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Congratulations to Erik Strauss, MD, who was recently named the recipient of a starter grant funded by the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists and International Anesthesia Research Society (SCA/IARS). The funded study, titled “Assessment of Tranexamic Acid and Aminocaproic Acid Pharmacokinetics and Therapeutic Effectiveness during Cardiopulmonary Bypass,” is expected to last two years and is eligible for a maximum grant of $50,000. Dr. Strauss will be collaborating with faculty in our Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology division, the Department of Surgery Cardiothoracic division, and members of the School of Pharmacy.


Congratulations to Wei Chao, MD, PhD, who has been named the recipient of the prestigious 2018 Frontiers in Anesthesia Research Award, given by the International Anesthesia Research Society (IARS). This $750,000 award is only given by the IARS once every three years. Wei will use this funding to support his research into the molecular pathogenesis of sepsis. Read more about the award here.

On Tuesday March 6th, Dr. Maureen McCunn, Professor, Division of Trauma Anesthesia, joined a team of physicians and nurses from the Shock Trauma Center, and the Maryland Committee on Trauma, to teach “Stop the Bleed” techniques to senators, delegates, lobbyists and staff at the historic Statehouse of Maryland, where Governor Hogan was in attendance. 

The Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research has released their 2017 rankings of NIH funding to Medical Schools throughout the country. The Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Maryland, Baltimore increased its overall funding by about 21% and maintained its position at #11 nationwide. Congratulations to the investigators whose hard work, dedication, innovation, and commitment to discovery continue to propel the Department forward as a research powerhouse.

Members of the Department of Anesthesiology recently traveled to the Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women to deliver computers and science equipment purchased from the fundraising efforts of the 2017 Department of Anesthesiology Holiday Giving Program. Click here to see more from the event.

Laura Niklason

The Department recently hosted the annual Professors Martin Helrich and M. Jane Matjasko Lecture in Anesthsiology, featuring Laura E. Niklason, MD, PhD and titled "Progress and Roadblocks in Cellular Therapeutics". Click here for a video recording and photos of the event.

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Congratulations to recently promoted faculty members: Wei Chao, MD, PhD, FAHA: Awarding of Tenure; Brian Polster, PhD: Awarding of Tenure; Marta Lipinski, PhD: Promotion to Associate Professor; Michael Mazzeffi, MD, MPH: Promotion to Associate Professor; Boris Sabirzhanov, PhD: Promotion to Assistant Professor.

Dr. Rock accepting Patient Safety Award on behalf of the Department of Anesthesiology

The Maryland Medicine Comprehensive Insurance Program (MMCIP) recently awarded their inaugural Patient Safety Award to the Department of Anesthesiology. The award was presented by DePriest Whye, Chief Executive Office of MMCIP. Read more here.

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  • 37,000+ anesthetics performed in FY18
  • Leader in the total number of ECMO procedures performed in the United States
  • Largest adult liver transplant program on the East Coast
  • $7.39 million in grant funding, $5.11 million in NIH funding
  • Ranked 11th for NIH funding by the Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research
  • 95 Faculty members
  • 85 CRNAs
  • 37 Residents
  • 8 Interns
  • 10 Fellows
  • 11 Post Doc Fellows

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