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Dr. Papadakos Publishes Commentary in Anesthesiology News

March 18, 2018

PP Dr. Peter Papadakos published a Commentary in the March 2018 issue of Anesthesiology News, “Usability and Legal Pitfalls of Electronic Health Records”.



Drs. Gewandter, Iwan, Dworkin and Smith publish in the Journal of Pain

March 5, 2018


Drs. Jennifer Gewandter, Katarzyna Iwan (not pictured), Robert Dworkin, Shannon Smith and colleagues have published, “Research design characteristics of published pharmacologic randomized clinical trials for irritable bowel syndrome and chronic pelvic pain conditions: an ACTTION systemic review”, in The Journal of Pain.

Gewandter JS, Chaudari J, Iwan KB, Kitt R, As-Sanie S, Bachmann G, Clemens Q, Lai HH, Tu F, Verne GN, Vincent K, Wesselmann U, Zhou QQ, Turk DC, Dworkin RH, Smith SM.


Dr. Glance Co-Authors Article Published in British Journal of Surgery

March 1, 2018

LGDr. Laurent Glance is the co-author of an article, “Comparison of two prognostic models in trauma outcome”, published in the British Journal of Surgery.
Cook A, Osler T, Glance L, Lecky F, Bouamra O, Weddle J, Gross B, Ward J, Moore III FO, Rogers F, Hosmer D.  DOI: 10.1002/bjs.10764



Drs. Saran and Tzimas Publish in Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia

February 21, 2018

JSTZDr. Jagroop Saran and Dr. Konstantine Tzimas recently published a case report with surgical colleagues, Drs. Luke Schoeniger and Jacob Moalem.
The article, “Perioperative Management of Pheochromocytoma Resection in a Patient with Severe Aortic Stenosis”, describes and discusses the successful perioperative management of an unusual and rare case of a patient with myocardial infarction that was initially attributed to severe aortic stenosis but was later determined to be due to a pheochromocytoma.  
Saran JS, Moalem J, Schoeniger L, Tzimas K.  J Cardiothorac Vasc Anesth. 2017 Nov 22.  [Epub ahead of print]



 Recipients of URMC Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine Award Grants Announced

February 20, 2018

JDDr. Joseph Dooley – “Randomized, Double-Blind Clinical Study Evaluating Efficacy of Intravenous versus Enteric Acetaminophen in Donor Nephrectomy and Robot-Assisted Laparoscopic Nephrectomy Patients”

DSDr. Daryl Smith – “Development of the Remote Control Injection System (RCIS) for Regional Anesthesia Procedures”

SKJNDrs. Jacob Nadler and Suzanne Karan – “Pregnancy, Sleep Disordered Breathing, and Postpartum Respiratory Depression”


 Dr. Wojtovich and Colleagues Article Accepted for Publication

February 14, 2018


 Dr. Andrew Wojtovich and colleagues article has been accepted for publication:

 “Light-induced oxidant production by fluorescent proteins” published in Free Radical Biology and Medicine (Trewin AJ, Berry BJ, Wei AY, Bahr LL, Foster TH, Wojtovich AP).  Accepted 2 Feb 2018


 Dr. Duncan McLean 1st Author on Article Published in the British Journal of Anaesthesia

February 13, 2018

DM Dr. Duncan McLean is the 1st author on the article, “Intravenous fluids: effects on renal outcomes”, published in the February issue of the British Journal of Anaesthesia.  120(2) 397-402


Dr. Wojtovich and Colleagues Publish 2 Articles

February 12, 2018


 Dr. Andrew Wojtovich and colleagues have published two articles:

 “Quantification of light-induced miniSOG superoxide production using the selective marker, 2 hydroxyethidium” published in Free Radical Biology and Medicine (Barnett ME, Baran TM, Foster TH, Wojtovich AP.  116 (2018) 134-140

 “Exercise and Mitochondrial Dynamics: Keeping in Shape with ROS and AMPK”, published in Antioxidants (Trewin AJ, Berry BJ, Wojtovich AP).  2018 7(7)


 Dr. Papadakos Invited Speaker and Grand Rounds Presenter at Adirondack Health

February 8, 2018

PP Dr. Peter Papadakos presented two pulmonary lectures at Adirondack Health on Jan. 30-31.  The first lecture was titled, “Sleep Apnea in Neurocritical Care” and the second given at Grand Rounds was, “Update on Mechanical Ventilation / ARDS Physiology: What’s New”.


Drs. Punekar, Tran, Smith & Chhibber Publish

February 2, 2018









Drs. Imran Punekar, Nobuyuki-Hai Tran, Daryl Smith, and Ashwani Chhibber have been notified that their article, “The Evolution of Iliac Bone Graft Donor Site Analgesia in Cleft Patients: Transversus Abdominis Plane Block is Safe and Efficacious”, has been accepted for publication by Annals of Plastic Surgery.

Drs. Smith and Tran Publish Review Article

February 1, 2018

NTDSDrs. Daryl Smith and Nobuyuki-Hai Tran have had their review article entitled, “Hemodynamic Considerations in the Pathophysiology of Diabetic Neuropathy”, accepted for publication in Vol. 5, Issue 4 of Current Research in Diabetes & Obesity Journal.

Dr. Tran's Article in Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine

January 29, 2018

NTDr. Nobuyuki-Hai Tran and colleagues have received acceptance of their article, “A Response to Dr. Stone and Colleagues’ Should Hospitals Market Opioid-sparing Analgesia to Patients?” in Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine.



Dr. Bernstein Elected to Board of the American Medical Women’s Association

January 28, 2018

WBDr. Wendy Bernstein has been elected to the Board of Directors 2018-2020 for the American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA).  AMWA is an international organization which was founded in 1915 and whose mission is to advance the role of women in medicine and improve women’s health.  Dr. Bernstein is also an invited speaker at the 103rd Anniversary Meeting in Philadelphia in March 2018. 


Dr. Glance Editorial Published in Anesthesiology

January 26, 2018

LGDr. Laurent Glance, with co-authors Drs. Andrew Dick and Turner Osler, have published an editorial, “Risk Prediction Tools: The Need for Greater Transparency”, in the February issue of Anesthesiology.  The article states, “If risk prediction tools are to be used in clinical care, it is essential that they be vetted with the same care as any new drug or medical device.”

Anesthesiology 2 2018, Vol. 128, 244-246


Oren Harary Attains FACHE Credentials

January 17, 2018

OHOren Harary is now a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE) having achieved board certification in healthcare management from the American College of Healthcare Executives.  The credentialing system is multifaceted and involves academic credentials and criteria, healthcare management experience, ACHE tenure, passing the Board of Governors Examination in Healthcare Management, continuing education, references, and community and civic involvement.


Dr. Papadakos’ Article in Western NY Physician

January 13, 2018

PPDr. Peter Papadakos’ article, “New Study Underscores Need for Greater  EHR Education, Training” appeared in the latest edition of Western New York Physician, which serves Western NY and the Finger Lakes region.  The article discusses electronic health records and some of the drawbacks it presents.



Drs. S. Smith and Dworkin publish editorial in Anaesthesia

January 4, 2018

SSRDDrs. Shannon Smith and Robert Dworkin published an invited editorial in Anaesthesia in response to an article by El-Boghdadly et al (2018) suggesting that clinical trial registration does not affect the likelihood of publication in Anaesthesia, and therefore registration may be unnecessary as it is a poor marker of trial quality. In their editorial, Drs. Smith and Dworkin argue that prospective trial registration is the best system currently available to provide transparency about initial trial design and subsequent revisions to the protocol. When a trial is not prospectively registered, it is difficult to determine whether the methods were pre-specified in advance of unblinding the treatment groups. Without prospective registration, there is the potential for misrepresentation of trial results, such as changing the primary outcome from one that is statistically non-significant to another that is statistically significant. Drs. Smith and Dworkin recommended that journals: (1) only accept manuscripts reporting clinical trials that were prospectively registered, or (2) require trial protocols in cases where trials were not registered prospectively. Anaesthesia responded to Drs. Smith and Dworkin’s editorial in defense of their policy whereby articles are not automatically rejected when trials neglect prospective registration.


El-Boghdadly K, Wiles MD, Atton S, Bailey CR. Adherence to guidance on registration of randomized controlled trials published in Anaesthesia. Anaesthesia 2018; 73:

Smith SM, Dworkin RH. Prospective clinical trial registration: not sufficient, but always necessary. Anaesthesia 2018; 73:

Pandit JJ, Klein AA. Journal response: prospective clinical trial registration – desirable, but not necessary. Anaesthesia 2018; 73:

Dr. Papadakos’ Book Reviewed in Anesthesia & Analgesia

January 2, 2018

PPDr. Peter Papadakos’ book, “Distracted Doctoring: Returning to Patient-Centered Care in the Digital Age”, was reviewed in Anesthesia & Analgesia by Dr. Peter Brindley in the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine and the Department of Critical Care at the University of Alberta.  






Dr. Wissler has been elected Vice-President of the NYSSA

December 15, 2017

DWRichard N. Wissler, MD, PhD, FASA, Professor of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine at URMC, has been elected Vice-President of the New York State Society of Anesthesiologists (NYSSA). The NYSSA has 3,600 members, and is the second largest state society of physician anesthesiologists in the United States. Dr. Wissler will help NYSSA accomplish its mission of improving anesthesia care in New York State through advances in patient safety, education, research and professionalism. At Strong Memorial Hospital, he is Director of Obstetric Anesthesia and Director of Quality Improvement in Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine.  Dr. Wissler will be President of NYSSA in 2020.






Dr. Macpherson authors chapter for an Online Medical Resource

December 14, 2017

JMJennifer Macpherson, MD authored a chapter for the online medical  resource Up To Date, 'Anesthesia for Esophageal Surgery'

Please view the chapter here






Dr. Pisharoty was a featured speaker at the 2nd Annual World Congress of Digestive Diseases

December 13, 2017


Dr. Pisharoty gave a talk entitled “Ultrasound and Fluoroscopy-Guided Interventional Procedures for the Management of Chronic Pain from APGastrointestinal Diseases” at the 2nd Annual World Congress of Digestive Diseases in Fukuoka Japan on December 5th, 2017. He was able to explain some of the cutting edge interventional procedures that we perform here at the University of Rochester to physicians from all over the world. 
Dr. Pisharoty and Dr. Smith are writing a book entitled The Practical Management of Abdominal Pain: A Clinician’s Guide to Non-Surgical Intervention.





SimSTAT wins an Innovation Award for Medical Education Technology

December 8, 2017

WBWendy Bernstein MD MBA FASA is a member of the ASA Editorial Board for Computerized Simulation which is developing the SimSTAT virtual OR platform in collaboration with CAE Healthcare.  SimSTAT recently won an innovation award for medical education technology.  SimSTAT offers interactive and realistic screen based simulations for anesthesia professionals and can be accessed on the ASA website.  


Dr. Julie Wyrobek quoted in Anesthesiology News

November 27, 2017

JWDr. Julie Wyrobek was interviewed and quoted in the Nov. 13th 2017 article of Anesthesiology News, “Difficult Airway Response Team Tackles ACE Inhibitor Angioedema”. She discusses the anesthesiologist's role in the management of ACE Inhibitor Induced Angioedema, it's differentiation from anaphylaxis,  and how DART teams can be critical in controlling these challenging airways. 

Please view the article here.


Dr. Dworkin to Receive Founders Award from the American Academy of Pain Medicine

November 16, 2017

RDRobert H. Dworkin, PhD, has been selected as the 2018 recipient of the American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM) Founders Award. The Founders Award is given “to an individual for outstanding contributions to the science or practice of pain medicine. This award is given for continued contributions for the basic or clinical science of pain medicine or for demonstration of clinical excellence or innovation in the practice of pain medicine.” Dr. Dworkin will be presented the award at the AAPM annual meeting in Vancouver in April 2018.


Dr. Wojtczak Presents 4 Posters at ASA Meeting

November 2, 2017

Dr. Jacek Wojtczak presented four posters during the annual meeting of the American Society of Anesthesiologists October 21-25, 2017 in Boston. JW

  • Ultrasound in Extraglottic Device Placement
  • Virtual Reality (VR)-based Situational Awareness and Dexterity Training
  • Paralaryngeal Pressure in Cadavers Prevents Insertion of Oropharyngeal Devices into the Esophagus
  • Pneumatic Devices for the Accurate Application of Cricoid and Paralaryngeal Pressures

Dr. Papadakos’ Quoted in Rochester Business Journal

November 1, 2017

PPappaDr. Peter Papadakos’ was interviewed and quoted in the October 27, 2017 issue of the Rochester Business Journal for an article titled, “Electronic medical records proving a boon and a burden”.
He discusses today’s EMR systems, how errors can occur which can be potentially devastating , and training of physicians to reduce the risk.


Article by Drs. Shannon Smith and Robert Dworkin featured by Journal of Pain

October 24, 2017

RDSSAn article by Drs. Shannon Smith, Robert Dworkin, and their co-authors was selected by the Journal of Pain to be featured as a journal club article. This article focuses on identifying the abuse potential of a medication by implementing a standardized assessment of inappropriate medication use events in clinical trials. The article considers the strengths and limitations of two methods designed to evaluate inappropriate medication use events – Misuse, Abuse, and Diversion Drug Event Reporting System (MADDERS) and Self-Reported Misuse, Abuse, and Diversion (SR-MAD) -- with recommended considerations for further development and current implementation. The American Pain Society, which publishes the Journal of Pain, highlighted the journal club selection on Twitter.



Dr. Pisharoty Publishes in Anesthesiology News

October 23, 2017

APDr. Anil Pisharoty’s article, “Safety and Regulation of Surgery and Anesthesia in the Office-Based Setting in the United States” was published in the October 2017 issue of Anesthesiology News.  The article describes the process by which an office surgery center becomes accredited.  Maintenance of accreditation is also explained.  In addition, the economic factors that bear upon the viability of the operation of an office surgery center are reviewed.