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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 Professors John Jun, MD and 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.



Congratulations to Lin Zou, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, who was recently awarded a prestigous Faculty Research Award from the Shock Society. The award is given in support of a faculty member at his/her early career stage to develop research in the areas related to trauma, shock, and sepsis, and who has the intent to become an outstanding independent investigator. A highly competitive award, the Faculty Research Award provides Dr. Zou with two years of support while also granting her tenure membership on the Shock Society's Awards and Honors Committee.

‌‌Kristy Ward, MS, CRNA, was recently awarded the Excellence ‌in Advanced Practice Nursing at the University of Maryland Medical Center's 2017 Nursing Excellence Awards. Kristy has been a member of the CRNA team for more than five years and plays an instrumental role in managing the CRNA schedule for the General OR, Trauma OR, University of Maryland Rehabilitation and Orthopaedic Institute, and UMMC Midtown campus.

Congratulations to Cheryl Conaway, Medical Practice Representative at the Pain Management Center at UMROI, and Judith Hallinger, Certified Coder in the Anesthesiology Professional Billing Office. Both were honored at the annual Faculty Physicians, Inc. Service Awards luncheon in May 2017. Cheryl was recognized for her 10 years of service, and Judith was recognized for her 25 years of service.

Ron Samet, MD, Assistant Professor and Fellowship Director, Regional Anesthesiology and Acute Pain, was featured in the May 2017 Associate Press (AP) article, "Overcoming Opioids: When Pills are a Hospital’s Last Resort." The story is the third in the AP series about the opioid epidemic, and it highlights the unique ways in which hospitals are managing pain in addicts, even in trauma situations.

Anesthesia Heroes - Congratulations to Assistant Professors Mary Hyder, MD, Jeremy Kaplowitz, MD, and Maria Karla Villacin, MD, as well as nurse anesthetists Theresa Young, CRNA, and Michelle Duell, DNP, who were honored at this year’s 28th Annual R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Gala at the Baltimore Convention Center, held on Saturday, April 22, 2017. The Gala highlights Maryland's Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel and medical professionals who represent Maryland’s unique, highly coordinated trauma system. Funds raised by the Gala benefit Shock Trauma's Center for Injury Prevention and Policy (CIPP), which focuses on injury trends and prevention-based educational programs offered throughout the State of Maryland. To read more about this year’s Gala, please click here.

Michael Shteyman, MD, Instructor, is featured in Deb's Amlen's New York Times article, "Uncommon Period," in which the infrequent triple overtime in basketball is highlighted as the theme for Dr. Shteyman's New York Times crossword puzzle on Thursday, April 13, 2017. His first New York Times crossword puzzle was published in 2001, when he was just 16 years, 9 months old, and which ranks him as the 16th youngest crossword puzzle constructor to debut with the New York Times. Dr. Shteyman was also recently honored by having one his crossword puzzles featured as the final playoff puzzle at the 40th American Crossword Puzzle Tournament (ACPT), recently held on March 24-26 in Stamford, CT.

Congratulations to Kenneth Robinson, MD, Assistant Professor at Midtown, on his selection to the 2017 40 Under 40 Leaders in Minority Health by the National Minority Quality Forum (NMQF). Honorees are recognized for their efforts to diversify the healthcare marketplace and serve as positive role models for the next generation of leaders in minority health. Dr. Robinson will receive his award at the 2017 NMQF Leadership Summit on Health Disparities and Congressional Black Caucus Spring Health Braintrust Gala Dinner on April 25th in Washington, DC.

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.


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Fact Sheet

  • 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