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 inaugural class, Drs. Douglas Thompson and Anand Lakshmiarasimhachar will play an instrumental role in laying the foundation for the Academy’s missions: to encourage and recognize innovative approaches to teaching, learning, and assessment, to provide advocacy for education in the promotions process, to organize mentorship and faculty development programs in medical education, and to support exceptional educational research and scholarship in the health sciences.

Please join us for the inaugural Academy Induction Ceremony on Tuesday, September 24 from 4-6 pm in the Eric P. Newman Education Center (EPNEC).

Dr. Douglas Thompson

Dr. Douglas Thompson has an impressive list of program leadership accomplishments including his past service as the pediatric anesthesiology fellowship program director at Seattle Children’s Hospital prior to joining our faculty in 2017. He received several teaching awards while on faculty at the University of Washington. He now serves as the program director for our Department’s flagship core anesthesiology program with 80 residents, including the 12 trainees in our “one-of-a-kind” innovative clinician-scientist research training program, and has already made impactful changes to improve the quality of resident education in our Department.

Dr. Anand Lakshmiarasimhachar

Dr. Anand Lakshmiarasimhachar has been dedicated to resident and fellow teaching in our Department for over a decade. He received the coveted “Outstanding Teacher Award” this past academic year as well as in 2014 and the “Outstanding MD Instructor Award” from the Goldfarb School of Nursing in 2016. In his position serving as the chairman of our resident education committee, Anand has been at the forefront of creating novel curriculums for our residents. He has also been a contributor to national postgraduate medical education initiatives such the START-PREP web-based learning series and the Anesthesia Toolbox.

We know both Dr. Thompson and Dr. Lakshmiarasimhachar will be motivated and highly-valued contributors to the new Washington University Academy of Educators. Congratulations again!