Peers in Anesthesiology Supporting a Fair Environment (PIA SAFE) is a peer-based program in the Department of Anesthesiology aimed to help address concerns about negative behaviors, conflicts, and microaggressions experienced by members of the department.

Our department is continually working toward building a positive and safe culture that creates an environment in which everyone can thrive and actualize their potential.

In collaboration with the university-wide SAFE program, our department will further curate content and training to assure our members champion positive culture in all areas.

Read our PIA SAFE Newsletters

PIA SAFE Champions

PIA SAFE Champions are available to provide guidance and counsel for those wishing to speak to someone following a conflict, not to report concerns of mistreatment or unprofessional behavior. To report a concern, please utilize the School of Medicine’s Safe Reporting program.

Meet our champions
Enyo Ablordeppey, MD, MPH, FACEP, FCCM, Associate Vice Chair for Diversity, Equity and InclusionBernadette Henrichs, PhD, CRNA, CCRN, CHSE, Director, CRNA Education and Research; Director, Nurse Anesthesia ProgramAlex Shero, AG-ACNP-BC
Heather Acuff, MD, PhD, Resident – ASAP ScholarErin Herrera, CRNA, Associate Vice Chair for Well-Being; Assistant Director for CRNA ActivitiesKendall Smith, MD, PhD, Assistant Residency Program Director, Residency Affairs
Michael S. Avidan, MBBCh, FCA SA Head of the Department of AnesthesiologySarah Jaber, DNP, AGACNPMel Somerick, CRNA
Abby Bisch, DNP, CRNAKirin Khan, MD, ResidentKaty Spal, CRNA
Michelle Bloom, MSN, ACNP-BCHelga Komen, MD, Assistant Professor of AnesthesiologyAmy Stabenow, Director Opl Data Intg
Kara Bockius, Fellowship CoordinatorJoe Kras, MD, DDS, Associate Professor of AnesthesiologyJennifer Stephan, SRNA
Gosia Borchrdt, CRNAChris Lee, MD, PhD, MBA, Associate Professor of AnesthesiologyParita Sutaria, MD, Resident
Maggie Bradley, CRNAAndrea Liefer, CRNABrian Torres, CRNA, DNP
Jamie Brown, MD, Assistant Professor of AnthesiologyHerman Luther, MD, ResidentChiamaka Uche, MD, Resident
Kelly Chilson, MD, Professor of Anesthesiology

Sarah Cooley, ACNP
Bruno Maranhao, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology
Swarup Varaday, MD, Associate Professor of Anesthesiology
Brittany Christensen, Staffing AdministratorScott Markowitz, MD, Vice Chair for Professional Development and Diversity, Equity and InclusionJames Wirthlin, MD, Instructor
Sara Clarkson, CRNAMolly McCormick, MD, Chief of General AnesthesiologyMeghan Woodham, SRNA
Sarah Cooley, ACNPAllison Mitchell, MD, Residency Program DirectorAmy Yelm, Patient Safety Coordinator
Meghan Creed, PhD, Associate Professor of AnesthesiologyRachel Moquin, EdD, Director of Learning and Development
Taylor Crittenden, CRNAKhatera Najrabi, CRNA
Anne DeSchryver, JD, Director of Business OperationsHunter Niemeyer, CRNA
Avi Dobrusin, MD, Chief ResidentDolores Njoku, MD, Vice Chair & Chief of Pediatric Anesthesiology
Anne Drewry, MD, MS, Vice Chair & Chief of Critical Care MedicineCorrin Noel, Director of Business Operations
Cat Foster, MD, Assistant Professor of AnesthesiologyUchenna Ofoma, MD, MS, Associate Professor of Anesthesiology
Bethany Geisler, CRNAAndrea Reidy, MD, Director of QA/QI
Rob Gereau, PhD, Vice Chair for ResearchShawn Reynolds, MSPA PA-C
Michele Grunwald, Business DirectorClare Ridley, MD, Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology
Mike Havenar, ACNPJessica Sanford, MD, Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology
Melissa Hector-Greene, MD, PhD, Resident & ASAP ScholarElvira Sayfutdinova, MSN, CRNA


What is a PIA SAFE Champion?

PIA SAFE Champions are individuals who possess the motivation, skills, knowledge, and courage to be a catalyst for cultural change!

  • PIA SAFE champions are foremost a resource and ally for colleagues.
  • They are here to listen, support, and guide you should you have a concern or need help.
  • They are trained in tools and techniques to be an upstander. They are able to constructively intervene and support colleagues who experience or witness bullying, abuse, microaggressions, and other events that erode the psychological safety of our institution.
  • They are trained in providing feedback to support the success and continual growth of our team members
  • They are educated in the systems and resources offered by the university and department for additional methods of support.
How can I connect with a PIA SAFE Champion?

There are three ways to connect with a Champion:

  1. Contact Erin Herrera, who will assign a Champion to you, or
  2. Contact a Champion above
  3. Complete the PIA SAFE Check-in Form
What is required of me to become a PIA SAFE Champion?

We know everyone is busy, so our goal for PIA SAFE training is to maximize impact for your time commitment. Much of our training, exercises, and outreach can be done on your own time.

PIA SAFE training begins with 10 weeks of short weekly engagement exercises. These only take a few minutes to complete but provide you with skills, education, and exercises to get you thinking.

At the end of the 10 weeks, we will have an in-person retreat where we come together with other PIA SAFE champions to practice skills and learn more about feedback and upstanding

After your retreat, you will receive a monthly newsletter with updates, tips, and further engagement activities, events, and strategies.

Complete the form below if you’re interested in becoming a PIA SAFE Champion!


Are you interested in joining PIA SAFE to address mistreatment and unprofessional behaviors in the learning environment? 

We encourage all who want to champion positive change within our department to become PIA SAFE champions. As a PIA SAFE Champion we will provide you with hands-on, in-person training in the following areas;

  1. Listening skills & navigating difficult conversations 
  2. Bystander & feedback training
  3. Recognizing and addressing microaggressions/microinvalidations/ misclassifications and bias
  4. Recognizing and verbalizing positive behavior to reinforce expectations
PIA Safe Membership