Department ranks 4th in country in NIH funding

Washington University in St. Louis Medical Campus

The department received more than $13.2 million from the NIH, and seven faculty ranked in the top 100 for total NIH funding to individual anesthesia principal investigators.

Michael Bottros, MD, stepping down as Associate Chief of Pain Management

Michael Bottros, MD

Dr. Bottros recently accepted the position of Chief of Pain Medicine at the University of Southern California (USC). At USC, he will oversee all acute and chronic pain services at Keck Hospital, Los Angeles County Hospitals, and affiliated satellite clinics in southern California.

Revving up immune system may help treat eczema

Brian S. Kim, MD, examining eczema patient

Brian S. Kim, MD, has found that boosting the number of natural killer cells in the blood is a possible treatment strategy for the skin condition, eczema, and also may help with related health problems, such as asthma.

Five faculty members accepted into Academic Medical Leadership Program

School of Medicine campus

The program is focused on equipping physician executives and academic medical faculty members to take on expanding leadership roles in academic medicine and is a joint venture between the School of Medicine, the Olin Business School, and BJC HealthCare.

Omokhaye Higo, MD, accepts POD 5 Leader role

Omokhaye Higo, MD

Dr. Higo will help provide clinical guidance in one of the busiest and highest acuity surgical PODs on the BJH campus. He will collaborate with our surgical and BJH partners and support our clinical staff in promoting patient safety and quality, and efficiency of perioperative care.

David Eisenbath, CRNA, appointed Director for CRNA Activities

David Eisenbath, CRNA

In this position, David will prioritize the delivery of outstanding clinical care and the careers of our CRNAs. He will lead strategic planning and goal setting for the CRNAs throughout our department and will also prioritize CRNA recruitment and retention, as well as the mentorship of SRNAs and early stage CRNAs.

Erin Herrera, CRNA, named Assistant Director for CRNA Activities

Erin Herrera, CRNA

Erin will work closely with departmental leaders to provide leadership to the CRNA workforce and engage in strategic planning. She will help with CRNA recruitment, retention, career development, and day-to-day clinical operations.

Department celebrates CRNA Class of 2019

CRNA Class of 2019

The Nurse Anesthesia program at the Goldfarb School of Nursing celebrated its Commencement on Saturday, December 14, 2019, at the Powell Symphony Hall in St. Louis. Seven students received their certification, five of whom will be staying on as CRNAs in the Washington University Department of Anesthesiology.

Halting opioid abuse aim of several grants from NIH, CDC

syringe with needle and white powder representing opioid drug epidemic

School of Medicine researchers received grants totaling more than $10 million from the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The grants are part of a nationwide push to fund research targeting the opioid epidemic.

Andrea Reidy, MD, appointed Director of QA/QI

Andrea Reidy, MD

Dr. Reidy will help develop and oversee the strategic direction for quality assessment and improvement. This includes patient safety, patient satisfaction, and related performance improvement activities.

Dr. Robert Gereau, IV named Inaugural Vice Chair for Research

In this important new leadership role, Dr. Gereau will provide tactical and strategic guidance in relation to the complex, multi-faceted, and highly successful research enterprise within the Anesthesiology Department.

New Manager of Communications and Marketing, Patrick Yursik

patrick yursik

Patrick will be responsible for developing and leading the full scope of communications and marketing efforts, geared toward enhancing the Department’s visibility and reputation across its clinical, education, and research programs.

Dr. Simon Haroutounian Named Interim Chief of the Division of Clinical and Translational Research (DoCTR)

Simon Haroutounian, PhD has graciously agreed to serve as the interim Chief of the Division of Clinical and Translational Research (DoCTR). In this role, Dr. Haroutounian will be responsible for mentoring trainees and junior and mid-level faculty in clinical and translational research, promoting collaborative efforts both within the Department and across the WU School of […]

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 […]