Dr. Kai Kuck, PhD and researchers from the University of Utah, Stanford University, and Brown University collaborate on project titled “A Rapidly Manufacturable, Open-Source Ventilator for Austere Conditions and Low Resource Countries” selected as a
RECOGNITION
Mar 24, 2021

Dr. Kai Kuck, PhD and researchers from the University of Utah, Stanford University, and Brown University collaborate on project titled “A Rapidly Manufacturable, Open-Source Ventilator for Austere Conditions and Low Resource Countries” selected as a

The U of U Health Discoveries/Advances campaign highlights the very best, transformative research at our institution since 2015. The goals are to inspire and raise awareness of high-caliber science being done here, and to emphasize that research is the engine that drives advances in human health.... Read More

The Fine Family Visiting Lecture Program
RECOGNITION
Mar 17, 2021

The Fine Family Visiting Lecture Program

The Department of Anesthesiology announces the biggest gift in its history. Called “The Fine Family Visiting Professor Program,” the endowment will support 4 visiting lecturers each year, addressing topics in anesthesiology, perioperative and pain medicine. In addition to Grand Rounds and Research Conference presentations, the visiting lecturers will also engage in mentoring and networking activities as part of faculty development efforts. The Department is grateful to Dr. Perry Fine and his family for their generosity that will benefit the Department in perpetuity.... Read More

Harriet Hopf, MD publishes “‘The Adjunct Faculty Are Our Lifeblood': An Institution’s Response to Deliver Value to Volunteer Community Faculty” in Family Medicine
RESEARCH
Feb 11, 2021

Harriet Hopf, MD publishes “‘The Adjunct Faculty Are Our Lifeblood': An Institution’s Response to Deliver Value to Volunteer Community Faculty” in Family Medicine

Dr. Harriet Hopf et al. recently published an article regarding the importance of adjunct faculty and how institutions can improve recruitment, training, and retention of these faculty. The study concluded that including community faculty voices to inform action is a worthwhile investment towards maximizing support and engagement from adjunct faculty. ... Read More

Daisy Feng, intern, publishes study on inflammatory markers of cognitive decline in mice titled “Blocking Kv1.3 potassium channels prevents postoperative neuroinflammation and cognitive decline without impairing wound healing in mice”
RESEARCH
Feb 03, 2021

Daisy Feng, intern, publishes study on inflammatory markers of cognitive decline in mice titled “Blocking Kv1.3 potassium channels prevents postoperative neuroinflammation and cognitive decline without impairing wound healing in mice”

Daisy Feng et al., intern, published a study that determined that Kv1.3 blockers, currently undergoing clinical trials for other conditions, may represent an effective and safe intervention to prevent postoperative cognitive decline.... Read More

Daisy Feng, intern, publishes study on post-operative delirium titled “Dexmedetomidine for prevention of postoperative delirium in older adults undergoing oesophagectomy with total intravenous anaesthesia”
RESEARCH
Feb 03, 2021

Daisy Feng, intern, publishes study on post-operative delirium titled “Dexmedetomidine for prevention of postoperative delirium in older adults undergoing oesophagectomy with total intravenous anaesthesia”

Daisy Feng et al., intern, published a study regarding the use of dexmedetomidine. They concluded that "adding peri-operative dexmedetomidine to a total intravenous anaesthetic safely reduces POD and emergence agitation in elderly patients undergoing open transthoracic oesophagectomy. These benefits were associated with a postoperative reduction in circulating levels of the proinflammatory cytokine IL-6 and stabilisation of the haemodynamic profile."... Read More

 Dr. Ryan Graham and co-authors publish Tracheostomy Post Liver Transplant: Predictors, Complications, and Outcomes
RESEARCH
Dec 23, 2020

Dr. Ryan Graham and co-authors publish Tracheostomy Post Liver Transplant: Predictors, Complications, and Outcomes

Dr. Ryan Graham and co-authors published an article titled Tracheostomy Post Liver Transplant: Predictors, Complications, and Outcomes in the Annals of Transplantation. They concluded that predictors for respiratory failure requiring post-LT tracheostomy include higher model for end-stage liver disease score, older age, lower BMI, greater smoking history, and worse sarcopenia. Patients requiring tracheostomy have dramatically longer hospital stays and worse survival.... Read More

Join us for “Michael Cahalan Rising Stars Visiting Lecture Series”
EDUCATION
Dec 21, 2020

Join us for “Michael Cahalan Rising Stars Visiting Lecture Series”

Please mark your calendars for the “Michael Cahalan Rising Stars Visiting Lecture Series,” to begin January 28th, 2021. Lectures will be held via Zoom from 4–5 pm during our regularly scheduled Research Conference. Please contact Robli Kennedy for an invite to the lecture: robli.kennedy@hsc.utah.edu... Read More

Natalie Silverton, MD and researchers from the University of Utah publish “Intraoperative urinary biomarkers and acute kidney injury after cardiac surgery” in the Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia.
RESEARCH
Dec 17, 2020

Natalie Silverton, MD and researchers from the University of Utah publish “Intraoperative urinary biomarkers and acute kidney injury after cardiac surgery” in the Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia.

Natalie Silverton, MD et. al. conducted a prospective study with 90 patients undergoing cardiac surgery with cardiopulmonary bypass to determine if urinary biomarkers excreted during surgery could be associated with the subsequent development of AKI. Their findings were published in the Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia... Read More

University of Utah Department of Anesthesiology selected as Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research (FAER) Medical Student Anesthesia Research Fellowship (MSARF) Site
RESEARCH
Dec 01, 2020

University of Utah Department of Anesthesiology selected as Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research (FAER) Medical Student Anesthesia Research Fellowship (MSARF) Site

Principal Investigator Kai Kuck, PhD and approved mentors in the University of Utah Department of Anesthesiology have been selected for the Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research (FAER) Medical Student Anesthesia Research Fellowship (MSARF). Medical students nationally are invited to apply for the fellowship program. Two students will match for a two summer month mentored research fellowship.... Read More

Dr. Jeff Peters (Nov 23, 1939—Sep 29, 2020)
RECOGNITION
Sep 29, 2020

Dr. Jeff Peters (Nov 23, 1939—Sep 29, 2020)

We are mourning the loss of Dr. Jeff Peters. Jeff was a pillar of strength in the Department for decades. He was a dedicated physician and a skilled educator. Dr. Peters was especially well known for his substantive contributions in the global health domain, which was his focus since retirement from the University. Countless Department alumni crossed paths with Jeff over 4 decades and no doubt have fond memories of “Painless Peters.” He will be greatly missed.... Read More

Dr. Chaise Housley awarded $2,000 grant from the Beryl Institute 2020 Patient Experience Grants for Quality Improvement project.
RESEARCH
Sep 18, 2020

Dr. Chaise Housley awarded $2,000 grant from the Beryl Institute 2020 Patient Experience Grants for Quality Improvement project.

Dr. Housley’s project, mentored by Dr. Emily Drennan, will provide the means for the patient to choose who they would like to call or FaceTime to be present for the pre-operative conversation with the patient (as if they were at bedside as a support). Dr. Housley will use EPE numbers to determine if having them "present" for the pre-operative conversation improves patient satisfaction scores.... Read More

Dr. Harriet Hopf co-leads a successful Virtual Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research (FAER) Medical Student Anesthesia Research Fellowship (MSARF)
RESEARCH
Aug 24, 2020

Dr. Harriet Hopf co-leads a successful Virtual Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research (FAER) Medical Student Anesthesia Research Fellowship (MSARF)

Harriet Hopf, MD is the Chair of the FAER Board of Directors and has led the MSARF program for the past few years. She convened a small committee in April, tasked with quickly reimagining how to support accepted students. The result was Virtual-MSARF, an 8-week summer program designed to develop students’ interest in and understanding of research and anesthesiology.... Read More

Anesthesiology Residency Open House
EDUCATION
Aug 17, 2020

Anesthesiology Residency Open House

Don’t miss this opportunity for prospective applicants to meet with the University of Utah Anesthesiology Program Directors and Residents! We can’t wait to meet you!... Read More

True Health has made strides in redesigning respirators for Covid and beyond
RESEARCH
Aug 11, 2020

True Health has made strides in redesigning respirators for Covid and beyond

As COVID-19 was spreading throughout the world in March, Dr. John Pearson realized there would be a dramatic PPE shortage for providers on the front lines of the pandemic. With UofU Biomedical Engineering PhD candidate Patrick Kolbay and the blessing of Dr. Egan, John and Patrick began investigating ad-hoc emergency PPE that could be made from readily available supplies.... Read More

COVID-19 Anesthesia Dunkirk
RECOGNITION
Jul 21, 2020

COVID-19 Anesthesia Dunkirk

On July 21, 2020 Talmage Egan, MD, Chair of Anesthesiology delivered a presentation, as part of a hospital live broadcast, titled COVID-19 Anesthesia Dunkirk where he summarized what the Department of Anesthesiology has done and learned in response to COVID-19. ... Read More

COVID-19 Resources
RESEARCH, EDUCATION
Mar 26, 2020

COVID-19 Resources

UofU Department of Anesthesia COVID-19 Resources. Download the COVID-19 PPE and Airway Management Guide for Anesthesiologists... Read More

Talmage Egan, MD, Department Chair receives Highly Commended award for “Pharmacology and Physiology for Anesthesia: Foundations and Clinical Application” from the British Medical Association
RECOGNITION
Sep 03, 2019

Talmage Egan, MD, Department Chair receives Highly Commended award for “Pharmacology and Physiology for Anesthesia: Foundations and Clinical Application” from the British Medical Association

The 2019 BMA Medical Book Awards took place at the British Medical Association’s headquarters in London on the 3rd of September 2019, recognizing outstanding contributions to medical literature. There are 20 categories in which prizes are awarded, with a BMA Medical Book of the Year Award chosen from the category winners. Dr. Egan and co-editor Hugh C. Hemmings, Jr., MD, PhD of Weill Cornell Medicine were awarded the Highly Commended book award for their textbook Pharmacology and Physiology for Anesthesia: Foundations and Clinical Application.” The British Medical Association selected the textbook in the category of anesthesiology. The textbook is in its second edition.... Read More

Michael L. Good, MD
RECOGNITION
Nov 01, 2018

Michael L. Good, MD

Dr. Michael L. Good is the CEO of University of Utah Health, the Dean of the University of Utah School of Medicine, and the Senior Vice President of Health Sciences. As the only academic medical center in Utah, the health system is an anchor in the community and provides world-class health care, research, education and service to the state, region, and nation. ... Read More

Dr. Perry Fine Receives AAPM & AAHPM awards
RECOGNITION
Jun 17, 2018

Dr. Perry Fine Receives AAPM & AAHPM awards

Congratulations to Perry Fine, M.D., Professor at the University of Utah, Department of Anesthesiology, who received the following awards: 1) American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM) – Presidential Commendation presented to Perry Fine, MD “In recognition and appreciation for years of service advocating for pain medicine and pain patients as a member of the Pain Care Coalition (2018) 2) American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM) – Hospice and Palliative Medicine Visionary (2018)... Read More

Dr Runnels Receives FAER Innovation Award
RECOGNITION
Jan 13, 2018

Dr Runnels Receives FAER Innovation Award

Congratulations to Sean Runnels, M.D., Assistant Professor at University of Utah, Department of Anesthesiology, winner of Swimming with Sharks award: Technology Version, "Articulating Boogie with Intuitive Depth Control."... Read More

In its first full deployment, elite Utah medical team heads to Houston, led by our very own Dr. Bott
RECOGNITION
Aug 30, 2017

In its first full deployment, elite Utah medical team heads to Houston, led by our very own Dr. Bott

Utah’s Disaster Medical Assistance Team answered — assembling at Salt Lake City International Airport on Tuesday for the first time as an entire 36-person unit in its 10-year history. Headed by University of Utah anesthesiologist Steven Bott, the group members will fly to Dallas to await instruction on where best to deploy their skills in Houston in the wake of now-Tropical Storm Harvey.... Read More

RECOGNITION
Mar 08, 2017

Dr. Hopf selected for the 2017 Linda K. Amos Award for Distinguished Service to Women

As the director of faculty mentoring at the School of Medicine and the lead for the School of Medicine’s Women in Medicine and Science Program, she created a recurring seminar series and workshops through which she mentored faculty members. She’s also advised and mentored undergraduate and graduate level students through her American Women’s Medical Association and the Association of Future Female Physicians. Sandhya Ravichandran, a 2012 graduate of the U’s School of Medicine said “Dr. Hopf has been one of the most pivotal mentors during my medical education and training… She instills trust, achievement, and ambition in all of the women she has mentored over the years.”... Read More

Charcoal Gas Filter
RESEARCH
Apr 13, 2016

Anesthesia device PROTECTS VULNERABLE PATIENTS from potentially fatal anesthesia gases

The idea to develop Vapor-Clean was sparked by Sakata and partners Drs. Joseph Orr and Dwayne Westenskow’s first invention, the ANEClearTM—an anesthetic reversal device that allows patients to partially rebreathe their own exhaled carbon dioxide to clear inhaled anesthetics from the brain, reducing their time in the operating and recovery room. “We discovered that doctors at Cincinnati Children’s hospital were using the ANEClear to keep anesthetic vapors from coming out of the machine to protect MH-vulnerable patients,” says Sakata. “But ANEClear wasn’t designed to get the gases below the required 5ppm.” ... Read More

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