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.

Barnes-Jewish, Washington University concert hits high note

Brad Fritz and Sarah Dowling singing

For the past nine years, performers from both institutions have been partnering to present a free concert in the lobby of the Center for Advanced Medicine (CAM). The event is sponsored by the Arts & Healthcare Program at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and organized by Sarah Colby, the program’s coordinator, and Bradley Fritz, MD, clinical fellow in the Washington University Department of Anesthesiology.

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.

Two faculty named as inaugural fellows in the Washington University Academy of Educators

The Department of Anesthesiology would like to congratulate Drs. Douglas Thompson and Anand Lakshmiarasimhachar on their selection as inaugural fellows in the Washington University Academy of Educators. This novel collaboration of local leaders in education will together foster a culture of educational excellence in undergraduate and postgraduate education on our campus. As members of the […]

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 […]

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

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. 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

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

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. 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

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

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

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 […]

31st Annual C. R. Stephen Lecture was delivered by John P.A. Ioannidis, M.D., DSc

John P.A. Ioannidis, M.D., DSc, Professor, Department of Medicine, Stanford University The 31st Annual C. R. Stephen Lecture of the Department of Anesthesiology was be delivered by John P.A. Ioannidis, M.D., DSc, Professor, Department of Medicine, Stanford University Dr. Ioannidis discussed Reproducible, Transparent, True, Useful Research at the lecture on March 6, 2019, at 4:00 p.m. […]

Dr. Tanya Wildes has accepted a secondary appointment in the Division of Clinical and Translational Research (DoCTR)

It is our pleasure to announce that Dr. Tanya Wildes has accepted a secondary appointment in the Department of Anesthesiology in our Division of Clinical and Translational Research (DoCTR). Dr. Wildes is internationally recognized as a thought leader and research expert in oncology and in geriatric medicine. As such, we anticipate that she will add […]

Dr. Robert Gereau honored With Election as Fellow into AAAS

This story originally appeared here. Dr. Gereau selected as a new fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Eleven faculty members at Washington University in St. Louis — the most in a decade-and-a-half — are among 416 new fellows selected by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the […]

Mr. Brad Uding receives the Student Excellence Award

Mr. Brad Uding, a nurse anesthesia student from Barnes-Jewish College and performing clinical rotations in the Department of Anesthesiology, received the 2018 AANA Student Excellence Award. He was recognized at a Student Luncheon in September at the Nurse Anesthesia Annual Congress which was held in Boston, Massachusetts. Brad was the only student given this award […]

Cox named Wise Endowed Chair in Pediatric Anesthesiology

This story originally appeared here. Thomas E. Cox, MD, an innovative educator and noted mentor and anesthesiologist at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, has been named the inaugural Rudolph L. and Mary Frances Wise Endowed Chair in Pediatric Anesthesiology. Cox, a professor and vice chairman of education in the Department of Anesthesiology, […]