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Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Dr. Kerri Lopez awarded the SHOCK Society Diversity Enhancement Award

Congratulations to Kerri Lopez, MD for being awarded the US SHOCK SOCIETY Diversity Enhancement Award for her abstract entitled "Impact of Hypobaric Exposure on Inflammation and Organ Injury in a Non-Hemorrhagic Mouse Model of Polytrauma". Dr. Lopez is a PGY-3 surgical resident and has just completed her two-year research training in the Anesthesiology Translational Research Program working on a research project funded by the US Air Force.


Monday, July 13, 2020

Dr. Brian Polster receives R01 grant from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

Brian M. Polster, Ph.D. Associate Professor, and co-investigators Drs. Bogdan Stoica, Rebecca Henry, James Barrett, and Marta Lipinski from the Department of Anesthesiology, was awarded a five-year, $2,891,532 R01 grant from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders And Stroke (NIH/ NINDS) for “Reprogramming proinflammatory microglia by restoring mitochondrial function”.


Monday, July 06, 2020

Article in US News features Dr. Jonathan Chow

Jonathan Chow, MD, Assistant Professor was featured in U.S. News & World Report for working with robots to help keep health care workers safe while treating the sickest COVID-19 patients. The article focuses on how Dr. Chow’s and colleagues conduct rounds in the intensive care unit’s biocontainment section using robots. The two robots named “Blue Bertha” and “Red Randy” are controlled by Dr. Chow using a few keystrokes movements to help examine seriously ill COVID-19 patients. Dr. Chow states “They change the way you’re able to take care of the patient; and we don’t need to bring our team of clinicians inside an air-locked room for four hours, risking exposure to the virus. It makes me a lot more confident when I come home that I won’t bring the virus home”


Tuesday, June 02, 2020

Congratulations to Rodney M. Ritzel, PhD, for being the inaugural recipient of the 2020 Michael Shipley Postdoctoral Award

Congratulations to Rodney M. Ritzel, PhD, a postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Alan Faden’s lab, for being the inaugural recipient of the 2020 Michael Shipley Postdoctoral Award. This award recognizes a postdoctoral fellow who has exemplified excellence in research with an exceptional record of accomplishments. Dr. Ritzel was commended for his critical thinking and passion for continued learning in neuroscience. He will be honored at the Program in Neuroscience Retreat with the presentation of an engraved award and honorarium.


Tuesday, June 02, 2020

Junfang Wu, BM, PhD, receives R01 grant from National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

Congratulations to Junfang Wu, BM, PhD, Associate Professor, the Department of Anesthesiology and Long-Jun Wu, PhD, Professor at the Mayo Clinic, received a five-year, $2,392,596 grant (NIH R01) from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke for “The Function and Mechanisms of Voltage-Gated Proton Channel Hv1 in Spinal Cord Injury”. Click Here for more information.


Friday, May 01, 2020

Congratulations to Dr. Michael Mazzeffi, MD for being awarded the 2020 Mid-Career Grant by SCA-IARS

Congratulations to Dr. Michael Mazzeffi, MD Associate Professor for being awarded the 2020 Mid-Career Grant by the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists (SCA) and the International Anesthesia Research Society (IARS). Dr. Mazzeffi received this award for his research project titled “Von Willebrand Factor Concentrate for Treatment of Acquired Von Willebrand Syndrome During ECMO: An in vitro Dose-Finding and Efficacy Study.” The award, $100,000 over two years, supports investigators' research projects in the field of cardiothoracic and vascular anesthesia.


Thursday, April 02, 2020

Mary J. Njoku, MD Faculty Marshal for 2020 SOM Graduation

Congratulations to Mary J. Njoku, MD, recipient of the Matjasko Professorship for Education in Anesthesiology, Associate Professor & Vice Chair for Education, on being elected by the School of Medicine’s 2020 Graduation Class to serve as one of two Graduation Faculty Marshals. Due to the current healthcare crisis, the School of Medicine will not hold its in-person ceremony, but will still recognize Dr. Njoku for this honor in the Graduation Program which will be distributed to all students. Let us join Dr. Njoku in Congratulating the UMSOM Class of 2020!


Friday, March 27, 2020

Obstetric Anesthesiology Division awarded SOAP’s 2019 Center of Excellence (COE) for Anesthesia Care of Obstetric Patients’ Designation

Congratulations to the Obstetric Anesthesiology Division of the Department of Anesthesiology on being awarded SOAP’s 2019 Center of Excellence (COE) for Anesthesia Care of Obstetric Patients’ Designation. This 4-year certificate recognizes institutions and programs that set a benchmark level of expected care to improve the standards nationally and to provide a broad surrogate quality metric of institutions providing obstetric anesthesia care.


Friday, March 20, 2020

Molly Goodfellow, PhD co-author in the June 2020 issue of Experimental Neurology

Molly Goodfellow, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow; Apurva Borcar, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow; Julie Proctor, MS, Lab Manager; Tiffany Greco, PhD, former UMB PhD student; Robert Rosenthal, MD, Professor of Emergency Medicine and Director, Hyperbaric Medicine; Gary Fiskum, PhD, Matjasko Professor for Research in Anesthesiology and Vice-Chair; all from the Department of Anesthesiology and the Center for Shock, Trauma and Anesthesiology Research (STAR) were among the co-authors of “Transcriptional activation of antioxidant gene expression by Nrf2 protects against mitochondrial dysfunction and neuronal death associated with acute and chronic neurodegeneration” which will publish in the June 2020 issue of Experimental Neurology.


Monday, February 24, 2020

Rebecca Henry, PhD published in The Journal of Neuroscience

Rebecca Henry, PhD, Research Associate; Rodney Ritzel, PhD, Post Doc Fellow; James Barrett, PhD, Research Associate; Sarah Doran, MD, PhD, Research Assistant; Junfang Wu, BM, PhD, Associate Professor; Bogdan Stoica, MD, Associate Professor; Alan Faden, MD, Professor; David Loane, PhD, Adjunct Associate Professor; all from the Department of Anesthesiology published their findings in The Journal of Neuroscience, suggesting a potential new treatment for TBI and possibly other brain injuries. Read the full article here.


Tuesday, February 04, 2020

Marta Lipinski, PhD Receives AI + Medicine for High Impact (AIM-HI) Challenge Award

Congratulations to Dr. Marta Lipinski, an Associate Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology. Dr. Lipinski was awarded the AI + Medicine for High Impact (AIM-HI) Challenge Award by the University of Maryland, Baltimore and University of Maryland, College Park.


Monday, January 27, 2020

UM School of Medicine's Shock, Trauma and Anesthesiology Research (STAR) Center Announces Leadership Transition

University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) Dean E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, announced today that the UMSOM”s Shock, Trauma and Anesthesiology Research (STAR) Center will begin the next phase of its history with new leadership.


Junfang Wu, BM, PhD, Associate Professor, the Department of Anesthesiology and Steven Michael Jay, PhD, Associate Professor from University of Maryland, College Park, received a five-year, $2,799,596 grant (NIH RF1) from the National Institute on Aging (NIH/NIA) and National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NIH/NINDS) for “Dementia Following Spinal Cord Injury: Mechanism and Therapeutic Targeting”.

Reney A. Henderson, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesiology, has been chosen for the SABM (Society for the Advancement of Blood Management) Research Starter Grant Award which will fund his study entitled “Hematological and Endothelial Function after Autologous Blood Infusion in Cardiac Surgery Patients.”


Michael Mazzeffi, MD, Associate Professor and Division Chief of Critical Care Anesthesiology, recently published an article in the August 2019 Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia titled “Von Willebrand Factor-GP1bα Interactions in Venoarterial Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation Patients”. The study video, which shows a flow chamber experiment, is featured as the Video of the Month. Click here for the full video.  


The International Anesthesia Research Society (IARS) Annual Meeting and International Science Symposium aligning with the Association of University Anesthesiologists(AUA) Annual Meeting and Society of Critical Care Anesthesiologists (SOCCA) Annual Meeting took place Thursday, May 16 through Sunday, May 20, 2019 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

The Department of Anesthesiology was well represented with faculty and student presentations throughout the meeting. Gary Fiskum, PhD, M. Jane Matjasko Professor for Research and Vice Chair for Research, presented Hyperoxic Resuscitation Following Canine Cardiac Arrest Increases Cerebellar Purkinje Neuronal Damage and Inflammatory Microglial Activation as part of the AUA Advisory Board Oral Session I and as part of AUA Poster Session B on Thursday, May 16, which earned him the distinction of being chosen as one of four top finalists for the Kosaka Best of Meeting Abstract Awards in the Basic Science Category.

Alan Faden, MD, David S. Brown Professor in Trauma and Director, Shock Trauma Anesthesiology Research Center (STAR), presented Omics Applications in Neurotrauma Research: From Pathobiology to Treatment on Saturday, May 18 as part of the SOCCA Panel entitled, “Towards Precision Medicine Intensive Care Unit,” moderated by Robert David Stevens, MD, FCCM of The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

On Sunday, May 19, Wei Chao, MD, PhD, FAHA, Anesthesiology Endowed Professor in Translational Research, Vice-Chair for Translational Research and Associate Director, Shock Trauma anesthesiology Research Center, moderated the SOCCA Panel entitled, “Sepsis-Induced Coagulopathy: Mechanisms and Management.” Of the three presentations given, the second was presented by the Department’s Brittney Williams, MD on Molecular Link between Inflammation and Coagulopathy in Sepsis.


Nurses Week events were held May 6-12, 2019 in conjunction with the Clinical Practice Summit and Patient Safety Summit. The Clinical Practice Summit and Patient Safety Summit entitled “Cultivating a Spirit of Inquiry and Inter-Professional Teamwork” was held from Monday, May 6 through Friday, May 10 in the Weinberg Atrium. The Department of Anesthesiology was represented by eight posters by both clinical and research project groups. 

The annual 2019 Nurses Week awards were given out Thursday, May 9 in the School of Nursing Auditorium. The Department of Anesthesiology‘s Marisa Conry, MS, CRNA was given the Excellence in Advanced Practice Nursing award. In all categories there were twelve other nominations for awards to Department of Anesthesiology CRNAs or associated support positions. In addition, Douglas Martz, MD was given the Physician Colleague award for 2019.  Three other Department of Anesthesiology faculty members, Megan Anders, MDMary Hyder, MD and Bhavani Kodali, MBBS, MD were extended the honor of a nomination. Click here to see the full list of nominees and winners.


On Saturday, May 4, 2019 the University of Maryland School of Medicine hosted its annual gala for alumni, donors, faculty, staff, and students at the Baltimore Convention Center. The title of this year’s gala was “Vital Signs, Vital Victories” emphasizing the School of Medicine’s continued tradition of excellence in the areas of medical education, patient care and research.

Each year the School of Medicine Gala coincides with the Medical Alumni Association Reunion Weekend making it the perfect opportunity to showcase the accomplishments of the many dedicated physicians, biomedical researchers and allied health professionals who work together every day. Featured prominently in this year’s video presentation were two pediatric anesthesiologists:  Anne Savarese, MD, FAAP, Division Chief and Stephanie Kahntroff, MD, Division member for their contributions to several of the pediatric patient cases that were highlighted. Click here to view the video.


Several members of the Division of Trauma Anesthesiology contributed to the March 2019 issue of Anesthesiology ClinicsMaureen McCunn, MD, MIPP, FCCM served as the lead editor of the issue, the topic of which was “Cutting-Edge Trauma and Emergency Care.” Samuel Galvagno, Jr., DO, PhD was the lead author of “Advanced Trauma Life Support® Update 2019: Management and Applications for Adults and Special Populations.” Finally, Bianca Conti, MD and Ravi Chauhan, FRCA contributed to “Novel Methods for Hemorrhage Control: Resuscitative Endovascular Balloon Occlusion of the Aorta and Emergency Preservation and Resuscitation.” Click here to access the full issue.


Wei Chao, MD, PhD, FAHA was recently awarded the The Anesthesiology Endowed Professorship In Translational Research. Dr. Chao’s laboratory, a part of the Anesthesiology Translational Research Program, studies the innate immune signaling system and its role in sepsis, trauma, and myocardial ischemic injury. The laboratory has established state-of-the-art experimental systems that are essential for investigators to delineate the molecular, cellular, and organ physiological changes during sepsis, traumatic injuries, and tissue ischemia. In receiving this honor, Dr. Chao join five other endowed professors in the department (Drs. Birukov, Faden, Fiskum, Njoku, and Rock).


For the third year in a row, the Department has maintained its ranking as #11 in NIH funding amongst all US  Anesthesiology Departments. These rankings are compiled annually by the Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research. Congratulations to the investigators whose hard work, dedication, innovation, and commitment to discovery continue to propel the Department forward as a research powerhouse.