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Anesthesiology Overview

Congratulations to the 2015 Residency and Fellowship Graduates         Kenichi Tanaka, MD, Professor, Director of Cardiac Anesthesiology, has been invited to join the Editorial Board of the Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia (JCVA).          Wendy K. Bernstein, MD, MBA, Seema P. Deshpande, MBBS, and Patrick N. Odonkor, MB, ChB, have been selected by The American Board of Anesthesiology to serve as examiners for the American Board of Anesthesiology's Part 2 Examination.          4 Department of Anesthesiology Physicians Named 2014 Top Docs by Baltimore Magazine: Anesthesiology: Mark DiMino, MD, Obi Udekwu, MBBS and Edwin Villamater, MD and Intensivists/Critical Care: Peter Rock, MD, MBA, FCCM                     The Department of Anesthesiology welcomes new faculty members: Dr. Kenichi Tanaka, new Division Chief of Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology and Shiming Yang, PhD  

The Department of Anesthesiology is committed to excellence in clinical service, education, research and faculty development.

We have internationally recognized basic and clinical research programs and valuable partnerships with:

In addition to providing services at the Baltimore VA Medical Center, our department has multiple divisions at the University of Maryland Medical Center:


Two divisions are at associated institutions:

Our research division's faculty conducts research in clinical anesthesiology, acute lung injury, neurodegeneration and neuroprotection, human factors, telemedicine, and basic respiratory physiology.

We also collaborate with researchers at UMMC, the R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center and the Baltimore Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

News & Announcements

This past March, Wendy Nguyen, MD (2015 resident graduate) and Erik Smith, MD (current CA-3 resident) participated in Resident Legislative Day, hosted by the Maryland Society of Anesthesiologists. Residents went to Annapolis and received introduction to the legislative process and health care advocacy. Click here to see article from MSA Spring/Summer 2015 Newsletter 

Photo Contest Winner: Kimberly Flayhart – Give Us Your Best SHOT     

The Department of Anesthesiology congratulates and acknowledges the University of Maryland Medical Center 2015 Nursing Award recipients who support anesthesia care. Click here for a list of recipients >> 

Congratulations to the following:
Samuel Galvagno, Jr, DO, PhD - 2015 Golden Apple Award recipient
Brittney Williams, MD – 2015 Dripps Award Recipient
Wendy Nguyen, MD – 2015 Resident Critical Care Award Recipient

On May 20th, 2015, University of Maryland Faculty Physicians Inc. held their annual Employee Service and Service Excellence Recognition Program. The Department of Anesthesiology recognized the following employees for their Service, Professionalism, Innovation, Respect, Integrity and Teamwork (SPIRIT) and dedication to the department.

5 years - Julie Utz, AIMS Administrator
10 years - Wanda Belton, Administrative Assistant III
15 years - Vickie Leshinskie, Office Assistant
15 years - Lou Alice Davis-Lifsey, Certified Coder
20 years - Judy Sizemore, Patient Account Supervisor

Congratulations to Dr. Megan Anders. On May 15, 2015, Dr. Anders received a Master of Science in Clinical Research Alumni Fund Award from the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health. The merit award will support resources for her thesis research projects on clinical outcomes in trauma patients.

Congratulations to Paul Bigeleisen, MD, lead editor of the second edition of Ultrasound Guided Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, intended for residents and attendings. The second edition includes 33 new chapters on pain therapy as well as the original 40 chapters dedicated to ultrasound guided nerve block. The text was supported with grants from the Fulbright Foundation, National Institutes of Health, and the National Anesthesiology Society of the Netherlands.

On Thursday, April 23, 2015, The Department of Anesthesiology hosted 2015 Bring Your Child To Work Day. An invitation was extended to the children of our department’s faculty, residents, CRNA and administrative staff. Twenty four students, ranging in age from 10 to 17 years old, registered and participated. Click here to see photos. 

Congratulations to two of our Department of Anesthesiology faculty, who have been selected to perform special honors at the May 14, 2015 University of Maryland School of Medicine Convocation. Dr. Mary Njoku will serve as the Honorary Mace Bearer and Dr. Caron Hong will serve as the Honorary Hooder. Both, were selected by the graduating class of 2015.

Congratulations Dr. Arthur Formanek and faculty advisor, Dr. Mary Njoku for receiving the honor of third place for their complex case poster presentation "A Case of Hepatopulmonary Syndrome: When is Preoperative Hypoxemia OK?" at the Mid-Atlantic Anesthesia Research Conference (MAARC), April 2015.

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