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



                        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.


Graduating Residents Honor Faculty

Sundar Krishnan, M.B.B.S.

At the graduation dinner for residents and fellows on June 23rd, 2013, the graduating anesthesia residents announced the recipients of the "Resident Teacher of the Year Award" and the "Resident Excellence in Teaching Awards."  These awards were established to pay tribute to those faculty members that excel in resident education. The residents vote on these awards based on teaching inside and outside of the operating room. The winners of these honors do a wonderful job of combining multiple realms of education.  Sundar Krishnan, M.B.B.S., Clinical Assistant Professor, received the "Resident Teacher of the Year Award." Three faculty members were selected as recipients of the 2012-13 "Resident Excellence in Teaching" awards.  They are James Bates, M.D., Nicholas Mohr, M.D., and Clark Obr, M.D. Dr. Bates holds an appointment as Associate Professor, Dr. Mohr is a Clinical Assistant Professor, and Dr. Obr is a Clinical Associate Professor.

James Bates, Ph.D., M.D. Nicholas Mohr, M.D. Clark Obr, M.D.


Abstract Selected for 2013 ASA Best Abstracts Session

An abstract submitted to the 2013 annual meeting of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) by three of our department's faculty researchers has been chosen for presentation in the 2013 ASA Best Abstracts session. Emine Bayman, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Michael Todd, M.D., Professor, and Franklin Dexter, M.D., Ph.D., Professor, are co-authors of the abstract entitled, "An Improved Statistical Method for Assessing and Comparing Anesthesiologists' Performance on Mandated Metrics."


The Anesthesiology Journal sponsors the Best Abstracts session, reviewing submitted abstracts and selecting those appropriate for this special designation. Key findings of the abstracts selected are discussed by the Editors of Anesthesiology. For 2013, twelve abstracts will be discussed under the leadership of Editors, Bruno Riou, M.D., from University Pierre and Marie Curie in Paris, France, and by David S. Warner, M.D., from Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina. Dr. Warner is an alumnus of Iowa's Department of Anesthesia. 


Nicholas Mohr, M.D., Clinical Assistant Professor, is to be congratulated for his recent successful grant application. Dr. Mohr received funding for his project entitled, "Prehospital Prevention of Ventilator-associated Pneumonia Trial." He was awarded $25,000 from the Injury Prevention Research Center within the College of Public Health at the University of Iowa for this one-year clinical pilot study.

Congratulations, Dr. Sinyoung Kang!

Sinyoung Kang, M.D., Ph.D., Associate, is to be congratulated for her recent successful grant application. Dr. Kang was awarded a Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research (FAER) training grant in basic science for her grant entitled, "Afferent Mechanisms Mediating Reflex Inhibition of Phrenic Motor Output after Upper Abdominal Surgery." This is a two year award for $175,000.00.

Research Grant Awarded

Congratulations to Emine Bayman, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, who was awarded an R03 NIH grant for her study entitled, “Predicting Chronic Pain after Thoracic Surgery: A Bayesian Approach.”  Dr. Bayman was awarded $151,000 over two years for this grant.  Co-investigators will be Drs. Timothy Brennan (Samir D. Gergis Professor, Anesthesia), Mark Iannettoni (Professor, Cardiothoracic Surgery), Kalpaj Parekh (Assistant Professor, Cardiothoracic Surgery), and Lilian Dindo (Assistant Professor, Psychiatry). 

 The group will study to determine if they can predict which patients will develop chronic pain after thoracic surgery with a Bayesian approach. 

Research Grant Awarded

The Department of Anesthesia has just been awarded a grant of $314,074 from Karl Storz Endoscopy America, Inc. for an investigator-initiated project entitled “Comparison of Video Laryngoscopy with the C-MAC® D Blade versus the Glidescope® in the Predicted Difficult Airway:  A Multi-centered Randomized Controlled Noninferiority Trial.”  This will be a 1,000 patient, three-center trial involving the University of Iowa, Oregon Health Sciences University, and the University of Texas in Dallas.  The coordinating center will be located at Oregon, headed by Dr. Michael Aziz, while the UI will serve as both a participating center (under the leadership of Drs. Ron Abrons and David Swanson) and as the Data Management Center (under the direction of Drs. Michael Todd and Emine Bayman).  The two centers other than Iowa will receive a combined total of $330,064 (for a grant total of $644,538).   Dr. Todd serves as the principal investigator for Iowa, Dr. Aziz at OHSU, and Dr. Davide Cattano at Texas.  



 Ron Abrons      Emine Bayman     David Swanson      Mike Todd

Stuart Cullen Award Recipient

Anna Riessen has been selected the 2013 recipient of the Stuart Cullen Award. This honor is voted upon by the anesthesia residents and awarded to a senior medical student extern who, by scholastic achievement and clinical performance, has demonstrated outstanding capabilities in the field of anesthesiology during the senior clerkship in the department. A monetary gift accompanies this award. Dr. Stuart C. Cullen, who attended medical school at the University of Wisconsin and completed a residency in anesthesia at Belleview Hospital in New York, was recruited to the University of Iowa in the fall of 1938 as the Chief of the Anesthesia Division. At that time, anesthesia services were a division of the Department of Surgery. Under Dr. Cullen, the program flourished by the late 1940s. While principally known as a clinician and educator, he understood the importance of research. Dr. Cullen left Iowa in 1958 to become Chair of the Department of Anesthesia at the University of California, San Francisco. His decision to depart was based to a great degree on his never being able to attain departmental status for anesthesia at Iowa.

Congratulations, Dr. Brent Hadder!

Brent Hadder, M.D., Clinical Assistant Professor, passed his national board examinations in Hospice and Palliative Care (HPC).  He's the first individual in our department to seek out and accomplish this. The Palliative Care Program at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (UIHC) was established in 1999, and prior to this most recent testing session, there were three university physicians certified in palliative medicine. Along with Dr. Hadder, two additional physicians participated in this most recent examination. All three were successful in becoming certified, thus bringing the UIHC total number of certified palliative medicine physicians to six.

Of note is that this certification testing is administered through Internal Medicine, and the American Board of Anesthesiologists recognizes the results. Per the American Board of Anesthesiologists, “Hospice and palliative medicine (HPM) is based on expanding scientific knowledge about symptom control when cure is not possible and appropriate care during the last stages of life. Research, teaching, and practice efforts in this field have led to a vast increase in knowledge in the effort to relieve suffering of seriously ill patients and their families. Physicians who acquire subspecialist-level knowledge and skills in hospice and palliative medicine largely practice in one of two distinct professional roles: 1) hospice medical director, and 2) institution-based palliative care practice.”

Dr. Hadder has been interested in this area for quite some time, devoting many hours and much work to this effort. For several years, he has devoted almost all of his nonclinical time and post-Surgical Intensive Care Unit weeks to the Palliative Care Consultation Service.  He spent literally thousands of hours - and this board certification is the final step.

Iowa’s Palliative Care team is made up of a number of disciplines, including doctors and nurses, a social worker, music therapist and chaplain. In the next issue of department’s newsletter (Spring 2013), you will be provided the opportunity to read an article wherein Dr. Hadder provides more detail about our institution’s Palliative Care Consultation Service, as well as his personal involvement.

Research Grant Awarded

Toshihiro Kitamoto, Ph.D. has been selected as the recipient of an R03 research grant from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism for his project entitled, "A Novel GPCR-mediated Steroid Signaling That Controls Alcohol-induced Behavior." Dr. Kitamoto will receive $151,000 over two years for his grant.

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism is a division of the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Kitamoto's project was selected because of its superior promise to rapidly produce novel findings for future projects using the R03 funding.

Dr. James Choi Selected for Carver College of Medicine Faculty Focus

Congratulations to James Choi, M.D., Clinical Associate Professor of Anesthesia. Dr. Choi is featured on the home page of Carver College of Medicine's web site within their Faculty Focus section as a physician of interest. He states this, " your best without complaint, persevere even when things are not going your way and never give up." When asked his advice to the medical students, Dr. Choi says, "Work hard but be sure to enjoy the process because life is what you do when you are trying to achieve your goals."

The Department of Anesthesia at the University of Iowa is very proud to claim Dr. Jim Choi as one of our own. To view the poster on display throughout the hospital, click here. Read more about Dr. Choi online at

Dr. Sripada Named Medical Director for Acute Pain Service

Ramprasad Sripada, M.D., Clinical Associate Professor, has assumed the medical directorship of the Department of Anesthesia Acute Pain Service. As many of you know, this was started by Timothy Brennan, M.D., Ph.D., Samir D. Gergis Professor, Vice-Chair for Research, Interim Director for Pain Medicine, and for a long time this service has been an integral part of the Pain Clinic. However, both Dr. Brennan and I feel that a greater degree of autonomy for acute pain is appropriate; hence, my appointment of Dr. Sripada. Dr. Sripada has substantial experience in this area, having managed the Acute Pain Service at Vanderbilt prior to moving to Iowa. His expertise with regional anesthesia will also enhance the capabilities of the service. This is a substantial step forward for our department.

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