Omokhaye Higo, MD, MBA, appointed as Vice-Chair for Innovation

Omokhaye Higo, MD

Omokhaye Higo, MD, MBA, has been appointed as the inaugural Vice-Chair for Innovation for Washington University’s Department of Anesthesiology. Dr. Higo will lead innovative initiatives in the department by advancing the current perioperative telemedicine platform, with a view to consolidating the Anesthesiology Control Tower (ACT) and Recovery Control Tower (RCT).

Neural pathway key to sensation of pleasant touch identified (Links to an external site)

Zhou-Feng Chen, PhD, director of the Center for the Study of Itch & Sensory Disorders at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, alongside his team, identified a neural circuit and a neuropeptide in mice — a chemical messenger that carries signals between nerve cells — that transmit the sensation known as pleasant touch from the skin to the brain.

Chief Residents Announced for 2022-2023

2022-23 Anesthesiology Chief Residents

We are excited to announce the Anesthesiology Chief Residents for the next 2022-2023 academic year will be Mark Hanak, MD, Manjaap Sidhu, MD, and Patricia Strutz, MD.

COVID-19 infection linked to higher risk of neuropathy (Links to an external site)

Senior investigator Simon Haroutounian, PhD, chief of clinical research at the Washington University Pain Center alongside other researchers at Washington University School of Medicine have found that many people who tested positive for the coronavirus in the early months of the pandemic also experienced peripheral neuropathy during and following their bouts with COVID-19.

Dolores Njoku, MD, elected to Faculty Practice Plan’s Board of Directors

Dolores Njoku, MD

Dolores Njoku, MD, Division Chief of Pediatric Anesthesiology at Washington University and Anesthesiologist-in-Chief at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, was recently elected to serve a three-year term on the Faculty Practice Plan’s (FFP) Board of Directors, as one of the six Faculty-at-Large Representatives