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December 5th, 2022

Jennifer S. Gewandter, Ph.D., M.P.H, Invited to Speak at the 4th European Congress on Clinical Trials in Pain in Vienna, Austria

Jennifer S. Gewandter, PhD, MPHHer talk is entitled “Small Fiber Neuropathy: A Good Model for Neuropathic Pain?” Dr. Gewandter is the only representative from the United States to speak at the conference.


November 28th, 2022

Vone Panyasith Named November 2022 Tech of the Month

Congratulations, Vone!

tech of the month


November 18th, 2022

Laurent Glance, M.D. Featured in December 2022 Volume of ANESTHESIOLOGY

Dr. Laurent Glance has been featured as an editorial in the December 2022 Science, Medicine, and the Anesthesiologist in ANESTHESIOLOGY:“Prediction Algorithms: Is Peer Review Enough?


Congratulations, Dr. Glance!

Dr. PJ Papadakos Published in Currents

Peter Papadakos of the Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine has published the article "Will Isotonitazene Be Our New Overdose Crisis Drug?in the November 2022 issue of Currents by the Neurocritical Care Society.


Congratulations, Dr. Papadakos!


November 2nd, 2022

Peter J. Papadakos, M.D. Featured Speaker at 40th Annual Meeting of the New York State Society for Respiratory Care


Dr. PapadakosCongratulations to Dr. Peter Papadakos, who was a featured speaker at the 40th Annual Meeting of the New York State Society for Respiratory Care, in Verona, NY on October 6th, 2022. His lecture was titled, “Sleep Apnea and Stroke Role of NIV.”

The NYSSRC, an affiliate of the American Association for Respiratory Care, is the professional association of respiratory therapists, representing respiratory care in New York State. The NYSSRC promotes excellence in patient care, encourages professionalism, and advocates for patients, their families, the public, the profession and the respiratory therapist.




Christopher Galton, M.D. Named Physician of the Year

Dr. Christopher GaltonDr. Galton accepting his awardof the Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine was named Physician of the Year by the New York State Bureau of Emergency Medical Services and Trauma Systems

Congratulations, Dr. Galton!


October 17th, 2022

Laurent Glance, M.D. Published in Science, Medicine, and the Anesthesiologist

Dr. Laurent Glance has published the following article in the November 2022 Science, Medicine, and the Anesthesiologist in ANESTHESIOLOGY:

"Association of Time Elapsed Since Ischemic Stroke with Risk of Recurrent Stroke in Older Patients Undergoing Elective Nonneurologic, Noncardiac Surgery"



September 30th, 2022

Laurent Glance, M.D. Published in Anesthesia & Analgesia

Dr. GlanceDr. Laurent G. Glance of The Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine published Red Blood Cell Transfusion and Postoperative Infection in Patients Having Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting Surgery: An Analysis of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons Adult Cardiac Surgery Database” in the September 2022 volume of Anesthesia & Analgesia

Congratulations, Dr. Glance!

September 23rd, 2022

ACTTION Awarded FDA Grant for 5 Years, $4M

Dr, Dworkin

The Analgesic, Anesthetic, and Addiction Clinical Trial Translations, Innovations, Opportunities, and Networks (ACTTION) public-private partnership with the FDA has just been awarded a cooperative agreement research grant for $4M for 2022-2027. Since ACTTION was established in 2010, this is the fourth research grant that ACTTION has received from the FDA (along with two contracts). With this award, ACTTION’s scope has been expanded to examine neurotoxicities and other risks associated with pediatric anesthesia and with anesthesia in older patients, as well as continuing its current efforts in pain medicine and addiction medicine. Robert Dworkin, PhD, will continue to serve as Director and PD/PI, and additional Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine faculty with major roles in the partnership are Jennifer Gewandter, PhD, MPH, who will serve as Chair of the new ACTTION Center for Optimizing Benefit-Risk Assessments, and Denham Ward, MD, PhD, who will serve as Director of Stakeholder Engagement. In addition, Cornelia Kamp, MBA, Research Associate Professor of Neurology, will serve as Director of Operations, Michael McDermott, PhD, Professor Biostatistics and Computational Biology, will serve as Director of Biostatistics, and John Markman, MD, Professor of Neurosurgery, will represent the American Academy of Neurology on the Steering Committee.

ACTTION’s mission is “to identify, prioritize, coordinate, and sponsor innovative activities that will expedite the identification and development of efficacious and safe analgesic, anesthetic, and addiction therapeutic interventions for the benefit of the public health.” Evidence of ACTTION’s accomplishments over its 12-year history is provided by a total of 154 peer-reviewed articles to date that have addressed pain, addiction, peripheral neuropathy, and procedural and ICU sedation (

Dr Papadakos along with Colleagues in India, Italy, US, Romania, Portugal, Turkey, Slovenia, Ireland, Spain and Saudi Arabia published a Paper

Role of Sedation and Analgesia during Noninvasive Ventilation: Systematic Review of Recent Evidence and Recommendations. Indian J Crit Care 2022 26(8): 938-948. PMID 36042773

It is an International recommendations paper for proper management of patients on Non Invasive ventilation.

Dr. PJ Papadakos and Colleagues in Spain and Portugal Published in Canadian Journal of Respiratory Care

MDCM Conde, PSB Delis, PJ Papadakos, AM. Esquinas. Ocular disorders in non-invasive ventilation and CPAP therapy—A case report. Can J Respir Ther 2022;58:143–145. doi: 10.29390/cjrt-2022-020

July 18th, 2022

Drs. Borovcanin and Kreso Co-Chair International Symposium in Anesthesiology, Perioperative Medicine and Intensive Care Medicine

Dr. Zana Borovcanin and Dr. Melissa Kreso organized and co-chaired the “International Symposium in Anesthesiology, Perioperative Medicine and Intensive Care Medicine”, which was a part of the Bosnian-Herzegovinian American Academy of Arts and Sciences (BHAAAS) Annual Meeting in Sarajevo, Bosnia:

Drs. Borovcanin and Kreso

The highlight of the Symposium was the “Difficult Airway Management Course”, which was supported by sponsors from Germany and Bosnia (Karl Storz), Netherland and Croatia (Ambu), and USA, Ireland and Slovenia (Cook Medical). The 13th Days of BHAAAS is one of the largest scientific meetings in Eastern European region which includes eighteen symposia in medical sciences, eight in technical/ natural sciences, four in sustainability, and two in social sciences/ humanities and arts. Overall there were a total of 345 presentations with speakers from 26 countries and 16 special events, workshops, and round table discussions.  Check out the link below:

June 24th, 2022

Eaton Lab Publication and Editorial in Anesthesia & Analgesia

Congratulations to the Eaton Lab for their publication and editorial. 

Publication in Anesthesia & Analgesia:

Sergiy M. Nadtochiy, PhD, Tatsiana Stefanos, MD, Ronald E. Angona, MS, CCP, Natalie Lebedko, MS, Aksana Baldzizhar, MD, Changyong Feng, PhD, and Michael P. Eaton, MD, FASA


Editorial in Anesthesia & Analgesia:

Roman M. Sniecinski, MD, MSc, Vance G. Nielsen, MD,and Kenichi Tanaka, MD, MSc


June 6th, 2022


Robert Dworkin, PhD, Presents and Publishes on Psychedelics

Dr. DworkinBob Dworkin recently presented a lecture on “Designing and conducting randomized clinical trials of psychedelics” at the 2nd Annual Psychedelic Therapeutics and Drug Development Conference, held in Washington, DC, May 23-24, 2022. In addition, he recently published the following article discussing what studies should be conducted to evaluate the possibility that psychedelics are a novel treatment for chronic pain:

Dworkin RH, Anderson BT, Andrews N, Edwards RR, Grob CS, Ross S, Satterthwaite TD, Strain EC. "If the doors of perception were cleansed, would chronic pain be relieved? Evaluating the benefits and risks of psychedelics." The journal of pain.. 2022 May 25; Epub 2022 May 25.


June 2nd, 2022

Drs. Pyne, Kreso and Lindenmuth Win Best Abstract at SAMBA Meeting

Dr. PyneDr. KresoDr. LindenmuthSonia Pyne MD, MS, FASA and colleagues Melissa Kreso MD, MsBA, FASA and Danielle Lindenmuth MD, MBA won Best Abstract at the largest subspecialty meeting for ambulatory anesthesia in the world, the 37th Annual Society for Ambulatory Anesthesia (SAMBA) meeting.

The abstract: “Delivering on the Patient Experience: Limiting Patient Wait Time in an Ambulatory Surgical Center” was selected for a podium presentation at the meeting after winning Best Abstract, and won Best Oral Presentation as well. The abstract highlighted the multidisciplinary and collaborative work done with the Operations Excellence team at the URMC ASC at Sawgrass that resulted in a sustained improvement in the Press Ganey “Moving through the Visit Score” from 82% to 92% after their project intervention.  

Special thanks to all of those involved including:

Kellsie Prem RN, MSN, CAPA; Sherry Lambert RN, BSN; Brennan Canty MBA; Kristi Filmore MS, RN, ACNP;  and Rachel Parker, Business Staff Supervisor


May 25th, 2022

Heather Lander, MD Recognized For Excellence In Geriatric Perioperative Services

Dr. LanderStrong and Highland Hospitals Achieve Highest Level of Age-Friendly Health System Certification  and the Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine's Dr. Heather Lander played an integral part in receiving that certification​

Dr. Lander is a leader in Geriatric Perioperative Excellence.  With her innovation and dedication, she has worked on creating a new best practice for the integration of perioperative planning and care for geriatric patients into the larger health care system.  Dr. Lander has systematized the evaluation, risk discussions and patient-centered education for postoperative care of geriatric patients - beginning right in our own Center for Perioperative Medicine and persisting through the perioperative encounter.  Her work as a geriatric scholar and as a leader in perioperative medicine has focused on elevating the care we offer in the CPM in a way that benefits all. 

Congratulations Dr. Lander and the rest of the Age Friendly Health System Work Group.


May 20th, 2022

Lisa Wahlers, CRNA and Mark Kucharski, CRNA Travel to Ecuador for HUGS Foundation Mission

Lisa and MarkTwo members of our CRNA group, Lisa Wahlers and Mark Kucharski, travelled to Quito, Ecuador for a mission trip with the HUGS Foundation.  Mark, Lisa, and 29 other team members changed the lives of 50 patients. 

The patients had Microtia ear deformities. The surgeons created an ear from rib cartilage taken from the patient. They packed 20 hockey bags of anesthesia equipment, including the anesthesia monitors!  On these trips there are very limited resources, old anesthesia machines and only the anesthesia supplies we bring. 

The team members on these trips truly pull together to get the work done and keep the patients safe. 

At the end of the week, they return for post-op evaluations and  the patients and families are so incredibly grateful. 

The department is so proud of the efforts of Mark and Lisa to extend their skills to help patients in need in Ecuador.


May 6th, 2022

Jennifer Timm Earns Doctorate in Nursing Practice

Dr. TimmJennifer Timm, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC earned her Doctorate in Nursing Practice from Chatham University on April 24th, 2022.  Dr. Timm focused her scholarly work on perioperative anemia.  In this work, she emphasized both the importance of educating perioperative nurses on the implications of proceeding with surgery in the setting of anemia as well as educating them on the importance of early identification and treatment of comorbid anemia in the preoperative setting.  To achieve her goals, she created a novel educational program for clinic-based registered nurses in the Center for Perioperative Medicine, which ultimately led to a nursing-led surgeon outreach and notification program for eligible preoperative patients.  As a direct result of her scholarly work, Dr. Timm was able to improve the time available to optimize anemia preoperatively while at the same time drastically increasing the visibility of our perioperative anemia optimization pathway.  The number of consultations for anemia optimization have increased significantly because of her work.  Dr. Timm has been a member of our Department since 2014.  She has been and continues to be an invaluable asset to the Center for Perioperative Medicine as well as to the Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine.  Congratulations on your incredible accomplishment Dr. Timm!!!

April 20th, 2022

Congratulations Drs. Papadakos, Galton & Panda

Dr. Papadakos and our former CCM fellow and faculty member, Jahan Porhomayan MD, now at University of Buffalo along with colleagues Domenico Luca Grieco MD and Edoardo Piervincenzi from Rome Italy and Antonio M.Esquinas MD from Murcia Spain have edited a textbook:

  Noninvasive Mechanical Ventilation in Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine
    ISBN 978-1-68507-673-3 an imprint of Nova publishing.

The book contains chapters written by Dr. Chris Galton and Dr Kunal Panda along with former CCM fellow Dr. Horoszczak former Cardiac Anesthesiology Fellows Dr. Jedrysiak and Dr. Broker.

Other University of Rochester authors include Mr. Brent LaRiccia chief PA and former Surgery CCM fellows Dr. Johnson and Dr. Blanche

The book contains chapters from many international experts from Spain, Italy, Portugal, Brazil, Germany, Turkey, Serbia, Greece, India and Switzerland. It discusses the physiology and place for the use of Non Invasive Ventilation in anesthesiology and perioperative care of complex patients.

This is the second textbook edited by Dr. Papadakos released this year.


Dr. Papadakos honored at 2022 Celebration of Authorship Reception

Dr. PJ Papadakos MD FCCM FAARC FCCP  Professor Anesthesiology, Surgery, Neurosurgery and Neurology, Director Critical Care Medicine has edited two text books this year: one in Spanish and another in English.

He was honored at the 2022 Celebration of Authorship Reception hosted by President Sarah Mangelsdorf and Interim Provost Sarah Peyre. He was out of town for the celebration.

April 4th, 2022

Shon Koren Awarded National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program

Shon Koren was awarded the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP). This prestigious fellowship provides three-years of a graduate school stipend and funds to the institute for tuition and fees. The NSF GRFP recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported STEM disciplines who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees at accredited US institutions.

March 23rd, 2022

Peter Papadakos, MD Speaks During 27th Annual Respiratory Care Symposium 

Dr. Papadakos

Congratulations to Dr. Peter Papadakos who spoke at the 27th Annual Respiratory Care Symposium of Texas San Antonio regarding sleep apnea and stroke role of non-invasive ventilation.

Drs. Breneman, Pisharoty and Yu Promoted

Effective March 1st, 2022 Dr. Stephen Breneman has been promoted to Professor of Anesthesiology while Dr. Anil Pisharoty and Dr. Albert Yu were promoted to Associate Professor of Anesthesiology. All for 5 year terms. 

Congratulations to our wonderful providers!

March 15th, 2022

Dr. Daryl I. Smith Publishes Latest Book

Dr. Daryl SmithBook Cover

Dr. Daryl I. Smith has published his textbook : Pathogenesis of Neuropathic Pain: Diagnosis and Treatment with Springer Nature (ISBN: 9783030914547). The book is a comprehensive discussion of the molecular bases for the development of central and peripheral neuropathies. 

March 14th, 2022

Chris Smith Graduates HBA Fellowship Program

Congratulations to our HBA Fellowship graduate, Chris Smith, who completed a year-long intensive leadership development program.

Chris Smith

“I found the ability to network with others outside of URMC to be the most valuable; even with a virtual platform, it was still valuable learning about how other organizations approach leadership.” - Chris Smith, Program Administrator, Anesthesiology and Perioperative Services


March 8th, 2022

Dr. Webber and Colleagues Featured in Anesthesiology News

Audra Webber, MDDr. Audra Webber and colleagues survey of pediatric ambulatory criteria for obese patients featured in Anesthesiology News.

Check out the link below:


February 21st, 2022

Dr. Laurent Glance Published in JAMA Health Forum

Laurent G. Glance, MD

Laurent G. Glance, MD has been published in JAMAHealth Forum with the article  “Association of Medicare Mandatory Bundled Payment Reform With Joint Replacement Surgery Use for Beneficiaries With Alzheimer Disease and Related Dementias”


Dr. Isaac Wu and Dr. Laurent Glance Published in JAMA Network Open

Isaac Y Wu, M.D.

The Department of Anesthesiology's Isaac Wu, MD and Laurent Glance, MD with Andrew W. Dick, PhD have published in Jama Network Open, “Safety of Complete Anesthesia Handovers in the Cardiac Surgical Patient”


Drs. Wyrobek, Wu and Glance Published in Anesthesiology

Julie A. Wyrobek, MDThe URMC Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine's very own Dr. Isaac Wu, Dr. Julie Wyrobek, and Dr. Laurent Glance alongside Dr. Yoshifumi Naka of Weil Cornell Medicine & Dr. Marc Dickstein of the Columbia University Irving Medical Center, have published a Clinical Focus Review in the ASA publication Anesthesiology titled:

“Perioperative Management of Patients Receiving Short-term Mechanical Circulatory Support with the Transvalvular Heart Pump”


February 3rd, 2022

Sergiy Nadtochiy, PhD Inducted Into Alpha Omega Alpha

Sergiy Nadtochiy, Ph.D.

Election to Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) is an honor signifying a lasting commitment to professionalism, leadership, scholarship, research, and community service. A lifelong honor, membership in the society confers recognition for a physician's dedication to the profession and art of healing.

Congratulations Dr. Nadtochiy!


December 10th, 2021

Congratulations Dr. Munda!

Congratulations to Dr. Ticha Munda who has been offered a  two-year term as a faculty member position on the Curriculum Steering Committee.

The Curriculum Steering Committee is the decision making body charged with oversight of the M.D. curriculum. The CSC is charged by, is advisory to, and reports to the Dean of the School of Medicine and Dentistry and to the faculty of the School of Medicine and Dentistry.

December 1st, 2021

Residency Program Coordinator, Rena Gresh, Achieves C-TAGME Certification

Rena GreshCongratulations to our Residency Program Coordinator, Rena Gresh, on achieving C-TAGME certification! The TAGME (Training Administrators in Graduate Medical Education) program created this robust certification process that set a national standard to assess the knowledge, skills and abilities of these experts, which now includes this level of excellence in our own department. Rena joins a small group of similarly certified program coordinators at URMC which sets a great standard for our program.

Congratulations, Rena!


November 5th, 2021

Johnson & Wojtovich Labs Awarded Del Monte Institute Pilot Program

The Johnson and Wojtovich lab were awarded a Del Monte Institute Pilot Project that uses optogenetics to define tau oligomer dynamics in the context of Alzheimer’s disease. Tau oligomers are a primary mediator of neurodegenerative processes in Alzheimer’s disease. This pilot project will develop cutting-edge technology to directly control tau oligomerization in neurons and determine how oligomerization and disassembly is regulated.

The Wojtovich & Johnson Lab members who will be assisting with these studies are Dr. Heng Lin, Shon Koren, Jacen Emerson and Madeline O'Connell.

October 22nd, 2021

ASRA Member Spotlight: Danielle Lindenmuth, MD, MBA

Dr. LindenmuthDr. Lindenmuth is an associate professor of anesthesiology and perioperative medicine at Strong Memorial Hospital and University of Rochester in New York. She serves as the chair of the Sawgrass Surgery Center Quality Committee, the division chief of regional anesthesia and acute pain, as well as the co-director of the acute pain service.  In addition, she currently serves as the chair of the Faculty Senate Budget Committee.  She has received numerous awards including the Strong Star Award as well as the Medical Center Board of Trustees Excellence Group Award. 

Colleague Lynn Correll, MD, PhD, nominated Dr. Lindenmuth because, “I would love more members of the ASRA community to know how much of a positive difference she is making in the lives of patients.”

Dr. Lindenmuth is recognized by her colleagues for her excellence in clinical care, leadership, and professionalism.  She has notably streamlined and improved the acute pain service and has worked tirelessly to partner with surgeons and proceduralists to advance the use of regional and multi-modal analgesic techniques for their patients. Furthermore, she is dedicated to education; having implemented didactics for surgeons and their office staff on improved outcomes and patients’ satisfaction through the use of regional techniques. She is an accomplished academician who has published numerous manuscripts as well as mentored rising stars within the field of anesthesia.

“Dr Lindenmuth is such a terrific asset to our department, and certainly worthy of being in the ‘spotlight’ by ASRA,” Dr. Correll wrote in her nomination.

Full Article Here:

Dr. Papadakos Featured in Anesthesiology News

Dr. PapadakosDr PJ Papadakos was quoted in the September issue of Anesthesiology News.

He was featured in two  articles:

Outcomes Similar in COVID-19 patients receiving Mechanical Ventilation, ECMO.

And in the article:

Drug Shortages Continue During COVID-19


October 20th, 2021

Dr. Suzanne Karan Awarded 2021 MCIC Patient Safety Discretionary Award

Dr. KaranCongratulations to Dr. Suzanne Karan on being awarded the prestigious 2021 MCIC Patient Safety Discretionary Award.   This $25,000 patient safety award proposal allows a reinvigoration and expansion on the Physician and Attorney Cooperative Extension (PACE) program.  The PACE program is a collaborative educational program between the University of Rochester and the Monroe County Bar Association.  The goals of the PACE program are to increase participant’s knowledge, understanding and awareness of medicolegal issues as well as the litigation process, all in a collaborative way – increasing awareness of medicolegal issues between both communities.  A major goal is to prevent the initiation of and/or enhance the defensibility of medical malpractice lawsuits.  This PACE program will be offered quarterly and will be available to a full range of learners, including medical students, residents, fellows, faculty, law students and lawyers. 

Congratulations Dr. Karan!


October 19th, 2021

Dr. Sonia Pyne Named Fellow of the American Society of Anesthesiologists

Dr. Pyne

The FASA designation, launched in May 2017, identifies and promotes those ASA members exhibiting the highest standard in professionalism/leadership, advocacy for the profession and patient safety, and education. ASA congratulates them for their dedication and leadership in anesthesiology.

Congratulations, Dr. Pyne!


October 6th, 2021

Wojovitch Lab Awarded Impetus Grant

Dr. Wojtovich

The Wojtovich Lab, in collaboration with the Peleg Lab, was recently awarded an Impetus Grant to study aging biology. They will use a novel optogenetic approach to boost mitochondrial function and increase lifespan.


Dr. Gewandter Awarded Mentoring Grant

Dr. Gewandter

Dr. Jennifer Gewandter received a K24 mentoring grant from NINDS entitled “Promoting high-quality pain treatment trials through mentorship of junior investigators: A focus on study conduct and method development.”

Congratulations, Dr. Gewandter.


October 1st, 2021

Dr. Andres Laserna Wins FAER Research Scholar Award

Dr. LasernaThe goal of the FAER Resident Scholar Program (RSP) is to support research among residents by providing an opportunity to present their work among peers and established scientists in the specialty of anesthesiology. The FAER RSP provides a $1,000 grant to anesthesiology residency programs to help defray the cost of sending one of their residents to the ASA annual meeting to present research or a scholarly project. This program sponsors residents who are considering a research path as part of their career and who have data from a bench, clinical, health services, or educational research or a rigorous QI project to present. Data collection need not be complete. Case reports or literature reviews will not be accepted.

Congratulations, Dr. Laserna!


September 23rd, 2021

ACTTION Guide to Clinical Trials of Pain Treatments Published in Pain Reports

The ACTTION Guide to Clinical Trials of Pain Treatments (edited by Robert Dworkin, Robert Kerns, Michael McDermott, Dennis Turk, and Christin Veasley) has been published as two open-access supplements in Pain Reports. The Guide consists of 15 articles that discuss the design, conduct, analysis, interpretation, and reporting of clinical trials of treatments for acute and chronic pain in children and adults.

Part I includes 9 articles found here:;

Part II includes 6 articles found here:

The ACTTION Guide has also been distributed as a hardcover volume to all members of the International Association for the Study of Pain. 

ACTTION (Analgesic, Anesthetic, and Addiction Clinical Trial Translations, Innovations, Opportunities, and Networks) is a public-private partnership with the FDA that was established in 2010. Robert Dworkin, PhD, is Director, Jennifer Gewandter, PhD, MPH, and Denham Ward, MD, PhD, are Associate Directors, and Dale Langford, PhD, is Director of Program Evaluation.


Dr. Carinci and Team Perform First VA Disc, Nucleus Pupolosis Allograft in WNY

Dr. Carinci


Dr. Adam Carinci and team recently performed the first VIA Disc, nucleus pulposis allograft in Western NY. VIA Disc is a novel, non-surgical, injectable allograft that utilizes allogeneic tissue and micronized disc material to repair degenerative discs.  It is a proven therapy that has been shown in clinical trials to repair damage to degenerative discs and provide significant pain relief and improved function.

Congratulations Dr. Carinci!


September 14th, 2021

Drs. Gloff & Robinson Published in Transfusion

Dr. RobinsonDr. GloffRenee Robinson, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC and Marjorie Gloff, MD publish their institutional findings in Transfusion.  The article discusses our CPM’s Preoperative Anemia Optimization management, specifically how anemia management preoperatively improves postoperative outcomes and reduces length of stay.




August 27th, 2021

Dr. Glance Published in JAMA Network

Dr. GlanceCongratulations to Dr. Laurent Glance for their recent publication in JAMA Network:

Association Between the Physician Quality Score in the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System and Hospital Performance in Hospital Compare in the First Year of the Program Laurent G. Glance, MD1,2,3Caroline P. Thirukumaran, MBBS, MHA, PhD4Changyong Feng, PhD1,5; et al

Congratulations Dr. Heng Lin

Dr. LinCongratulations to Dr. Heng Lin, his application submitted under the Alzheimer’s Association International Research Grant Program within the 2021 June Alzheimer’s Association Research Fellowship (AARF) program was successfully reviewed and funded.

Dr. Papadakos Featured in Anesthesiology News

Dr. PapadakosCheck out Dr. Peter Papadakos most recent article in Anesthesiology News as well as the podcast discussing the Kratom Problem.

The Kratom Problem: A Call to Study This Emerging Trend

Podcast: ‘On the Case’: The Kratom Problem


August 20th, 2021

Post-Anesthesia Response Unit Wins 2021 Meliora Award

The Post-Anesthesia Response Unit (PARU) was last January’s SMH PACU initiative designed to provide overflow boarding for non-COVID ICU patients at a time when the normal ICUs were full. In less than a month, a fully-equipped and fully-staffed pop-up ICU within the PACU was created; it existed for 46 days and took care of 26 patients before closing on Feb 14. It would not have been a success without our department’s CRNAs and Residents who took outstanding care of critically-ill SICU, BTICU, and NMICU patients under unusual circumstances. Thank you also to our intensivists (e.g. Galton, Papadakos, etc.) who covered patients in the PARU and submitted glowing letters of nomination for this prestigious university-wide award. The vast majority of the leadership and planning was done by our PACU Assistant Nurse Manager, Sammi Dandrea, so be sure to congratulate her when you see her in the PACU! Congratulations!   (Quoted from Dr. Jacob Nadler)

July 29th, 2021

Dr. Webber Published in Current Anesthesiology Reports

Dr. WebberThe Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine's Audra M. Webber, MD has published an article titled "Obesity, Race, and Perioperative Complications" in the June 2021 edition of Current Anesthesiology Reports. 

Congratulations, Dr. Webber!


July 16th, 2021

Congratulations, Dr. Nishtar!

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

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

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

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

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

Additional information is available at

Congratulations Dr. Correll!

June 24th, 2021

Dr. Papadakos Quoted in Anesthesiology News Article

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


June 7th, 2021

Dr. Yung Featured in Rochester Medicine 2021 Special Edition

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

Check out the latest issue:


May 20th, 2021

Drs. Kreso and Webber Author Textbook Chapters

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

Check out the abstract below:




Brandon Berry Awarded 2021 Fenn Award

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

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

Check out the link below:

May 10th, 2021

Dr. Lynnie Correll To Start an Integrative Special Interest Group

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

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

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


May 7th, 2021

Andrew Wojtovich Named University Student Supervisor of the Year

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

Dr. Laurent Glance Published in Circulation

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

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

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

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

“Intracerebral hemorrhage after kratom ingestion”

Check out the link below:

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

Congratulations Dr. Papadakos!

April 29th, 2021

Dr. Karan and Colleagues Create Free Online CME Course

Dr. Karan

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


April 26th, 2021

Dr. Gundy Named Geriatric Faculty Scholar

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

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

Congratulations, Dr. Gundy


April 2nd, 2021

Nieves Awarded Barry Goldwater Scholarship

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

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

March 10th, 2021

Marjorie Gloff Named ACMO for Patient Safety Loss Prevention

Dr. GloffIn her new role as associate chief medical officer for patient safety loss prevention, Marjorie Gloff, M.D., will help oversee URMC’s risk reduction and quality improvement strategies.

The position is tied to URMC’s participation in the MCIC Vermont insurance cooperative, and Gloff, an associate professor of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine, will help implement some of MCIC’s key initiatives.


March 09th, 2021

2021-2022 Chief Resident's Selected

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


Dr. Abozaid Named ASA Resident Ambassador

Dr. Abozaid 


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


Rena Gresh Accepted to University of Cincinnati Program

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


 Congratulations, Rena!

February 15th, 2021

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

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


February 2nd, 2021

Dr. Gloff Receives Individual Excellence Award from URMC Board

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

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

January 29th, 2021

Breneman becomes Board-Certified in Clinical Informatics

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

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

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


January 26th, 2021

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

Dr. WhartonMitchell Wharton, PhD, RN, FNP-BC, CNS, has been named associate dean for equity and inclusion at the University of Rochester School of Nursing.

  “I am honored to have the opportunity to serve students and colleagues by leading the mission to enhance equity and inclusive practices within our school,” said Wharton, who will transition to this position full time in July after fulfilling his current clinical and educational responsibilities for the spring semester. “I look forward to engaging members of the School of Nursing and Rochester communities as we work together to thoughtfully and respectfully develop strategies to increase diversity throughout the nursing workforce and academic nursing pipeline.”

 Check out the full article by Patrick Broadwater for URMC News:

January 22nd, 2021

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

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

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

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

Congratulations, Dr. Lander!


Dr. Dworkin Delivers Keynote Lecture at McGill on Pain Day

Dr. Dworkin

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


January 4th, 2021

Dr. Guha Wins PDA Career Enhancement Award

Dr. Guha

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

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

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


December 21, 2020

Dr. Papadakos Published in International Immunopharmacology

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

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

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

 Check out the link below:

Narrative Review Published in PubMed

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

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

 Check out the link below:

December 14th, 2020

Congratulations Wojtovich Lab!


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

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

November 16th, 2020

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

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

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

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

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