical Care Medicine & Professor of Anesthesiology and Surgery at the University of Rochester Medical Center, on Anesthesiology News Presents... as he leads a discussion on the staffing crisis facing the U.S healthcare system. It is also running on General Surgery News and OR Management News.
August 3rd, 2023
Dr. Laurent G. Glance’s new study “Black Patients Less Likely to Undergo Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery, More Likely to Die” was recently Published in Rochester Medicine.
This URMC-led study shows that black patients do not have the same level of access to minimally invasive heart surgery procedure as white patients.
Congratulations, Dr. Glance!
July 10th, 2023
Zana Borovcanin. M.D., M.Sc., FASA has been appointed to Associate Chair for Academic Affairs for the Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine. She has served as the Director of Faculty Development for the past three years. In that role, Dr. Borovcanin wrote the first “Faculty Promotion Manual for Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine”.
She will continue to provide mentorship and career guidance through the new Academic Mentorship Program and Academic Advisory Committees, which will be established for every junior and mid-career faculty member. Dr. Borovcanin will also provide mentorship with the goal of developing new leaders in faculty development and academic affairs at our Department.
Congratulations to Adam Carinici, MD of the Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine on his recent publication in Regional Anesthesia & Pain Medicine. Dr. Carinci participated in a multicenter SI Joint RFA clinical trial titled “Cooled Radiofrequency Ablation Versus Standard Medical Management for Chronic Sacroiliac Joint Pain: a Multicenter, Randomized Comparative Effectiveness Study” and their findings were published on July 5th, 2023.
July 7th, 2023
Dr. Andrew Wojtovich of the Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Service's excellent research group accepted a nomination to serve as a standing member of the National Institutes of Health study section “Neural Oxidative Metabolism, Mitochondria and Cell Death" (NOMD). This term is for 4 years and starts this fall!
Gail Johnson, PhD and Andrew Wojtovich, PhD, of the Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine's research group, received an NIH grant to study the role of mitochondria in Alzheimer’s Disease.
The project uses optogenetics to control mitochondrial function to determine the cause and effect relationship between mitochondria and neurodegeneration.
July 6th, 2023
Dr. Sarah Kralovic has been promoted to Associate Professor of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine.
Congratulations, Dr. Kralovic!
Dr. Peter Papadakos of the Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine was published in Time Magazine for his article on “American Health Care Faces a Staffing Crisis And It’s Affecting Care”.
June 16th, 2023
Dr. Melissa Kreso, of the Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine, was published in the June 2023 issue of ASA Monitor with her article title "Nitrous Oxide in Obstetrics: Time to Deliver Differently?"
Congratulations, Dr. Kreso!
Dr. Melissa Kreso, Dr. Sonia Pyne, and Dr. Audra Webber of the Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine won first place in Excellence & Innovation at SAMBA 2023 for their abstract entitled “Improving Satisfaction All Around Thru Accurate Booking in a Primarily Ophthalmology Based ASC!"
Dr. Melissa Kreso, Dr. Sonia Pyne, and Dr. Audra Webber of the Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine won first place in Excellence & Innovation at SAMBA 2023 for their project entitled “Improving Satisfaction All Around Thru Accurate Booking in a Primarily Ophthalmology Based ASC” for their oral presentation!
June 13th, 2023
Dr. Heather Lander, of the Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine, spoke on a panel at the 13th Annual American Delirium Society Conference in Providence RI discussing “The American Society of Anesthesiology Brain Health Initiative: One Specialties First Public Health Initiative." Her talk was entitled ”ASA Guidelines and Resources for Patient and Anesthesia Providers.”
June 12th, 2023
On Wednesday, June 7th, Dr. Janine Shapiro, Dr. Zana Borovcanin, Dr. Heather Lander, Dr. Jennifer Riche and Rena Gresh of the Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine presented posters on their wonderful work in education at the URMC Annual Faculty Development Colloquium!
June 5th, 2023
Dr. PJ Papadakos of the Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine, was appointed Professor of Medicine at Mercer University in Macon Georgia. This is for his many contributions nationally and internationally in the field of patient safety and professionalism in the digital age.
Dr. PJ Papadakos, of the Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine, was a guest speaker for the annual meeting of the Ambulatory Surgery Center Association (ASCA) at the Louisville Kentucky Convention Center. He spoke on how we should manage digital distractions in the OR and refocus on patient centered care.
May 31st, 2023
Lisa Wahlers, DNP, CRNA of the Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine was given the prestigious Robert Joynt Kindness Award for Clinical Care Providers at the 2023 URMC Board Excellence Award Ceremony held at Monroe Golf Club.
Heather Lander, MD and Marjorie Gloff, MD of the Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine, and members of the Age-Friendly Health System Workgroup, were given the Service Team Excellence Award at the URMC Board of Excellence Ceremony at Monroe Golf Club.
Congratulations, Drs. Gloff & Lander!
May 22nd, 2023
Dr. Heather Lander of the Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine was selected as this year’s recipient of the inaugural Division of Geriatrics & Aging Subspecialty Excellence Award!
This is a tribute to Dr. Landers dedication and leadership in support of the Age-Friendly Health System and her work to create a Geriatrics Peri-Operative Surgical Home.
Congratulations, Dr. Lander!
May 18th, 2023
The Center for Perioperative Medicine was awarded a Certification of Recognition for Quality and Safety on May 18, 2023 by the URMC Quality of Care Committee
April 28th, 2023
Dr. Peter Papadakos, of the Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine, was published in Currents for Neurocritical Care Outreach: Developing Programs to Help Underserved Communities.
April 20th, 2023
Dr. PJ Papadakos attended as a Visiting Professor at the Mayo Clinic on April 19, 2023. He gave a system-wide grand rounds for the Internal Medicine Department on Electronic Distraction, its Role in Professionalism and Patient Safety.
April 17th, 2023
Andrew Wojtovich, PhD and Shahaf Peleg (Collaborator in Germany) won 3rd place for the Hypothesis Prize as part of The Longevity Prize initiative.
Dr. Wojtovich presented a new technique known as external energy replacement to reduce the effects of aging in the eye and skin. This approach involves using a specially designed, light-sensitive proton pump called mtON to produce ATP in place of the traditional oxidative phosphorylation process.
Dr. Peter Papadakos, Director of Critical Care Medicine & Professor of Anesthesiology and Surgery. Lead a discussion for Anesthesiology News on “The Connection Between Sleep Apnea and Stroke.”
April 10th, 2023
Dr. Audra Webber of the Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine has been invited to serve as Chair of the ASA Committee on Ambulatory Surgical Care for the 2024 governance year.
The ASA (American Society of Anesthesiologists) is an organization dedicated to raising and maintaining the standard of the medical practice of anesthesiology and improving patient care.
Congratulations, Dr. Webber!
April 6th, 2023
Dr. PJ Papadakos attended as a Visiting Professor at Mercer University School of Medicine on April 6, 2023. He gave a system-wide grand rounds on Professionalism in the Digital Era for first-year Medical Students and Faculty.
March 28th, 2023
Dr. Heather Lander of the Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine was chosen to be a panelist at the 108th annual American Medical Women’s Association(AMWA) meeting in Philadelphia.
The session, conducted on March 25th 2023, was titled “Wellness and Equity are Key Pillars for Successful Leadership.”
Congratulations, Dr. Lander!
February 22nd, 2023
Dr. Peter Papadakos, Director of Critical Care Medicine & Professor, Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center was a featured guest during the February 20th episode of the Becker's Hospital Review Podcast.
Dr. Peter Papadakos, & Dr. Robert Glatter, Editor at Large for Medscape Emergency Medicine, and Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell. Here, they discuss “the coming collapse of the US health system” and what needs to be done to fix it.
You can listen to the entire podcast here: February 20th, Becker's Hospital Review
February 20th, 2023
In this issue, Wojtovich and colleagues use an optogenetics approach to oppose the age-associated decline in the membrane potential of mitochondria with a light-activated proton pump, and show that it increases both the healthspan and lifespan of worms. The issue cover evokes the experimental paradigm used in the study with light being shone onto a mitochondrion, placing the organelle in the spotlight.
View the complete article: Optogenetic rejuvenation of mitochondrial membrane potential extends C. elegans lifespan
February 13th, 2023
Dr. Jennifer Gewandter of the Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine will present with her colleagues Drs. Lynn Gauthier (Laval University) and Dale Langford (Hospital for Special Surgery) in a session entitled “Innovations in complex cancer pain research: learning from real-world clinical experiences to improve research methodology and clinical practice.” Dr. Gewandter’s talk is entitled “Considerations for improving assay sensitivity and clinical relevance of CIPN prevention trials - ACTTION recommendations”
Their session proposal was ranked 3rd out of all submissions.
February 9th, 2023
“Dr. 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
On 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: www.TheNPA.org.
January 30th, 2023
From the President & Vice President of Society for Perioperative Assessment and Quality Improvement (SPAQI), Dr. Jeanna Blitz & Dr. Avital O’Glasser:
"On behalf of the SPAQI’s Executive Committee and Awards Committee, it is our great pleasure and joy to announce that you have been selected as our inaugural and 2023 recipient of SPAQI’s Perioperative Physician of the Year award.
Congratulations on this very well-earned distinction—and thank you to you for all your contributions to the field of perioperative medicine, our colleagues and patients across the interdisciplinary space, and SPAQI itself. Your award will officially be bestowed and celebrated at the March 2023 Perioperative Medicine Summit in Orlando, FL."
Congratulations Dr. Gloff!
Suzanne Karan, M.D., FASA and Richard Wissler, M.D., Ph.D. of the Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine have been appointed Associate Scholars to the UR Medicine Quality Institute.
Congratulations Dr. Karan and Dr. Wissler!
January 27th, 2023
Over 2500 athletes and coaches from 50 countries competed in 12 winter sports in 86 metal events at the 31st FISU World University Games. Doctors and medical professionals from throughout the county and world provided care and safety to participants throughout the games and during training. Dr Papadakos from the Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine and Dr Peter Obourn from Sports Medicine URMC along with another physician from the Hospital of Special Surgery in NYC Samantha Steuk and two outstanding therapists one from Canada and one from Lake placid provided care at the ski jumping and combined Nordic events.
This is the third time the games have been in the USA and the second time for Lake Placid which last hosted this winter event in 1972.
Dr. Jennifer S. Gewandter of the Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine has accepted the position of Associate Editor for the Clinical Journal of Pain.
Congratulations, Dr. Gewandter.
December 26th, 2022
Heather Lander, M.D. and Marjorie Gloff, M.D. of the Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine have been published in the ASA Monitor.
Their article titled "Achieving Age-Friendly Health Care in an Outpatient Perioperative Clinic" is featured in the upcoming volume to be published in January of 2023.
Congratulations Dr. Lander and Dr. Gloff!
The Society for Redox Biology and Medicine's 29th Annual Conference (SfRBM 2022) was hosted at Orlando, Florida. The Wojtovich Lab represented URMC Anesthesiology with four oral presentations and five posters. In particular, graduate student, Nada Selim Ahmed’s abstract titled “Spatiotemporal mapping of ROS dynamics across mitochondrial nanodomains in situ” was selected for an oral presentation during the conference’s mitochondrial session.
Postdoctoral Fellow, Dr. Chidozie Okoye’s work titled “Mechanisms of Mitochondrial Complex I-ROS Mediated Behavioral Response” was also selected for an oral presentation. Dr. Okoye was presented with a travel award for his work.
Congrats to both Nada and Chidozie!
December 19th, 2022
Drs. Laurent Glance, Michael Eaton, Isaac Wu & Julie Wyrobek of the Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine along with colleagues from other universities have been published in JAMA Network Open & featured on the University Newsroom page. Check out the links below:
Jama Network article:
University of Rochester Newsroom link:
Black Patients Less Likely to Get Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery, More Likely to Die | URMC Newsroom (rochester.edu)
Peter J. Papadakos, M.D. of the Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine was invited as Grand Rounds speaker for the Anesthesiology Residents Program at the Northwell Hospitals of the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra, Long Island.
Congratulations, Dr. Papadakos!
December 12th, 2022
Two of our great CRNAs from the Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine, Lisa Wahlers and Alison Henry, published chapters in the new pediatric anesthesia textbook "Pediatric Anesthesia: A Comprehensive Approach to Safe and Effective Care" by Springer Publishing. The chapters narrated anesthesia considerations for Septorhinoplasty and Burns in pediatric patients. Alison Henry also wrote a chapter on Hepatic Anatomy and Physiology.
Congratulations, Lisa & Alison!
December 5th, 2022
Her talk is entitled “Small Fiber Neuropathy: A Good Model for Neuropathic Pain?” Dr. Gewandter is the only representative from the United States to speak at the conference.
November 28th, 2022
November 18th, 2022
Dr. Laurent Glance has been featured as an editorial in the December 2022 Science, Medicine, and the Anesthesiologist in ANESTHESIOLOGY:“Prediction Algorithms: Is Peer Review Enough?“
Congratulations, Dr. Glance!
Peter Papadakos of the Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine has published the article "Will Isotonitazene Be Our New Overdose Crisis Drug?" in the November 2022 issue of Currents by the Neurocritical Care Society.
Congratulations, Dr. Papadakos!
November 2nd, 2022
Congratulations to Dr. Peter Papadakos, who was a featured speaker at the 40th Annual Meeting of the New York State Society for Respiratory Care, in Verona, NY on October 6th, 2022. His lecture was titled, “Sleep Apnea and Stroke Role of NIV.”
The NYSSRC, an affiliate of the American Association for Respiratory Care, is the professional association of respiratory therapists, representing respiratory care in New York State. The NYSSRC promotes excellence in patient care, encourages professionalism, and advocates for patients, their families, the public, the profession and the respiratory therapist.
Dr. Christopher Galtonof the Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine was named Physician of the Year by the New York State Bureau of Emergency Medical Services and Trauma Systems.
Congratulations, Dr. Galton!
October 17th, 2022
Dr. Laurent Glance has published the following article in the November 2022 Science, Medicine, and the Anesthesiologist in ANESTHESIOLOGY:
"Association of Time Elapsed Since Ischemic Stroke with Risk of Recurrent Stroke in Older Patients Undergoing Elective Nonneurologic, Noncardiac Surgery"
September 30th, 2022
Dr. Laurent G. Glance of The Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine published “Red Blood Cell Transfusion and Postoperative Infection in Patients Having Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting Surgery: An Analysis of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons Adult Cardiac Surgery Database” in the September 2022 volume of Anesthesia & Analgesia.
Congratulations, Dr. Glance!
September 23rd, 2022
The Analgesic, Anesthetic, and Addiction Clinical Trial Translations, Innovations, Opportunities, and Networks (ACTTION) public-private partnership with the FDA has just been awarded a cooperative agreement research grant for $4M for 2022-2027. Since ACTTION was established in 2010, this is the fourth research grant that ACTTION has received from the FDA (along with two contracts). With this award, ACTTION’s scope has been expanded to examine neurotoxicities and other risks associated with pediatric anesthesia and with anesthesia in older patients, as well as continuing its current efforts in pain medicine and addiction medicine. Robert Dworkin, PhD, will continue to serve as Director and PD/PI, and additional Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine faculty with major roles in the partnership are Jennifer Gewandter, PhD, MPH, who will serve as Chair of the new ACTTION Center for Optimizing Benefit-Risk Assessments, and Denham Ward, MD, PhD, who will serve as Director of Stakeholder Engagement. In addition, Cornelia Kamp, MBA, Research Associate Professor of Neurology, will serve as Director of Operations, Michael McDermott, PhD, Professor Biostatistics and Computational Biology, will serve as Director of Biostatistics, and John Markman, MD, Professor of Neurosurgery, will represent the American Academy of Neurology on the Steering Committee.
ACTTION’s mission is “to identify, prioritize, coordinate, and sponsor innovative activities that will expedite the identification and development of efficacious and safe analgesic, anesthetic, and addiction therapeutic interventions for the benefit of the public health.” Evidence of ACTTION’s accomplishments over its 12-year history is provided by a total of 154 peer-reviewed articles to date that have addressed pain, addiction, peripheral neuropathy, and procedural and ICU sedation (https://www.acttion.org/publications).
Role of Sedation and Analgesia during Noninvasive Ventilation: Systematic Review of Recent Evidence and Recommendations. Indian J Crit Care 2022 26(8): 938-948. PMID 36042773
It is an International recommendations paper for proper management of patients on Non Invasive ventilation.
MDCM Conde, PSB Delis, PJ Papadakos, AM. Esquinas. Ocular disorders in non-invasive ventilation and CPAP therapy—A case report. Can J Respir Ther 2022;58:143–145. doi: 10.29390/cjrt-2022-020
July 18th, 2022
Dr. Zana Borovcanin and Dr. Melissa Kreso organized and co-chaired the “International Symposium in Anesthesiology, Perioperative Medicine and Intensive Care Medicine”, which was a part of the Bosnian-Herzegovinian American Academy of Arts and Sciences (BHAAAS) Annual Meeting in Sarajevo, Bosnia:
The highlight of the Symposium was the “Difficult Airway Management Course”, which was supported by sponsors from Germany and Bosnia (Karl Storz), Netherland and Croatia (Ambu), and USA, Ireland and Slovenia (Cook Medical). The 13th Days of BHAAAS is one of the largest scientific meetings in Eastern European region which includes eighteen symposia in medical sciences, eight in technical/ natural sciences, four in sustainability, and two in social sciences/ humanities and arts. Overall there were a total of 345 presentations with speakers from 26 countries and 16 special events, workshops, and round table discussions. Check out the link below:
June 24th, 2022
Congratulations to the Eaton Lab for their publication and editorial.
Publication in Anesthesia & Analgesia:
Sergiy M. Nadtochiy, PhD, Tatsiana Stefanos, MD, Ronald E. Angona, MS, CCP, Natalie Lebedko, MS, Aksana Baldzizhar, MD, Changyong Feng, PhD, and Michael P. Eaton, MD, FASA
Editorial in Anesthesia & Analgesia:
Roman M. Sniecinski, MD, MSc, Vance G. Nielsen, MD,and Kenichi Tanaka, MD, MSc
June 6th, 2022
Bob Dworkin recently presented a lecture on “Designing and conducting randomized clinical trials of psychedelics” at the 2nd Annual Psychedelic Therapeutics and Drug Development Conference, held in Washington, DC, May 23-24, 2022. In addition, he recently published the following article discussing what studies should be conducted to evaluate the possibility that psychedelics are a novel treatment for chronic pain:
Dworkin RH, Anderson BT, Andrews N, Edwards RR, Grob CS, Ross S, Satterthwaite TD, Strain EC. "If the doors of perception were cleansed, would chronic pain be relieved? Evaluating the benefits and risks of psychedelics." The journal of pain.. 2022 May 25; Epub 2022 May 25.
June 2nd, 2022
Sonia Pyne MD, MS, FASA and colleagues Melissa Kreso MD, MsBA, FASA and Danielle Lindenmuth MD, MBA won Best Abstract at the largest subspecialty meeting for ambulatory anesthesia in the world, the 37th Annual Society for Ambulatory Anesthesia (SAMBA) meeting.
The abstract: “Delivering on the Patient Experience: Limiting Patient Wait Time in an Ambulatory Surgical Center” was selected for a podium presentation at the meeting after winning Best Abstract, and won Best Oral Presentation as well. The abstract highlighted the multidisciplinary and collaborative work done with the Operations Excellence team at the URMC ASC at Sawgrass that resulted in a sustained improvement in the Press Ganey “Moving through the Visit Score” from 82% to 92% after their project intervention.
Special thanks to all of those involved including:
Kellsie Prem RN, MSN, CAPA; Sherry Lambert RN, BSN; Brennan Canty MBA; Kristi Filmore MS, RN, ACNP; and Rachel Parker, Business Staff Supervisor
May 25th, 2022
Strong 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 20th, 2022
Two members of our CRNA group, Lisa Wahlers and Mark Kucharski, travelled to Quito, Ecuador for a mission trip with the HUGS Foundation. Mark, Lisa, and 29 other team members changed the lives of 50 patients.
The patients had Microtia ear deformities. The surgeons created an ear from rib cartilage taken from the patient. They packed 20 hockey bags of anesthesia equipment, including the anesthesia monitors! On these trips there are very limited resources, old anesthesia machines and only the anesthesia supplies we bring.
The team members on these trips truly pull together to get the work done and keep the patients safe.
At the end of the week, they return for post-op evaluations and the patients and families are so incredibly grateful.
The department is so proud of the efforts of Mark and Lisa to extend their skills to help patients in need in Ecuador.
May 6th, 2022
Jennifer 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!!!
April 20th, 2022