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July 16th, 2021

Congratulations, Dr. Nishtar!

Congratulations to Dr. Mahd Nishtar (CA-2) on his recent appointment to the NYSSA Resident and Fellow Section 2021-21 Board as the Upstate Representative.

Lynn R. Correll, MD, PhD, Earns Integrative Medicine Board Certification

Dr. CorrellThe American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS), the official certifying body of the American Association of Physician Specialists, INC, (AAPS), is pleased to announce that Lynn R. Correll, MD, PhD, of Pittsford, NY, successfully completed all of the requirements for certification in integrative medicine through the American Board of Integrative Medicine (ABOIM), an ABPS Member Board of Certification.

Board certification from the ABOIM enables successful candidates to present themselves to the public as qualified medical specialists in the practice of integrative medicine. Completing the integrative medicine board certification indicates mastery of the specialty experience and knowledge as well as a professional commitment to adhere to the ABPS Medical Code of Ethics.

The ABOIM defines integrative medicine as the practice of medicine that reaffirms the importance of the relationship between practitioner and patient, focuses on the whole person, is informed by evidence, and makes use of all appropriate therapeutic approaches, healthcare professionals and disciplines to achieve optimal health and healing.

Additional information is available at

Congratulations Dr. Correll!

June 24th, 2021

Dr. Papadakos Quoted in Anesthesiology News Article

Dr. PapadakosDr. Peter Papadakos was recently quoted in the article "Aspirin Reduces by Nearly Half the Need For Mechanical Ventilation for COVID-19 Patients" in Anesthesiology News. Check out the full quote and article here:


June 7th, 2021

Dr. Yung Featured in Rochester Medicine 2021 Special Edition

Dr. YungDr. Arvid Yung is a featured photo in the Rochester Medicine Magazine 2021 Special Edition. Photo by Derek Berkhof.

Check out the latest issue:


May 20th, 2021

Drs. Kreso and Webber Author Textbook Chapters

Utilizing Problem-Based LearningDr. Melissa Kreso and Dr. Audra Webber have authored sections in the textbook, Utilizing Problem-Based Learning in Anesthesiology Careers, edited by Stacey Watt and Patricia Fogarty Mack.

Check out the abstract below:




Brandon Berry Awarded 2021 Fenn Award

Congratulations to former Wojtovich Lab graduate student, Brandon Berry, who was awarded the 2021 Fenn Award.

The award is “given annually to a graduating student judged to have performed especially meritorious research and who presented a Ph.D. thesis suitable to honor the name of Dr. Wallace O. Fenn”.

Check out the link below:

May 10th, 2021

Dr. Lynnie Correll To Start an Integrative Special Interest Group

Dr. CorrellDr. Lynnie Correll is working with the Society for Pediatric Anesthesia and has gained the approval of her proposal to start an Integrative Special Interest Group.

According to Dr. Correll, Integrative Medicine is a field of medicine that emphasizes relationship-centered care, and aims to engage the mind, body, spirit and a sense of community to facilitate healing in many general, as well as specific arenas. It combines traditional and alternative medicine systems, nutrition and dietary supplementation (including vitamins, minerals and botanicals), and physical movement and body manipulation to create personalized strategies to help meet patient’s individual healing needs.

Pediatric anesthesiologists dedicated to the care of children are already engaged in using many integrative modalities, but the armamentarium of integrative techniques is broad. As such, a Society for Pediatric Anesthesiology Integrative Medicine Special Interest Group (IM-SIG) will create a formal centralized community of interested members. This space will provide a structured way for members to learn more about various integrative systems and techniques that can be used in the perioperative arena, teach one another about using different integrative modalities in practice, and ultimately add another dimension to the way we care for our patients and their families. The IM-SIG would also engage experts and leaders in the field and leverage this community to educate the SPA membership as a whole.


May 7th, 2021

Andrew Wojtovich Named University Student Supervisor of the Year

Dr. WojtovichCongratulations to Andrew Wojtovich, an assistant professor of anesthesiology, pharmacology, and physiology, on being named the University’s Student Supervisor of the Year. The award is selected by a committee of students and staff members and goes to a person who integrates students into their roles, provides guidance and mentoring, and supports the University’s Vision and Values.

Dr. Laurent Glance Published in Circulation

Dr. GlanceDr. Laurent Glance along with Benesch C, Derdeyn CP, Fleisher LA, Holloway RG, Messe SR, Mijalski C, Nelson MT, Power M, Welch BG, have been published in the April issue of Circulation.

 “Perioperative Neurological Evaluation and Management to Lower the Risk of Acute Stroke in Patients Undergoing Noncardiac, Nonneurological Surgery: A Scientific Statement From the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association”

Dr. Papadakos Published in JAAPA for 101st Peer Reviewed Publication

Dr. PapadakosDr. PJ Papadakos along with Glenna A. Regan published a paper entitled:

“Intracerebral hemorrhage after kratom ingestion”

Check out the link below:

Dr. PJ Papadakos has published 101 peer review papers with this recent one.

Congratulations Dr. Papadakos!

April 29th, 2021

Dr. Karan and Colleagues Create Free Online CME Course

Dr. Karan

Dr. Karan and four of her colleagues who actively study peri-operative respiratory depression have collaborated on an ASA endorsed online CME course called "Prediction of Perioperative Respiratory Depression." This activity is free and supported by an educational grant from Medtronic. Check it out at


April 26th, 2021

Dr. Gundy Named Geriatric Faculty Scholar

Dr. GundyDr. Tasker Gundy has been named a Geriatric Faculty Scholar by the Finger Lakes Geriatric Education Center (FLGEC) and the Division of Geriatrics and Aging for 2021-22.

 Dr. Gundy’s 2021 Geriatric Faculty Scholar project will seek to integrate a geriatric learning pathway into the Acute Pain Service (APS) resident curriculum, focused on the management of postsurgical pain in older adults.

Congratulations, Dr. Gundy


April 2nd, 2021

Nieves Awarded Barry Goldwater Scholarship

Tyrone NievesTyrone Nieves was awarded a Barry Goldwater Scholarship. The Goldwater Foundation provides scholarships to college sophomores and juniors who intend to pursue research careers in the natural sciences, mathematics and engineering.

Tyrone was selected to represent the University and was one of 410 college students from across the United States awarded the scholarship. Congratulations Tyrone!

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.


March 09th, 2021

2021-2022 Chief Resident's Selected

The Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Services would like to congratulate Ellen Johnson, Kelsey Monteith and Alexis Vangellow for being selected as the Chief Residents for the upcoming 2021-22 academic year.


Dr. Abozaid Named ASA Resident Ambassador

Dr. Abozaid 


Congratulations to the Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine’s Ravie Abozaid on their selection as one of the American Society of Anesthesiologists Resident Ambassadors.


Rena Gresh Accepted to University of Cincinnati Program

Congratulations to Rena Gresh, the Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine’s Residency Program Coordinator, on her acceptance into the Master’s in Medical Education Program at the University of Cincinnati.


 Congratulations, Rena!

February 15th, 2021

Dr. Daryl Smith Named Chief Diversity Officer for Department of Anesthesiology

Dr. Smith Dr. Daryl Smith has agreed to become the Chief Diversity Officer for the Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine, effective immediately. Dr. Smith will be engaging with the Office of Equity and Inclusion to implement the URMC anti-racism plan and develop specific plans for the department. Please join us in congratulating Dr. Smith as he steps into this new and very important role.


February 2nd, 2021

Dr. Gloff Receives Individual Excellence Award from URMC Board

Dr. GloffURMC Board Chair Thomas S. Richards led the Jan. 25 Board Excellence Awards ceremony honoring nine individuals, eight teams and three Robert Joynt Kindness Award winners. The annual awards recognize and honor the exceptional care provided each day to our patients and the outstanding efforts from our fellow coworkers.

Marjorie Gloff, MD, associate professor of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine and associate chair for Perioperative Medicine, innovated an amazing solution for testing perioperative patients during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. Marj was the mastermind who set up an in-car, outdoor PCR testing center—protecting patients and staff members alike, alleviating infection concerns and expediting the flow of tests. Marj’s efforts have been key to URMC reacting so quickly to achieve safe and coordinated testing, allowing us to resume our surgical volume safely and effectively

January 29th, 2021

Breneman becomes Board-Certified in Clinical Informatics

Dr. BrenemanPhysicians who practice Clinical Informatics collaborate with other health care and information technology professionals to analyze, design, implement and evaluate information and communication systems that enhance individual and population health outcomes, improve patient care, and strengthen the clinician-patient relationship.

Dr. Breneman has been working in this field for over 20 years. At URMC, he currently is on the Physician Advisory Board, Clinical Informatics Council, and the Clinical Decision Support subcommittee which evaluates BPAs for ISD. He also one of 12 anesthesiologists across the world on the Adult Anesthesia Steering board at Epic corporation along with chairing the Reporting subcommittee. He is also on Epic’s Handoff Reporting Brain Trust and Preoperative Evaluation subcommittees.

Dr. Breneman is a member of the America Medical Informatics Association and sits on the Item Writer committee, creating review questions for the board review course offered by AMIA.


January 26th, 2021

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

Dr. WhartonMitchell 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:

January 22nd, 2021

Dr. Lander Published in UR Medicine Ger-E-News

Dr. LanderDr. Heather Lander has been published in the January 2021 issue of UR Medicine Ger-E-News.

Dr. Lander was published via her HRSA-funded Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP) Grant.

You can read the entire article titled Degenerative Aortic Stenosis here: UR Medicine Ger-E-News

Congratulations, Dr. Lander!


Dr. Dworkin Delivers Keynote Lecture at McGill on Pain Day

Dr. Dworkin

Robert Dworkin, PhD, delivered the keynote lecture and led a trainee workshop at the 25th Annual McGill Pain Day, held virtually on January 21, 2021. The keynote lecture was “A difference is a difference only if it makes a difference: determining meaningful benefits and risks in pain treatment,” and the trainee workshop was on “Disruptive pharmacotherapy for pain: psychedelics and the doors of perception.”


January 4th, 2021

Dr. Guha Wins PDA Career Enhancement Award

Dr. Guha

Dr. Guha in the department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine is this year’s recipient of the Career Enhancement Award.

The annual Career Enhancement Award was created to support the professional development of postdocs as part of the UR PDA’s mission

Dr. Guha was honored with this award as he has published three research articles in 2020. On top, he has received many other accolades including best oral presentation at the departmental retreat, invited to give oral talks at the Global Tau2020 symposium, and Cell and Experimental Biology conference (CEB2020).  Congratulations Dr. Guha!


December 21, 2020

Dr. Papadakos Published in International Immunopharmacology

 Dr. PapadakosDr. Peter Papadakos has published an article in International Immunopharmacology along with his colleagues:

 Ozone therapy for patients with COVID-19 pneumonia: preliminary report of a prospective case-control study

  A. Hernández, A. Pablos, P.J. Papadakos, S.D. Bergese, M. Vives

 Check out the link below:

Narrative Review Published in PubMed

Pre-operative patient optimization to prevent postoperative pulmonary complications—Insights and roles for the respiratory therapist: A narrative review

Jonathon Schwartz MSE, MD1, Darian Parsey BS2, Tichaendepi Mundangepfupfu MRes., MD3, Steven Tsang DO4, Robert Pranaat MD4, James Wilson DO4, Peter Papadakos MD2

 Check out the link below:

December 14th, 2020

Congratulations Wojtovich Lab!


Dr. Wojtovich’s Lab attended the virtual annual international redox conference (SfRBM). Graduate student, Brandon Berry, and undergrad, Tyrone Nieves, won the society’s Young Investigator Award. 

This award is made available to students and postdoctoral fellows based on a submitted abstract and the presentation of the work at the annual meeting. Check out the link below:

November 16th, 2020

Dr. Sanjib Guha published three articles on impact of tau protein modifications in Alzheimer’s disease

Dr. GuhaDr. Sanjib Guha has published his research articles from Gail Johnson and Keith Nehrke in this year entitled below:

  1. Tauopathy-associated tau modifications selectively impact neurodegeneration and mitophagy in a novel C. elegans single-copy transgenic model

  1. The Crosstalk Between Pathological Tau Phosphorylation and Mitochondrial Dysfunction as a Key to Understanding and Treating Alzheimer's Disease

  1. A T231E Mutant that Mimics Pathologic Phosphorylation of Tau in Alzheimer's disease Causes Activation of the Mitochondrial Unfolded Protein Response in C. elegans touch neurons