2015-2016 LUNSFORD AWARDS and LUNSFORD SCHOLARSHIPS

Congratulations to Patrick Hussey, recipient of the 2015-2016 Margaret V. Lunsford Award.  The Lunsford Award is granted to the senior Anesthesia externs with outstanding academic achievement who has demonstrated potential to contribute to the specialty of Anesthesiology.  Patrick will receive $5,000 from the University of Iowa Foundation.  If he matches in the Department of Anesthesia for residency, he will receive an additional award.  The Lunsford Award was established at a bequest from the estate of Dr. Margaret Vanderwilt Lunsford through The University of Iowa Foundation in December 1995.  In complete accord with Dr. Lunsford’s wishes, at this time, the principal has been established as an endowment to provide scholarships for medical students entering the field of Anesthesiology.  Please congratulate Patrick on his academic achievement and award.

 

In addition to the Margaret V. Lunsford Award, we are pleased to announce that this year we have worked with the University of Iowa Foundation to establish the Lunsford Scholarship.  This is a $1,000 scholarship award that is given to each of our Externs.  The scholarship will be applied to the student’s tuition accounts by the Foundation as a $1000 payment in at the beginning of the Spring semester of the 2015-2016 year.  We are pleased to offer these scholarships to all of our Senior Med Student Externs, and congratulate them when you see them on their fine work.

Congratulations Nick Mohr!

The Department of Anesthesia now has 7 new Oral Board Examiners.

Stuart Cullen Award Winner 2014-2015

Sung Kim

Stuart Cullen Award Winner 2014-2015

We want to congratulate Sung Kim, M4, who is the recipient of the 2014-2015 Stuart Cullen Award.  The Stuart Cullen Award is granted by the Anesthesia Residents to a senior medical student who by scholastic achievement and clinical performance has demonstrated outstanding capabilities in the field of Anesthesiology during their senior clerkship in the Department.


Congratulations Sung!

Congratulations to Dr. Yasser El-Hattab

Congratulations to Yasser El-Hattab, M.B., Ch.B., M.M.E., Clinical Assistant Professor of Anesthesia. Upon nomination of Michael Todd, M.D., Professor, Chair and Departmental Executive Officer of Anesthesia, Dr. El-Hattab was selected to receive a certificate of appreciation in recognition of his contributions to medical education within the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. Debra Schwinn, M.D., Professor of Anesthesia, Pharmacology, and Biochemistry, and Dean of the College presented the recipients their awards.

 

Congratulations to Dr. Max Baker

Congratulations to Dr. Max Baker, who received a $56,873 Commercialization Gap Fund award from the Office of the Vice President for Research.  
 
With this award he plans to develop an “Easy-to-Use Buccal Drug Delivery Device for the Urgent Treatment of Seizures” and begin moving this device toward commercialization.  
 
The purpose of this Commercialization Gap Fund is to support the development of innovations with commercial potential through a range of stages in technology development, from initial concept, through proof of concept, to licensing and commercialization.

Congratulations to Dr. Ron Abrons


Congratulations to Dr. Ron Abrons, who received a $25,786 Commercialization GAP Fund award from the Office of the Vice President for Research.  These funds will be used to build and trial working prototypes of the Articulated Oral Airway device for which he recently received a patent.

 

Announcing a Fellowship in Pediatric Anesthesia

The University of Iowa Department of Anesthesia has been awarded an ACGME-accredited FELLOWSHIP in PEDIATRIC ANESTHESIA! Congratulations to Dr. Martin Mueller (Fellowship Director), Dr. Joss Thomas, Dr. Debb Szeluga, and the rest of the pediatric anesthesia faculty who worked on the application and developed the clinical practice and educational program so that we could qualify for this fellowship. A pediatric anesthesia fellow will start on July 1, 2015.
 
The educational commitment to pediatric anesthesia training will be an asset to the department as well as the free-standing University of Iowa Children’s Hospital that is to be completed in the spring of 2016.

Congratulations to Dr. Donna Hammond

Congratulations to Dr. Donna Hammond, who has received funding for her NIH grant, T32NS045549, “Interdisciplinary Training in Pain Research.”  Dr. Hammond will receive $1,013,008 over the next five years.
 
This grant provides support for two predoctoral and two postdoctoral trainees each year.  Dr. Hammond is beginning the 11th year of this grant, a remarkable accomplishment.

Congratulations To Dave Swanson

We have just learned from Chris Cooper, Dean for Student Affairs, that David has been chosen as one of the new Learning Community Directors for the Carver College of Medicine.  For those of you that aren’t familiar with this, every incoming medical student is assigned to one of four “Learning Communities”.  They remain with this group throughout medical school.  The Community is a bit like the “Houses” at Hogwarts - except that the students don't live in them.  Each Community has a faculty Director who serves as an advisor, mentor and all-around problem solver for the students.  Having one of the communities led by an Anesthesiologist is a real feather in both David's cap - and the Department's.

Congratulations to Ken Ueda

Ken Ueda has been awarded the UIHC Faculty Excellence in Coaching Award for 2014.   He is one of only 5 individuals given this award (out of over 800 eligible faculty).  Dr. Ueda was nominated by the Anesthesia Residency Program supported by comments from current fellows and residents.  This award recognizes his great teaching and service to the UIHC.  The Faculty Excellence in Coaching award comes with a certificate and a cash prize.

Congratulations Frank Jareczek

Frank Jareczek was awarded a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award for Individual Dual Doctoral Fellows for his grant proposal entitled  "Mechanistic Bases for the Adverse Interaction of Nicotine and Chronic Pain." Mr. Jareczek is a Neuroscience M.D./Ph.D. student in the laboratory of Donna Hammond, Ph.D. This is a four year fellowship award for $135,327.


 

This project seeks to identify and characterize the central mechanisms underpinning the pain facilitating effects of nicotine. A better understanding of these nociceptive mechanisms would facilitate the development of more efficacious behavioral and pharmacological interventions for the management of chronic pain in smokers and nonsmokers alike.

Iowa Anesthesia Columbian Mission Trip

 


Drs. Krohe, Titler and Kerr on Columbia Mission Trip.

 


Iowa Anesthesia Team in Guatemala


  Drs. Swanson, Meiners, Gore and Mueller at the Miles of Smiles Event In Guatemala.

Congratulations to Dr. Toshihiro Kitamoto

Congratulations to Dr. Toshihiro Kitamoto, who was awarded a Carver Collaborative Pilot Grant for his project, “Nutritional Therapy for Genetically Inherited Seizure in Drosophila.”  Dr. Kitamoto is collaborating with Dr. Chun-Fang Wu, Professor in the Department of Biology, and will receive $30,000 for up to two years.

 

Congratulations to Drs. Satoshi Hanada and Ken Ueda

Congratulations to Drs. Satoshi Hanada and Ken Ueda, who have been matched with students for the Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research Medical Student Anesthesia Research Fellowship Program this summer.

Dr. Hanada will mentor Matt Van Winkle, a medical student from Eastern Virginia Medical School who will enter his M2 year in fall 2014.  Dr. Hanada and Matt will be working on a randomized controlled study to compare two different saphenous vein cannulation techniques.

Dr. Ueda will mentor David Janiczek on a study to continuously map trends followed by specific hemodynamic monitors in post-op patients using non-invasive impedance cardiography (ICG).  David is a medical student from the University of Iowa who will be entering his M2 year in fall 2014.

   

Congratulations to Sundar Krishnan

Congratulations to Sundar Krishnan, M.B.B.S., Clinical Assistant Professor of Anesthesia. Upon nomination of Michael Todd, M.D., Professor, Chair and Departmental Executive Officer of Anesthesia, Dr. Krishnan was selected to receive a certificate of appreciation in recognition of his contributions to medical education within the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. In total, 24 faculty members representing various departments throughout the healthcare campus received this special honor. Debra Schwinn, M.D., Professor of Anesthesia, Pharmacology, and Biochemistry, and Dean of the College presented the recipients their awards.  

             

Center for Pain Medicine and Regional Anesthesia in the News!

The Fall 2013 issue of the University of Iowa Health Care publication, Health at Iowa, featured an article entitled, "Easing Back Pain: Neurostimulator 'A Big Step Forward'." Highlighted within this article is the Department of Anesthesia Center for Pain Medicine and Regional Anesthesia, including Foad Elahi, M.D., Clinical Assistant Professor. Together with Chandan Reddy, M.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Neurosurgery, they worked with a patient who had suffered pain since a 2010 car accident. To read more on their role in this patient's recovery, see the full article at http://medcom.uiowa.edu/health/easing-back-pain-neurostimulator-a-big-step-forward/#more-4141.

 

 

                         
                        Foad Elahi
 Chandan Reddy

Congratulations to Emily Petruccelli

Congratulations to Emily Petruccelli, a genetics graduate student in the laboratory of Toshihiro Kitamoto, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Anesthesia. Emily was awarded first place at the 2013 University of Iowa Genetics Graduate Program Retreat which was held on Friday, October 11, 2013. Emily received the Genetics Retreat Oral Presentation Award for her oral report entitled, "Drosophila DopEcR, a Dual Receptor for Ecysteroids and Dopamine, Modulates Ethanol-induced Sedation and Hyperactivity." Our department congratulates Emily on this accomplishment. We also thank Dr. Kitamoto for his mentorship.

 

                       
                     Toshi Kitamoto
Emily Petruccelli

Faculty Promotion News

Congratulations to these faculty members on their promotion to Clinical Associate Professor!

 

John Laur, M.D. Ken-ichi Ueda, M.D.

Congratulations to these faculty members on their appointment as Clinical Assistant Professor!
 

 
    Foad Elahi, M.D.      Unyime Ituk, M.B.B.S.