News & Events
Dr. Sergiy Nadtochiy to recieve the URSMD Alumni Association Gold Medal Award
June 12, 2018
Congratulations to Dr. Sergiy Nadtochiy who is the recipient of the URSMD Alumni Association Gold Medal Award, which is an award presented to a faculty member based entirely on student nominations and student votes. He received a number of nominations and an overwhelming majority of the votes. The Gold Medal Award was established in 1952 by the URSMD Alumni Association to pay tribute to members of the faculty for "recognition of integrity, inspiring teaching, and devotion to medical students".
Dr Nadtochiy will be presented with the award at the URSMD Convocation Ceremony on Tuesday September 6th at 4PM in the Class of ‘62 Auditorium
Dr. Gewandter selected to attend the 2018 Early Career Women Faculty Leadership Development Seminar
June 1, 2018
Dr. Gewandter has been selected to attend the AAMC Early Career Women Faculty Leadership Development Seminar this summer.
The three and a half-day seminar is designed for women physicians and scientists holding medical school appointments at the instructor or assistant professor level, and in the early stages of leadership positions within their discipline, department or institution. The seminar will present participants with a foundation for modeling leadership behavior and assist in creating individual leadership goals.
Dr. Karan Quoted in Reuters’ Article
May 30, 2018
Dr. Suzanne Karan is quoted in a Reuters’ article, “Naps during pregnancy may be linked with healthier birth weight”.
Dr. Papadakos Quoted in Hot Technology Special Outpatient Surgery Edition
May 17, 2018
Dr. Peter Papadakos was quoted in two sections (More ambulatory procedures under sedation and Wireless monitors) of the article, “What’s New in Anesthesia and Pain Control”, in the April 2018 Special Outpatient Surgery Edition of Hot Technology.
Anesthesiology Presents During Nurses Week
May 16, 2018
Renee Robinson, NP and Dr. Marjorie Gloff from the Center for Perioperative Medicine presented a poster during Nurse’s Week titled, “Multidisciplinary Pre-operative Anemia Management Reduces Red Blood Cell Transfusion in Elective Cardiac Surgical Patients”. Pictured with Renee is Dr. Alan Curle, Director Center for Perioperative Medicine.
Dr. Hirschfeld and Chima Recognized at National Conference
May 10, 2018
Matthew Hirschfeld MD and Adaora Chima MD were recognized by the SEA for their participation in the Peer Coaching Program at the 2018 Spring Meeting as a faculty presenter/facilitator during the session titled “Wellness: a work in progress”.
Dr. Wendy Bernstein was an Invited Speaker
May 9, 2018
Dr. Wendy Bernstein was an invited speaker at the ASA Simulation Education Network (SENS) Summit at ASA headquarters in Schaumberg IL in April. She has been appointed as the chair of the OSCE workgroup and also conducted a workshop on "Designing your OSCE: Trials and Tribulations."
Drs. Saran and Papadakos Cover Article in OR Nurses of Canada Journal
May 8, 2018
Dr. Jagroop Saran and Dr. Peter Papadakos published the cover article in the June 2018 issue of OR Nurses of Canada Journal (ORNAC). Titled, “Electronic Distraction in the Operating Room: A Major Safety Issue”, the authors discuss the high risk, complex, and rapidly changing environment of the OR which requires the utmost attention and vigilance from staff while caring for patients and how electronic distraction can cause errors which could result in patient harm.
Saran JS, Papadakos PJ. ORNAC J, 36(2) 12-18.
Dr. Dworkin Presents at PANDA-SmartTots Symposium
May 2, 2018
Robert Dworkin, PhD, presented an invited lecture at the PANDA (Pediatric Anesthesia Neurodevelopment Assessment) – SmartTots 2018 Symposium, held at Columbia University Medical Center, April 14-15, 2018. In his presentation on “Experiences of ACTTION: Engaging the Research Community,” Dr. Dworkin discussed what public-private partnerships can do to ensure the active collaboration and participation of multiple stakeholders -- including academic investigators, clinicians, national and international government agencies, industry, and patients – and to increase the contributions of such partnerships to the peer-reviewed research and clinical literature.
Drs Mark Williams, Denham Ward and Robert Dworkin publish in Anesthesia and Analgesia
April 20, 2018
Drs Mark Williams(not pictured), Denham Ward(not pictured) and Robert Dworkin along with former faculty Dr Amie Hoefnagel and former resident Dr Michael Nayshtut published their article "Efficacy Outcome Measures for Pediatric Procedural Sedation Clinical Trials: An ACTTION Systematic Review" in Anesthesia and Analgesia. The article reviews the current literature available for valid and reliable measures to assess procedural sedation in the pediatric population and provides a foundation for the development of core outcome measures that can be used in future clinical trials.
Williams MR, Nayshtut M, Hoefnagel A, McKeown A, Carlson DW, Cravero J, Lightdale J, Mason KP, Wilson S, Turk DC, Dworkin RH, Ward DS. Efficacy Outcome Measures for Pediatric Procedural Sedation Clinical Trials: An ACTTION Systematic Review. Anesth Analg. 2018 Mar;126(3):956-967.
Dr. Karimi published in anesthesia analgesia
April 18, 2018
Patients at High Risk for Obstructive Sleep Apnea Are at Increased Risk for Atrial Fibrillation After Cardiac Surgery: A cohort analysis.
Dr. Wojtovich and colleagues have manuscript accepted for publication
April 17, 2018
The article entitled “Use the protonmotive force: Mitochondrial uncoupling and reactive oxygen species” is in press and the proof is currently undergoing editing. The uncorrected proof is online at the following site: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0022283618301761
Dr. Pisharoty publishes in the April 2018 issue of Pain Medicine News
April 12, 2018
Dr. Pisharoty published an article entitled The Transversus Abdominal Plane Block, a Modality that is Rapidly Evolving from Managing Acute Postoperative Pain to Treating Chronic Abdominal Pain in the April 2018 issue of Pain Medicine News.
In the review article he cites a groundbreaking case report by Dr. Smith in 2014 of utilizing the transversus abdominis plane (TAP) block to treat acute on chronic pancreatitis pain.
Dr. Pisharoty and Dr. Smith are writing a book about the practical clinical management of abdominal pain. The book will outline both pharmacological and interventional approaches to treating various abdominal pain syndromes.
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Dr. Dworkin to Receive Eastern Pain Association’s Raymond Houde Award
April 10, 2018
Robert H. Dworkin, PhD, has been selected as the 2018 recipient of the Raymond Houde Lectureship Award from the Eastern Pain Association (EPA). Dr. Dworkin will be presented the award at the EPA annual meeting in New York City in October 2018. The award honors Raymond Houde, MD, who made landmark contributions to the development of analgesic medications and the design of analgesic clinical trials throughout a distinguished lifelong career at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. The award committee recognized Dr. Dworkin’s research on the treatment and prevention of chronic neuropathic and musculoskeletal pain and his efforts as Director of the ACTTION public-private partnership with the FDA and as Co-chair of the IMMPACT series of evidence-based recommendations for the design of pain clinical trials
Dr. Dworkin Publishes Article in Nature Reviews Neuroscience
April 9, 2018
Robert Dworkin, PhD, and Ted Price, PhD (University of Texas Dallas) have served as co-chairs of the Federal Pain Research Strategy working group on the Acute to Chronic Pain Transition. The working group has just published an article in Nature Reviews Neuroscience that presents recommendations for basic and clinical research on neurobiologic mechanisms of the transition from acute to chronic pain, on transition risk and protective factors, and on clinical trials of interventions predicted to prevent chronic pain.
The reference for the article is: Price TJ, Basbaum AI, Bresnahan J, Chambers JF, De Koninck Y, Edwards RR, Ji RR, Katz J, Kavelaars A, Levine JD, Porter L, Schechter N, Sluka KA, Terman GW, Wager TD, Yaksh TL, Dworkin RH. Transition to chronic pain: opportunities for the development of novel therapeutics. Nature Reviews Neuroscience, in press.
Drs. S. Smith and Dworkin publish in Journal of Pain
March 30, 2018
An article comparing the assay sensitivity of average pain intensity (API) and worst pain intensity (WPI) by Drs. Shannon Smith and Robert Dworkin, UR medical student Andrew Pan, and colleagues has been accepted to the Journal of Pain. Although API is frequently used as the primary efficacy outcome measure in randomized controlled trials (RCTs) of pain treatments, recent guidance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration advises the use of WPI as the primary outcome measure. This systematic review and meta-analysis explores whether evidence from RCTs testing low back pain, osteoarthritis pain, fibromyalgia, diabetic peripheral neuropathy pain, and postherpetic neuralgia treatments published between 1980 to 2016 support the use of either API or WPI. The results of this research suggest that, depending on the objectives of a particular study, either API or WPI could be used as the primary efficacy outcome measure in RCTs for the chronic pain conditions included in this analysis.
Smith SM, Jensen MP, He H, Kitt R, Koch J, Pan A, Burke LB, Farrar JT, McDermott MP, Turk DC, Dworkin RH. A comparison of the assay sensitivity of average and worst pain intensity in pharmacologic trials: an ACTTION systematic review and meta-analysis. J Pain, in press.
Dr. Papadakos In The News
March 29, 2018
Dr. Peter Papadakos is serving as a grant reviewer for ZonMW Netherlands Organization for Health Research and Development for respiratory physiology and mechanical ventilation.
Dr. Papadakos Quoted in Beckers Hospital Review
March 28, 2018
Dr. Peter Papadakos was quoted in an article published in Beckers Hospital Review, titled, “6 EHR pitfalls physicians should watch out for to avoid ‘legal misadventures’.” The article discusses the rapid integration of EHRs into America’s health system which “occurred with little insight from providers, causing unforeseen shortcomings that have compromised productivity and the patient-physician relationship.”
Dr. Dworkin Contributes to National Academy of Medicine Proceedings
March 26, 2018
Robert Dworkin, PhD, served on the planning committee for and contributed to the recently-released National Academy of Medicine proceedings on “Advancing Therapeutic Development for Pain and Opioid Use Disorders through Public-Private Partnerships.” Dr. Dworkin’s contributions emphasize the importance of conducting research on risk factors for the transition from acute to chronic pain; launching clinical trials to test interventions to prevent chronic pain; and establishing a network of well-trained academic sites to conduct randomized clinical trials of acute and chronic pain treatments in children and adults. The report also highlights the Analgesic, Anesthetic, and Addiction Clinical Trial Translations, Innovations, Opportunities, and Networks (ACTTION) public-private partnership with the FDA, of which Dr. Dworkin serves as Director.
Dr. Papadakos Publishes Commentary in Anesthesiology News
March 18, 2018
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
Dr. 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
Dr. 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
Dr. Joseph Dooley – “Randomized, Double-Blind Clinical Study Evaluating Efficacy of Intravenous versus Enteric Acetaminophen in Donor Nephrectomy and Robot-Assisted Laparoscopic Nephrectomy Patients”
Dr. Daryl Smith – “Development of the Remote Control Injection System (RCIS) for Regional Anesthesia Procedures”
Drs. 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
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
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
Drs. 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
Dr. 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
Dr. 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
Dr. 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
Oren 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
Dr. 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
Drs. 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: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/anae.14103/full
Smith SM, Dworkin RH. Prospective clinical trial registration: not sufficient, but always necessary. Anaesthesia 2018; 73: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/anae.14189/full
Pandit JJ, Klein AA. Journal response: prospective clinical trial registration – desirable, but not necessary. Anaesthesia 2018; 73: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/anae.14198/full
Dr. Papadakos’ Book Reviewed in Anesthesia & Analgesia
January 2, 2018
Dr. 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
Richard 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
Jennifer 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 Gastrointestinal 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
Wendy 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
Dr. 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
Robert 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.
- 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
Dr. 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
An 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
Dr. 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.