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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[12/06/21]   From Dr Whitten:
Please see the news of the passing of Nellie Luhn - she was a pioneer on so many levels. It was a privilege to get to know her and hear of her experiences during the formative years of the Department.
https://www.dignitymemorial.com/en-ca/obituaries/dallas-tx/nellie-currarino-10425768

11/30/2021

From Dr. Ambardekar:

From Dr. Ambardekar:

Photos from UT Southwestern Medical Center - Anesthesiology and Pain Management's post 11/29/2021

From Amanda Virginia:

11/26/2021

From Irma Sanchez:

Chikita Green has been accepted into the UT Southwestern Leadership Foundations Cohort Training effective May 2022. Great job Chikita! We are so happy for you and grateful for all your contributions to the Department and Faculty Affair’s Team.

From Irma Sanchez:

Chikita Green has been accepted into the UT Southwestern Leadership Foundations Cohort Training effective May 2022. Great job Chikita! We are so happy for you and grateful for all your contributions to the Department and Faculty Affair’s Team.

11/26/2021

From Irma Sanchez:
Rebecca Davis participates in the Program Accreditation and Compliance subcommittee. The PA & C sub-committee ensures effective oversight of all GME programs by Sponsoring Institution; Provide objective feedback to the GMEC and DIO concerning program compliance with accreditation requirements.

From Irma Sanchez:
Rebecca Davis participates in the Program Accreditation and Compliance subcommittee. The PA & C sub-committee ensures effective oversight of all GME programs by Sponsoring Institution; Provide objective feedback to the GMEC and DIO concerning program compliance with accreditation requirements.

[11/25/21]   From Irma Sanchez:
Kelli Speer was selected to participate in the GME Program Coordinator Advisory Council (PCAC) Communications & Marketing Committee! The GME PCAC Communications & Marketing committee will focus on developing a GME PC newsletter, communicating GME PC website updates, announcing peer recognitions, creating GME PC social media platforms, announcing important GME PC events, and developing a forum for anonymous feedback from GME PCs. Congratulations Kelli!

11/25/2021

From Steve Hill:

From Steve Hill:

11/24/2021

From Carlos Bagley:
“Melissa Bellomy,
I wanted to thank you for your help last night with that emergent take back. You were phenomenal and I can’t tell you how much I appreciate you stellar work. Our guy is doing great this morning and extubated. His family and I can’t thank you enough.”

From Carlos Bagley:
“Melissa Bellomy,
I wanted to thank you for your help last night with that emergent take back. You were phenomenal and I can’t tell you how much I appreciate you stellar work. Our guy is doing great this morning and extubated. His family and I can’t thank you enough.”

11/24/2021

Dr. David Mercier is a named author in the latest version of the:
2022 American Society of Anesthesiologists Practice Guidelines for Management of the Difficult Airway | Anesthesiology | American Society of Anesthesiologists

https://doi.org/10.1097/ALN.0000000000004002

Dr. David Mercier is a named author in the latest version of the:
2022 American Society of Anesthesiologists Practice Guidelines for Management of the Difficult Airway | Anesthesiology | American Society of Anesthesiologists

https://doi.org/10.1097/ALN.0000000000004002

11/23/2021

Congratulations to Enas Kandil on her recent publication in Circulation:

https://www.ahajournals.org/eprint/CSN6STG3SVKVCWKK6ACD/full?redirectUri=%2Fdoi%2F10.1161%2FCIRCULATIONAHA.121.056230

Congratulations to Enas Kandil on her recent publication in Circulation:

https://www.ahajournals.org/eprint/CSN6STG3SVKVCWKK6ACD/full?redirectUri=%2Fdoi%2F10.1161%2FCIRCULATIONAHA.121.056230

11/23/2021

From Dr DeLaCruz:

From Dr DeLaCruz:

11/22/2021

From Dr. Tao:

From Dr. Tao:

[11/20/21]   We also welcome Kaitlyn Redeman, our newest Research Assistant working with Dr. Amanda Fox. Kaitlyn is a graduate of Creighton University, Omaha, NE with a BS in Chemistry, Cum Laude and the University of the Incarnate Word School of Osteopathic Medicine with a Masters in Biomedical Sciences.

[11/19/21]   We would like to welcome Christy Ellison to the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Management as our new Manager for Research Programs. In this role she will lead the research enterprise in partnership with Dr. Amanda Fox, Vice Chair for Research. Christy has vast experience in research administration and has previously worked at the University of Chicago and Arizona State University. Christy and her family recently relocated to the Dallas area from Arizona, they are enjoying the “cool” Texas weather. Please join us in welcoming Christy to the Anesthesiology and Pain Management family!

[11/19/21]   Madeline Vernon and her husband welcomed baby boy Henry Harland Vernon last month. Congrats Madeline!!

[11/19/21]   From the GI nursing Team for Dr. Mihir – Before stating a case with a challenging patient, the GI RNs liked the way he did his Anesthesia Timeout because he specially mentioned the calling the BR number if an emergency ensued. It was a nice reminder and they also liked that he was willing to receive help if needed.

[11/18/21]   From CMC:
From a patient survey for Dr. Boone – “The anesthesia doctor was very helpful and did an amazing job with helping our child get comfort once he woke up.”

Photos from UT Southwestern Medical Center - Anesthesiology and Pain Management's post 11/18/2021

From CMC:

Congratulations to Dr. Rita Saynhalath and Dr Iqbal Ahmed for their chapter int eh newly publish book, Congenital Cardiac Anesthesia – A case-based approach, by Berenstain and Spaeth

11/18/2021

From CMC:

As a culmination of the 2021 Leadership Emerging in Academic Departments (LEAD) Program, Dr. Bocanegra presented her capstone project: Preventing Acetaminophen Errors: An Increasing Problem in the Pediatric Perioperative Arena. She continues to work closely with the AFC Quality and Safety Division and other stakeholders in the Periop space (surgery, nursing, pharmacy….) on this practice improvement challenge. In addition to the guideline that is being developed for how we care for patients who are affected by this error, we are working to incorporate an EMR link between between our EPIC/MAR and our OR Omnicells, providing an additional safeguard to deter these errors.

From CMC:

As a culmination of the 2021 Leadership Emerging in Academic Departments (LEAD) Program, Dr. Bocanegra presented her capstone project: Preventing Acetaminophen Errors: An Increasing Problem in the Pediatric Perioperative Arena. She continues to work closely with the AFC Quality and Safety Division and other stakeholders in the Periop space (surgery, nursing, pharmacy….) on this practice improvement challenge. In addition to the guideline that is being developed for how we care for patients who are affected by this error, we are working to incorporate an EMR link between between our EPIC/MAR and our OR Omnicells, providing an additional safeguard to deter these errors.

[11/17/21]   From Dr. Spong:

CUH ob/gyn has utilized the inpatient pain service – the quote I can share is “Yes! We already utilized Dr. Neal two weeks ago for a sickle cell patient we had been struggling with. He was amazing.”

11/17/2021

From Hsi Chao:

I just want you to know that yesterday late afternoon OB ECU had a patient with acute transfusion reaction. Dr Clare (high risk manager) and Dr Chelsea Thomas ran over there (I was in OR) and helped the OB service resuscitate the patient, including giving epinephrine, steroids and fluid. The patient got better immediately and the OB service really appreciated their help. Dr Clare even went back to help the nurses charting the medications and the details of resuscitation, giving her busy schedule at high risk site.

From Hsi Chao:

I just want you to know that yesterday late afternoon OB ECU had a patient with acute transfusion reaction. Dr Clare (high risk manager) and Dr Chelsea Thomas ran over there (I was in OR) and helped the OB service resuscitate the patient, including giving epinephrine, steroids and fluid. The patient got better immediately and the OB service really appreciated their help. Dr Clare even went back to help the nurses charting the medications and the details of resuscitation, giving her busy schedule at high risk site.

[11/17/21]   From John Sum-Ping:

There was a power outage in OR 8 on 10/28/2021 at the VA and everyone involved in the case did a superb job during the incident. I was asked to request permission to include the names of all involved to be considered for a National HERO award. Congrats Christian Gulde, Alycia Wanat-Hawthorne, and Noah Juett.

Impact of an Enhanced Recovery After Surgery Protocol on Unplanned Patient Encounters in the Early Postoperative Period After Ureteroscopy | Journal of Endourology 11/16/2021

Impact of an Enhanced Recovery After Surgery Protocol on Unplanned Patient Encounters in the Early Postoperative Period After Ureteroscopy | Journal of Endourology

From Austin Street:

I just wanted to make you aware of a recently accepted publication in collaboration with our Urology colleagues (lead author: Dr. Brett Johnson). This is just another example of our ERAS team building bridges with our surgeons and making significant impacts on patient care.

I also want to commend Dr. Sasaki who helped to create this novel pathway to begin with, which was one of the first of its kind. He and Dr. Efune, in partnership with Drs. Johnson, Pearle and Antonelli, continue to deliver exceptional state of the art care to our Urology patients with kidney stones. We are proud to be part of the team.

https://www.liebertpub.com/doi/10.1089/end.2021.0435

Impact of an Enhanced Recovery After Surgery Protocol on Unplanned Patient Encounters in the Early Postoperative Period After Ureteroscopy | Journal of Endourology Introduction: Ureteroscopy (URS) is associated with substantial patient-perceived morbidity. To improve the patient experience, we developed an enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) protocol for URS. We sought to determine if an ERAS protocol could reduce unplanned patient-initiated encounters. Mat...

11/16/2021

Dr. Olomu will be presenting virtually on Monday, 11/15/2021 at the Nigerian Society of Anesthesiologists Annual Meeting.

Time of Presentation: 0115 here, 0815 (WAT -West African Time).

Dr. Olomu will be presenting virtually on Monday, 11/15/2021 at the Nigerian Society of Anesthesiologists Annual Meeting.

Time of Presentation: 0115 here, 0815 (WAT -West African Time).

11/16/2021

Congrats to Rita Saynhalath and colleagues on their case report.

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/34735416/

Congrats to Rita Saynhalath and colleagues on their case report.

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/34735416/

11/15/2021

We were pleased to see that Michael Williams DO, current president of the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth was named Chancellor of the University of North Texas system. Dr Williams is a graduate of our training program. Congratulations Mike!

We were pleased to see that Michael Williams DO, current president of the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth was named Chancellor of the University of North Texas system. Dr Williams is a graduate of our training program. Congratulations Mike!

11/11/2021

Nirja Patel, CRNA has been selected as a recipient of a Rose-Marie “Rory” Meyers Education Program for Nursing Excellence Advanced Degree Scholarship.

“We were in awe of the many nurses who are continuing to better their expertise through continuing education. We believe you are an excellent representative of the kind of student Rory Meyers would want to see continue their path in nursing education. You will be eligible to receive up to $10,000 for the fiscal year.
Congratulations again!”

Nirja Patel, CRNA has been selected as a recipient of a Rose-Marie “Rory” Meyers Education Program for Nursing Excellence Advanced Degree Scholarship.

“We were in awe of the many nurses who are continuing to better their expertise through continuing education. We believe you are an excellent representative of the kind of student Rory Meyers would want to see continue their path in nursing education. You will be eligible to receive up to $10,000 for the fiscal year.
Congratulations again!”

11/10/2021

Congratulations to Xi Lou on her selection to the 2022 cohort of the Leadership Emerging in Academic Departments (LEAD) Program.

Congratulations to Xi Lou on her selection to the 2022 cohort of the Leadership Emerging in Academic Departments (LEAD) Program.

Changes in the Nociception Level Index During Surgical... : A&A Practice 11/09/2021

Changes in the Nociception Level Index During Surgical... : A&A Practice

Congratulations to Rita Saynhalath, Umar H. Khan, Gijo Alex and Peter Szmuk on the publication of their new case report.

https://journals.lww.com/aacr/Fulltext/2021/11000/Changes_in_the_Nociception_Level_Index_During.1.aspx

Changes in the Nociception Level Index During Surgical... : A&A Practice c increases in NOL index and blood pressure coincided with tumor manipulation, presumably due to a catecholamine surge. Since the patient was under stable and adequate analgesia, the increases in NOL index likely reflected the physiologic effects of tumor handling rather that the presence of a true....

11/08/2021

From an anonymous source:

I would like to recognize all of the UH CRNA leadership team for the excellent job they do. They are always considerate, thoughtful and lead with integrity. Karen Fraher deserves recognition for the great work she is doing since taking on the job of assistant chief, especially over this past week with a very busy schedule. We are lucky to have a great leadership team!

From an anonymous source:

I would like to recognize all of the UH CRNA leadership team for the excellent job they do. They are always considerate, thoughtful and lead with integrity. Karen Fraher deserves recognition for the great work she is doing since taking on the job of assistant chief, especially over this past week with a very busy schedule. We are lucky to have a great leadership team!

[11/05/21]   Dr Whitten received this from Stephanie Jones, MD

I wanted to thank you for supporting my participation in the AAMC mid-career faculty seminar for URM faculty. It just concluded, and I found it incredibly helpful. I plan on passing on valuable lessons learned to other mid-career faculty in our division and department.
Thank you, Dr. Noe for your letter of support.

[11/05/21]   We would like to welcome Veronica Butler to the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Management as an Administrative Associate. In this role she will administratively support our Vice Chairs (Dr. David McDonagh, Dr. Gloria Cheng, and Dr. Patrick Olomu), as well as our CMC and VA faculty. Veronica is originally from Corsicana, Texas where she was born and raised. After graduating from Navarro College (2000), she made the big transition to relocate to Dallas, Texas. Where she worked for (Citigroup, Drive America and Haag for (15 years) gaining immense knowledge about the companies. Feeling that her knowledge could be utilized in a more effective manner she joined UT Southwestern in January 2015 as ADMNTV ASSIST SR for the Otolaryngology Clinic. In 2017, she was awarded the Strauss Award for exemplifying excellent care and compassion with an upbeat and positive attitude. Within her six years with UT Southwestern Medical Center, she has obtained a substantial amount of knowledge.

[11/04/21]   We would like to congratulate Chardenay Bagsby in her recent promotion to Chair Coordinator. Chardenay has been in the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Management a little less than a year and in her previous role supported our Parkland faculty. In her new role, Chardenay is the primary contact supporting our Chair Dr. Charles Whitten and our Department Administrator Irma Sanchez.

[11/04/21]   We would like to welcome back Susy Gomez, Administrative Assistant Sr. II supporting UH faculty. Congratulations Susy, on the arrival of your beautiful baby girl Arya Rae and we are glad to have you back!

[11/04/21]   We would like to congratulate Ashley Bowie in her recent promotion to Administrative Associate supporting our UH faculty. Ashely has been in the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Management since 2019 and in her previous role she supported our CMC and VA faculty, as well as assisted with other projects in the Department. In her new role, Ashley will be our primary lead administrative for all anesthesiology faculty at University Hospitals (UH 2nd and 3rd floors, OSC, Zale & Third tower). She will be working in collaboration with Susy Gomez, to help support all 80+ faculty for UH.

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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Dallas, TX
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