Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine (APOM)

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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.

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.

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

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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

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

3/24/2014 - Miriam Treggiari, MD - "Modern Approaches to Sedation and Delirium in the ICU"

3/31/2014 - Sachin Kheterpal, MD - "Beyond the randomized controlled trial: Why our literature is often contradictory"

4/7/2014 - Drs. Brambrink, Merkel, Noles, Hand, Schulman, and Cohen - "Faculty Development in Service/Administration"

4/14/2014 - Mock orals, no grand rounds

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



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