Two junior faculty received Rita Allen Foundation Awards in Pain

Two junior faculty received Rita Allen Foundation Awards in Pain
Meaghan Creed, PhD, and Jordan McCall, PhD have received exciting new grants to study the biology and mechanisms of pain. The Rita Allen Foundation has named its 2019 class of Rita Allen Foundation Scholars, celebrating young leaders in the biomedical sciences whose research holds exceptional promise for revealing new pathways to advance human health. The […]

Dr. Ellen Lockhart named Inaugural Vice-Chair for Faculty Affairs

Dr. Ellen Lockhart named Inaugural Vice-Chair for Faculty Affairs
In this exciting new role, Dr. Lockhart will work to recruit, develop, and retain excellent faculty members, who are enthusiastically engaged in furthering the mission of our department. She will also aim to develop and maintain policies, resources, and programs that encourage a welcoming and inclusive environment in the Anesthesiology Department. Dr. Lockhart will work […]

Dr. Courtney Hardy named Vice-Chair for Clinical Operations

Dr. Courtney Hardy named Vice-Chair for Clinical Operations
Dr. Hardy’s responsibilities will encompass partnering with the Chair and Executive Director in the following areas: managing the business and administrative affairs of the department; providing expertise in the areas of finance (financial reporting and analysis, budgeting, expense control and revenue enhancement), strategic planning, program development, clinical operations administration, human resource management, physical space management, […]

Dr. Alex Evers: a Celebration of Legacy and Success

Dr. Alex Evers: a Celebration of Legacy and Success
Friends and colleagues from across the School of Medicine gathered at the Eric P. Newman Education Center on June 26, 2019 to honor and thank Dr. Evers for his many years of leadership in the Department of Anesthesiology. More than 100 guests, including leadership from across the School of Medicine and BJC HealthCare, gathered at […]

Dr. Michael Avidan Named New Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology

Dr. Michael Avidan Named New Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology
The Department of Anesthesiology is pleased to announce that Dr. Michael Avidan has accepted the position of head of the Department of Anesthesiology, effective July 1. Michael Avidan is currently the Dr. Seymour and Rose T. Brown Professor of Anesthesiology, as well as Professor of Anesthesiology and Surgery, at Washington University School of Medicine. He […]

Dr. Athiraman receives William L. Young Neuroscience Research Award

Dr. Athiraman receives William L. Young Neuroscience Research Award
Dr. Umeshkumar Athiraman, Director of the neuroanesthesia fellowship in the General Anesthesiology Division, received the William L. Young Neuroscience Research Award for the project titled: “The Role of Isoflurane Conditioning on Cognitive Function Following Subarachnoid Hemorrhage”. The award is presented annually to academic physicians and/or scientists who conduct either clinical or laboratory-based research in neuroanesthesiology […]

Obstetric Anesthesiology Named Center of Excellence

Obstetric Anesthesiology Named Center of Excellence
The Department of Anesthesiology and Dr. Arvind Palanisamy are excited to announce that Washington University was recently designated as a Center of Excellence (COE) for Anesthesia Care for Obstetric Patients by the Society for Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology (SOAP). COE is an all-encompassing designation that assures that WU meets all criteria deemed as essential by […]

Blocking opioid receptor restores motivation in chronic pain patients

Blocking opioid receptor restores motivation in chronic pain patients
This story originally appeared here. Chronic pain involves more than just hurting. People suffering from pain often experience sadness, depression and lethargy. That’s one reason opioids can be so addictive — they not only dampen the pain but also make people feel euphoric. What if it were possible to develop a pain killer that could […]

Less anesthesia during surgery doesn’t prevent post-op delirium

Less anesthesia during surgery doesn’t prevent post-op delirium
This story originally appeared here. One in four older adults experiences delirium after surgery. However, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have found that closely monitoring brain activity and minimizing anesthesia if needed has no significant effect on the occurrence of delirium. Many older adults who have major surgery experience postoperative […]