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Innovative Residency
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UCSF Anesthesia News

UCSF Anesthesia and Perioperative Care Department Finds Employee Engagement, Well-Being, in Yoga

UCSF Yoga "Anesthesia can be an especially stressful profession as doctors take over the responsibility for the life and well-being of patients during their procedure.

So when the UC San Francisco Anesthesia and Perioperative Care Department's Faculty Well-Being Working Group recently sat down to discuss how the department could help reduce faculty stress and fatigue, they decided to try a group yoga class..."

Read the full article at Campus Life Services

Faculty Receive "Caring Wisely" Awards

Caring Wisely is an organized process for engaging and supporting frontline clinicians in efforts to remove unnecessary costs from healthcare delivery systems. The program was created and launched by the UCSF Center for Healthcare Value in November 2012.

Each project has a maximum budget of $50,000 and receives project support from the Caring Wisely team.

More than 65 ideas and 20 full project proposals were collected in each of the first 3 years of the program, with 2-3 projects chosen for implementation each year.

The UCSF Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Care had faculty involved with 2 projects accepted into the Caring Wisely Program for the 2016 – 2017 academic year:

Perioperative OSA Pathway: Schober A, Eshima McKay R, Kinjo S, Aldrich JM, Burkhardt D, Carter J, Braehler M, Robinowitz D.

Enhanced Recovery After Surgery Pathway for Cesarean Delivery: Harbell M, Rollins M.

Staff Sighting

Carrillo Anesthesia Facilities Coordinator, Carlos Carrillo, in his other role—keeping the World Champions safe.

Western Anesthesia Residents' Conference, 2016

WARC 2016 The UCSF Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Care hosted the 54th Annual WARC in San Francisco.

More on WARC site

Matt Aldrich & Jackie Leung Featured in UCSF Science of Caring Article

Leung/Aldrich "UCSF anesthesiologist Jacqueline Leung, who heads the Perioperative Medicine Research Group, has found that in patients over age 65, postoperative delirium can occur anywhere between 10 percent and 60 percent of the time, depending on risk factors..."

"'Approximately one-third of patients under the age of 50 will have cognitive dysfunction at one year similar to moderate traumatic brain injury,' says critical care specialist J. Matthew Aldrich..."

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Irfan Kathiriya Awarded 2016 SPA Young Investigator Research Grant

Kathiriya "The Society for Pediatric Anesthesia is pleased to announce the recipients of the inaugural Young Investigator Research Grants"


Irfan Kathiriya, MD, PhD
University of California, San Francisco
Mechanisms for Ventricular Septation
Mentor: Benoit G. Bruneau, PhD

Nicholas M Dalesio, MD
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Effects of Obesity, OSA, Leptin, and Inflammatory Cytokines on Morphine Pharmacokinetics in Children
Mentor: Robert H Brown, MD, MPH

Rajeev Subramanyam, MD, MS
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
Development and validation of a prediction tool for adverse postanesthetic outcomes in pediatric tonsillectomy
Mentor: Anna M Varughese, MD, MPH...

"These grants for the year 2016 will be funded by the SPA Patient Safety, Education and Research Fund (PSERF). The investigators will present their work at the SPA-AAP Pediatric Anesthesiology 2017 meeting in Austin, TX."

Read More on the SPA Site

Pioneers of Anesthesia Lecture

Severinghaus Inventor of modern blood gas analysis, inventor of the carbon dioxide electrode, and author of over 200 peer reviewed publications in areas of gas exchange/transport, John W. Severinghaus presents "High Altitude Physiology" available to view or download in 12 segments.

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Welcome to UCSF Anesthesia

UCSF Anesthesia Chairman Michael GropperThe Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Care at UCSF was established in 1958 by Stuart Cullen MD. Since then, it has risen to become one of the preeminent Departments in the world. We are enormously proud of our tradition of outstanding patient care, research, and education. UCSF has a storied history of innovation in anesthesia, critical care, and pain medicine. For ten of the last eleven years, the Department has been ranked #1 nationally in NIH-funded research. Important discoveries by the Department include the first use of CPAP in premature infants, key contributions to the pharmacology of muscle relaxants and inhaled anesthetics, first demonstration of intraoperative transesophageal echocardiography, and many others. We have robust research programs, spanning the range from ion channel structure and function, to clinical and translational research.

Our trainees have become leaders across the country. We are particularly proud of our residency program, which provides unequalled diversity of experience in a major university medical center (Moffitt-Long Hospital), the San Francisco Veterans Hospital, San Francisco General Hospital (Trauma), Mount Zion Hospital, the UCSF Orthopedic Institute, and the brand new Benioff Children's, Betty Irene Moore Women's and Bakar Cancer (NIH-designated Cancer Center) Hospitals in the Mission Bay neighborhood. We offer ACGME fellowships in Critical Care Medicine, Pain Management, Cardiac Anesthesia, Obstetric Anesthesia, Pediatric Anesthesia, and many additional non-ACGME fellowships. The faculty is dedicated to teaching, nurturing, and mentoring the next generation of leaders.

We provide a bi-annual update about our department's activities in our Anesthesia News publication.

Finally, we are fortunate to be located in San Francisco, in the middle of the most beautiful, diverse, and innovative part of America. We invite you to learn more about the Department.

Michael Gropper, MD, PhD
Professor and Chair


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