UT Southwestern Medical Center - Anesthesiology and Pain Management

We have a long history of excellence in patient care, contributions to research, and outstanding resident training. The DFW area is the largest metropolitan area in the country with only one anesthesiology residency training program.

UT Southwestern, one of the premier academic medical centers in the nation, integrates pioneering biomedical research with exceptional clinical care and education. The institution’s faculty includes many distinguished members, including six who have been awarded Nobel Prizes since 1985. The faculty of more than 2,500 is responsible for groundbreaking medical advances and is committed to translatin

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From Irma Sanchez:

Welcome Lynetta Marsh, Provider & Credentialing Specialist:
Lynetta Marsh was born and raised in Dallas, Texas, a graduated from The University of North Texas with a B.S in Criminal Justice. She holds certification as a Certified Provider Credentialing Specialist. She has over 20 years of extensive healthcare experience in developing, executing, and managing medical staff credentialing programs for healthcare organizations and systems. She began her career as a Credentialing Coordinator for a Managed Care organization at Medical Control. Lynetta worked for Texas Health Resources, Baylor Health Systems and Parkland Memorial Hospital as a Medical Staff Coordinator to enhance their credentialing program. She worked with executive leadership and the legislative affairs program to communicate regulations that would impact the organization. She was recognized by peers and leaders for her attention to detail, conflict resolution, problem solving and project management skills. Additionally, she was acknowledged and rewarded for her spirit of excellence in customer service. In her role she served on the provider relations de-escalation and employee retention teams. Lynetta is knowledgeable of the National Committee for Quality Assurance, and Joint Commission’s regulatory requirements. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her kids, traveling, mentoring young professionals and enjoying a variety of music interests.
We are proud to have you on the TEAM!

Photos from UT Southwestern Medical Center - Anesthesiology and Pain Management's post 06/15/2022

From Irma Sanchez:
Our own Cheryl Baldia, Revenue Cycle Manager was honored last week by Dr. Podolsky celebrating 25 years of service at UT Southwestern!


From Aditee:
I just learned that you are in PAEC helping a fellow CA1 immediately after your Basic exam so the work can get done in a timely way and your colleague can focus on getting mentally and physically ready for his exam.

Thank you for your commitment to your teammates. This action speaks volumes to the professional, colleague, and friend you are.

I am so grateful for you.


From Tommy Sawyers:

This photo above was taken at the last AANA conference prior to the pandemic. Pictured (L-R) are: Shen Shen, Bonnie Titre, (myself), Carolyn Boyle, Karen Fraher, & Manuel Phillip. We were chosen to be part of the conference advertisements in the AANA Journal for the upcoming August 2022 meeting. We are looking forward to returning this year to represent the UT Southwestern Dept of Anesthesiology & Pain Management!

2022 Wellness Symposium 06/13/2022

2022 Wellness Symposium

From Austin Tomanek:

I wanted to provide an update on the ongoing QI project: Wellness Guide: Normalizing Wellness Practices, as well as the plans for expansion over the next academic year. The results of the initial efforts are encouraging and are illustrated below.

The main objective:
to assist individuals on their journey to develop their wellness routine by focusing on the most popular wellness practices and showing how to start them.

There were two statistically significant changes in the resident survey at 6 month follow up compared to baseline:
1. There was over a 10% increase in GME wellness resource utilization which represents almost 2x as many individuals seeking help that needed it.
2. There was over a 40% increase in wellness practice understanding.

Continued highlights and expansion:
1. I presented at the UTSW wellness symposium on this project May 19th. A recording can be found on the proactive wellness guide YouTube channel. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zLSK2LjwOCY&t=17s
2. I am presenting this information to key contacts in the GME office including Dr. Rana Said the Chair of Resident Wellness and Wellbeing Committee.
3. I am meeting with Dr. Stephen Hoang to be vetted for incorporation with the ASA Educational Committee.

Wellness has many misconceptions, many times thought of as simply getting time off or mandatory click through learning modules. In contrast, these emails and videos have already made a significant impact in creating awareness of what individual wellness means to each of the residents. Building off the initial results, I have ambitions to expand the endeavor over the next academic year. I am seeking approval to deliver this information in vapor camp and/or to the interns at the beginning of each academic year to ensure cognizance.

I understand the business side of residency and the budget are complex. However, with the impact so far, I believe any contribution to help grow this project would benefit our Department. Any suggestions or thoughts you have would be greatly appreciated.

Below you will find our YouTube channel and an example of one of the emails and videos we have sent to residents.


We include disclaimers with every communication on seeking professional help if needed and the GME resources/contacts. We also refrain from including any UTSW logos or references.

Thank you for your time, support, and consideration. I look forward to hearing your thoughts.

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James Berry has been nominated to and confirmed by ACGME as the new fellowship director for the accredited Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine fellowship newly arrived in the Department. The program is currently recruiting a single fellow for the 2023-24 academic year. It is one of only nine active programs in the country and one of only two housed in anesthesiology departments.


From Dean W. P. Andrew Lee:

Proshad Efune -
We are delighted to inform you that your proposal entitled “Pediatric obstructive sleep apnea (OSA): A prospective observational study for predicting postoperative respiratory events on the first night after adenotonsillectomy (AT)” was selected for funding for the DocStars Award by the Cary Council.

This $50,000 grant will be made available to you through the UT Southwestern Development Office (Mr. Justin Sneed will provide additional information regarding the use of DocStars funds, future event participation, and reporting). Congratulations on this honor and best of luck in your research study.

We are proud of you Proshad!!!


From Trent Bryson-
I wanted to send a note recognizing the incredible team effort that occurred this evening.

Just before midnight tonight we had a patient with a known placenta accreta transfer in from an outside facility where she had presented for acute onset, severe abdominal pain and hypotension at 30 weeks. The outside facility had identified free fluid in the abdomen but were not equipped to handle her surgically.

On arrival we were able to quickly get her stabilized on L&D and then immediately transferred her down to the main OR where the OR call team (Dr. Maggie Craig, Armando Montano, and Nicole Newton) met us ready for the challenge. On incision, the surgical team found several liters of blood free in the abdomen coming from what had become a placenta percreta.

I stayed through the whole case and the 2 L&D CRNAs (Kolt Kuykendall and Ruben Perez) alternated throughout the case helping while the other kept up with making sure needs on 5 blue were being met. 10 liters of blood loss and 50 transfused units later we transferred her to the SICU to the capable hands of Dana Darwish and her team.

On top of all this, midway through the case Dr. Craig got called away to an emergent EGD for hematemesis in the GI lab (which she solo'ed) and Tony Machi came and provided expert care.

This level of care would not have been possible if it weren't for everyone's capable and willing hands in such an extreme crisis. The outcome truly was a team effort thanks to all those involved. Initial trajectory appear that both mom and baby will do well.


From Amalia Baker-
The following words are from a patient of Mitch Lin that came to surgery today and would like you to know how impressed he is with him!
“Mitch has good bedside manners and explains every step in detail. Mitch even educated my friend who came with me! I know that he is going to take care of me and I am ready for my surgery!!”


Congratulations to Proshad on being accepted into the 2022 cohort of the Masters in Clinical Sciences Program at UT Southwestern Medical Center.
We are proud of you Proshad!!!!

Ambulatory Surgery in the COVID-19 Era: Lessons Learned | ASA Monitor | American Society of Anesthesiologists 06/02/2022

Ambulatory Surgery in the COVID-19 Era: Lessons Learned | ASA Monitor | American Society of Anesthesiologists

Congrats to former resident Sher Lu for her recent publication

Ambulatory Surgery in the COVID-19 Era: Lessons Learned | ASA Monitor | American Society of Anesthesiologists Sher-Lu Pai, Kelly Lebak; Ambulatory Surgery in the COVID-19 Era: Lessons Learned. ASA Monitor 2022; 86:27 doi: https://doi.org/10.1097/01.ASM.0000833764.62995.f3


Congrats to Kapil on his recent publication! We are proud of you Kapil!!



Congrats to Eric Rosero and colleagues from OB-Gyn regarding publicity about this collaborative study-
We are proud of your work Eric!!!


Congrats to Eric Rosero and colleagues from OB-Gyn regarding publicity about this collaborative study-
We are proud of your work Eric!!!


From Chuck-
I would like to announce that, thanks to the generous support of Dr. Greg and Peggy Fleming Jenkins, the Dr. Greg and Peggy Fleming Jenkins Professorship for Critical Care in Anesthesiology and Pain Management has been formally approved by UT System!
We are grateful to the Jenkins family for their on-going support of the Department which Dr. M.T. "Pepper" Jenkins founded in 1948. Dr. Greg Jenkins is Pepper Jenkins' eldest son and a 1971 graduate of UTSW Medical School.



From Amanda Fox-

We’re pleased to announce that our Department was selected as one of the ASA FAER Medical Student Anesthesia Research Fellowship sites for this program. Bhavana Thota (Sidney Kimmel Medical College - Thomas Jefferson University) will be starting her fellowship today and elected to work with Philip Greilich and members of his HATRICC-US team (site Co-Is: Drs. Peiman Lahsaei, Jennifer Hernandez, Sneha Bhat [Surgery] and Olivia Hoffman [Pediatrics]) on an effectiveness-implementation study being conducted on OR-to-ICU handoffs in the CUH-SICU and CMC-CVICU. This is a 5-year study funded by the NHLBI (PI: Meghan Lane Fall, MD). Philip serves has the Site-PI and is the Chair of the Perioperative Multicenter Handoff collaborative (www.Handsoffs.org). Bhavana is from Dallas and previously worked with Tiffany Moon.
HATRICC-US - Handoffs and Transitions in Critical Care-Understanding Scalability: Study Protocol for a Multicenter Stepped Wedge Type 2 Hybrid Effectiveness-Implementation Trial. Implement Sci. 2021 Jun 15;16(1):63. doi: 10.1186/s13012-021-01131-1.


The ABA Welcomes New Directors to the Board - THE LATEST 05/25/2022

The ABA Welcomes New Directors to the Board - THE LATEST

Congratulations to former faculty Stephanie Jones on being elected to the Board of directors of the ABA

The ABA Welcomes New Directors to the Board - THE LATEST The American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA) is pleased to announce the elections of Stephanie B. Jones, M.D., and Hoda Badr, Ph.D., to our Board of Directors. Dr. Jones will officially begin her term as diplomate director following the fall 2022 board meeting in early October. Dr. Badr will begin her...


From Aditee-

I am on the VA ICU this week. Thomas Parnell was on call last night and he did a really excellent job. We had quite a sick patient yesterday and Thomas admitted him from the OR by himself around 9pm and then again from IR around 11pm. He coordinated well with our service and the multiple consulted services in the middle of the night. He also placed his FIRST dialysis catheter all by himself and it went perfectly. He was able to safely get the patient on CRRT which corrected his acidosis and helped save his life. Not only was he taking care of this sick patient, but we had a pretty busy census of 6 patients, one of which was having an active GI bleed that he was also managing. I wanted to send this to you to commend him on his excellent care! Jenny

Photos from UT Southwestern Medical Center - Anesthesiology and Pain Management's post 05/24/2022

We want to CONGRATULATE incoming intern Cayenne Price on her recognition as the Ho Din Award winner for the 2022 graduating class at UTSW!! Cayenne is the first African American to receive this prestigious award.
WE ARE DELIGHTED TO HAVE HER JOIN US in July!! See attached announcement which appeared in the graduation booklet.

We are proud to announce that the UT Southwestern Class of 2022 Ho Din Award winner is Dr. Cayenne Price. The Southwestern Medical Foundation’s website explains the award: “In 1943, at the first meeting of the Board of Trustees of Southwestern Medical College, The Ho Din Award was instituted by the Southwestern Medical Foundation to recognize those who exemplify the unique personal qualities embodied in all great physicians – medical wisdom combined with human understanding. It represents the ideals and aspirations on which the school was built and continues to be the highest honor bestowed on a UT Southwestern medical student today.”

Cayenne graduated with honors from Southern Methodist University with a Bachelor of Science in Applied Physiology & Health Management, and she earned a full merit-based scholarship to attend UT Southwestern (UTSW). Since her arrival to UTSW, she has distinguished herself as a scholar, servant leader, and empathic caregiver.

Cayenne’s academic record at UTSW has been excellent. She achieved a 3.93 GPA and was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society (AOA) in her senior year. In addition to her schoolwork, she pursued several scholarly projects while in school, including two with our department: “Novel Use of Methadone in the Burn Patient” with Dr. Aditee Ambardekar, and “Delayed Onset Cervical Epidural Abscess After Cervical Epidural Steroid Injection: A Case Report” with Dr. Daltry Dott.

Beyond her stellar academic performance, Cayenne was very involved in extracurricular activities. She was involved in 16 organizations and held leadership roles in most. Cayenne’s activities are closely aligned with her values and fully commits herself in the activities she chooses. With an early interest in anesthesiology, she sought opportunities with the Anesthesiology Student Interest Group (ASIG) and was elected one of the two officers for her class during her first year at UTSW. She also has an interest in global health and was a service trip officer and logistics coordinator, coordinating a medical service trip to the Dominican Republic with the Foundation for Peace. Finally, Cayenne has a passion for systemic racism in healthcare and was involved in producing an informational video on how physicians can be leaders in supporting social change.

Cayenne earned superlative praise in nearly every medical school clerkship and was consistently described as “beyond her peers” with her broad foundation knowledge and advanced application of concepts. She provided compassionate care to her patients, easily developing rapport and crafting plans that incorporated patient preference with evidence-based practice. Due to her exceptional and empathic care of patients, she was nominated by her peers and accepted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS).

Cayenne was selected as this year’s Pepper Jenkins Outstanding Medical Student in Anesthesiology, and she will be joining our residency program in a few weeks. She has a bright future in anesthesiology, and we are delighted she chose to continue her training with us.

See History of the Ho Din Award-

See these two links for additional information about Cayenne-



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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