Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine (APOM)

Our mission is to provide superior clinical care and achieve excellence in education and research. 


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

12/22/2014 - No Grand Rounds

12/29/2014 - No Grand Rounds

1/5/2015 - Jarrett Skirball, MD, CA3 - "Management of the Brain Dead Organ Donor"

1/12/2015 - Emily Baird, MD, Glenn Woodworth, MD, Dawn Dillman, MD, Chris Swide, MD - "APOM Faculty Advancement: Clinician-Educator"

APOM Research Conference

Thursdays, 9:00AM - 10:00AM

Multnomah Pavillion (MNP) 3417

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

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.

2015 Haugen Lecture

OSA/OHSU 2105 Annual Haugen Lecture
Saturday, February 7, 2015

"Personalized Medicine in a Connected World"


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Featured Grand Rounds Presentations

Dr. Leong's presentation from December 8th

"Collaborative Health Outcomes Information Registry"

Dr. Norm Cohen's presentation from November 10th

"Compliance Corner"

Also from November 10th, Dr. Ann Bingham's presentation:

"Perioperative Potassium Practice Suggestions"

Drs. Johnson, Palesch, Miller, and Seligman's presentation from September 29th

"Review of 2014 ACC/AHA Guidelines and Implications for Clinical Care"

Dr. Mike Aziz's presentation from August 25th

"OPEx Update"

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 

 Fundamentals II ibook Cover       


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