Department Honors, Awards and Appointments - Summer 2024

A prometaphase chromosome rosette of a mouse tetraploid myoblast cell.
June 7, 2024
By Morgen Ahearn

Our department members are committed to excellence in equitable patient-centered care that is guided by innovative research and education. We are pleased to share some of their recent work.


Matt Aldrich, MD. Senior Physician Executive for UCSF Health Capacity and Throughput

Pedram Aleshi, MD. Vice Chair for Academic Affairs in the Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Care

Marla Ferschl, MD. Executive Vice Chair for Pediatric Anesthesia and Chief of Pediatric Anesthesia at Benioff Children’s Hospital, San Francisco

Karen Fleming, MD. Undergraduate Research Internship (URI) Summer Program Co-Associate Director

Lindsey Huddleston, MD. Interim Division Chief, Critical Care Medicine, UCSF Health

Ludwig Lin, MD. Programming Co-Chair, CSA Annual Meeting. Section Editor for Science and Technology, CSA Vital Times Annual Report.

Jenson Wong, MD. Chair of the University Committee on Academic Computing and Communications (UCACC), 2024-2025


Adrian Gelb, MB ChB. American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) 2024 Nicholas M. Greene, MD, Award for Outstanding Humanitarian Contributions

Elena Haight, MD. UCSF Muriel Steele Society Honor Roll, 2024

Vanessa Henke, MD. CSA Clinical Innovator of the Year Award 2024

Jacqueline Leung, MD, MPH. Edward A. Dickson Emeritus Professorship Award

Jennifer Luong, MD. SEA Travel Fellowship Award

Mervyn Maze, MB ChB. International Society of Anaesthetic Pharmacology (ISAP) 2024 Lifetime Achievement Award

Mervyn Maze, MB ChB. Endowed Allen I. Hyman History of Anesthesia Lecture at Columbia University. September, 2024

Prasad Shirvalkar, MD, PhD. NIH HEAL Excellence in Research Award.

Irum Khan, MD, PhD, Stephanie Lim, MD, and Ann Shah, MD, graduated from the UCSF Coro Faculty Leadership Collaborative program.


Cindy Chai, MD. Graduate of the UCSF School of Medicine Teaching Scholars Program, 2024

Denise Chang, MD, Dylan Masters, MD, Albert Yen, MD. UCSF School of Medicine Teaching Scholars Program, 2024 to 2025

Odi Ehie, MD. Microaggressions Basics. UCSF School of Medicine Medical Education CFE3 Video Series.

Pipeline and Mentorship

Odi Ehie, MD, Karen Fleming, MD. Panelists, American Medical Student Association (AMSA) at UC Berkeley. Pathways in Medicine.

Odi Ehie, MD, Michael Lipnick, MD, Fekir Negussi, MPH. Mentoring Two CHESA Interns in Partnership with First Gen Interns

Drs. Odi Ehie and Nyemachi Chikere speaking at the Ujima Summer Camp

Odi Ehie, MD, Nyemachi Chikere, MD. Panelists, Career Pathways in STEM. Ujima Summer Camp for Junior and Highschool Students

Students Capturing the OR Experience (SCORE). April 19.

Meetings and Presentations

Katherine Bartz, Peter Yeh, Pedram Aleshi. Poster: Severe Rheumatic Mitral Stenosis with Secondary Pulmonary Hypertension Requiring Balloon Mitral Valvuloplasty in Pregnancy. Society of Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology (SOAP) Annual Meeting.

Katherine BartzMaytinee Lilaonitkul. Poster: Interprofessional Simulation-Based Team Training Using Relational Coordination Theory on the L&D Unit – A Pilot Study. Society of Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology (SOAP) Annual Meeting.

Carolyn Calfee, MD. ARDS: Room for Precision Treatment? Speaker, World Sepsis Congress

Catherine Chen, MD, MPH. Moderator, Fireside Chat with the Director of NIGMS John Lorsch, PhD. FAER Mentored Research Training Grant Meeting 2024

Ani Chilingirian, Katherine Bartz, Arthur Chyan. Poster: Anesthesia management of severe neutropenia in pregnancy. Society of Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology (SOAP) Annual Meeting.

Alexander Clarke, Kaiyi Wang, Charlotte Young, Michael Gropper, Michael Lipnick, Patience Atumanya, Adrian Gelb, Seema Gandhi. A Survey of Global Anaesthesia Breathing Circuit Reuse: An Opportunity for Reducing Climate Impact. Presented by Seema Gandhi, MD, at the WFSA World Congress 2024

Julia Collins, Abigail Howard, Dieter Adelmann, Michael Bokoch, Pedram Aleshi. Surgeon-performed vs anesthesiologist-performed transversus abdominus plane blocks and post-operative opioid use after laparoscopic donor nephrectomy. ASRA Meeting Poster

Seif B. Elmankabadi, Yu Celine Chou, Lily Ortiz, Ella Behnke, Rene Vargas Zamora, Christine E. Kuo, Carolyn M. Hendrickson, Sky Vanderburg, Gregory Leeb, Isabella Auchus, Tyler Law, Philip Bickler, Ronald Bisegerwa, John Feiner, Shamsudini Hashi, Fekir Negussie, Olubunmi Okunlola, Michael Bernstein, Michael Lipnick. Technology, Pharmacology & AI E-Poster Presentations: Equipment. Comparison of Pulse Oximeter Performance with a Functional Tester and Healthy Human Hypoxemia Study. WFSA World Congress.

Seema Gandhi, MD. Panelist. ASA 2024 Invitational on Environmental Sustainability

Christine Ha, Katherine Bartz, Peter Yeh, Stephanie Lim. Poster: Anesthetic Implications of Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasias in Pregnancy. Society of Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology (SOAP) Annual Meeting.

Vanessa Henke. Representative, California Society of Anesthesiologists (CSA) Delegation at the annual American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) D.C. Legislative Conference

Abigail Wong-Rolle, Pamela Huang, Jo Anne Gras, Christine Blauvelt, Gabriel Salazar, Won Lee. Poster: When does labor pain become front of mind: timeline of antenatal care concerns from patients’ perspectives. Society of Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology (SOAP) Annual Meeting.

Irfan Kathiriya, MD, PhD. Main Session Moderator for Best Research. Poster Rounds Moderator. Congenital Cardiac Anesthesia Society Meeting.

Irfan Kathiriya, MD, PhD. Podium Speaker, Weinstein Cardiovascular Development and Regeneration Conference. A disrupted compartment boundary underlies abnormal cardiac patterning and congenital heart defects.

Tyler Law, MD. Speaker, World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists (WFSA) and European Patient Safety Foundation (EUPSF) Webinar. Fighting Fatigue Together: Prioritizing Workforce Well-Being for Enhanced Patient Safety. June 2024

Chanhung Lee, MD, PhD. Speaker. WFSA World Congress. Neuroscience: International Accreditation of Neuroanesthesia Fellowships: Trials, Tribulations, Triumphs.

Erica Chung, Won Lee. Poster: Association of Race & Ethnicity in Post-Cesarean Pain Management Practice. Society of Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology (SOAP) Annual Meeting.

Won Lee, Sherry Liou, Ronald George, Alicia Fernandez. Poster: Facilitators and Barriers of Providing Obstetric Anesthesia Informed Consent for Patients with Limited English Proficiency. Society of Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology (SOAP) Annual Meeting.

Justin Libaw, MD, Jina Sinskey, MD, et al. Immersive Technologies in Perioperative Anxiety and Chronic Pain Management. SPA-AAP Annual Meeting.

Maytinee Lilaonitkul, MBBS. Education, Simulation & Development: Findings from Utstein Meeting in Simulation (Available on-demand). Findings from Utstein Meeting in Simulation - Adapting Recommendations to Local Culture and Context. WFSA World Congress

Errol Lobo, MD, PhD. Panelist, Chancellors Leadership Forum on Diversity.

Aashish Manglik, MD, PhD. Byers Award Lecture in Basic Science. Signal Reception: Cracking Codes in Cellular Communication

Michael Matthay, MD. New Global Definition of Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS). Speaker, World Sepsis Congress

Paul Pantapalangkoor, MD. Poster. Concomitant Ventricular Septal Defect And Ventricular Aneurysm Post-Myocardial Infarction. SCA Annual Meeting.

PARC Neuromodulation Symposium.

Jannot Ross. Panelist, ZSFG Spring 2024 Story Core.

Bel Russell, MD, PhD. Endowment Council. SCA Annual Meeting.

Jina Sinskey, MD, et al. First Steps in Transforming Culture in Well-being: Selecting Evidence-based Interventions to Promote an Environment of Well-Being. SPA-AAP Annual Meeting.

Jina Sinskey, MD, et al. Leveraging Social Media To Better Your Professional Career. SPA-AAP Annual Meeting.

Jina Sinskey, MD, et al. Wellness as Pathway to Leadership/Promotion. SPA-AAP Annual Meeting.

Ranjani Venkataramani, MD, FASE. Moderator, Poster Session. SCA 2024 Annual Meeting.

Elizabeth Whitlock, MD, MS. UCSF C-SHORE Presentation. “Oh the failures you’ll fail!” Some stories behind a success.

Visiting Professors

Odi Ehie, MD, FASA. Visiting Professor, Cleveland Clinic. The Importance of Allyship - Strategies to Foster Inclusivity.

Irfan Kathiriya, MD, PhD. Visiting Professor, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto. Modeling Heart Development and Disease


Roland Bainton, MD, PhD et al. UCSF Center for Research in Transfusion Medicine and Cell Therapies (CTMCT) Pilot Award. The Platelet Function, Transcriptome, and Proteome in Platelet-Rich Plasma for Intra-Articular Therapy in Knee Osteoarthritis: A Pilot Characterization of Platelet Biology for Advancing Regenerative Transfusion Medicine

Odmara Barreto Chang, MD, PhD, Laura Soriano, MD. Mentorship Study. Department DEI Funded Project

Principal Investigator: Carmen Cobb, MD, working with Rebecca Silvers, PNP, MSN; Stephanie Ross, MD; Omid Shah, MD; and Christy Boscardin, PhD. UCSF Haile T. Debas Academy of Medical Educators Innovations Funding for Education 2024. Who Decides?: Building Inclusive Competencies in Graduate Medical Global Health Training

Carolyn Calfee, MD, Michael Matthay, MD. UCSF Center for Research in Transfusion Medicine and Cell Therapies (CTMCT) Pilot Award. To Test the Efficacy of Allogeneic Bone Marrow Derived MSCs in a Mouse Model of Hyper- and Hypo-Inflammatory ARDS.

Arthur Chyan, DO, Justin Libaw, MD, MPH, Rachel Schwartz, PhD. Improving the Care of LGBTQ+ Patients in the Perioperative Period. Department DEI Funded Project

Julien Colbert, MD. Creating Fair and Debiased Mortality Risk Prediction Algorithms. Department DEI Funded Project

Odi Ehie, MD. FAER Award: DEI Curriculum for Perioperative Trainees

Irum Khan, MD. Mount Zion Health Fund. Describing the Practice of Supraglottic Airway Device Use and Selection in the United States: An MPOG Study.

Aashish Manglik, MD, PhD: Byers Award for Biomedical Science

Principal Investigators: Seema Gandhi, MD; Garrett Roll, MD; and Hemra Cil, MD, working with Kaiyi Wang, MS; Jennifer Sasaki Russell, PhD; and Christy Boscardin, PhD. UCSF Haile T. Debas Academy of Medical Educators Innovations Funding for Education 2024. Development of a Digital Educational Toolkit on Healthcare Sustainability.

Jennifer Luong, MD. Society for Education in Anesthesia – Health Volunteers Overseas Traveling Fellowship Award

Principal Investigators: Lia Jacobson, MD and Rachel Schwartz, PhD, working with Sriranjani Padmanabhan, MD; Michael Lipnick, MD; Doruk Ozgediz, MD; Patti Orozco, MPA; and Zayna Tommalieh, MS. UCSF Haile T. Debas Academy of Medical Educators Innovations Funding for Education 2024. Customized Research Education for Surgeons and Anesthesiologists Advancing Perioperative Health Equity in Resource-Limited Settings.

Principal Investigator: Rachel Schwartz, PhD, working with Bryn Boslett, MD; Edgar Pierluissi, MD; Kristin Casey Callaghan, MA; Lei Choi, MD; Anna Chang, MD; and Bridget O'Brien, PhD, MS. UCSF Haile T. Debas Academy of Medical Educators Innovations Funding for Education 2024. Exploring the Impact and Value of Early Medical Students’ Improvement Projects: An Interview Study of Health System Leaders.

Rachel Schwartz, PhD, Jina Sinskey, MD. NIH R25 Award. Training to Enhance Researcher Resilience and Adaptability (TERRA)

Po Yi Paul Su, MD. Mentors: Zhonghui Guan, MD; Judith Hellman, MD. Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research (FAER) Mentored Research Training Grant. Activating Transcription Factor 3: The Link Between Nerve Regeneration and Persistence of Post-Surgical Pain?

Shantel Weinsheimer, PhD. American Heart Association Career Development Award, "Epigenetic Signatures and Association with Hemorrhage and High-Risk Features in Brain Arteriovenous Malformation"


Ludwig Lin, MD. Host, CSA Vital Times Podcast. Celebrating Black History Month with Dr. Ashley Oliver – Examining the Beginnings of an Early Academic Career. Episode 22. February 20, 2024.

Global Health

Lundy Campbell, MD. Deployment from March to June 2024 with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to the Tigray region of northern Ethiopia

CHESA Fellowship Retreat. Kampala, Uganda

In the News

Many older adults miss out on delirium prevention measures before surgery: study. McKnights Long-Term Care News. February 27, 2024. Odmara Barreto Chang, MD, PhD

How Going Under is Getting Greener. UCSF News. April 22, 2024. Seema Gandhi, MD.

Symposium Highlights Potential Complications of Regional Anesthesia. Experts Examine Safety Checklists, Continuous Catheters, Local Anesthetic Systemic Toxicity and Peripheral Nerve Blocks. Anesthesiology News. January 11, 2024. Sakura Kinjo, MD.