UT Southwestern Medical Center - Anesthesiology and Pain Management

Providing excellence in patient care, research, and academia.

Operating as usual


Did you know???
Dr. Betty Stephenson was the first woman to serve in positions and offices traditionally held by men in medicine. In addition to her work as an anesthesiologist and mother, she served as president of the Texas Society of anesthesiologists (1983), paving the way for women in leaders in medicine.
Dr. Evelyn Henley was the first black woman to be certified by the ABA in 1960! She later served as Chief of Anesthesiology at Howard College of Medicine.
Dr. Virginia Apgar developed a rapid method for testing newborn viability in 1952 which is still practiced today! This 10-point scoring system measures a child’s breathing, skin color, reflexes, motion, and heart rate.


Congratulations Tony Garcia, M.S., APRN, AGACNP-BC, FNP-BC, ACCNS-BC who acquired his Extracorporeal Life Support Organization's Adult ECMO Practitioner Certification. One of only 200 worldwide, the ELSO Adult ECMO Practitioner Certification is the highest level of certification for ECMO providers. Mr. Garcia's achievement in obtaining this certification is a testament to his dedication to his profession and his commitment to providing the highest level of care to his patients. Lead APP for the department, Christopher Deonarine PA-C sends his praise stating, "We are thrilled to congratulate Tony Garcia on his achievement of the ELSO Adult ECMO Practitioner Certification. His expertise and leadership are essential to our center's commitment to excellence in ECMO care, and we are proud to have him on our team."


Happy International Women’s Day! Our team of dedicated physicians recently got together for the Women in Anesthesiology meeting in March, which was a roaring success! Thanks to our host Dr. Melissa Bellomy for the engaging material and delicious spread! Join us for our next meeting in May, details coming soon!

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Welcome to the team!

Dr. Nenna Nwazota joins our team at CUH and PHHS on Monday March 6th as a general anesthesiologist. Dr. Nwazota earned a degree in psychology from Harvard university and then completed both medical school and residency in anesthesiology at Baylor College of Medicine. As a faculty member at NY College of Medicine, Dr. Nwazota became fascinated with the management of pain and decided to pursue a fellowship in interventional pain management at Duke University. Her specific clinical interests lie in acute & subacute pain management and the psychological aspects of pain proliferation & maintenance. She is also interested in clinical research.

Dr. Sanjeev Dalela joins our team at PHHS on Monday March 6th as a general anesthesiologist. Dr. Dalela completed his obstetric anesthesiology fellowship at Harvard University and a fellowship in liver transplant anesthesiology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He comes to us from Medical City in Ft. Worth and is looking forward to teaching interactions with residents and fellows. In his spare time, Dr. Dalela enjoys gardening, and traveling around the country & the world. He also enjoys watching football, playing poker & cards, and attending Bollywood karaoke nights with family and friends.

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Happy Employee Appreciation Day! Thank you to all of our stellar team members who go above and beyond to keep our department running!


Welcome to the team Ebony Shelton, DNAP, CRNA!
A graduate of Grambling State University (2003, BSN) and Texas Wesleyan University (2022, DNAP), Ebony decided to pursue a career in anesthesia because she enjoys caring for patients while working in a field that keeps her attention. As a new CRNA graduate, Ebony is excited to begin her career at UTSW. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time at football and basketball games with her two sons, traveling, and soaking up the sun outdoors near any water!


Each year, the Gold Foundation led by the Gold Humanism Honor Society selects a special day to formally recognize the hard work and invaluable dedication of resident and fellow physicians. Join us today as we celebrate all of our residents and fellows!


The Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research rankings have just been released and the UTSW Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Management has reached #23! Special thanks to Drs. Amanda Fox, Thomas Floyd, David Bush, and Philip Greilich on their hard work!


Black History: Honoring the Past, Inspiring the Future.

“In recognition of Black History Month, we would like to take the time to celebrate the African American voices in our community and in our country. Through resilience, courage, and a firm resolve, this month teaches us to look back and understand both the hardships and the inspiration of an oppressed people. Our hope is this month will serve as a respectful reminder of a vibrant community, and together we can stand in unity and solidarity against racism, inequality, and oppression.”
Drs. Chuck Whitten and Patrick Olomu


Location details and RSVP link are available in Outlook


Did you know today is National Woman Physician Day? Today we celebrate the 101 women physicians on our team!


Sending gratitude and thanks to our faculty this week who continually work to deliver clinical, academic, and educational excellence within our department!


Congratulations! The Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Management is proud to announce that Dr. Shaina Drummond has been elected to the position of Secretary Treasurer of the Dallas County Medical Society. Dr. Drummond has been the Chair of the DCMS Credentials Committee and currently serves on the DCMS Board of Directors and on the Texas Medical Association Board of Councilors as Vice Councilor for district 14.


Happy CRNA Appreciation Week! Our department is incredibly thankful for the dedicated group of nurse anesthetists who provide remarkable patient care across UTSW.


New Faculty alert
Hannah White Burcham is staying on as faculty after completing her Obstetric Anesthesia fellowship here at UTSW. She is from the DFW area and received her undergraduate degree from UT Austin, medical degree from UT Houston, and completed residency at the University of Oklahoma. She enjoys spending her time outdoors with her husband Cody, son Perry, and dog Pesto. She has always had a passion for obstetric anesthesia and is very excited to remain part of the UTSW family.

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From Chuck-
Joy Chen was featured in a Texas Medicine article


From Patrick Olomu-

Dr. Griffin and I attended the CV Roman Health Center Commemoration Event last Thursday.
The center was named after Dr. Charles V. Roman (born 1864), one of the first African American Physicians to practice in Dallas and the fifth President of the National Medical Association.


From Patrick Olomu-
Greetings from your Departmental DEI Advisory Group. You might have noticed the pause in the release of the DEI Article of the week. This is in response to very thoughtful feedback we received from you all. The plan is to “repackage” it in a slightly different format and frequency. We are working on your suggestions and should resume the new format sometime in November.
Thank you for your patience as we work through this and please send us any suggestions.


From Irma-
Brittany Kerstein joins the Anesthesiology and Pain Management Department as the marketing and communications specialist. She has previously worked at UTSW in the Pediatrics Department, overseeing the acquisition and programmatic support for the Joint Pediatric Enterprise with Children’s Hospital. She earned her masters degree from the University of North Texas and has worked for various marketing initiatives in North Dallas. Her published works include contributions to the National Center for Biotechnology Information. Additionally, Brittany has an intermediate speaking knowledge of French, German, and Italian, and hopes to continue studies in Russian. She looks forward to joining our dynamic team and increasing the Department’s visibility both internally and externally.


From Chuck-
Kunal has been reappointed as the ASA representative on the Board of Medical Advisors for the American Association of Respiratory Care for a 4-year term.


Prof. Patrick Olomu
United States of America.

Dear Sir,
In accordance with the norm of the Nigerian Society of Anaesthetists (NSA), which recognizes and appreciates members who provide outstanding services to the Society, I write on behalf of the Board of Trustees, President, and Members of the Executive Committee to inform you that you will be awarded the Excellence in Service Award.
The award will be presented to you during the Plenary session of the 30th Annual General Meeting and Scientific Conference on Wednesday, November 23, 2022, at 10 a.m. at the Ibeto Hotel, Gudu, Abuja


From David-
Thanks to Nycole Richards, Jacqueline Yunker, Karen Fraher, and Meghan Michael for their help with a severe case of sugammadex-induced bronchospasm!! Outstanding teamwork!!


From James Berry-

Stephanie Byerly was asked by the Dean of the University of Florida to give the Notable Alumnus Lecture for Medical School Alumni Weekend, October 6-8th, celebrating her 30-year reunion. The topic was coaching and leadership development. She was also honored as the recipient of the University of Florida College of Medicine 2022 Dean’s Award for Leadership.


From Chuck-

Today was extraordinary. I still vividly remember the day I empowered you to create a MOCA-credible simulation program. Never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined what I experienced today.
Words can not adequately express my great pride in what I participated in today.
With great pride and much gratitude for your extraordinary leadership.


From David and Chuck-

I wanted to let you know after 6 weeks how appreciative we are for the care your team is providing our patients at Zale. As you can imagine, we moved with a great deal of anxiety last month. So far, things seem to be going very well. I have enjoyed meeting some of your faculty and am always reassured when i see one of your fantastic CRNAs in day surgery the morning of surgery. We all really appreciate your support.
Thank you!
Jeffrey M Kenkel, MD, FACS
Professor and Chair
Betty and Warren Woodward Chair in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

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From Chuck-

It was so wonderful running into you yesterday and getting the chance to catch up for a little bit. During our conversation I briefly mentioned the KALPAS newsletter feature our site received, and I have attached it here. I have really been enjoying working on the KALPAS project with Dr. Cheng and have been gaining invaluable clinical research experience. I hope you have a wonderful remainder of the week!
Best regards, Lynn


Lindsay Wilson, RN, BSN, BBA, Parkland GI lab
I'd like to give KUDOS to Anesthesia, MICU and GI for assisting with providing superb care of our GI bleed/TIPS patient today. This was essentially the smoothest transition of care that I've experienced since my time here at Parkland. This patient was very critical, actively bleeding and on MTP. Dr. Nasir was the board runner and quickly provided us with a great team, and even went above and beyond to provide us with extra hands when I requested it, including extra residents to help manage care. MICU did not hesitate to help transport and move the patient, with all the lines and tubes present. During the procedure, we had issues with ventilation and the GI team and MD James Griffin came over to help us troubleshoot the Minnesota balloon in an attempt to decompress the stomach. IR Attending MD Linnan Tang and Fellow MD Shaun Nordeck were able to safely intervene and stop the bleeding this patient had. By the end of the case, the patient condition improved, we were able to stop MTP and safely transport them back to MICU. ALL members of this multidisciplinary team were professional and high skilled at providing this patient with safe and effective care! I want to make sure their leadership is aware and everyone gets the recognition they DESERVE!


The Institute for Exercise and Environmental Medicine had their 30th anniversary celebration last week. Led by Dr. Ben Levine, the Institute closely collaborates with Department faculty (Max Hendrix, James Berry) in clinical physiology research and patient care.


Our newest staff member, Lekeisha Walker, is a Waco native. She relocated to DFW 8 years ago in May 2014, where she then joined UT Southwestern Medical Center. She was an internal hire from the Department of Breast Surgical Oncology; where she was hired as a Clinical Staff Assistant I and later promoted to Admin/Surgery Scheduler. She joins the Department with amazing energy and customer service skills!

Lekeisha is a proud mother of two handsome boys, Zacharius (12) and Zachary (11) and also 3 fur babies Xena, Xoey and Xorro whom she adores. Both of her sons love playing basketball. Lekeisha loves to be able to cheer her boys on courtside during games. Her schedule is extremely busy with practices and games, but wouldn’t change it for the world! The quote below is one of Lekeisha’s favorites that she lives by.

- My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.
-Maya Angelou

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From Steve-

Although I think I am stating the obvious when I say that AFC has the best APPs in the health system – it is always great to see the health care system recognize it as well 😉 As we come to the end of APP week, I am very happy to share the result of the APP recognition awards. As a testament to all the talented members on our team, we were well represented with 9 nominations from which we had 5 individual awards and 2 poster awards. We also want to take this opportunity recognize all our APPs and thank them for their leadership, dedication, and service – we cannot Make Life Better for Children without you! Please help us congratulate the nominees and winners of the Advanced Practice Provider Excellence Awards. These team members are recognized for their outstanding efforts as APPs throughout Children’s Health as they continue to serve the mission of Children’s Health every day.


From Carl-

Stephanie, Ivan, and Daltry were named in D magazine best doctors for pain management! I think that is remarkable!


From Tommy-

We are pleased to learn that three of our colleagues and teammates have been selected to receive a high honor. Keinisha, Jamaal, and Rich have been selected as recipients of the Rory Meyers Advanced Education Program for Nursing Excellence!

From the UT Southwestern Nurse Executive Cabinet:
“We are in awe of the many caregivers who continue to better their expertise through advanced degrees. We believe you are an excellent representative of the kind of student Rory Meyers would want to see continue their path in nursing education!” Take a moment and congratulate our scholars!


From Ingrid Duarte (CMC) –

I just wanted to send you an email expressing my great admiration and appreciation for work done by multiple teams on one of our patients last week. We recently had a pediatric patient with biventricular assist devices who suffered an acute stroke and needed to be transferred from Children’s to CUH for thrombectomy. Although the process of transferring a pediatric patient to CUH was new to me, I was lucky to have an outstanding team that made the process straightforward and safe.

Dr. Luis Zabala (Peds Cardiac Anesthesia), Dr. Marco Aguirre (Cardiac Anesthesia), Dr. Alycia Wanat-Hawthorne (Cardiac Anesthesia), Dr. Josh Wolovitz (ICU), and Dr. Melinda Cory (ICU) promptly coordinated the teams that needed to be involved for this procedure within the 3h window.

Dr. Tony Machi was the adult anesthesiologist on-call at CUH and was extremely helpful. Although I work in the cardiac ORs at CUH, the neuro suite was a new environment for me but Dr. Machi and his resident Dr. Jeremy Webb oriented us to everything, set up the room before we got to CUH, and helped us tremendously from the moment we arrived.

Dr. John Barr and his team performed the thrombectomy promptly and successfully.
Dr. Ryan Butts and the VAD team at Children’s did an outstanding job managing the VAD during transport and during the case.

This case presented unusual challenges and multiple interventions in a very high-risk patient, but I am really grateful for this team that worked non-stop to provide her with the best care. I feel proud to belong to this team.

(Sorry if I missed any names, please know that you are greatly appreciated)
Thanks so much!


From Anu Wadhwa –

I want to congratulate Aditee Ambardekar for being the Chief Editor of the Textbook on "Basics of Pediatric Anesthesia". She was rewarded by her mentor, Dr. Ron Litman, in the best possible way any faculty member could ask for, please see link for details



From Darla Abshier, RN, OSC –

Dr. Marull, thank you for your expertise in managing a very difficult patient. I observed a lot of compassion and excellent care. Everyone stepped up to help. Great example of teamwork. All of you stayed late until the situation was resolved.

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From Kate -

Welcome to the new furry feline friends of the UTSW anesthesia family! Sumarth, Jack and I adopted kittens from a stray mama cat that found her way to my aunt’s house over the summer. Say hello to Luna, Spooky, and Salt and Pepper!


Congratulations to Tom Floyd and his lab for receiving a five-year NIH UG award

Minimally Invasive Cerebral Blood Flow and Oxygenation Monitoring for Intracranial Hypertension

The Problem to be Addressed: Traumatic brain injury, acute ischemic stroke, and intracerebral hemorrhage are frequently complicated by intracranial hypertension leading to progressive ischemia and secondary brain injury. Recent efforts focused on improving outcomes have therefore been focused upon improving cerebral oxygenation and the development of monitoring devices to guide therapy. Current devices designed to measure tissue oxygenation are, however, severely limited in their scope of surveillance and accuracy. Surface oximetry monitors interrogate only superficial brain tissue, with contamination from intervening skin and skull. Intraparenchymal brain tissue oxygen probes survey relatively metabolically less active white matter (compared to gray matter), a volume of less than 3 mm3, and at a single location. Lastly, intraparenchymal tissue oxygen monitors are bulky, incompatible with magnetic resonance imaging, and have yet to demonstrate clinical efficacy.

Our Approach: To fill this need, we will finalize the development of a brain-specific, minimally invasive, optical blood flow and oxygenation monitoring system (FLOXBR) during the first 2-3 years, then we will test this device to humans. The FLOXBR, employing diffuse optical and correlation spectroscopies via a brain surface probe, may offer improved sensitivity and specificity compared to non-invasive probes and will probe larger volumes than currently available invasive probes, such as the LicoxTM tissue pO2 probe. Unlike intraparenchymal probes, this device can lie above or below the dura and will be more sensitive to highly metabolically active gray matter. Its small size and flexibility will permit multiple probes to be placed through a single burr hole, thus allowing for the monitoring of regional differences in flow and oxygenation. Unlike surface oximetry, the FLOXBR is not impacted by superficial trauma or edema, improving reliability and sensitivity. Continuous, easily interpreted, and reliable minimally invasive monitoring of cerebral oxygen delivery may enhance management and outcomes in patients suffering from intracranial hypertension.

Chairman’s Welcome

Welcome to the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Management at UT Southwestern. Our Department has a long history of excellence in patient care, key contributions to anesthesia research and outstanding resident training. This Department is unique as the DFW area is the largest metropolitan area in the country with only one residency training program. This environment allows our residents to benefit from a wide and rich variety of surgical cases that is difficult to match anywhere in the nation. Our program allows complete training in Anesthesiology without moving or traveling to a different locale. Residents rotate through Parkland Health and Hospital System, University Hospitals (Zale Lipshy and William P. Clements University Hospitals), The Eugene McDermott Center for Pain Management, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital, VA North Texas Health Care System, Children's Medical Center, Methodist Hospital, and Baylor University Medical Center; where all subspecialties of Anesthesiology are well represented. Our faculty come from a diverse background with a wide variety of interests and expertise, covering all subspecialty areas of practice.

Our residency offers strong training in the management of complicated patients and an extensive variety of surgical pathophysiology; while maintaining a respectful and secure environment to foster learning. Complementing our residency program is a selection of fellowship training opportunities in Multi-Disciplinary Pain Management, Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology, Critical Care Medicine Anesthesiology, Obstetric Anesthesiology, and Pediatric Anesthesiology. The Dallas/Fort Worth Metropolitan area offers a rich and broad variety of social, cultural and sporting events. Winters are generally mild and outdoor opportunities for recreation abound. D/FW International Airport and Love Field allow for quick and easy travel to any destination in the world.

The Goals of our Department are 1) to strive for excellence in education, patient care, and research, and 2) for all of our residents to become well qualified, board certified consultants in Anesthesiology. My personal goal is to make this Department one of the best in the country for resident as well as fellowship training. We look forward to your inquiry and the opportunity to personally meet with you. Please feel free to contact me or others identified on our contact page, if you would like additional information. I truly appreciate your interest in our program.

Charles Wesley Whitten, M.D.
Professor and Chairman
Margaret Milam McDermott Distinguished Chair in Anesthesiology and Pain Management
Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Management
UT Southwestern Medical Center





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