Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine (APOM)

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New CA1 Resident Featured in OHSU Article

Kuchena, Admire(July 23, 2014) An OHSU article about some of the new residents and fellows features one of APOM's own, Admire Kuchena. Read more

2014 Annual Department Address

(July 7, 2014) 2014 Annual Department Address by Dr. Jeff Kirsch

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Part 2

2014 APOM Faculty Promotions

(July 3, 2014) Congratulations to the following faculty on their recent promotions:

Associate Professor
James Carson
Ines Koerner
Peter Schulman

Clinical Associate Professor
Berklee Robins
Glenn Woodworth

Clinical Professor
Norm Cohen
Chris Swide

Kirk Lalwani

NEJM Article by Dr. David Sibell and colleagues

(July 2, 2014) Dr. David Sibell was site director for a multisite, double-blinded randomized clinical trial involving 400 patients who suffered from lumbar spinal stenosis with moderate-to-severe leg pain and disability, and who received epidural injections of glucocorticoids plus lidocaine or lidocaine alone. The study found that adding glucocorticoids offered little or no benefit compared with epidural injection of lidocaine alone, in terms of alleviating pain up to 6 weeks after injection. The research was funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). The study has just been published in the NEJM (link to the article as well as the Editorial below). Congratulations to Dr. Sibell, research coordinator Kathy Parker and other colleagues at the comprehensive Pain Center on completing the study and the important findings, which will undoubtedly have an impact on clinical practice.

Epidural GC for Spinal Stenosis


NY Times article

Nabil Alkayed
Professor and Vice Chair for Research
Department of Anesthesioogy & Perioperative Medicine
Oregon & Health Science University

APOM Faculty Receive OHSU Professional Staff Awards

(June 30, 2014) Michael Aziz, M.D. and Stephen Robinson, M.D. received the Systems-Based Clinical Care award for their efforts in implementing OPEx in the South OR.

Drs. Slater, Aziz, Freiss, and Robinson


Matthias Merkel, M.D., Ph.D., received the Development of Interdisciplinary Teams award for collaborating to develop and operationalize the vision for the Knight Cardiovascular Institue Critical Care Service.

Drs. Slater and Merkel

Graduation Photos

(June 23, 2014) Congratulations to all of our fellows, residents and interns who graduated last weekend.  Dr. Norm Cohen has put together an album on Flickr of the pictures he took if you would like to view or download any of them.

2014 Anesthesia Graduation

Dr. Angela Kendrick Receives OHSU Women in Academic Medicine Award

Dean Mark Richardson and Dr. Kendrick

(May 30, 2014) Congratulations to Dr. Angela Kendrick for receiving the OHSU Women in Academic Medicine award for Clinical Service.

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Oregon Food Bank

Food Bank 2014

(May 29, 2014) APOM staff and friends at the OFB's Food Recovery Center.  They sorted and packed over 7,000lbs of food for transfer, which will be shipped to the regional food banks that OFB supplies, then put into emergency food baskets.  Currently, the OFB network provides about 170,000 emergency food baskets per month.

Dr. Ines Koerner Receives AHA Grant


(May 20, 2014) Congratulations to Ines Koerner, who learned today that she is the recipient of an American Heart Association Grant-in-Aid for the next two years. The funding will support her project: Mechanisms of Microglia-Mediated Secondary Brain Injury After Cardiac Arrest. Ines has quite a year ahead of her as the new Medical Director of the Neuro-ICU and as a well-funded clinician-scientist. I am very pleased to see that she has received the national recognition that she deserves for her outstanding work.

Dr. Jeff Kirsch
Professor and Chair
Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine
Oregon Health & Science University

Dr. Andrew Young Receives SOCCA Young Investigator Award

Dr. Young
Dr. Patricia Murphy and Dr. Andrew Young

(May 19, 2014) I would like to congratulate Dr. Andrew Young on a wonderful podium presentation at the Society of Critical Care Anesthesiology annual meeting in Montreal this past weekend! Dr. Young was the recipient of the SOCCA Young Investigator Award for his submission "Focused Echocardiography During Glucagon Administration to Diagnose Beta Blocker-induced Cardiomyopathy." He fielded several interesting questions following his presentation which truly demonstrated his thorough knowledge. Dr. Young and his mentors, Peter Schulman and Matthias Merkel, are all to be commended on a fabulous job!

Dr. Young
Dr. Young with the SOCCA award and his presentation poster

Dr. Miko Enomoto
Assistant Professor
Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine
Oregon Health & Science University

Senator Ron Wyden Receives ASA Award

Wyden EIG
Dr. Mark Norling, Senator Ron Wyden, and Dr. Jeff Kirsch.

Giving our Senator an award from the ASA for his work to improve rural healthcare.

Dr. Katie Schenning Receives Inaugural Margaret Wood Resident Research Award

Katie Schenning Wood Award

Dr. Margaret Wood and Dr. Katie Schenning

(May 4, 2014) It is with great pleasure that I congratulate Dr. Katie Schenning for being recognized with the Margaret Wood Resident Research Award, by the Association of University Anesthesiologists (the most prestigious society of academic anesthesiologists) for her research entitled "Postoperative Dementia: Role of Anesthesia and APOE4". This award is the only award for resident research presented by the AUA. It is also important to note that this is the inaugural year of this award. In an AUA Newsletter article (http://www.auahq.org/14_AUA_winter_newsletter_FFF.pdf (p.10)) Dr. Wood (who donated the endowment which supports this award) noted "I decided to create this prize in order to ensure our ability to recognize and honor the achievements of our specialty's rising stars." I am so proud that the first ever recognized rising star by the AUA is Dr. Katie Schenning.

Dr. Jeff Kirsch
Professor and Chair
Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine
Oregon Health & Science University

As of July 1, 2014 Ansgar will become Vice Chair for Faculty Development and Advancement


(May 4, 2014) I would like to thank Ansgar for his outstanding leadership in the Neuro-ICU for the past 5 years. The Neuro-ICU is an incredibly complicated environment, as it exists as a collaboration between 3 departments in the School of Medicine (Anesthesiology, Neurology and Neurosurgery) and develops care models and solves problems with a strong inter-professional approach. Ansgar has lead the maturation of the unit from being one that was completely covered by just two attending physicians, to now having an incredible team of attending physicians from neurology and anesthesiology, as well outstanding fellows, mid-level providers, and nurses.  

Dr. Jeff Kirsch
Professor and Chair
Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine
Oregon Health & Science University

As of July 1, 2014 Ines will become the Medical Director of the Neurosciences Critical Care Unit


(May 4, 2014) I look forward to working with Ines in her new role and I am sure that under her leadership the accomplishments of the unit will excel. Ines was our absolute first choice for our new Medical Director of the Neuro-ICU by myself, the chairs of neurology and neurosurgery and the hospital. I am delighted that she accepted our offer to help bring this ICU program to the next level of excellence.

Dr. Jeff Kirsch
Professor and Chair
Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine
Oregon Health & Science University

Dr. Nabil Alkayed is the New James Metcalfe Endowed Chair

Nabil Endowment

Dr. Nabil Alkayed and Dr. James Metcalfe

(April 23, 2014) Please join with me in congratulating Dr. Nabil Alkayed, who today became the James Metcalfe Endowed Chair in Cardiovascular Research. The endowment is the first formed in the Knight Cardiovascular Institute, and Nabil is the first recipient. Dr. Metcalfe was founder of The Heart Research Laboratory and led cardiovascular research at OHSU for over 30 years until his retirement in early 90s. Nabil was chosen for this huge honor because of his outstanding accomplishments as a scientist in cardiovascular research, his ability to mentor junior residents, fellows and faculty and his consistent accomplishment to facilitate collaboration fostering advancement in cardiovascular research between individuals across different departments and centers.

I have had the great pleasure of working with Nabil for more than 20 years and have enjoyed watching him operationalize his vision for research in our department, as well as for cardiovascular research at OHSU. As was presented at this evening’s dedication, I am consistently impressed by Nabil’s passion, organizational abilities, his in-depth knowledge of physiology and his wonderful skills as a mentor. I am pleased that he will continue in his APOM role as Vice Chair of Research, while he also holds his new Endowed Chair.

Dr. Jeff Kirsch
Professor and Chair
Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine
Oregon Health & Science University

(April 22, 2014) Everyone taking the stairs to the quarterly staff meeting!


Mt. Everest Stairclimb Challenge 2014

(April 18, 2014) An APOM staff member climbing those stairs, even in wedges!


Mt. Everest Stairclimb Challenge 2014

Dr. Matthias Merkel Appointed as Director of Adult Critical Care

Matthias Merkel

(April 10, 2014) Please join with me in congratulating Dr. Matthias Merkel, who has just been appointed as Director of Adult Critical Care for all of OHSU. Matthias will also continue as the Medical Director of the 8C ICU. In his new role Matthias will oversee the policies and operations of each of the other adult ICUs at OHSU. Matthias' outstanding leadership skills will be critically important in helping to make the ICU moves that are planned for this coming year. His special skills to simultaneously improve safety and efficiency will certainly help OHSU to continue to excel in the care of the most complicated patients in our health system.

Dr. Jeff Kirsch
Professor and Chair
Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine
Oregon Health & Science University

Dr. ed kahl is the new director of transesophageal echocardiography (TEE)

Ed Kahl

(April 9, 2014) Please join with me in congratulating Dr. Ed Kahl who has accepted to the position of Director of Transesophageal Echocardiography (TEE) within Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine.

The Director of Perioperative TEE is a position that has been created in response to the growing utilization of intraoperative TEE by members of the Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine (APOM) as a diagnostic and monitoring modality performed in cardiac anesthetics, as well as for non-cardiac anesthetics. The responsibilities of this position are primarily to support the educational mission of the Adult Cardio-Thoracic Anesthesia Fellowship Program, the core residency, as well as departmental faculty development. Additionally, the Director will serve as the quality expert and faculty mentor for ensuring state-of-art practice and safety for our patients by reinforcing adherence to departmental and institutional policy and American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) guidelines and standards.

Dr. Jeff Kirsch
Professor and Chair
Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine
Oregon Health & Science University

Dr. Dawn Dillman appointed College Lead for the Acute Care College

Dawn Dillman (2)

(April 4, 2014) Please join with me to congratulate Dr. Dawn Dillman for her appointment as College Lead for the Acute Care College for the 2014-2015 academic year. This honor provides Dawn with the leadership position to help mentor all OHSU medical students who plan to pursue a career in acute care medicine. I am thrilled to see an anesthesiologist in charge of this "college" of students. I appreciate the wisdom of the School of Medicine for choosing Dawn for this position, amongst all of the other talented applicants. I know that Dawn will continue to be an outstanding mentor for these students.

Dr. Jeff Kirsch
Professor and Chair
Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine
Oregon Health & Science University

Dr. Lao Saves Life at New York Half-Marathon

Dr. LaoOHSU doctor helps save runner's life at New York's half-marathon. Read more

Grace Chien steps down from VA lead

Grace Chien VA

Thanks to Grace Chien for many years of outstanding leadership for Anesthesiology at the Portland VA.

Dr. Ansgar Brambrink receives The Frontiers in Anesthesia Research Award (FARA)

Brambrink, Ansgar2

I am delighted to share with you very exciting news. The International Anesthesia Research Society (IARS) gives each year one large award "The Frontiers in Anesthesia Research Award (FARA)" to a distinguished Anesthesiologist chosen from all over the world. It is with great pleasure and pride that I announce that the winner of this year's award is Dr. Ansgar Brambrink, whose project "Long-term outcome of single vs triple anesthesia exposure of infant monkeys" was selected for the 2012 Frontiers in Anesthesia Research Award. The award recognizes Dr. Brambrink's demonstrated originality, scientific excellence and leadership in the anesthesiology field, and aims to foster innovation and creativity in anesthesia-related research. To quote the society's letter, Dr. Brambrink's proposal was chosen by an international external review panel because of its "superior promise to produce innovative work in our field". The 3-year grant is a huge honor to Dr. Brambrink and a great recognition of our department's stature and Dr. Kirsch's leadership in the field of Anesthesiology both national and internationally.'

Nabil J. Alkayed, MD, PhD
Professor and Vice Chair for Research
Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine
Oregon Health & Science University

Regional Anesthesia - Innovative toolbox to train tomorrow's physicians!

 OHSU Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine launches the Regional Anesthesia Curriculum Tool Box Project!  The toolbox project is being piloted through Regional Anesthesia and the education department has plans to roll out this project with other subspecialties.

The goal of the project is to allow anesthesiology residency programs to share peer-reviewed educational resources and tools that will help them implement a competency-based regional anesthesia curriculum.  The tool box includes resources to help assess resident attainment of ACGME competency milestones.

APOM Grand Rounds, Mondays 7:00-8:00am, UHS 8B60

6/30/2014 - No Grand Rounds: Professional Staff Meeting

7/7/2014 - Jeffrey Kirsch, MD - "Annual Department Address"

7/21/2014 - Michael Sprintz, DO, Mark Baskerville, MD - "Addiction - A Tale of Two Survivors"

7/28/2014 - Peter Jessel, MD - "Procedural Electophysiology & Anesthesia in the EP Lab"

Research Grand Rounds

Monday, 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Multnomah Pavillion (MNP) 3417


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Featured Grand Rounds Presentations

Dr. Peter Jessel's presentation from July 28th

"Procedural Electrophysiology & Anesthesia in the EP Lab"

Dr. Michael Sprintz and Dr. Mark Baskerville's presentation from July 21st:

"Addiction - A Tale of Two Survivors"

Dr. Kirk Lalwani's presentation from grand rounds on June 2nd:

"Milestones: Are you ready for July 1st?"

Dr. Angela Kendrick's presentation from grand rounds on May 19th:

"Back to the Future - The History of Change in Anesthesia"

Fundamentals of Ultrasound Guided Regional Anesthesia II has been Released.

This course is now approved by the American Society of Anesthesiologist for their UGRA Didactic Courses. 


Click here for information about the second ibook on Ultrasound Guided Regional Anesthesia 

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