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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



November 6th, 2020

Dr. Wojtczak presents during the ASA virtual annual meeting.

Enclosed are the posters presented and the comments of the participants.

Videolaryngoscope On Demand for Pediatric Patients with Abnormal Airway Poster

Echogenic 3-D Printed Laryngeal Mask Airways for Ultrasonic and Mini-endoscopic Guidance Poster

October 28th, 2020

Dr. Karan Published in Pain and Therapy

Dr. Karan

Dr. Suzanne Karan has published a journal article along with Lynn R. Webster entitled:

“The Physiology and Maintenance of Respiration: A Narrative Review.”


OR Management News: Featuring Dr. PJ Papadakos

Dr. Papadakos


Dr. PJ Papadakos has coauthored an article with Bob Kronemyer for OR Management News entitled:

V Vitamin C, Ozone Shown Effective Against COVID-19


September 1st, 2020

Dr. Heng Lin Wins Outstanding Postdoctoral Mentor Award

Dr. Lin

Dr. Heng Lin in the department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine is this year’s recipient of the Outstanding Postdoctoral Mentor Award. This annual award, which was established in 2012, recognizes a postdoctoral fellow who is committed to the process of guiding, supporting and promoting the training and career development of others. Dr. Lin was honored with this award as he exemplifies what it means to be a teacher and mentor.  Indeed, he is an engaged and caring leader and advisor who is committed to supporting the intellectual and scientific development of the others in his lab group.  Congratulations Dr. Lin!












August 28th, 2020

Dr. Glance Publishes Article in Circulation

Dr. GlanceDr. Glance will have the article “Considerations for Reduction of Risk of Perioperative Stroke in Adult Patients Undergoing Cardiac and Thoracic Aortic Operations: A Scientific Statement From the American Heart Association” in an upcoming issue is Circulation.

 Congratulations, Dr. Glance!

Dr. Andres Laserna Published in Intensive Care Medicine

Dr. Laserna

Dr. Andres Laserna recently published the article “Pain management during the withholding of and withdrawal of life support in critically ill patients at the end of life; a systematic review and meta-analysis” in the August, 2020 issue of Intensive Care Medicine.

Congratulations, Dr. Laserna!

COVID Research: PJ Papadakos

Dr. Papadakos

Dr. Papadakos has collaborated with colleagues in Spain and Canada on COVID therapy research.

Ozone Therapy for Patients with SARS-COV-2 Pneumonia: A Single-Center Prospective Cohort Study

Hernandez A,  Viñals M, Pablos A,  Vilás F, Papadakos PJ,  Wijeysundera D, and  Vives M.


August 20th, 2020

Drs. Karan, Glance & Nadler Publish Editorial in Anesthesiology

Dr. GlanceDr. KaranDr. NadlerDr. Jacob Nadler, Dr. Suzanne Karan, and Dr. Laurent Glance have been published in the August issue of Anesthesiology.

“Preoperative Screening for Obstructive Sleep Apnea to Improve Long Term Outcomes”

Congratulations Dr. Nadler, Dr. Karan, and Dr. Glance!


August 13th, 2020

Spotlight on Dr. Papadakos: COVID-19

Dr. PapadakosDr. Papadakos was recently featured in London Globe and Mail on massive oxygen demand in the world due to COVID. He was also on Good Morning America (ABC) speaking on national supply of oxygen.

Dr. Papadakos publication on COVID 19 adjuvant therapy with former post doctoral fellow Alberto Hernandez and colleagues in Spain.

Two Known Therapies Could Be Useful as Adjuvant Therapy in Critical Patients Infected by COVID-19 - PubMed

Dr. Papadakos work on national ventilation training course:


August 10th, 2020

Dr. Davis Published in International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology

Dr. Davis

Dr. Michael Davis was recently published in the International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology  for the article:

Drug-induced sleep endoscopy findings in surgically- naïve obese vs non-obese children

Sarah Lookabaugh MD; Margo McKenna, MD, FACS; Sveta Karelsky, MD; Michael Davis, MD; Amanda Didas, PA; Paul Allen, PhD; John Faria, MD


August 7th, 2020

Dr. Wissler Serving as President of NYSSA for 2020

Dr. Wissler

Richard N. Wissler, MD, PhD, FASA is serving as President of the New York State Society of Anesthesiologists in 2020.

The 3,600 member professional organization is dedicated to patient safety, professional education and advocacy.

Congratulations Dr. Wissler!

Dr. Papadakos Publishes New Paper

Dr. PapadakosDr. PJ Papadakos and Colleagues from Portugal, Egypt, India, Turkey, China, Canada, Poland, Germany, Italy, Spain and the US published a paper:

Non-Invasive Ventilation in Patients with a altered level of consciousness. A clinical review and practice


August 4th, 2020

Congratulations to Wendy Bernstein, MD, MBA, FASA, FAMWA, for winning the Distinguished Educator in Anesthesiology Award from the ASA and SEA

Dr. Bernstein

"Your contributions to advancing anesthesiology education are recognized by the American Society of Anesthesiologists and the Society for Education in Anesthesia you have received the Distinguished Educator in Anesthesiology award!  You are part of a select group of anesthesiologists who are doing an outstanding job of advancing patient care through education, and we are honored to count you among the recipients. ASA and SEA leadership thank you for your good work and applaud your efforts.”

Mary D. Peterson, MD, FASA  - President, ASA

Karen J. Souter, MB, BS, FRCA, MACM – President SEA

Dr. Wojtczak Presenting at 2020 ASA

Dr. WojtczakDr. Jacek Wojtczak will presenting the following three abstracts virtually at this year's ASA meeting in Washington.

Videolaryngoscope On Demand for Pediatric Patients with Abnormal Airway

Echogenic 3-D Printed Laryngeal Mask Airways for Ultrasonic and Mini-endoscopic Guidance

- "Drowned Airway" - New Method of Endotracheal Intubation


July 3rd, 2020

Dr. Eaton Published in Anesthesia and Analgesia

Dr. Eaton

Dr. Michael Eaton’s manuscript entitled, "High dose Dabigatran is an effective anticoagulant for simulated cardiopulmonary bypass using human blood” has been accepted for publishing in Anesthesia & Analgesia.

 Congratulations Dr. Eaton!

Dr. Gail Johnson Wins NIH Grant

Dr. Johnson

Congratulations to Dr. Gail Johnson & Dr. Keith Nehrke!

They have been awarded a MPI research grant from National Institutes of Health that is fully funded for 5 years.

Dr. Karan Published in Anesthesia and Analgesia

Dr. Karan

Dr. Suzanne Karan’s manuscript entitled, "Interview Data Highlights Importance of "Same-State" on Anesthesiology Residency Match“ has been accepted for publishing in Anesthesia & Analgesia.

 Congratulations Dr. Karan!


June 5th, 2020

Dr. Wojtovich Invited To Join Editorial Board

Dr. Wojtovich

Dr. Andrew Wojtovich has been invited and now serves on the editorial board of the journal Redox Biology.

Redox Biology is one of the top journals in the redox field with an impact factor ~7.7.

Congratulations, Andrew!

Congratulations to Renee Robinson DNP

Dr. RobinsonRenee Robinson, DNP, RN, FNP-BC was conferred her Doctorate of Nursing Practice degree from the University of Rochester’s School of Nursing on May 15th, 2020.  Dr. Robinson completed her studies with the defense of her project entitled: Supporting Patient Engagement in a Perioperative Surgical Home for Children with Chronic Complex Conditions: Development and Implementation of  a “P.R.E.O.P.” Protocol on March 23rd, 2020.  Dr. Robinson has been a leading force and visionary at the Center for Perioperative Medicine for over the past 10 years, now serving as it’s Associate Medical Director.  The Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine would like to share its whole-hearted congratulations on a job well done!


May 20th, 2020

Dr. Matthew Hirschfeld Receives SEAD Grant

Dr. Hirschfeld

Dr. Matthew Hirschfeld received the Society for Education in Anesthesia SEAD Grant for his proposal titled “Using Resident Confessions to Construct a Conceptual Model of Resident Professional Identity Formation.” Dr. Suzanne Karan is the mentor of the study and  Dr. Adaora Chima, MBBS, a graduating CA3 and Shufang Dong, PhD contributed to the research proposal.

Congratulations, Dr. Hirschfeld!


May 19th, 2020

Dr. Laurent Glance Published in Health Affairs

Dr. GlanceDr. Laurent Glance along with Caroline P. Thirukumaran, Yue Li, Shan Gao and Andrew Dick have been published in the May issue of Health Affairs.

"Improving the Accuracy of Hospital Quality Ratings by Focusing on the Association Between Volume and Outcome”

Dr. Lander Named FLGEC Fellow

Dr. Heather Lander has been named a Geriatric Faculty Scholar by the Finger Lakes Geriatric Education Center (FLGEC) and the Division of Geriatrics and Aging.

This highly competitive HRSA-funded Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP) Grant will provide support and mentorship to Dr. Lander in her goal to spearhead geriatric education initiatives and improve geriatric care across the perioperative care continuum.


May 11th, 2020

Dr. Melissa Kreso Named as a Fellow of the American Society of Anesthesiologists.

 ​​Dr. KresonDr. Melissa Kreso named as a Fellow of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (FASA) designation.

The FASA designation is ASA’s highest acknowledgment that recognizes years of dedication to exceptional education, leadership and commitment to the specialty.

 ASA Active Members who meet specific qualifications and criteria are invited to apply for the FASA designation.

Congratulations Dr. Kreso!

Dr. Papadakos Participates In Stroke Study
Dr. Papadakos

Dr. Papadakos participated in a study published in Stroke, with great appreciation for the help of our excellent research team:

Carlson AP, et al. Single-Dose Intraventricular Nimodipine Microparticles Versus Oral Nimodipine for Aneurysmal Subarachnoid Hemorrhage. (collaborator) Stroke. 2020; 51(4): 1142-1149 PMID 32138631​


April 24th, 2020

Dr. Correll Awarded Research Grant

The Clinical Research Committee has announced this year’s winning proposals for Goldstein Grant funding.

Lynnie Correll, MD PhD and Susan Nelson, MD MPH: Development of an Integrative Medicine Perioperative Program to Address Stressors Amongst Adolescents Undergoing Orthopedic Surgery: A Pilot Study

UR Heroes & iCARE Star

CPM TeamThe Center for Perioperative Medicine Team (CPM) is so wonderful, and all quickly rose to the challenge! They have taken on a new direction in order to assist the priorities of our great institution! This amazing team began participating in the perioperative  COVID-19 testing for URMC, and did so with such positivity. Thank you so much to our CPM Team – I’m so grateful for you all, and he incredible work you are doing!

 ~ Renee, A Grateful Associate Director


April 13th, 2020

Dr. Correll Awarded Research Grant

Dr. Correll’s submission, “Development of an Integrative Medicine Perioperative Program to Address Stressors Amongst Adolescents Undergoing Orthopedic Surgery: A Pilot Study” has been awarded the $1500 Research Grant from the Section on Integrative Medicine.

As part of the award Dr. Claudia Morris, Program Chair, Section on Integrative Medicine has invited her to attend the upcoming Section on Integrative Medicine session in October at the AAP NCE in San Diego.


April 8th, 2020

Dr. Papadakos Published In Currents

Dr. PapadakosDr Papadakos published in Currents the newsletter of Neurocritical Care Society on how the international medical community has joined the battle to combat COVID-19. Protocols, guidelines, literature and research are being shared across the globe to rapidly unpack on patient care and safe life’s.


March 17th, 2020

Dr. Papadakos Publishes Article For Neurocritical Care Society

 Dr. Papadakos



Dr. PJ Papadakos has published an article for Neurocritical Care Society Currents: Neurocritical Care Insights and Perspectives from Around the World entitled:

 Walking on Thin Ice on Blood Thinners

 Please follow the link to find out how you can use extra precaution:


March 10th, 2020

Recognition From The Office for Human Subject Protection

Research QI 'Gold Star' Award

The QI division is recognizing Adam Carinci, MD, Tammy Ortiz, Nancy Robertson, and Janet Vaughan for their quality work on 'A Prospective, Multi-center, Randomized, Assesor Blind, Controlled Study Comparing Lateral Branch Cooled Radiofrequency Denervation to Conservative Therapy as Treatment for Sacroiliac Joint Pain in a Military and Civilian Population'. This vibrant study team is part of the Anesthesia Clinical Research Center in the Department of Anesthesiology and Peri-Operative Medicine. They received the OHSP-QI 'Gold Star' award for demonstrating attention to regulatory compliance/protocol adherence, good consenting processes and Investigator oversight, and high quality, organized study documentation. Congratulations!

Dr. Nadler Recognized by the Canadian Journal of Anesthesia

Dr. NadlerDr. Jacob Nadler was recognized by the Canadian Journal of Anesthesia as one of the Top 10 Mentioned & Top 10 Downloaded Articles in 2019 with his article entitled:

 Nadler JW, Quinn TD, Bennett-Guerrero E. "Can anesthesiologists affect cancer outcomes?" Canadian journal of anaesthesia = Journal canadien d'anesthe?sie.. 2019 Feb 25; Epub 2019 Feb 25

 Dr. Nadler's work has contributed to the growing success of the Canadian Journal of Anesthesia including over 1.2 million downloads in 2019, and a growing Impact Factor of 3.4.

Congratulations Dr. Nadler!

Medical Students Select Inspiring Leaders

Each year the School of Medicine and Dentistry, Offices for Medical Education reach out to the current medical students to identify someone who has inspired them during the academic year. This year, multiple staff were recognized from Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine.

 Please join Dr. Michael Eaton in congratulating:

  Dr. Wendy Bernstein

  Dr. Kenneth Cheng

  Dr. Sergiy Nadtochiy

 Dr. Karen Ren

 Your significant and meaningful contributions have encouraged a deeply gratifying educational experience for our medical students. Bravo!

Kessler Trauma Team Receives Medical Center Board Excellence Award

The Kessler Trauma team makes up the region’s only Level 1 Trauma Center including a comprehensive, interdisciplinary group that cares for injured patients in their journey to recovery. This team has led many innovative programs in prevention, including the Stop the Bleed program, which teaches lifesaving bleeding control skills through partnerships with the YMCA and Wegmans. In addition, the team performs distracted driving education with local school districts and started a new program in 2019 to reduce falls and injuries among the elderly in the Matter of Balance course. The trauma patient population presents many unique challenges, and the team provides ICARE values and compassionate care to all patients. From injury prevention to perfecting resuscitation techniques and improving patient outcomes, the members of the Trauma team represent excellence in all aspects of care.

Kessler Trauma Team Board Excellence Award Winners:

Nicole Acquisto       
Shirita Beard
Ondrea Carpentieri
Becky Chatt
Julius Cheng
Tammy Cullen
Kate Dellonte
Stephanie Fitzgerald
Mark Gestring
Leah Green
Bill Hallinan
Angela Iacchetta
James Klezmer

Brent LaRiccia
Frank Manzo
Ryan Moar
Peter Papadakos
Jake Privitera
Yanjie Qi
Debra Roberts
Nicole Stassen
Brooke Streiff
Samantha Thompson
Tina VanWie
Margaret Vercruysse
Donna Wiederhold

Dr. Papadakos Part of Award Winning Team

Dr. PapadakosDr. PJ Papadakos participated in the Annual award program of the Board of Directors of the Medical Center. He was a member of Trauma Team, Kessler Burn and Trauma Center which won one of the 6 team awards for excellence.  Dr. Papadakos has been active in managing trauma at the medical center since his arrival in 1988.

Dr. Joel Kent Receives Robert Joynt Kindness Award

Dr. Kent

Joel Kent, M.D. Professor, Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine Patients with chronic pain often have significant psychosocial issues that require an empathetic and caring approach. Joel Kent delivers medicine and care of the highest order. Joel is renowned as an exemplary, kind and thoughtful caregiver. As program director for the Pain Medicine Fellowship, Joel passes these virtues on to a new generation of physicians. Joel sees palliative care and pain patients, and his kindness and sensitivity are consistently mentioned by everyone who interacts with him. In a department of more than 200 clinicians who care for patients at their most vulnerable moments, Joel stands out as an example of kind, thoughtful and empathetic care extending to every patient and colleague.

Dr. PJ Papadakos Invited Speaker at 38th Annual International Symposium

Dr. PapadakosDr. PJ Papadakos was a invited speaker at the 38th Annual International Symposium: Clinical Update in Anesthesiology, Surgery and Perioperative Medicine January 19th to 24th St Kitts West Indies.  Sponsored by the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. His lecture was entitled Electronic Distraction of the Operating Room Staff.

Dr. PJ Papadakos named the incoming Chair of The Board of Medical Advisors of the American Association for Respiratory Care AARC.

Dr. Papadakos

The board provides medical input and advise to the Association and the Profession of Respiratory Care in the US.

The board is made up of representatives of the American College of Chest Physicians, American Society of Anesthesiologists, American Thoracic Society, American Academy of Pediatrics, American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, Society of Critical Care Medicine, National Association for Medical Direction of Respiratory Care, The US Military and the Veterans Administration.

Dr Papadakos was also named to the Board of Directors of the AARC at the annual meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana on November 10, 2019.

Drs. Papadakos and Smith Serve as Faculty at 65th International AARC Congress

Drs. Smith and PapadakosDr Daryl Smith and PJ Papadakos served as faculty at the 65th International AARC Congress at the Ernest N Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, LA. November 9-12 2019. 

Dr Smith presented a lecture The Role of the Respiratory Therapist in the Pain Clinic which shared the pioneering work on the collaboration of Anesthesiology and Respiratory Care managing complex patients with complex respiratory diseases undergoing surgery under blocks and Non Invasive Ventilation at the university of Rochester.

Dr Papadakos moderated the session of EMR: Ongoing Success Post-Implementation is Possible.

Dr. Jacek Wojtczak Presents at ASA

Dr. Jacek Wojtczak presented oral and posters at the American Society of Anesthesiologists Annual Meeting, October 2019 in Orlando.  Presentations were:

  • Videolaryngoscope on Demand. A1015 (oral)
  • Full Stomach Cadaver Model to Teach Gastric Ultrasound. A4147 (oral)
  • Cricoid versus Paralaryngeal Pressures in Full Stomach Cadavers. A2066 (poster)
  • Rescue Nasal Jet Ventilation with Cricoid or Paralaryngeal Pressures to Prevent Gastric Distension.  A2030 (poster)
  • Preoperative Photo/Video Aided Dental Exam using Mini-Endoscopes.  A3081 (poster)

Dr. Papadakos Co-Authors Position Paper

Dr. Papadakos

Dr. Peter Papadakos, along with colleagues from Italy, India, USA, Turkey, Greece, Portugal, Spain, Germany, United Kingdom, Brazil, Lebanon, Switzerland and Australia, published a position paper in Anesthesiology Intensive Therapy, titled “Non-Invasive ventilation during surgery under neuraxial anesthesia: a pathophysiological perspective on application and systematic literature review.”

Corcione N, Ho KM, Mina BA, Pisano A, Dikmen Y, Kondili E, Nicolini A, Fiorentino, Caldeira V, Ubeda A, Papadakos P, Wittenstein J, Singh S, Sovani MP, Panda CK, Tani C, Khatib MI, Perren A, Karim HR, and Esquinas AM.  Non-Invasive ventilation during surgery under neuraxial anesthesia: a pathophysiological perspective on application and systematic literature review.  Anesthesiology Intensive Therapy. Epub ahead of print October 16, 2019. PMID 316161793

Neurocritical Care Team Presents at Annual Meeting

Dr. Papadakos

Dr. RobertsAt the 17th annual meeting of the Society of Neurocritical Care held at the Vancouver Convention Centre, Vancouver, British Columbia, Dr. Peter Papadakos, Dr. Debra Roberts (shown in photos), 8-1200 midlevel provider, Jenna Gonillo-Davis, NP, and 8-1200 nurse, Catherine Gargantuan, RN participated as follows.

Dr. Roberts and Ms. Gargantuan gave a talk, “Building a Quality Improvement Program in the NICU”, Dr. Papadakos gave a lecture, “The Effect of Digitalization of Medicine on Provider Professionalism and Patient Safety”, Ms. Gonillo-Davis served as faculty in the Workshop, The Role of Advanced Practice Providers, and Dr. Papadakos served as poster professor for the section, Seizures/EEG, CNS Infections, and Inflammatory Process.

Dr. Roberts served on the Societies Quality Committee, and Dr. Papadakos served on the Advocacy Committee and participated in the Editorial Board Meeting of both the journal and newsletter.

Dr. Laserna Published in Critical Care Medicine

Dr. LasernaCongratulations to Dr. Laserna for his recent publication featured in the November 2019 issue of the Critical Care Medicine.

Clinical Practice Guidelines and Consensus Statements About Pain Management in Critically III End-of-Life Patients: A Systematic Review.

Durán-Crane, Alejandro; Laserna, Andrés; López-Olivo, María A.; Cuenca, John A.; Díaz, Diana Paola; Cardenas, Yenny Rocío; Urso, Catherine; O’Connell, Keara; Azimpoor, Kian; Fowler, Clara; Price, Kristen J.; Sprung, Charles L.; Nates, Joseph L. Less  Critical Care Medicine. 47(11):1619-1626

Dr. Kreso Elected Associate Chair of Medical Faculty Council

Dr. Kreso

Congratulations to Dr. Melissa Kreso who was recently elected Associate Chair for the Medical Faculty Council of URMC .  She will serve as Associate Chair for the 2019 – 2020 academic year before assuming her role as Chair in 2020.

Dr. Papadakos Publishes in Neurocritical Care

Dr. Papadakos

Dr. Peter Papadakos published the article, “Intervascular Line Infections: Can We Prevent Them? Bring on the Team!”, in the online Sept. 27th issue of Neurocritical Care.

Published 27 2019 PMID 31562597

Drs. Bernstein and Nadtochiy Win Faculty Mentoring Awards

Dr. BernsteinCongratulations to Sergiy Nadtochiy, PhD, for winning the Commendations for First Year Teaching Award and congratulations to Wendy Bernstein, MD, MBA, FASA, for winning the Faculty Academic Mentoring Award at the SMD Opening Convocation on September 4!

Dr. Papadakos Symposium Speaker

Dr. PapadakosDr. Peter Papadakos was a guest faculty at the Golisano Children’s Hospital High Frequency Ventilation Symposium at the Center for Experiential Learning University of Rochester on Sept. 6th.  His presentation was on the “History of Ventilation”.  Neonatal physicians, pediatric faculty, pediatric nurses, and respiratory therapists participated in the day-long symposium that included an animal lab to learn about high frequency ventilation and other modes of mechanical ventilation.

Drs. Papadakos and Ingam Contribute Book Chapter

Dr. Peter Papadakos and Dr. Tiffany Ingham have contributed a book chapter, “Digital Distraction” in a textbook published by the Neurocritical Care Society.  The book is entitled, Legal and Ethical Issues in Neurocritical Care A Practical Guide to Deal with Clinical Complexes.

Dr. Gewandter receives NCI funding to study the effects of TENS on CIPN.

Dr. Gewandter

The R21, entitled “Wireless transcutaneous electrical stimulation (TENS) for chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy: A phase II randomized clinical trial,” will support a multi-site clinical trial to be run through the NCI Community Oncology Research Program. The effects of TENS on CIPN will be evaluated using patient-reported outcome measures, functional exams, and explore the potential mechanism of action of the therapy.

Dr. Papadakos Commentary in Currents

Dr. Papadakos

Dr. Peter Papadakos’ commentary, “Neurocritical Units Partner with First Responders”, was featured in the 8/12/19 Blog Viewer – Currents, the online blog of the Neurocritical Care Society.

The suggestion is that neurocritical care staff should partner and work closely with first responders as the staff can bring much to these agencies and their educational programs in the community by providing experts that can work with them.

Dr. Papadakos Co-Authors Narrative Review

Dr. Papadakos

Dr. Peter Papadakos co-authored with colleagues from Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Turkey, Canada, Lebanon and India, a narrative review, “Non-Invasive Ventilation in Palliative Care”, published in Edizioni Minerva Medica.  The review should improve end of life in patients around the world.

De Teran TD, Barbagelata E, Cilloniz C, Nicolini A, Perazzo T, Perren A, Serin S, Scharffenberg M, Florentino G, Zaccagnini M, El-Khatib M, Papadakos PJ, Karim HMR, Solidoro P, and Esquinas A.  Non-Invasive Ventilation in Palliative Care. A narrative review. Edizioni Minerva Medica accepted published on line July 30 2019. PMID 31359741.

Dr. Webber Visiting Professor at University of Iowa

Dr. Webber

Dr. Audra Webber was the Visiting Professor on August 6th at the University of Iowa Department of Anesthesiology where she gave a Grand Rounds presentation, “The obese pediatric patient:  Trials, tribulations, tips and tricks”.

Dr. Wojtczak International Visiting Professor and Editorial Co-Author

Dr. Wojtczak

Dr. Jacek Wojtczak was a Visiting Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology, University of Warsaw, Poland.

He has also co-authored an editorial in the April 2019 Journal of Clinical Monitoring and Computing titled, “Laryngeal mask airway and the enigma of anatomical sizing”.

Drs. Smith & N-H Tran Article in Journal of Pain Research Surpasses 2,100 Views

Drs. Smith and Tran

An article written by Drs. Daryl I. Smith, Nobuyuki-Hai Tran and Mr. Reefat Aziz and published in 2018 has recently passed the 2100 reader mark. The paper, entitled: “Non-inferiority trial of a pedal controlled injection device: a step toward enhancing patient safety and operator independence during neural blockade”, was published in the Journal of Pain Research and is the product of a Seed Grant awarded to the group by the Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine.

The group would like to thank Dr. Michael Eaton and Dr. Laurent Glance for approving the funding.

Congratulations Dr. Glance, et al!

Anesthesiology CoverCongratulations to Dr. Glance et al for their recent publication featured on the cover of the August 2019 issue of Anesthesiology with accompanying editorial, infographic, and podcast.

Measuring Childbirth Outcomes Using Administrative and Birth Certificate Data.

Glance LG, Hasley S, Glantz JC, Stevens TP, Faden E, Kreso MA, Pyne SG, Wissler RN, Fichter J, Gloff MS, Dick AW.

Anesthesiology. 2019 Aug;131(2):238-253. doi: 10.1097/ALN.0000000000002759.

PMID: 31094750

Anesthesiology Department to Celebrate 50 Years at the URMC

Join us as we celebrate 50 years of education, clinical care, and research in Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center.

Drs. Gewandter, Dworkin, Smith, and Ward publish in Neurology

The article provides an overview of the content of published clinician-rated sign measures of peripheral neuropathy. The article can be used as a resource to help researchers determine which measures are most applicable to the condition they are studying.

Clinician-rated measures for distal symmetrical axonal polyneuropathy: ACTTION systematic review. Gewandter JS, Gibbons CH, Campagnolo M,  Lee J, Chaudari J, Ward N, MDa, Burke L, Cavaletti G, Herrmann DN, McArthur JC, Russell JW, Smith AG, Smith SM, Turk DC, Dworkin RH, Freeman R. Neurology, Epub Ahead of Print.

Dr. GewandterDr. Dworkin

Dr. Ward

Dr. Smith

Drs. Dworkin and Gewandter Invited To Present Work to FDA

Drs. Gewandter and Dworkin invited to the FDA to present their work on heterogeneity of treatment effects.

Dr. Papadakos Speaker a FL Society of Ambulatory Centers

Dr. Papadakos

Dr. Peter Papadakos was a guest speaker at the Florida Society of Ambulatory Centers Annual Meeting, Coloring Outside the Lines, at Lowes Sapphire Falls Resort at Universal Orlando July 17-19.

He presented two lectures:  “Digital Distraction of Health Care Workers Effects Patient Safety and Professionalism” and “Bad Behavior-Violence, Sexual Harassment and Other Disruptive Actions in Your ASC”.

Drs. Pyne, Gloff and Kreso Members of LEAN Team Award 



Drs. Sonia Pyne, Marj Gloff and Melissa Kreso were part of the Ambulatory Surgical Center team that won the silver award for 2019 LEAN Performance Excellence: Most Valuable Team.  Congratulations! 

Dr. Carinci Presents at Therapeutics Day Conference

Dr. Carinci

Dr. Adam Carinci presented on “Emerging Issues in Pain Therapeutics” at the 7th Annual Therapeutics Day Conference held at Harvard Medical School on July 9, 2019 in Boston, MA.  The conference was attended by a diverse group of academics, investors, and biopharma executives and focused on novel medications and interventions in the healthcare space with particular focus on pain therapeutics.

Dr. Lyons’ Article in ASA Monitor

Dr. Lyons

Dr. David Lyons’ article, “Getting the Most When Designing a Hybrid OR”, appears in the July 2019 issue of the ASA Monitor, the newsletter of the American Society of Anesthesiologists.  Dr. Lyons is a member of the ASA Committee on Equipment and Facilities.

Dr. Kreso Chosen for Mid-Career Women’s Program

Dr. Kreso

Dr. Melissa Kreso has been accepted to the URMC/Susan B. Anthony Center Women’s Faculty Development Program, Developing From Within:  Exploring and Enhancing Choices for Mid-Career Women.  Her letter of notification states that her “acceptance in this program reflects her hard work and accomplishments as well as her commitment to growing as a leader.”

Congratulations, Dr. Kreso!!

Dr. Dworkin Receives Award from International Association for the Study of Pain

Dr. DworkinRobert Dworkin, PhD, is the 2020 recipient of the John D. Loeser Award from the International Association for the Study of Pain. The award "recognizes outstanding contributions to the pain field and is intended to create a tradition that instructs, inspires, and challenges clinicians and researchers to understand human pain, and the suffering it produces, in the broadest ways possible." IASP President Lars Arendt-Nielsen said "I am thrilled to recognize Dr. Robert Dworkin with this distinguished honor. Dr. Dworkin's work embodies the spirit of this award and his research and other efforts have contributed to improving efficiency and transparency of information within the pain community resulting in better science and improved patient outcomes." The complete announcement can be found here:

Drs. Davis, Correll, Bracken and Borovcanin Win 1st Place Award at 5th Annual Lawrence Educational Symposium

Drs. Borovcanin, Davis, Correll and BrackenRecipients of the First Award – 5th Lawrence Educational Symposium are:  Drs. Michael Davis, Lynnie Correll, Donna Bracken, and Zana Borovcanin.  The title of their abstract/poster was:  “The Pediatric Multidisciplinary Difficult Airway Course: An Innovation in Airway Education”, and won first place for its focus on improving patient safety.

The Pediatric Multidisciplinary Difficult Airway Course brings together trainee and attending physicians from four different pediatric disciplines (Anesthesiology, Otolaryngology, Emergency Medicine and Pediatric Critical Care) to explore, discuss, and practice advanced airway management techniques in the pediatric population.  This course is the didactic portion of the newly approved Pediatric Difficult Airway Response Team (P-DART) which will begin in its full capacity this summer.

Dr. Papadakos Visiting Professor at Zucker Northwell SOM

Dr. Papadakos

Dr. Peter Papadakos was the Visiting Professor at the Zucker Northwell School of Medicine on Long Island, May 6-7, 2019.  He gave the resident conference on Monday on the topic, “Physiology of the Lung with Mechanical Ventilation”.  His Grand Rounds talk on Tuesday was, “Digital Distraction: Its Implications in the Professionalism and the Law”.

Book Reaches Major Milestone

Dr. Gest

Dr. Peter Papadakos and Dr. Mark Gestring’s book, Encyclopedia of Trauma Care, has reached a major milestone.  It has been downloaded 220,000 times worldwide, making it one of the most popular references in surgery.

Dr. Papadakos Guest at Canadian Society of Respiratory Care Education Conference

Dr. PapadakosDr. Peter Papadakos participated at the 55th Annual Canadian Society of Respiratory Care Education Conference at the Sheraton on the Falls, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada.

He also attended the Editorial Board Meeting for the Canadian Journal of Respiratory Care, which he has served on for many years.  He awarded the prize for the best abstract by a student at the awards banquet.  The award is named in Dr. Papadakos’ honor for the many years he has supported the education of respiratory therapists in Canada and for his many contributions to the field internationally.

Congratulations Dr. Wendy Bernstein!

Dr. BernsteinDr. Bernstein has been chosen to receive the 2019 School of Medicine and Dentistry Junior Faculty Academic Mentoring Award. Dr. Bernstein will receive the award from the dean at the School’s Opening Convocation in September.

The award celebrates the importance of faculty serving as mentors to more junior colleagues, and recognizes mentoring as a valuable contribution to the

University of Rochester.

50th Anniversary Save The Date and Survey

Greetings Members, Former Members, and Friends of the University of Rochester Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine!

This year marks the 50th Anniversary of our Department!  We are planning a weekend celebration including a Friday evening Welcome Reception, a symposium on Saturday featuring various presentations and a keynote lecture, and a celebratory dinner.

We are also excited to share that the Department is raising funds for an endowment to honor Lata U. Sabnis, MD. 

The planning committee is putting together a story book and are hoping to include news of our current and past accomplishments.  We have created a survey ( where you can post fond memories and upload pictures to share with everyone.  Please take a moment to access the survey and provide us with your current contact information and any stories, photos or comments you may have.

Looking forward to seeing you in September!

Dr. Gloff Visiting Professor At Emory University

Dr. Gloff

Dr. Gloff was honored to be visiting professor at Emory University on May 14th.  She was able to tour the preoperative evaluation clinics, presented a resident conference and presented Grand Rounds on the topic of Advancements in Perioperative Medicine: The University of Rochester’s Perspective. 

Dr. Smith Presents at Can-Am Conference

Dr. SmithDr. Daryl I. Smith presented a lecture entitled: “Perioperative Opiate Agonist/Antagonist Management Strategies” at the 37th Annual Can-Am Clinical Anesthesia Conference on May 4, 2019 in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada.

D. Smith, N-H Tran and R. Aziz Article Surpasses 1700 Reader Mark

 An article written by Drs. Daryl I. Smith, Nobuyuki-Hai Tran and Mr. Reefat Aziz and published in 2018 has recently passed the 1700 reader mark. The paper, entitled: “Non-inferiority trial of a pedal controlled injection device: a step toward enhancing patient safety and operator independence during neural blockade”, was published in the Journal of Pain Research and is the product of a Seed Grant awarded to the group by the Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine.

The group would like to thank Dr. Michael Eaton and Dr. Laurent Glance for approving the funding.

Drs. Tran and Smith Moderate Two PBDLS at the SPA

Drs. Smith and TranDr. Nobuyuki-Hai Tran and Dr. Daryl I. Smith moderated two Problem-Based Learning Discussions (PBLD). The first, entitled “Right Thoracotomy for CPAM Resection on a 41 Week Old (PCA) Neonate: What to do for Postoperative Pain” was conducted at the 6th Annual Society for Pediatric Pain Medicine in Houston, Texas on March 14, 2019.

 The second PBLD entitled “Anesthetic Management of a Mucopolysaccharidosis Syndrome with Severe Critical Progressive Aortic Stenosis: Navigating between a Hard Place and a Rock”, was conducted at the Society for Pediatric Anesthesia and the American Association of Pediatrics Annual Meeting on March 16, 2019, also in Houston, Texas.

Dr. Gloff and Richie Gelser Present at XGM Conference

Dr. Gloff and Richie Gelser

Dr. Gloff and Richie Gelser presented at Epic’s annual XGM conference this week.  They spoke on the topic of the Perioperative Surgical Home and how their teams collaborated to develop an innovative way to communicate enrollment to care providers in our electronic record.  The talk was well attended with 200 in the audience and generated good questions.


Dr. Dworkin Publishes On SmartTots and on Prevention of Opioid Addiction

Dr. Robert DworkinRobert Dworkin, PhD, has recently published articles on the importance of and methods for engaging diverse stakeholders in the SmartTots public-private partnership with the FDA, and on the potential of medical devices for preventing opioid addiction.

The full references for the articles are as follows:

Jackson WM, Chen J, Dworkin RH. Engaging stakeholders to promote safe anesthesia and sedation care in young children. Journal of Neurosurgical Anesthesiology, 2019;31:125-128.

Comer SD, Dworkin RH, Strain EC. Medical devices to prevent opioid use disorder: innovative approaches to addressing the opioid crisis. JAMA Psychiatry, 2019;76:351-352.

Dr.’s Pisharoty, Fura, Zhang, Park and Caponigro present at the American Society of Regional Anesthesia Annual Meeting in Las Vegas

Dr. PisharotyDr.’s Pisharoty, Fura, Zhang, Park and Caponigro presented two difficult cases and one abstract at the American Society of Regional Anesthesia Annual Meeting in Las Vegas.

Now what happens in Las Vegas stays in Las Vegas, but if you ask them individually, they would be happy to tell you what they did.

Congratulations Dr. Wendy Bernstein! 2019 RBJ Women of Excellence Award Honoree.

Dr. Bernstein

"The 2019 Women of Excellence honorees are professionally successful, but they are also committed to making a difference, inspiring change and mentoring the next generation of female leaders," said Suzanne Fischer-Huettner, publisher of the Rochester Business Journal. "Their already tremendous accomplishments are but a prelude to many more in the future. These women are simply extraordinary. We at the Rochester Business Journal are honored to recognize their accomplishments."


Dr. Carinci Publishes Book Chapter

Dr. Carinci

Dr. Adam Carinci has published a book chapter entitled, “Treatments for Pain in the Older Patient.  Recommendations for Classes of Medications in Older Adults” in Effective Treatments for Pain in the Older Patient.

Carinci AJ, Pritzlaff S, Moore A.  Treatments for Pain in the Older Patient. Recommendations for Classes of Medications in Older Adults. In: Christo PJ and Cordts G, editors. Effective Treatments for Pain in the Older Adult. Springer Nature, 2019.





Dr. Carinci Speaks on Opioid Screening at Local Conference

Dr. Carinci

Dr. Adam Carinci presented “Opioid Screening and Risk Mitigation Strategies” at a conference held at Monroe Community Hospital on March 15th, Opioid Use and Risks: A Practical Approach to Harm Reduction in Older Adults.  The conference was sponsored by Finger Lakes Geriatric Education Center (FLGEC) and the Monroe County Dept. of Public Health.


Dr. Jacob Nadler Publishes Article in Canadian Journal of Anesthesia

March 12, 2019

Dr. Nadler Dr. Jacob Nadler has published an article in the Canadian Journal of Anesthesia titled “Can anesthesiologists effect cancer outcomes?” 


Dr. Papadakos Publishes International Consensus Document

March 12, 2019

Dr. PeteDr. Papadakosr Papadakos and 58 international experts from across 20 countries in North and South America, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East, published a major international consensus document, “Noninvasive Ventilation Education and Training. A Narrative Analysis and an International Consensus Document”.

Karim HMR, et al. Adv Respir Med. 2019 PMID 30830962

PACU Team Uses Music, Non-Narcotic Meds as Opioid Alternatives

January 29, 2019

PACUPublic concern over the opioid crisis continues to grow.  To help combat potentially addictive methods of pain management, a team from the Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU), led by Dr. Jacob Nadler that includes several PACU nurses and Anesthesiology residents, has embarked on a project aimed at helping patients manage their pain with as few opioids as possible.

The team’s goal is to reduce postoperative opioid administration and improve pain scores after surgery using two primary methods:  1) administer oral, non-narcotic medications such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) and Pregabalin to patients prior to their surgery to limit the need for stronger pain meds after waking up; and 2) incorporate soft music for patients perioperatively, and possibly using it during and after their surgery.  Research shows listening to music lowers pain scores and opioid requirements. 


Drs. Borovcanin, Ramaiah and Nadler Publish Book Chapter

January 28, 2019


Drs. Zana Borovcanin, Vijay Ramaiah, and Jacob Nadler co-authored a book chapter which has been published in Spinal Cord Tumors, titled, “Neuro-Anesthesiology Considerations in Spinal Cord Tumors”.

     Borovcanin Z, Ramaiah V, Nadler J. (2019) In: Arnautovic K, Gokaslan Z. (eds) Spinal Cord Tumors. Springer, Cham.


Dr. Papadakos Reappointed to Board of Professions

January 24, 2019

ppDr. Peter Papadakos has been reappointed to the Board of Professions by the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York.  His 5-year term will be until December 31, 2023.


Simulation for Operating Room Safety (SIMORS) Team -2018 Board Excellence Awardee

January 23, 2019


Dr. Wendy Bernstein and Bill Voter received 2018 Board Excellence Awards as part of the Simulation for Operating Room Safety (SIMORS) Team.  The interprofessional team included surgery, anesthesiology, nursing, education and human factors specialists who initiated a simulation program using a 3D-printed model of intra-abdominal hemorrhage to improve overall operating room performance.  Through this, the team developed a highly effective education experience in alignment with the clinical mission of our Medical Center.

Congratulations, Dr. Bernstein and Bill!!


Renee Robinson, RN, FNP 2018 Board Excellence Awardee

January 21, 2019


Renee Robinson, RN, FNP, is an individual recipient of the 2018 Board Excellence Award.  Renee is known as the “rock” at the CPM.  Her expertise in many aspects of anesthesia, including optimization of the surgical patient prior to surgery, is well-known.  In presenting the awards, Thomas Richards, URMC Board Chair, noted, “This year’s Excellence Award winners deliver across-the-board integrity, inclusion, compassion, accountability, respect and excellence in their respective roles.  Their continual creativity, empathy and initiative make URMC truly the highest order of medicine.”

Congratulations, Renee!!


Dr. Papadakos Publishes in Currents

January 18, 2019

papaDr. Peter Papadakos has published the article, “Violence and Sexual Harassment in Health Care a Growing Issue” in Currents, a quarterly publication of the Neurocritical Care Society.  Currents. 2018. Vol 13,#4,9


Drs. Smith and Kralovic Article Accepted for Publication

January 16, 2019

DSSKDr. Daryl Smith, Dr. Sarah Kralovic, and former resident Dr. Rafeek Hegazy, have their article, “Continuous Thoracic Paravertebral Blockade for Treatment of Electric Storm: Application to Diagnosis, Treatment and as a Guide to Gangliolysis” accepted for publication in the Texas Heart Institute Journal.




Dr. Gewandter has an article accepted for publication by PAIN

January 15, 2019


Dr. Gewandter has an article that reports the results of a phase 2 randomized clinical trial of gabapentin for failed back surgery syndrome accepted for publication by PAIN.

Reference: Extended-release gabapentin for failed back surgery syndrome: Results from a randomized double-blind cross-over study. Gewandter JS, Frazer ME, Cai X, Chiodo VF, Rast SA, Dugan M, Carter HA, Rahman R, Stone JJ, Markman JD. PAIN, In press.



Dr. Chima leads U of R to 2nd Place in Lifebox Challenge

January 13, 2019


2018 Lifebox Challenge 2nd Place Goes to U Rochester!! We should be tremendously proud of our entire team, and thankful for the support of our team organizer and leader, Dr. Adaora Chima (CA-2) who rallied us all to raise $3,235 in support of Lifebox. These funds are used to provide monitors and training in the much needed areas of the world where surgical mortality remains unnecessarily high.  Dr. Chima’s idea of creating an online auction for faculty and resident services was highly innovative and effective. Not only did we raise substantial funds, but we also continued to build our strong community ties to one another.

For the complete report, please visit



Drs. Gewandter and Dworkin have an Article Accepted for Publication

January 12, 2019

JGRDDrs. Gewandter and Dworkin have an article illustrating the use of multi-period cross-over trials to evaluate the degree of true patient variability in treatment response to opioids in breakthrough cancer pain accepted for publication in Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics.

Reference: Demonstrating heterogeneity of treatment effects among patients: an overlooked but important step toward precision medicine. Gewandter JS, McDermott MP, He H, Gao S, Cai X, Farrar JT, Katz NP, Markman JD, Senn S, Turk DC, Dworkin RH. Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics, In press.



Dr. Robert Dworkin Joins SmartTots Scientific Advisory Board

January 11, 2019

RDRobert H. Dworkin, PhD, has been invited to join the Scientific Advisory Board of SmartTots, a public-private partnership between the US Food and Drug Administration and the International Anesthesia Research Society. The mission of SmartTots is “to coordinate and fund research with the goal of ensuring safe surgery for the millions of infants and young children who undergo anesthesia and/or sedation each year.”


Dr. Gewandter's Article Accepted for Publication

January 10, 2019

JGDr. Gewandter has an invited article on interpretation of confidence intervals accepted for publication in the British Journal of Gynecology.

The 500-word piece is geared towards clinicians. It uses an example to describe how confidence intervals can be used to interpret clinical trial findings for application to clinical practice.

Reference: Non-significant results in randomized clinical trials: When should they influence clinical decisions? Gewandter JS and McDermott MP. BJOG, In press.


Dr. Daryl Smith's Article Accepted for Publication

January 8, 2019

DSDr. Daryl Smith’s article, “Continuous Thoracic Paravertebral Blockade for Treatment of Electric Storm: Application to Diagnosis, Treatment and as a Guide to Gangliolysis” has been accepted for publication in the Texas Heart Institute Journal.





Dr. Peter Papadakos Contributes 3 Book Chapters

January 7, 2019


Dr. Peter Papadakos contributed three book chapters, co-authored with two former Critical Care Medicine fellows, Dr. M. Marcz at Columbia University, and Dr. Naveen Kukreja at the University of Colorado Denver, and Neurosurgery Resident, Dr. C. Pierre and Neurosurgery PA, C. Montanaro. 

The book, “Medicina Intensiva en el Enfermo Critico”, is published by the largest Spanish language medical publisher, Editorial Medica Panamericana.  Book chapters are:  Farmacos Sedantes y Analgesicos (N Kukreja, PJ Papadakos), Traumatismo Craneoencefalico (CJ Montanaro, C Pierre, PJ Papadakos) and Trastornos Hepaticos en la Gastante (M Marcz, PJ Papadakos)


Dr. Jacek Wojtczak Presents at ASA

November 18, 2018


Dr. Jacek Wojtczak presented four posters at the American Society of Anesthesiologists Annual Meeting in October 2018 in San Francisco.  Presentations were:

Windows Mixed Reality for Education and Cognitive Assessment in Anesthesia Practice

Eye Tracking Technology for Performance Assessment during Endotracheal Intubation and Cardiac Resuscitation

Airway Management during Active Vomiting

Assessment of Tissue Spread of Local Anesthetics in the Ex-vivo Animal Neck Model


Dr. Suzanne Karan Promoted to Professor

November 17, 2018


Dr. Suzanne Karan has received promotion to Professor of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine based on her accomplishments in clinical work, teaching and scholarship.

Congratulations, Dr. Karan!




Dr. Daryl Smith Presents at World Congress of Molecular and Cell Biology

November 16, 2018

DSDr. Daryl Smith gave a lecture on his work, “Protein Kinase and the Chronification of Acute Pain: Synaptic Homeostasis and the Neuropathic Process”, at the 2018 Annual World Congress of Molecular and Cell Biology on Oct. 14 in Fukuoka, Japan.  The work by Dr. Smith and his group will go to press this Fall.DS2






Dr. Peter Papadakos Speaker at OR Excellence Conferenc​e

November 15, 2018


Dr. Peter Papadakos was a guest speaker at the 10th Annual OR Excellence Conference presented by Outpatient Surgery and the AORN, held Oct. 3-5 at the Marriott Harbor Beach Resort and Spa, Fort Lauderdale, FL. 

He was also a panelist at the “Sexual Harassment and Violence in the OR” workshop and gave a Plenary Lecture, “Distracted Doctoring Returning to Patient-Centered Care in the Digital Age”.


Dr. Papadakos and Dr. Roberts Presenters at Neurocritical Care Society Annual Meeting

October 9, 2018

papaAt the annual meeting of the Neurocritical Care Society held in Boca Raton, FL Sept. 25-28, Dr. Peter Papadakos served as Chairman of the Advocacy Committee and participated in the workshop, “You are Named in a Medical Malpractice Suit.  Now What?”.  He also served as a poster professor for Brain and Spine Trauma presentations and participated with the Editorial Board of the Journal.

Dr. Debra Roberts led the workshop, “Building a Quality Improvement Program in the Neuro ICU”.  Nurses and midlevel providers from Strong’s 8-12 unit also participated as faculty on this highly important multidisciplinary workshop.  Dr. Roberts also serves on the Quality Committee of the Society.


Drs. Shevchenko, Pilidis, and Papadakos Publish in Anesthesiology News

October 9, 2018








Drs. Darya Shevchenko, Konstantinos Pilidis and Peter Papadakos, as mentor, have published the article, “Sedation Practices in the ICU” in a Special Edition of Anesthesiology News.   The supplement will be available at the ASA booth and also will be a supplement to the October issue.


Dr. Papadakos and Dr. Roberts Awarded Presidential Citation Award by the Neurocritical Care Society

October 9, 2018


Dr. Peter Papadakos, Professor of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine, Surgery, Neurology and Neurosurgery, and Dr. Debra Roberts, Assistant Professor of Neurology and Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine, received the Presidential Citation Award at the annual meeting of the Neurocritical Care Society in Boca Raton, FL Sept. 25-28.  The award recognizes members who have made extraordinary contributions of time, energy and resources to the Society and the field of neurocritical care.



Dr. Gewandter presented at the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) World Congress

September 26, 2018

JGDr. Gewandter presented at the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) World Congress in September 2018. The title of her talk was “Different strokes for different folks:
The challenges of performing meta-analyses in the coming era of personalized medicine.” 


Dr. Wojtovich and team present at Symposium

September 24, 2018 


Dr. Wojtovich was invited to speak at the 8th Annual Translational Research in Mitochondria, Aging, and Disease (TRiMaD) Symposium at Penn State this past weekend. His mitochondrial groups had a good showing at the conference.

Yves Wang (Staff Scientist, Brookes lab) won an award for his talk entitled “ATF5 is required for mitochondrial unfolded protein response-mediated cardioprotection during ischemia-reperfusion injury.”

Brandon Berry (Graduate Student, Wojtovich Lab) won a poster award for this work entitled “Novel Optogenetic control of mitochondrial energetics rescues electron transport chain inhibition.”


Drs. Gewandter, Dworkin, Smith, Ward, and Yang had a manuscript accepted for publication in The Journal of Pain

September 8, 2018

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The manuscript is entitled  “Design and reporting characteristics of clinical trials of select chronic and recurrent pediatric pain conditions: An ACTTION systematic review.”


 Dr. Gewandter Publishes Manuscript in Supportive Care in Cancer

August 31, 2018

JGDr. Gewandter published a manuscript in Supportive Care in Cancer. The manuscript, entitled “Wireless transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation device for chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy: An open-label feasibility study” describes the results of study that demonstrated the feasibility of studying a home-based wireless TENS unit in patients with chronic CIPN. It also demonstrated promising preliminary efficacy that needs to be evaluated using a randomized clinical trial.


Dr. Pisharoty speaks at the 5th Annual World Congress of Orthopaedics in Milan, Italy

August 30, 2018

AP milanOn July 26th Dr. Pisharoty gave a talk entitled, “Ultrasound Guided Regional Anesthesia for Orthopedic Surgery” in Milan, Italy at the 5th Annual  World Congress of Orthopaedics. He chaired the subsection on imaging and regional anesthesia. He described some of the state of the art regional anesthesia techniques used at the University of Rochester to physicians from all over the world.

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First Pediatric Multidisciplinary Difficult Airway Course Conducted

August 27, 2018

Peds AirwayDrs. Zana Borovcanin, Michael Davis, and Ashwani Chhibber conducted the first Pediatric Multidisciplinary Difficult Airway Course on Aug. 2nd.  Part of the Difficult Airway Response Team (DART) Academic Program, this course provided participants with state-of-the-art information and hands-on experience with crucial airway techniques for pediatric difficult airway management and included senior residents and fellows from 5 clinical departments, Anesthesiology, Otolaryngology and head and neck surgery, Emergency Medicine, Pediatric Critical Care and Neonatal Intensive Care.





Dr. Smith Article Accepted for Publication

August 22, 2018

DSDr. Daryl Smith and colleagues (joint Anesthesiology/BME project) article, “Non-inferiority Trial of a Foot Controlled Injection Device: A Step towards Enhancing Patient Safety and Operator Independence during Neural Blockade”, has been accepted for publication in Journal of Pain Research.



Dr. Papadakos Cited in Patient Safety Article

August 21, 2018

PPDr. Peter Papadakos was cited in an August article in the Journal of PeriAnesthesia Nursing.  Titled ‘Cyberloafing’ in Health Care: A Real Risk to Patient Safety, the author cites Dr. Papadakos’ article published in the Journal of Anesthesia Clinical Research, “The rise of electronic distraction in health care is addiction to devices contributing”.

JPeriAnesNurs, 33(4), 2018;pp560-562



Dr. Yanez Elected as a NYSSA Resident Officer 

August 19, 2018

GYGregory Yanez, M.D., is a resident at University of Rochester Medical Center. A native Texan, Dr. Yanez was a leader in his medical school’s anesthesia interest group. As a resident he has been involved in hospital quality improvement initiatives, PGA, and NYSCARF. He is is eager to keep resident and fellow section members informed of NYSSA advocacy, educational, and networking opportunities.



Dr. Karimi Co-authors in Journal of Anesthesia

August 18, 2018

NKBiochemically diagnosed hypothyroidism and postoperative complications after cardiac surgery: a retrospective cohort analysis.


To determine whether hypothyroidism is associated with cardiovascular complications and surgical wound infections after cardiac surgery.


Patients were categorized as: (1) hypothyroid [patients with increased TSH concentrations (≧ 5.5 mIU/L) within 6 months prior to surgery]; (2) corrected hypothyroid [diagnosis of hypothyroidism any time before surgery or on preoperative thyroid supplementation and normal TSH concentration (0.4 ≤ ≤  TSH ≤ ≤  5.5 mIU/L]; and (3) euthyroid [no hypothyroid diagnosis and not on preoperative thyroid supplementation and normal TSH concentrations (0.4–5.5 mIU/L)]. We conducted pairwise comparisons among the three groups using inverse probability of treatment weighting. We compared the groups on postoperative myocardial infarction, cardiac arrest, atrial fibrillation, and a composite of surgical wound infections and postoperative vasopressor use using multivariable logistic regression models. We compared the groups on ICU and hospital length of stay using Cox proportional hazards regression.


Hypothyroidism was associated with a lower risk of atrial fibrillation than euthyroidism, with an estimated relative risk (99.4% CI) of 0.71 (0.56, 0.89); P < 0.001. However, none of the other pairwise comparisons on myocardial infarction, cardiac arrest, and atrial fibrillation were significant. Corrected hypothyroid patients were slightly more likely to be discharged from hospital at any given time than euthyroid patients (hazard ratios (99.6% CI), 1.18 (1.07, 1.30); P < 0.001), but no other pairwise comparisons for secondary outcomes were significant.


Hypothyroidism was associated with lower risk of atrial fibrillation than euthyroidism, and corrected hypothyroidism was associated with a shorter length of stay than euthyroidism.

Dr. Papadakos Quoted on Relias Media

August 9, 2018


Dr. Peter Papadakos was quoted in an article on Relias Media, “Electronic Distractions Can Be Costly to Surgeons, ASCs”.  Relias is an online source for healthcare information and continuing education.


Drs. Gewandter and Dworkin published a manuscript in Neurology

August 8, 2018

JGConsiderations related to the following design challenges are outlined (1) selection of eligibility criteria (e.g., cancer types, chemotherapy types, inclusion of pre-existing neuropathy); (2) selection of outcome measures and endpoints (e.g. those that incorporate alterations in chemotherapy dosing, which may affect the rate of CIPN development and its severity); (3) potential effects of the investigational therapy on the efficacy of chemotherapy; and (4) sample size estimation. Attention to the design considerations and recommendations outlined in this article will hopefully improve the quality and assay sensitivity of CIPN prevention trials and thereby accelerate the identification of efficacious therapies. RD

Gewandter JS, Brell J, Cavaletti G, Dougherty PM, Evans S, Howie L, McDermott MP, O'Mara A, Smith AG, Dastros-Pitei D, Gauthier LR, Haroutounian S, Jarpe M, Katz NP, Loprinzi C, Richardson P, Lavoie-Smith EM, Wen PY, Turk DC, Dworkin RH, Freeman R. "Trial designs for chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy prevention: ACTTION recommendations." Neurology. 2018; Epub 2018 Jul 27. 


Pediatric Perioperative Surgical Home Team Wins Lean Grand Rounds and Excellence Silver Award

August 7, 2018


The Pediatric Perioperative Surgical Home Team (Dr. Marj Gloff, center) has won the 8th annual Lean Grand Rounds and Excellence Silver Award presented on July 13th at the Medical Center.  They were recognized for reducing readmission rates for pediatric orthopedic patients.  In comparing the team’s baseline period to their early implementation phase, unplanned re-admissions decreased from 4 to 2.9% and surgical site infections decreased form 3.5 to 2.3%.

Dr. Papadakos Developer for Patient Safety Course

July 25, 2018


Dr. Peter Papadakos and Dr. Stephen Weintraub served as content developers for  an online patient safety course, “The Risks of Distracted Practice in the Perioperative Area”.  The course explores how the invasion of technology in the health care environment, especially the use of individual personal electronic devices (PEDs) — puts patient safety at risk.

The course qualifies for 1.5 CME credits for physicians and CRNA CE credits.


Drs. Kreso and Webber have a letter to the editor published in Anesthesia and Analgesia

July 14, 2018

The Letter was published in the July issue.  Please view the letter here.   WebberKreso                             AWMK

Dr. Wyrobek Wins Gabel Teaching Award

July 13, 2018

JWDr. Julie Wyrobek is the 2018 winner of the Ronald A. Gabel, MD Award for Teaching Excellence.  Presented at the annual resident graduation party, the award recognizes the faculty member acknowledged to uphold the highest of personal ethical standards, including integrity, fairness, and respect and compassion for others, displays excellence in clinical or didactic teaching, and has had an important impact on the residents’ understanding of the art and science of patient care in Anesthesiology.

Congratulations, Dr. Wyrobek!


Dr. Pilidis Wins Lawrence First Resident Award

July 12, 2018

KPDr. Konstantinos Pilidis is the 2018 recipient of the Robert M. Lawrence, MD First Resident Award.  The award, presented at the annual resident graduation party, recognizes the resident who displays enthusiasm for learning and dedication to the specialty of Anesthesiology, is acknowledged to uphold the highest of personal ethical standards, including integrity, respect and compassion for others, and has displayed the highest level of excellence in the specialty of clinical anesthesia providing competent and compassionate care for his/her patients.

Congratulations, Dr. Pilidis!


Dr. Papadakos Quoted in Anesthesiology News

June 20, 2018

PPDr. Peter Papadakos was interviewed by Anesthesiology News with reference to a video of a dermatologist who was filmed dancing in the OR with his mask off which became an unintended viral hit.  In the article, “Viral Video Yet Another Example of OR Distraction”, Dr. Papadakos was asked about the phenomenon of digital distraction.


Dr. Sergiy Nadtochiy to receive the URSMD Alumni Association Gold Medal Award

June 12, 2018

SNCongratulations 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.

 Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)


Dr. Karan Quoted in Reuters’ Article

May 30, 2018

SKDr. 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

PPDr. 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

POsterMGRenee 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

MHACMatthew 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

WBDr. 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

PPJSDr. 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

RDRobert 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

RDDrs 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

NKPatients 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

AWThe 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:


Dr. Pisharoty publishes in the April 2018 issue of Pain Medicine News

April 12, 2018

APDr. 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.

View the Article


Dr. Dworkin to Receive Eastern Pain Association’s Raymond Houde Award

April 10, 2018

RDRobert 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

RDRobert 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

SSRDAn 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

PPDr. 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

PPDr. 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

RDRobert 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

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.