November 2016 eNewsletter

Fellowship Match Results

  • Jeremy Epstein, MD: Pain Management at Beth Israel Deaconess Center
  • Brent Yeung, MD: Pain Managment at University of California-Irvine
  • Janice Lee, MD: Pediatric Anesthesia at Cleveland Clinic
  • Jennifer Pukish, MD: Pediatric Anesthesia at Children’s National Medical Center
  • Nina Rawtani, MD: Pediatric Anesthesia at Children’s National Medical Center
  • Patrick Laughlin, MD: Regional Anesthesia at Hospital for Special Surgery
  • Kasra Razmjou, MD: Regional Anesthesia at Duke University

Resident of the Quarter

Congratulations to Elizabeth Gauthier, DO, our “Resident of the Quarter” for July – September.  Liz was nominated by Dr. De Marchi for outstanding professionalism, adaptability, and patient care.

“Liz acted like I would expect a graduating CA3 would do. She was able to quickly set up the room in a proper manner, understand clearly the new plan of action and act consequently expressing the quintessential of what in my opinion, is the most difficult quality to teach to a trainee: adaptability”

“in many years of teaching Thoracic Anesthesia, I have never seen any resident showing such clinical knowledge and act autonomously like Elizabeth”.


  •  Monthly Mind-Body Medicine meetings began in October.  CA-1 class meets the first Wednesday of each month from 4-6 PM with Drs. Bellil and Coppinger.  CA-3 class meets the first Friday of each month from 6-8 PM with Dr. Hendrix and Nancy Harazduk. Thank you to faculty and residents for clinical coverage to enable residents to attend these important sessions.
  • Work continues on planning the 2017 Mid-Atlantic Anesthesia Research Conference (MAARC).  Please contact Liz Gauthier, Tiffany Minehart, or Kasra Razmjou if you are interested in participating.  The keynote speaker will be Ernesto Pretto, MD, Chief of Solid Organ Transplant, Department of Anesthesiology, University of Miami Medical Center.  The date has been moved up a week to April 22-23, 2017.
  • The next Point-of-Care Ultrasound education session with Dr. De Marchi is November 7 at 6:00 PM

Upcoming Events

  • MedStar Benefits Open Enrollment Period:  November 2 – 18, 2016
  • POCUS Education Session:  November 7 – 6:30 PM (meet in Main Office)
  • Anesthesia Knowledge Test 6:  December 15 – 31, 2016
  •  Department Holiday Party:  Saturday, December 10 – Maggiano’s (Chevy Chase)
  • ABA/ASA In-Training Examination:  February 17-18, 2017

Resident News

ASA Annual Meeting Recap: 

The department had outstanding representation at the annual meeting of the American Society of Anesthesiologists in Chicago.  Pictures from the ASA will be posted shortly on our website.  The following residents presented medically challenging cases at the meeting:

  • Mirza Baig, MD – “Preventing reintubation in a patient with paradoxical vocal cord paralysis”
  • Jessica Ivey, MD-  “Successful use of the laryngeal mask airway during anesthesia for upper GI endoscopy in patients with obstructive sleep apnea”  
  •  Patrick Laughlin, MD – “A retained single lumen internal catheter after multilumen catheter exchange for trialysis catheter in a multivisceral transplant patient”
  • Tiffany Minehart, MD – “Neurolysis of spinal accessory nerve for nerve injury following supraclavicular block”
  •  Raj Parekh, MD – “Anesthesia for cryoablation of tumors and the risk of frozen instruments which cannot be removed from the body in the event of an emergency”
  •  Kasra Razmjou, MD – “The Ambulatory Management of a Patient with Congenital Hypomagnesemia;  Irreversible Electroporation: The Anesthetic Management of a Novel Cancer Ablation Procedure;  Right Ventricular Failure Coming Off Bypass After Thoracoabdominal Aneurysm Repair;  I am 63 years old! How Can I Be Pregnant?”
  • Omar Shairzay, MD – “Anesthetic management of an obese patient with cardiac tamponade and bilateral pleural effusions”

Grand Rounds:

 Sydney Chiu presented a grand rounds on “Domino Liver Transplantation: Review of the Current Literature” in front of the entire Department of Anesthesia at the Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine in Japan.

Brent Yeung presented three posters at the annual meeting of the American Physiological Society in September.  For the past three months, he has been at Children’s National Medical Center working on research projects related to pupillometry and pain assessment in patients taking opioids and cannabis.


  • Congratulations to Mausam Kuvadia, Katie Tully, and Kurt Wagner on their recent engagements!

Upcoming Birthdays:

  • November 18 – Jeremy Epstein
  • November 21 – Omar Shairzay
  • December 3 – Camille Cross
  • December 7 – Mausam Kuvadia