Congratulations to Dr. Donna Hammond

Congratulations to Dr. Donna Hammond, who received a five year award for her grant, "Iowa Post-Baccalaureate Research Education in the Biomedical Sciences."  This award is an NIH R25 grant for $1.2 million over the next five years. This is in addition to the T32 training grant Dr. Hammond has already received.

This new post-baccalaureate research education program is designed to address hurdles that hamper diversity in the biomedical sciences. It will draw upon the collective talent and commitment of more than 40 experienced faculty to provide an exceptional experience each year to 5 talented participants, who are members of underrepresented groups, and will enable them to be highly competitive for top-tier PhD or MD/PhD programs.

Congratulations to Drs. Ron Abrons and Donna Hammond

Congratulations to Dr. Ron Abrons, who received a $47,650 Commercialization GAP Fund award from the Office of the Vice President for Research for his project, “Articulated Oral Airway Functional Prototyping.”  These funds will be used for further design advancement and high-fidelity prototypes for testing and marketing purposes of his patented Articulated Oral Airway. This is Dr. Abrons’ second Commercialization GAP Fund Award.

We would also like to congratulate Dr. Donna Hammond, who received a two year $50,000 seed grant from the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center and Oberley Seed Grant Program for her project, “Can Relief of Chemotherapy-induced Peripheral Neuropathy (CIPN) by Nicotinamide Riboside be Achieved in Tumor-Bearing Rats in the Absence of Tumorigenic Activity?”  This proposal seeks to replicate the findings made in cancer-naïve rats in tumor-bearing rats to increase the clinical relevance of the findings.  Dr. Hammond hopes to demonstrate that nicotinamide riboside relieves CIPN in rodents with breast cancer tumors, and does not promote tumor growth or metastases or prevent the beneficial effects of chemotherapy.

Congratulations to Dr. Emine Bayman

Congratulations to Dr. Emine Bayman, who received a  $400,000 subcontract for her proposal, “Bayesian Analysis of MAPP Research Network Data to Separate Pelvic Pain Patients from the Chronic Pain Patients,” from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive Kidney Diseases (NINDK).  Dr. Bayman’s co-investigators from the University of Iowa are Tim Brennan, Luke Tierney, and Jatin Vaidya.  Dr. Vince Calhoun from the University of New Mexico is also participating.

The multidisciplinary approach to the study of chronic pelvic pain (MAPP) is a research network established by the NINDK to better understand the etiology of urologic chronic pelvic pain syndrome (UCPPS) and to isolate distinct sub-groups of patients in order to inform the development of future clinical trials and management of clinical symptoms.


This proposal will study subjects in the MAPP database who have UCPPS.  The central hypothesis is that neural circuits and psychosocial variables linked to emotion processing and emotion regulation differentiate “pelvic and widespread pain” from “pain in the pelvic area only” subjects.  Brain imaging will be used and analyzed using Bayesian statistics to identify brain regions contributing to UCPPS. The goal of this study is to propose novel disease mechanisms and treatments for this difficult to manage group.

ASA Annual Meeting

We had a very successful turnout at the Iowa Alumni Reception at the American Society of Anesthesiologists annual meeting, which was held last Saturday, October 24 at the San Diego Wine and Culinary Event Center. Alumni and current department members enjoyed an evening catching up on each other’s personal and professional lives.

Our department was well-represented at the meeting. Many department members gave presentations. Congratulations to all on their successful presentations.


ASA Photos

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Congratulations to Dr. Anil Marian

Congratulations to Dr. Anil Marian who has received the Excellence in Our Workplace Award.

This award is given to a Medical Director whose leadership and innovation demonstrably improves the “practice life” and satisfaction of providers in the delivery of clinical care. This award goes to only one medical director in the College of Medicine. As noted in his nomination letter by Dr. Todd, "Dr. Marian has worked tirelessly since the introduction of Epic to assist with the design, build, and implementation and improvement of our electronic anesthesia record. His efforts have dramatically added to patient safety and enabled us to function in the world of the electronic medical record…." Please congratulate Anil. 

Dr. Wong named new Chair of Anesthesia

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Cynthia Wong, MD, as the new Chair and Departmental Executive Officer of the Department of Anesthesia, effective Nov. 15, 2015.


As Chair and DEO of Anesthesia, Dr. Wong will focus on recruiting and mentoring world class faculty, and developing clinical, research, and academic programs of excellence. We look forward to Dr. Wong’s commitment to building on the strong foundations already in place in the department, and to striving for increased research funding and department rankings by developing strong leadership at all levels in the department as well as focusing on academic depth for physician-scientists, clinician scholars, and trainees.


Prior to coming to Iowa, Dr. Wong was Professor and Vice Chair of the Department of Anesthesia and Chief of the Section on Obstetric Anesthesia, at Northwestern University. She earned an undergraduate degree in biology and chemistry, with distinction, from Indiana University and completed a fellowship in immunobiology and immunochemistry at the University of Würzburg, Germany, before obtaining her medical degree from the Pritzker School of Medicine at the University of Chicago. She is a member of many national professional and scientific societies, including the American Medical Women's Association and the American Society of Anesthesiologists. She also currently serves as a section editor of the journal Obstetric Anesthesiology and on the editorial boards of the International Journal of Obstetric Anesthesia, Obstetric Anesthesia Digest, Anesthesia & Analgesia Case Reports, and the British Journal of Anesthesia. In the course of her career, she has been primary or coauthor on many papers and other publications, has received several prestigious awards, and has served on many review panels, all to further the field of anesthesia.


Our sincere thanks to the search committee headed by Christopher Cooper, MD, FAAP, and Bruce Gantz, MD, FACS, for their work in recruiting and evaluating excellent candidates for this leadership position.


Please join us in welcoming Dr. Wong to the University of Iowa’s health sciences campus. Under her leadership, we are confident the Department of Anesthesia will continue to grow as a world class department with clinical, scientific, and academic distinction.

Congratulations to Dr. Nicholas Mohr

Congratulations to Dr. Nicholas Mohr, who received funding as a co-investigator on the grant, “Telehealth Focused Rural Health Research Center.” This grant was awarded from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) for $3 million over the next four years.
As part of the center grant, the research team proposed individual one year projects.  Dr. Mohr’s project is, “The Impact of Emergency Telemedicine on Timeliness, Process of Care, and Clinical Outcomes in Rural North Dakota Trauma Care.”
This project is a comparative effectiveness study of North Dakota trauma patients to measure the impact of telemedicine-enabled emergency care between 2008-2014 on: (1) time to arrival at definitive care, (2) diagnostic imaging performed in rural hospitals, (3) probability of transfer to tertiary trauma center, and (4) survival. This research will measure the effectiveness of telemedicine to influence rural trauma care in a real-world application, and will provide data for a subsequent cost-effectiveness study.

Congratulations to Dr. Emine Bayman

Congratulations to Dr. Emine Bayman, who received funding as a Co-Investigator on a grant, “Posterior Fossa Decompression with or without Duraplasty for Chiari Type I Malformation with Syringomyelia.”  This grant was awarded from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) for $2.8 million over the next three years.
For the University of Iowa role, Dr. Bayman and Dr. James Torner from the Department of Epidemiology will serve as the Data Coordinating Center for this multi-center grant.  Dr. Bayman’s effort is 20% for the entire 3 years.
This study will randomly treat patients with syringomyelia and Chiari type I malformation with posterior fossa decompression with or without duraplasty.    The results from this study will enable the creation of evidence-based treatment guidelines of these patients.

You're Invited....

To join us at the University of Iowa Health Care Department of Anesthesia Alumni Reception hosted in conjunction with the annual meeting of the American Society of Anesthesiologists.
Date:         Saturday, October 24th, 2015
Time:        7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Location:    San Diego Wine and Culinary Event Center
                   Fallbrook Cellar and Sunset Patio
                   200 Harbor Drive, Suite 120
                   San Diego, CA 92101
                   Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served.
Contact:     (319) 356-8509
Note: The San Diego Wine & Culinary Event Center is located at the base of the Harbor Towers and the main entrance faces onto the Martin Luther King Promenade and to Hall A at the San Diego Convention Center.


Congratulations to Patrick Hussey, recipient of the 2015-2016 Margaret V. Lunsford Award.  The Lunsford Award is granted to the senior Anesthesia externs with outstanding academic achievement who has demonstrated potential to contribute to the specialty of Anesthesiology.  Patrick will receive $5,000 from the University of Iowa Foundation.  If he matches in the Department of Anesthesia for residency, he will receive an additional award.  The Lunsford Award was established at a bequest from the estate of Dr. Margaret Vanderwilt Lunsford through The University of Iowa Foundation in December 1995.  In complete accord with Dr. Lunsford’s wishes, at this time, the principal has been established as an endowment to provide scholarships for medical students entering the field of Anesthesiology.  Please congratulate Patrick on his academic achievement and award.


In addition to the Margaret V. Lunsford Award, we are pleased to announce that this year we have worked with the University of Iowa Foundation to establish the Lunsford Scholarship.  This is a $1,000 scholarship award that is given to each of our Externs.  The scholarship will be applied to the student’s tuition accounts by the Foundation as a $1000 payment in at the beginning of the Spring semester of the 2015-2016 year.  We are pleased to offer these scholarships to all of our Senior Med Student Externs, and congratulate them when you see them on their fine work.

Congratulations Nick Mohr!

The Department of Anesthesia now has 7 new Oral Board Examiners.

Stuart Cullen Award Winner 2014-2015

Sung Kim

Stuart Cullen Award Winner 2014-2015

We want to congratulate Sung Kim, M4, who is the recipient of the 2014-2015 Stuart Cullen Award.  The Stuart Cullen Award is granted by the Anesthesia Residents to a senior medical student who by scholastic achievement and clinical performance has demonstrated outstanding capabilities in the field of Anesthesiology during their senior clerkship in the Department.

Congratulations Sung!

Congratulations to Dr. Yasser El-Hattab

Congratulations to Yasser El-Hattab, M.B., Ch.B., M.M.E., Clinical Assistant Professor of Anesthesia. Upon nomination of Michael Todd, M.D., Professor, Chair and Departmental Executive Officer of Anesthesia, Dr. El-Hattab was selected to receive a certificate of appreciation in recognition of his contributions to medical education within the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. Debra Schwinn, M.D., Professor of Anesthesia, Pharmacology, and Biochemistry, and Dean of the College presented the recipients their awards.


Congratulations to Dr. Max Baker

Congratulations to Dr. Max Baker, who received a $56,873 Commercialization Gap Fund award from the Office of the Vice President for Research.  
With this award he plans to develop an “Easy-to-Use Buccal Drug Delivery Device for the Urgent Treatment of Seizures” and begin moving this device toward commercialization.  
The purpose of this Commercialization Gap Fund is to support the development of innovations with commercial potential through a range of stages in technology development, from initial concept, through proof of concept, to licensing and commercialization.

Congratulations to Dr. Ron Abrons

Congratulations to Dr. Ron Abrons, who received a $25,786 Commercialization GAP Fund award from the Office of the Vice President for Research.  These funds will be used to build and trial working prototypes of the Articulated Oral Airway device for which he recently received a patent.


Announcing a Fellowship in Pediatric Anesthesia

The University of Iowa Department of Anesthesia has been awarded an ACGME-accredited FELLOWSHIP in PEDIATRIC ANESTHESIA! Congratulations to Dr. Martin Mueller (Fellowship Director), Dr. Joss Thomas, Dr. Debb Szeluga, and the rest of the pediatric anesthesia faculty who worked on the application and developed the clinical practice and educational program so that we could qualify for this fellowship. A pediatric anesthesia fellow will start on July 1, 2015.
The educational commitment to pediatric anesthesia training will be an asset to the department as well as the free-standing University of Iowa Children’s Hospital that is to be completed in the spring of 2016.

Congratulations to Dr. Donna Hammond

Congratulations to Dr. Donna Hammond, who has received funding for her NIH grant, T32NS045549, “Interdisciplinary Training in Pain Research.”  Dr. Hammond will receive $1,013,008 over the next five years.
This grant provides support for two predoctoral and two postdoctoral trainees each year.  Dr. Hammond is beginning the 11th year of this grant, a remarkable accomplishment.

Congratulations To Dave Swanson

We have just learned from Chris Cooper, Dean for Student Affairs, that David has been chosen as one of the new Learning Community Directors for the Carver College of Medicine.  For those of you that aren’t familiar with this, every incoming medical student is assigned to one of four “Learning Communities”.  They remain with this group throughout medical school.  The Community is a bit like the “Houses” at Hogwarts - except that the students don't live in them.  Each Community has a faculty Director who serves as an advisor, mentor and all-around problem solver for the students.  Having one of the communities led by an Anesthesiologist is a real feather in both David's cap - and the Department's.

Congratulations to Ken Ueda

Ken Ueda has been awarded the UIHC Faculty Excellence in Coaching Award for 2014.   He is one of only 5 individuals given this award (out of over 800 eligible faculty).  Dr. Ueda was nominated by the Anesthesia Residency Program supported by comments from current fellows and residents.  This award recognizes his great teaching and service to the UIHC.  The Faculty Excellence in Coaching award comes with a certificate and a cash prize.

Congratulations Frank Jareczek

Frank Jareczek was awarded a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award for Individual Dual Doctoral Fellows for his grant proposal entitled  "Mechanistic Bases for the Adverse Interaction of Nicotine and Chronic Pain." Mr. Jareczek is a Neuroscience M.D./Ph.D. student in the laboratory of Donna Hammond, Ph.D. This is a four year fellowship award for $135,327.


This project seeks to identify and characterize the central mechanisms underpinning the pain facilitating effects of nicotine. A better understanding of these nociceptive mechanisms would facilitate the development of more efficacious behavioral and pharmacological interventions for the management of chronic pain in smokers and nonsmokers alike.

Iowa Anesthesia Columbian Mission Trip


Drs. Krohe, Titler and Kerr on Columbia Mission Trip.


Iowa Anesthesia Team in Guatemala

  Drs. Swanson, Meiners, Gore and Mueller at the Miles of Smiles Event In Guatemala.

Congratulations to Dr. Toshihiro Kitamoto

Congratulations to Dr. Toshihiro Kitamoto, who was awarded a Carver Collaborative Pilot Grant for his project, “Nutritional Therapy for Genetically Inherited Seizure in Drosophila.”  Dr. Kitamoto is collaborating with Dr. Chun-Fang Wu, Professor in the Department of Biology, and will receive $30,000 for up to two years.


Congratulations to Drs. Satoshi Hanada and Ken Ueda

Congratulations to Drs. Satoshi Hanada and Ken Ueda, who have been matched with students for the Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research Medical Student Anesthesia Research Fellowship Program this summer.

Dr. Hanada will mentor Matt Van Winkle, a medical student from Eastern Virginia Medical School who will enter his M2 year in fall 2014.  Dr. Hanada and Matt will be working on a randomized controlled study to compare two different saphenous vein cannulation techniques.

Dr. Ueda will mentor David Janiczek on a study to continuously map trends followed by specific hemodynamic monitors in post-op patients using non-invasive impedance cardiography (ICG).  David is a medical student from the University of Iowa who will be entering his M2 year in fall 2014.


Congratulations to Sundar Krishnan

Congratulations to Sundar Krishnan, M.B.B.S., Clinical Assistant Professor of Anesthesia. Upon nomination of Michael Todd, M.D., Professor, Chair and Departmental Executive Officer of Anesthesia, Dr. Krishnan was selected to receive a certificate of appreciation in recognition of his contributions to medical education within the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. In total, 24 faculty members representing various departments throughout the healthcare campus received this special honor. Debra Schwinn, M.D., Professor of Anesthesia, Pharmacology, and Biochemistry, and Dean of the College presented the recipients their awards.  


Congratulations to Emily Petruccelli

Congratulations to Emily Petruccelli, a genetics graduate student in the laboratory of Toshihiro Kitamoto, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Anesthesia. Emily was awarded first place at the 2013 University of Iowa Genetics Graduate Program Retreat which was held on Friday, October 11, 2013. Emily received the Genetics Retreat Oral Presentation Award for her oral report entitled, "Drosophila DopEcR, a Dual Receptor for Ecysteroids and Dopamine, Modulates Ethanol-induced Sedation and Hyperactivity." Our department congratulates Emily on this accomplishment. We also thank Dr. Kitamoto for his mentorship.


                     Toshi Kitamoto
Emily Petruccelli

Faculty Promotion News

Congratulations to these faculty members on their promotion to Clinical Associate Professor!


John Laur, M.D. Ken-ichi Ueda, M.D.

Congratulations to these faculty members on their appointment as Clinical Assistant Professor!

    Foad Elahi, M.D.      Unyime Ituk, M.B.B.S.


Our Most Recent Publications

  1. Dexter F, Szeluga D, Masursky D, Hindman BJ: Written Comments Made by Anesthesia Residents When Providing Below Average Scores for the Supervision Provided by the Faculty Anesthesiologist. Anesth Analg; 122(6):2000-6

  2. Dexter F: Caroline Palmer and the History of Operating Room Management. Anesth Analg; 122(6):2066

  3. Hu LQ, Flood P, Li Y, Tao W, Zhao P, Xia Y, Pian-Smith MC, Stellaccio FS, Ouanes JP, Hu F, Wong CA: No Pain Labor & Delivery: A Global Health Initiative's Impact on Clinical Outcomes in China. Anesth Analg; 122(6):1931-8

  4. Mhyre JM, Wong CA: The Anesthesia Workforce and Levels of Maternal Care. Anesth Analg; 122(6):1763-5

  5. Petruccelli E, Li Q, Rao Y, Kitamoto T: The Unique Dopamine/Ecdysteroid Receptor Modulates Ethanol-Induced Sedation in Drosophila. J Neurosci; 36(16):4647-57

  6. Fuller BM, Ferguson I, Mohr NM, Stephens RJ, Briscoe CC, Kolomiets AA, Hotchkiss RS, Kollef MH: Lung-protective ventilation initiated in the emergency department (LOV-ED): a study protocol for a quasi-experimental, before-after trial aimed at reducing pulmonary complications. BMJ Open; 6(4):e010991

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