Our success is intimately linked to the accomplishments of each and every member of our department. Each month, four members are nominated and featured to celebrate their commitment to patient care, education, and research.


Featured Anesthesiology Department Members

Avi Dobrusin, MD
Chief Resident

Bethany Pennington, PharmD
Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology

Joshua Spiro, MD
Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology

Ally Tacony, MBA
Director of Business Operations-Finance


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Avi Dobrusin, MD

Avi Dobrusin, MD

Chief Resident

Avi Dobrusin is a CA-3 and Chief Resident in the Department of Anesthesiology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan, he attended Emory University where he obtained a Bachelor of Science in Anthropology and Human Biology. Following graduation, Avi worked as an emergency medical technician in Atlanta and then went to Central Michigan University for medical school before moving to St. Louis for residency. Next year, he will start fellowship training in cardiothoracic anesthesiology and critical care medicine. He looks forward to pursuing a career in academic anesthesiology and medical education.

Outside of work, Avi enjoys cycling, hiking, geocaching, and cooking. His lifelong goal is to travel to visit every national park – so far he is at 15!

Bethany Pennington, PharmD

Bethany Pennington, PharmD

Assistant Professor

Bethany Pennington is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology. She first started her career path within the Barnes-Jewish Hospital Pharmacy department in 2006, eventually specializing in critical care pharmacy.  She spent many years as the rounding pharmacist specialist in the CTICU.  Her clinical areas of expertise include perioperative care of surgical patients, antithrombotic and antimicrobial therapies in the critically ill, and pharmacologic management during mechanical circulatory support.

Her current research focuses on studying perioperative interventions aimed to optimize and improve patient experiences and outcomes. She also serves as a Gateway Curriculum Thread Pharmacology Co-Lead in the Office of Medical Student Education, the Multicenter Perioperative Outcomes Group Champion for Quality Improvement and Research, and a pharmacy specialist consultant for the Center for Perioperative Mental Health.

Fun facts: She and her husband opened City Park Grill in Tower Grove South in 2015. She has three children (Finley 4, Josey 3, Huck 9 months) who keep her on her toes. Mexican food and a good Peloton bootcamp workout are two of her favorite things.

Joshua Spiro, MD

Joshua Spiro, MD

Assistant Professor

Joshua Spiro, MD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology working primarily at St. Louis Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Spiro grew up in Arizona where he spent many summers working with kids as a camp counselor. After medical school at the University of Arizona, Dr. Spiro subsequently completed residency at the University of Pennsylvania and a pediatric fellowship at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. As an attending, he continues to love working with children and teaching in all capacities. When not at work, he enjoys reading science fiction, cooking, and asking his wife if she’s seen all the funny memes he sends her.

Fun Fact: Dr. Spiro started breakdancing while in college and still battles intermittently under his childhood nickname: “Brown Sugar.”

Ally Tacony, MBA

Ally Tacony, MBA

Director of Business Operations-Finance

Ally Tacony recently joined the Department of Anesthesiology as the Director of Business Operations-Finance. She’s excited about the opportunity to learn something new.

Ally is a St. Louis native, born in St. Louis county and moved to Hillsboro as a teenager. She graduated from Webster University with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and an MBA. She started her career as an intern at AT&T and spent 13 years in various roles in accounting and finance. Ally has been married for 10 years to her husband, Nathan, and they have an 8-year-old daughter named Ellie.

Outside of work, Ally likes talking her husband into home projects, traveling, spending time outdoors (in nice weather), and spending time with family and friends.