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.

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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.

There are two ways to connect with a Champion:

  1. contact Erin Herrera, who will assign a Champion to you, or
  2. contact a Champion below
Meet our champions
Heather Acuff, PGY-3 ResidentRyan Lee, PGY-4 Resident
Michael Avidan, Head of the Department of AnesthesiologyAndrea Liefer, Chief Pediatric CRNA
Kara Bockius, Fellowship Coordinator, Critical CareHerman Luther, PGY-3 Resident
Kelly Chilson, Associate Professor, Pediatric AnesthesiologyBruno Maranhao, Assistant Professor, Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine
Meaghan Creed, Assistant Professor, Washington University Pain CenterScott Markowitz, Vice-Chair for Professional Development and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Anne DeSchryver, Director of Business OperationsAllison Mitchell, Residency Program Director
Avi Dobrusin, PGY-3 ResidentDolores Njoku, Division Chief of Pediatric Anesthesiology
Cat Foster, Instructor, General Anesthesiology and Perioperative MedicineUchenna Ofoma, Director of Christian Hospital ICU
Robert Gereau IV, Vice Chair for Research; Director of the Washington University Pain CenterTodd Rackohn, PGY-4 Resident
Natasha Goodwin, CRNA, Barnes-Jewish West County HospitalRashmi Rathor, Assistant Professor, General Anesthesia
Hanna Graczyk, Clinical Operations AssistantClare Ridley, Director of the Surgical COVID ICU; Assistant Director in the Cardiothoracic ICU
Mike Havenar, Compliance and Outreach Lead Nurse Practitioner, Critical CareFurqaan Sadiq, Clinical Fellow, Critical Care
Erin Herrera, Assistant Director for CRNA Activities, Associate Vice Chair of Well-BeingJessica Sanford, Instructor, Anesthesiology
Rocco Hueneke, Assistant Professor, Cardiothoracic AnesthesiologyElvira Sayfutdinova, CRNA, Barnes-Jewish Hospital and St. Louis Children’s Hospital
Cathy Ifune, Associate Professor, General AnesthesiaManjaap Sidhu, PGY-4 Resident
Kirin Khan, PGY-3 ResidentParita Sutaria, PGY-2 Resident
Joe Kras, Associate Professor, AnesthesiologyDouglas Thompson, Vice Chair for Education
Rainier Kentner, Instructor, AnesthesiologyBrandon White, PGY-3 Resident
Chris Lee, Associate Professor, Anesthesiology


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