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Department of Anesthesiology

Congratulations to the Department's research investigators - The Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research ranks the Department of Anesthesiology 11th in NIH funding for 2016          Welcome New Faculty: Professor Konstantin Birukov, MD, PhD; Assistant Professor Yunbo Ke, PhD; Instructor Michael Shteyman, MD; and Assistant Professor Kenneth Robinson, MD              Six faculty are named "2016 Top Docs" by Baltimore Magazine - University of Maryland Rehabilitation and Orthopaedic Institute: Mark DiMino, MD and Edwin Villamater, MD;  Cardiac Anesthesiology: Patrick Odonkor, MB, ChB;  Pediatric Anesthesiology: Monique Bellefleur, MD, Madhavi Naik, MBBS, and Anne Savarese, MD            Congratulations to Yvette Fouche, MD, in being elected to the Board of Directors of the Trauma Anesthesiology Society           Congratulations to our recently promoted faculty members: Shiming Yang, PhD – Research Associate to Assistant Professor; David Loane, PhD, Bogdan Stoica, MD and Caron Hong, MD, MSc – Assistant Professor to Associate Professor; Maureen McCunn, MD, MIPP, FCCM – Associate Professor to Professor; and Colin Mackenzie, MB, ChB, FRCA, FCCM – Professor to Professor Emeritus

Video: The Anesthesiologist’s Role in Managing the Trauma Patient

The Department of Anesthesiology is committed to excellence in clinical service, education, research and faculty development.

In addition to providing services at the Baltimore VA Medical Center, our department has multiple divisions at the University of Maryland Medical Center:

Three divisions are at associated institutions:

Our research division's faculty conducts research in clinical anesthesiology, acute lung injury, neurodegeneration and neuroprotection, human factors, telemedicine, and basic respiratory physiology.

We also collaborate with researchers at UMMC, the R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center and the Baltimore Veterans Affairs Medical Center.



Colin Mackenzie, MB, ChB, Professor Emeritus, is featured in the March 2017 edition of JAMA Surgery in the article, "Performance of Vascular Exposure and Fasciotomy Among Surgical Residents Before and After Training Compared With Experts." In the same edition, Dr. Mackenzie provides invited commentary on training proficiency: "Surgical Training to Proficiency: Learning From Errors."

Julie Utz, IT Manager, recently graduated from the FPI Leadership Foundations program. The Leadership Foundations is a six-month program geared to mid- to high mid-level FPI managers who are performing successfully in their current roles, and participants are competitively selected. Ms. Utz joins Christina Clyde, Division Administrator, and Karen Park, Director of Program Administration and Business Development, who graduated from the first Foundations cohort and have served as co-chairs for the Leadership Foundations Alumni Group for the past two years.

The Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research has released their 2016 rankings of NIH funding to Medical Schools throughout the country. The Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Maryland, Baltimore is now ranked 11th, improving from our 17th place ranking in 2015. Congratulations to all investigators, whose hard work, dedication, innovation, and commitment to discovery continue to expand the research enterprise for the Department.

Konstantin Birukov, MD, PhD, Professor, joins the Department of Anesthesiology as the Director of the University of Maryland Lung Biology Research Program and will concurrently serve as the Associate Chair for Basic Science Research in the Department of Anesthesiology. An author on over 100 peer-reviewed manuscripts, Dr. Birukov also holds four patents and is Principal Investigator on three active NIH-funded grants.

Both Michael Mazzeffi, MD, Assistant Professor, and Kenichi Tanaka, MD, Professor, of Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology are featured in two separate Letters to the Editor in the February 2017 issue of Anesthesia and Analgesia. Dr. Mazzeffi's letter, "If the Goal is Balance, Why Not Fresh Frozen Plasma?" and Dr. Tanaka's letter, "Clinical and Practical Aspects of Restoring Thrombin Generation in Acute Coagulopathic Bleeding," are currently available online.

Kenichi Tanaka, MD, Professor in Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology, and Brittney Williams, MD, Assistant Professor, are featured as co-authors in the January 2017 issue of Transfusion Medicine Reviews, "Practical Use of Thromboelastometry in the Management of Perioperative Coagulopathy and Bleeding."

Kenichi Tanaka, MD, Professor in Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology, is co-author on an editorial in the December 2016 issue of Anesthesia and Analgesia, "SEER Sonorheometry: Listening to What the Clot Has to Say."  Dr. Tanaka is also featured in the recent issue of British Journal of Anaesthesia as co-author on the article, “Fibrinogen – Is It a Universal Haemostatic Agent?

Six Department of Anesthesiology faculty were recently named "2016 Top Docs" in the November 2016 issue of Baltimore Magazine. Congratulations to:  Mark DiMino, MD and Edwin Villamater, MD - University of Maryland Rehabilitation and Orthopaedic Institute;  Patrick Odonkor, MB, ChB - Cardiac Anesthesiology;  Monique Bellefleur, MD, Madhavi Naik, MBBS, and Anne Savarese, MD - Pediatric Anesthesiology. Click here to read the full University of Maryland Medical Center News Release.

Congratulations to our Trauma Anesthesiology team, who were featured in the video, “When Seconds Count….Trauma Physician Anesthesiologists Save Lives.” This video has been nominated for a 2015-2016 Emmy by the Chicago/Midwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. The video was produced by Ryan Koscielniak, Executive Producer, Clyde Media, LLC/Public Communications Inc./American Society of Anesthesiologists.

Congratulations to Yvette Fouche, MD, Assistant Professor in Trauma Anesthesiology for her election to the Board of Directors of the Trauma Anesthesiology Society.

Michael Mazzeffi, MD, Assistant Professor, was named Director of Resident Research Education and Scholarly Development at the University of Maryland Medical Center. This recently-launched program is designed to enhance scholarly activity in the Department of Anesthesiology Residency Program.

Gary Fiskum, PhD, Professor; Samuel Galvagno, DO, PhD, FCCM, Assistant Professor, Peter Hu, PhD, Associate Professor; Colin Mackenzie, MB, ChB, FRCA, FCCM, Professor Emeritus; Napoleon Roux, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor; and Shiming Yang, PhD, Assistant Professor, participated in the August 2016 Military Health System Research Symposium (MHSRS) in Kissimmee, Florida. This meeting is the Defense Department’s premier scientific event, which is a joint symposium between military medical care providers and industry, serving to exchange information on research and healthcare advancements in the areas of combat casualty care, military operational medicine, clinical and rehabilitative medicine, and military infections disease research programs.


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  • 37,000 anesthetics performed in FY16 (10% increase from FY15)
  • Leader in the total number of ECMO procedures performed in the United States
  • 2nd largest liver transplant program in the United States
  • $7.39 million in grant funding, $4.28 million in NIH funding (as of 6/30/2016)
  • Ranked 11th for NIH funding in Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research
  • Anesthesia Clinical Registry: 97,235 unique patients with 163,620 total cases
  • 95 Faculty members – Full-time, Part-time, VAMHCS, Volunteer, Emeritus
  • 85 CRNAs
  • 37 Residents
  • 8 Interns
  • 10 Fellows
  • 11 Post Doc Fellows