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Scholarly Activity

The department considers academic investigation an important part of education and encourages resident participation in clinical research and scientific presentations. We employ a full-time research coordinator, Janelle Richard to facilitate research projects on many levels, including literature searches and navigating the IRB approval process.

  • All residents are required to complete a quality improvement project during their residency
  • All PGY1 residents participate in a Patient Safety week
  • All residents learn the basics of research 
  • Senior residents are scheduled to present at Grand Rounds towards the end of their CA3 year. 

Residents have time during their didactic day to work on projects and receive support to take part in scholarly activity such as: research, national presentations, chapter writing, quality improvement projects, and Grand Rounds presentations.

Anesthesiology Resident Presenting Anesthesiology Residents at the ASA Conference

Recent Activity From Our Department

Current Research and Quality Projects

  • Poltak/Nguyen/Connors- Cefazolin Dosing for Cardiac Surgery Patients >120kg. IRB approved and funded by a MMC mentored research grant. Enrolled 100% of subjects. Write up in progress.
  • Meserve/Lord- Pediatric Difficult Intubation (PeDI) Registry. We are a participating site for this quality improvement initiative started at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia that tracks outcomes for pediatric patients with difficult airways.
  • Curry- Intraoperative Narcotics and Postoperative Pain. This is a retrospective record review looking at the relationship between narcotic doses intraoperatively and pain scores in PACU. Write up in progress.
  • Warters/Cobb- Post-operative Pain Following Cesarean Section in Patients on Opioid Agonist Pharmacotherapy. This is a retrospective review in preparation for a larger, randomized controlled trial, looking at the use of ketamine for c-sections in patients on opioid agonist medications. IRB review is complete and data collection is in progress.
  • Allyn- Difficult Intubation-Difficult Airway: Development of Definitions and Criteria for the Difficult Intubation Alert. This is a two part project that includes a retrospective record review looking at how Fiberoptic scopes have changed how frequently the “Difficult Intubation” alert is used and a survey sent to staff in the Anesthesia, Emergency, and Respiratory Therapy departments that asked providers to identify whether scenarios were difficult/not difficult. 
  • Brown-Craniotomy Anesthesias for Tumors Without Invasive Monitoring (CANT SWIM) Principal Investigator: Jeffrey Florman, MD. This is a retrospective record review. This project has been approved by the IRB and data collection is in progress.

Presentations/Posters

  • “ECMO for Eosinophilic myocarditis”, Benjamin Levin, MD, William Sauer, MD, grand rounds, May Medical Center, August 2019, Portland, ME
  • “ANE 408: Anesthesia Clerkship Curriculum Changes”, Johanna Cobb, MD, Jonathan Meserve MD, Maine Medical Center Faculty Development Conference, October 2019, Portland, ME
  • “A Retrospective Study of Acute Post-Operative Pain Following Cesarean Section in Patients on Opioid Agonist Pharmacotherapy” Wendy Craig, Johanna Cobb, Elizabeth Snow, Heather Turcotte, Aurora Quaye, Robert Warters, Costas T. Lambrew Research retreat, Maine Medical Center, 5/6/2020 (Virtual), Portland, ME
  • “The State of Advanced Care Planning in Older Adults Undergoing Elective Surgery at MMC”, Brian Honeyman, Rebecca Kalman, Rebecca Hutchinson, Costas T. Lambrew Research retreat, Maine Medical Center, 5/6/2020 (Virtual), Portland, ME
  • “Addressing the Opioid Epidemic in Maine: Liposomal Bupivicaine Reduces Post-operative Opioid Consumption Following Shoulder Injury”, Wendy Craig, Ryan Mountjoy, Michael Henry, Janelle Richard, Costas T. Lambrew Research retreat, Maine Medical Center, 5/6/2020 (Virtual), Portland, ME
  • “Inadvertent Central Venous Catheter Placement In The Vertebral Artery”, Yussr Ibrahim, MD, American Society of Anesthesiologists Annual Meeting. October 2019. Orlando, FL
  • “Bronchospasm During Anesthetic Induction”, Gisselle Mani, MD, James DeCourcey, DO, American Society of Anesthesiologists Annual Meeting. October 2019. Orlando, FL
  • “Peripartum Management Of A Patient With Repaired Tetralogy Of Fallot”, Johanna Cobb, M.D.1, Anne Cuttler Hicks, M.D.1, John F. Kwock, M.D.2, William J. Sauer, M.D.2, American Society of Anesthesiologists Annual Meeting. October 2019. Orlando, FL
  • “Tongue Swelling After Posterior Fossa Surgery”, Kymberlee Royals, M.D., Craig S. Curry, M.D., Rebecca I. Kalman, M.D, American Society of Anesthesiologists Annual Meeting. October 2019. Orlando, FL“Challenges Of VV-ECMO In A Patient With Necrotizing Pneumonia Complicated By Bilateral Bronchopleural Fistulas, Pneumothoraces, And Complex Pleural Space Disease”, Olga I. Diomede, M.D.1, William J. Sauer, M.D.2, American Society of Anesthesiologists Annual Meeting. October 2019. Orlando, FL
  • "I Had a Knee Operation, so Why Does my Foot Hurt?" That is the Burning Question”, Matt Green, MD Society for Pediatric Anesthesia Conference, February 2020, Paradise Island, The Bahamas
  • "Pragmatic detection of cognitive frailty to improve postsurgical outcomes", Rob Hubbs, MD, Stacie Deiner, MD, National Institute on Aging, November 2019, Portland ME
  • "Blood Pressure Lability During Craniotomy: A Retrospective Analysis at a Single Tertiary Care Medical Center", Eric Brown, MD, Russell Kizor, MD, Society for Neuroscience in Anesthesiology & Critical Care Conference, virtual presentation, September 2020
  • “Medical Burnout; Why we should care and what can we do about it”, Kolleen Dougherty, MD, Keynote speaker MeSA annual meeting, Sugarloaf ME, February 2020
  • “Acute Pain Management in Patients On Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder”, Aurora Quaye, MD, Grand Rounds, Portland, ME, February 2020
  • “COVID-19”, Jonathan Meserve, MD, Grand Rounds, Portland, ME, March 2020
  • “Increased availability of video laryngoscopes is associated with increased use of video laryngoscopy and decreased reporting of difficult intubation”, Rob Hubbs1,3, John W Allyn1,3, Anne C Hicks2, Emily Muns1, Craig Curry1,, IARS Conference, scheduled to present, May 2020
  • “Individual Leadership Opportunity”, William Boyd MD, Daniel Hanley Center for Health Leadership Physician Executive Leadership Advanced Course, Brunswick, ME, January 2020
  • “Dysfunctional Cultures”, John Allyn, MD, Association of Anesthesia Clinical Directors, March 6-8, 2020 Newport Beach, CA
  • “Airway and Mechanical Ventilation Management for the Critically Ill Patient”, Arielle Butterly, MD, Society of Critical Care Medicine 49th Critical Care Congress, Pre-Congress Educational Sessions, February 14-15, 2020, Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, FL
  • Moderator for poster presentations, R. David Warters, MD, American Society of Anesthesiologists Annual Meeting, October 19-23, 2019, Orlando, FL
  • “Are Spinal Anesthetics a ‘Pain in the Butt’ in Neonates or Just the Recipe to Leave Them Comfortably Numb?”, Problem Based Learning Discussion, Moderator, Matthew Green, MD, Society for Pediatric Anesthesia, Fall Meeting, October 18, 2019, Orlando, FL
  • “Be Still My Beating Heart: A Cardiac Arrest During a Routine Tonsillectomy”, Problem Based Learning Discussion, Moderator, Matthew Green, MD, American Society of Anesthesiologists Annual Meeting, October 20, 2019, Orlando, FL
  • “Perioperative Glycemic Management”, Patrick Hackett, MD, Maine Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses, 2019 Half Day Conference, October 26, 2019, Maine Medical Center, Portland, ME
  • “Introduction to Pediatric Anesthesia: Techniques, Risks, and Complications” “The Primary Care Provider/Anesthesiologist Interface: Medical, Patient, and Family Preparation”. Ted Lord, MD, Partnerships in Pediatrics Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital, October 1, 2019, Portland, ME
  • “Advances in Perioperative Pain Management in the Setting of the Opioid Crisis”, Ryan Mountjoy, MD, Maine Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses 2019 Half Day Conference, October 26, 2019, Maine Medical Center, Portland, ME
  • “Suboxone: To Hold or Not to Hold? Evidence and Case Discussion”, Aurora Quaye, MD, New Hampshire Society of Anesthesiologists Annual Meeting, October 5, 2019, Manchester Dartmouth Hitchcock Clinic, Manchester, NH
  • “Pain Management in Older Adults”, Craig Curry, MD, American College of Physicians 2019 Maine Chapter Annual and Scientific Meeting, September 20, 2019, Bar Harbor, ME
  • Ruslan Abdukalikov, DO, scheduled to present, ASRA Meeting, April 2020, San Francisco, CA, cancelled due to COVID
  • Yussr Ibrahim, MD, scheduled to present, ASRA Meeting, April 2020, San Francisco, CA, cancelled due to COVID

Conferences/Courses

John Allyn, MD
American Society of Anesthesiologists. Annual Meeting. October 2019. Orlando, FL

Society of Academic Associations of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine. Annual Meeting. November 2019. Chicago, Illinois.

ABA Examiner

Paul Lennon, MD
ABA Examiner

Dan Campos, MD
American Society of Anesthesiologists. Annual Meeting. October 2020. Orlando Florida

American Society of Anesthesiologists. Legislative Conference. May 2020 Washington, DC (scheduled to attend)

Isaac Chemmanam, MD
Society of Academic Associations of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine. Annual Meeting. November 2019. Chicago, Illinois.

James Flowerdew, MD
Society of Academic Associations of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine. Annual Meeting. November 2019. Chicago, Illinois.

Jessica Hathaway, MD
Society of Academic Associations of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine. Annual Meeting. November 2019. Chicago, Illinois.

ACGME Conference, February 2020

ABA Examiner

Allen Hayman, MD
American Society of Anesthesiologists. Annual Meeting. October 2020. Orlando Florida

American Society of Anesthesiologists. Legislative Conference. May 2020 Washington, DC.(scheduled to attend)

Ryan Mountjoy, MD
American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine Conference, April 2020, California, scheduled to attend conference cancelled

Maine Health Clinical Quality and Safety Council January 2020, Portland ME

R. David Warters, MD
American Society of Anesthesiologists. Annual Meeting. October 2020. Orlando Florida

Society of Academic Associations of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine. Annual Meeting. November 2019. Chicago, Illinois

American Society of Anesthesiologists. Legislative Conference. May 2020 Washington, DC.(scheduled to attend)

Thomas Bolles, MD

American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, 18th Annual Meeting. November 14-16, 2019, New Orleans, LA

Eric Brown, MD

Emergency Neurological Life Support course, University of Massachusetts Medical School, September 18, 2019, Worcester, MA

James Gagnon
American Society of Anesthesiologists Annual Meeting, October 19-23, 2019, Orlando, FL

American Society of Anesthesiologists Anesthesia Quality Meeting, November 16-17, 2019 Schaumburg, IL

Winsor Wesson, MD
American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine Conference, April 2020, California, scheduled to attend conference cancelled


Tayler Eldridge, DO
Society Cardiac Anesthesia Conference, April 2020, Florida, scheduled to attend conference cancelled

Benjamin Levin, MD
Society Cardiac Anesthesia Conference, April 2020, Florida, scheduled to attend conference cancelled

Gisselle Mani, MD
American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine Conference, April 2020, California, scheduled to attend conference cancelled

Dylan Wingfield, MD
American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine Conference, April 2020, California, scheduled to attend conference cancelled

Michael Henry, MD
American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine Conference, April 2020, California, scheduled to attend conference cancelled

Johanna Cobb, MD
Society of Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology Conference, May 2020, Nova Scotia, scheduled to attend conference cancelled

Olga Diomede, MD
Society of Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology Conference, May 2020, Nova Scotia, scheduled to attend conference cancelled

Kristin Johnson, MS, C-TAGME
Massachusetts Society of Academic Medical Administrators Conference, April 2020 (postponed)

AHME Conference, May 2020, Fort Lauderdale, FL, scheduled to present, conference cancelled

Committees

Jonathan Meserve, MD Member Maine Medical Association Board of Directors

Russ Kizor, MD and Maryn Torner, MD, Selected as officers in Housestaff Committee

Winsor Wesson, MD, Resident delegate Legislative Committee, MeSA

Publications

1. Tayler B. Eldridge, Jay N. Shah, Justin Poltak, James B. Powers, Reed D. Quinn, Marco N. Diaz, Michael P. Robich, “ Repair of Spontaneous Left Atrial Dissection Resulting in Severe Paravalvular Native Mitral Valve Regurgitation”, JACC: Case Reports, Volume 2, Issue 8, 2020: Pages 1099-1102,
2. Quaye A, Potter K, Roth S, Acampora G, Mao J, Zhang Y. “Perioperative Continuation of Buprenorphine at Low-Moderate Doses Was Associated with Lower Postoperative Pain Scores and Decreased Outpatient Opioid Dispensing Compared with Buprenorphine Discontinuation”. Pain Med. 2020 Sep 1;21(9):1955-1960. doi: 10.1093/pm/pnaa020. PMID: 32167541.
https://iars.app.box.com/s/5gx6ig6uar3m9dx31x32ni2nezi0pc4s
3. Rob Hubbs, John Allyn, Anne Hicks, Emily Muns, Craig Curry
“Increased availability of video laryngoscopes is associated with increased use of video laryngoscopy and decreased reporting of difficult intubation” Anesthesia and Analgesia, May 2020, Vol 130, Issue 5, conference supplement, pg 29.

 

Other

Michael Henry, MD -Maine Society of Anesthesiologists Annual Meeting. February 1, 2020, Sugarloaf ME
Problem Based Learning Discussion Facilitator

Heather Turcotte, DO -Maine Society of Anesthesiologists Annual Meeting. February 1, 2020, Sugarloaf ME
Problem Based Learning Discussion Facilitator

Adam O’Brien, DO -Maine Society of Anesthesiologists Annual Meeting. February 1, 2020, Sugarloaf ME
Problem Based Learning Discussion Facilitator

Maryn Torner, MD -Maine Society of Anesthesiologists Annual Meeting. February 1, 2020, Sugarloaf ME
Problem Based Learning Discussion Facilitator

Olga Diomede, MD -Maine Society of Anesthesiologists Annual Meeting. February 1, 2020, Sugarloaf ME
Problem Based Learning Discussion Facilitator

Derek Bunch, DO -Maine Society of Anesthesiologists Annual Meeting. February 1, 2020, Sugarloaf ME
Problem Based Learning Discussion Facilitator

Gisselle Mani, MD -Maine Society of Anesthesiologists Annual Meeting. February 1, 2020, Sugarloaf ME
Problem Based Learning Discussion Facilitator

Dylan Wingfield, MD -Maine Society of Anesthesiologists Annual Meeting. February 1, 2020, Sugarloaf ME
Problem Based Learning Discussion Facilitator

Winsor Wesson, MD -Maine Society of Anesthesiologists Annual Meeting. February 1, 2020, Sugarloaf ME
Problem Based Learning Discussion Facilitator

Senior Resident Grand Rounds Presentations

Johanna Cobb, MD – “To Use the Epidural or Not: Epidural Versus Spinal Anesthesia for the Intrapartum Cesarean Section Following Epidural Labor Analgesia”, Portland, ME, 6/4/2020

Michael Henry, MD – “Greening of the Operating Room”, Portland, ME, 6/4/2020

Kymberlee Royals, MD – “Having the Courage to Collaborate Vulnerably”, Portland, ME, 6/18/2020

Olga Diomede, MD- “Peripartum Cardiomyopathy – The Price of Motherhood”, Portland, ME, 6/18/2020

Benjamin Levin, MD - “Left ventricular assist devices in non-cardiac surgery”, Portland, ME, 6/25/2020

Challenging Case Conferences
William Sauer, MD & Ben Levin, MD - August 2019
W. Daniel Kovarik, MD - October 2019
Isaac Chemmanam, MD & Gisselle Mani, MD – December 2019
Arielle Butterly, MD – February 2020
Eric Brown, MD – June 2020

Poltak/Nguyen/Connors- Cefazolin Dosing for Cardiac Surgery Patients >120kg. IRB approved and funded by a MMC mentored research grant. Enrolled 100% of subjects. Write up in progress.

Gleason- Paresthesia and Unilateral Epidural Blockade. This is an IRB reviewed project that has completed enrollment and is currently being prepared for publication.

Meserve/Lord- Pediatric Difficult Intubation (PeDI) Registry. We are a participating site for this quality improvement initiative started at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia that tracks outcomes for pediatric patients with difficult airways.

Curry- Does Deep Neuromuscular Blockade Improve Operating Conditions during Total Hip Replacements? This study was written up and has been provisionally accepted for publication pending additional revisions in Anesthesia and Analgesia.

Curry- Intraoperative Narcotics and Postoperative Pain. This is a retrospective record review looking at the relationship between narcotic doses intraoperatively and pain scores in PACU. Write up in progress.

Curry- Postoperative Nausea and Vomiting with Laminotomies, Total Knee, and Total Hip Replacements. This is a retrospective record review evaluating the risk factors that contribute to post-operative nausea and vomiting instigated by a previous quality improvement project that noted that nausea rates went up for cases started later in the day. This study was presented as a poster at the annual ASA meeting in San Francisco.

Warters/Cobb- Post-operative Pain Following Cesarean Section in Patients on Opioid Agonist Pharmacotherapy. This is a retrospective review in preparation for a larger, randomized controlled trial, looking at the use of ketamine for c-sections in patients on opioid agonist medications. IRB review is complete and data collection is in progress.

Allyn- Difficult Intubation-Difficult Airway: Development of Definitions and Criteria for the Difficult Intubation Alert. This is a two part project that includes a retrospective record review looking at how Fiberoptic scopes have changed how frequently the “Difficult Intubation” alert is used and a survey sent to staff in the Anesthesia, Emergency, and Respiratory Therapy departments that asked providers to identify whether scenarios were difficult/not difficult. This survey will soon be in use at the University of Pennsylvania Medical School.

Levin- Sedation and Cardiac Surgery. This is a retrospective record review looking at differences in the intra-operative use of medications as well as in immediate post-operative sedation, between early and later extubation patients in the cardio thoracic intensive care unit.  This project has been approved by the IRB and data collection is in progress.

Brown-Craniotomy Anesthesias for Tumors Without Invasive Monitoring (CANT SWIM) Principal Investigator: Jeffrey Florman, MD. This is a retrospective record review. This project has been approved by the IRB and data collection is in progress.

Presentations/Posters

“Personalizing Culture of Safety-What Does it Mean for Each of Us?” John Allyn, MD. ASA Annual Meeting. October 2018. San Francisco, California.

OnabotulintoxinA for Treatment of Chronic Migraines from Gunshot Wound.” Ruslan Abdukalikov, DO. Global Pain Clinician Summit. November 2018. Boston, Massachusetts.

 “Psychological Safety: Managing the Fear of Speaking Up.” John Kwock, MD. International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare. January 2019. San Antonio, Texas.

 “Heparin induced thrombocytopenia and thrombosis following cardiac surgery resulting in multi organ failure.” Benjamin Levin, MD, William Sauer, MD. Society for Critical Care Anesthesiologists Annual Meeting. May 2019. Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

“Why the disconnect? Problems with a clamp style catheter connector.” Ryan Mountjoy, MD, Craig Curry, MD, Olga Diomede, MD, Paula McKinle, NP. California Society of Anesthesiologists. Annual Meeting (accepted, unable to attend meeting). March 2019. San Diego, California.

“Updates in Regional Anesthesia: Not all blocks are created equal.” Joann Groff Perioperative Symposium. May 2019. Portland, Maine.

“Echo Pearls for Sutureless Implants.” Justin Poltak, MD. 2019 Sutureless Summit: Technical Considerations for and Advanced Applications of Sutureless Aortic Valves. June 2019. Portland, Maine.

“Wellness in a Jar.” Angus Christie, MD, Kristin Johnson, MS, Ann Taylor. AHME Institute, May 2019. Savannah, Georgia.

“It Takes a Village: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Caring for the Paturient with Pulmonary AVMs”. Kymberlee Royals, MD. SOAP Annual Meeting. May 2019. Phoenix, AZ.

“Repair of Spontaneous Left Atrial Dissection Resulting in Severe Paravalvular Native Mitral Regurgitation.” Tayler Eldridge, DO, Michael Robich, MD, Jah Shah, MD, Marco Diaz, MD, John Lualdi, MD. James Powers, MD, Reed Quinn, MD. American Association for Thoracic Surgery Meeting. May 2019. New York NY.

Airway Management In "Acute Epiglottis". Aamir M. Rai, M.D., Theodoros G. Papalimberis, M.D, American Society of Anesthesiologists Annual Meeting. October 2018. San Francisco, CA.

“Diagnosis And Intraoperative Management Of Myocardial Contusion After Blunt Trauma To The Chest In A Pediatric Patient.” Olga Diomede, M.D., Patrick Hackett, M.D., American Society of Anesthesiologists Annual Meeting. October 2018. San Francisco, CA.

“Anesthetic Considerations in Penetrating Airway Trauma” Adam D. O'Brien, D.O., Robert S. Ascanio, M.D. American Society of Anesthesiologists Annual Meeting. October 2018. San Francisco, CA.


Veno-venous Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation In A Patient With Persistent Bronchopleural Fistula”. Walter L. Blackburn, D.O., William Sauer, M.D. American Society of Anesthesiologists Annual Meeting. October 2018. San Francisco, CA.

“What Is Your Cutoff? Thrombocytopenia And Neuraxial Anesthesia For Urgent Cesarean Section In The Setting Of Severe Pre-eclampsia”.” Johanna Cobb, M.D., James Victor Pisini, D.O. American Society of Anesthesiologists Annual Meeting. October 2018. San Francisco, CA.

“ Headache After Lumbar Puncture: Are You Sure It's A Postdural Puncture Headache?.”
Anne Cuttler Hicks, M.D., Rob Hubbs, M.D. 
American Society of Anesthesiologists Annual Meeting. October 2018. San Francisco, CA.

Dapsone Induced Methemoglobinemia In A Pediatric Patient Undergoing Magnetic Resonance Imaging” Michael B. Henry, M.D.1, Jonathan R. Meserve, M.D., Ashley Jean, M.D. American Society of Anesthesiologists Annual Meeting. October 2018. San Francisco, CA.

Severe Aortic Stenosis In A Patient Undergoing Pancreaticoduodenectomy” Benjamin S. Levin, Barry F. Gleason, William J. Sauer, Thomas M. BollesAmerican Society of Anesthesiologists Annual Meeting. October 2018. San Francisco, CA.

 “Late cases have increased Post-operative Nausea and Vomiting on Retrospective Review” Aamir Rai, MD American Society of Anesthesiologists Annual Meeting. October 2019. San Francisco, CA.

 “Increasing Doses of Intraoperative Hydromorphone Do Not Reduce Postoperative Pain”. Craig S. Curry, M.D., Michael B. Henry, M.D., Wendy Y. Craig, Ph.D., Janelle M. Richard, BA, CCRP, Denham S Ward, M.D., PhD. Presented at MMC Costas T. Lambrew Research Retreat. May 2019. Portland Maine.

 

Meetings

John Allyn

American Society of Anesthesiologists. Annual Meeting. October 2018. San Francisco, California.

Society of Academic Associations of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine. Annual Meeting.             November 2018. Chicago, Illinois.

National Board of Echocardiography. Board Certification Committee Meeting. December 2018. Raleigh, North Carolina.

ASA February 2019

ABA Examiner March 2019

Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists. 41st Annual Meeting. May 2019. Chicago, Illinois.

 

Robert Ascanio

Maine Society of Anesthesiologists. Annual Meeting. February 2019. Sugarloaf, Maine.

 

Nancy Boulanger

Congenital Cardiac Anesthesia Society. Annual Meeting. March 2019. Houston, Texas.

 

William Boyd

Association of Anesthesia Clinical Directors. Perioperative Leadership Summit. March 2019.

            San Antonio, Texas.

Daniel Hanley Center for Health Leadership. Physician Executive Leadership. May 2019.

            Old Orchard Beach, Maine.

Daniel Hanley Center for Health Leadership. Physician Executive Leadership. June 2019.

            Old Orchard Beach, Maine.

 

Eric Brown

45th Annual Richard Lende Winter Neurosurgery Conference.  February 2019. Snowbird, Utah.

 

Dan Campos

American Society of Anesthesiologists. Annual Meeting. October 2018. San Francisco, California.

American Society of Anesthesiologists. Legislative Conference. May 2019. Washington, DC.

 

Angus Christie, MD

SIM Instructor Course, October 2018

American Society of Anesthesiologists. Annual Meeting. October 2018. San Francisco, California.

Society of Academic Associations of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine. Annual Meeting.             November 2018. Chicago, Illinois.

ABA February 2019

 

Angus Christie, MD, Benjamin Levin, MD

International Anesthesia Research Society. Annual Meeting. May 2019. Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

 

Christopher Connors

NBE Cardiac TEE July 2018

 

James Flowerdew

Society of Academic Associations of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine. Annual Meeting.             November 2018. Chicago, Illinois.

 

Jessica Hathaway

ABA Examiner week March 2019

 

Allen Hayman, MD

American Society of Anesthesiologists. Legislative Conference. May 2019. Washington, DC.

 

Rob Hubbs

Society for Perioperative Assessment and Quality Improvement. 14th Annual Perioperative Medicine      Summit. February 2019. Orlando, Florida.

 

Paul Lennon

NBE Cardiac TEE July 2018

Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists. 41st Annual Meeting. May 2019. Chicago, Illinois.

 

John Makrides

International Volunteer Medical Mission October 2018

 

Jonathan Meserve, MD. Keila Maher, MD., Michael Henry, MD

Society of Pediatric Anesthesia. Annual Meeting. March 2019. Houston, Texas.

 

Ryan Mountjoy, MD, Gisselle Mani, MD, Richie Garcia, MD

44th Annual Regional Anesthesiology and Acute Pain Medicine Meeting. April 2019. Las Vegas, Nevada.

 

Justin Poltak

Echo Board Question Writers November 2018

Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists. 41st Annual Meeting. May 2019. Chicago, Illinois.

TEE Question Writers Conference May 2019

 

Laurie Sutherland, MD, Johnna Cobb, MD, Olga Diomede, MD

Society for Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology. 51st Annual Conference. May 2019. Phoenix, Arizona.

 

R. David Warters, MD

American Society of Anesthesiologists. Annual Meeting. October 2018. San Francisco, California.

Society of Academic Associations of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine. Annual Meeting.             November 2018. Chicago, Illinois.

 

Winsor Wesson, MD. Representative to Legislative Conference. May 2019. Washington, DC

 

Courses

 

Eric Brown, MD

Simulation Instructor Course. Penn State Hershey. October 2018. Hershey, Pennsylvania.

 

Carol Dean, MD

Point of Care Ultrasound Course. MaineHealth. October 2018. Portland, Maine.

 

William Sauer, MD, Eric Brown MD

MITE Scholars Program, Portland, ME

 

Publications

1.         Maher KM, Owusu-Akyaw K, Zhou J, et al. Analysis of the impact of race on blood transfusion in pediatric scoliosis surgery. Pediatric Anesthesia. 2018;28(4):352-360.

2.         Nelson EP, Dorlon ME, Szabo TA, Warters, RD, et al. Management of a Patient With a History of Nonanesthesia-Related Malignant Hyperthermia Undergoing Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy: A Case Report. A&A practice. 2018;11(5):137-139.

3.         Allyn J, Curry C. Measuring Quality for Individual Anesthesia Clinicians. Anesthesiology clinics. 2018;36(2):177-189.

5.         Clifford K, Chaudhry W, Muscat S, Connors C, Whitesell D. Reinitiation of Electroconvulsive Therapy 4 Weeks After the Diagnosis of ECT-Induced Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy. Psychosomatics. 2018.     

7.         Brown TA, Szabo TA, Bridges KH, Warters RD, et al. Safety and Effectiveness of a Novel Facemask for Positive Pressure Ventilation. Anesth Analg. 2018;127(1):151-156.

9.         Tobin CD, Szabo TA, Wolf BJ, Warters RD, et al. Advantages of the New Tao Mask for Bag Mask Ventilation: a randomized crossover trial. Romanian journal of anaesthesia and intensive care. 2018;25(2):103-109.

10.       Mountjoy R, Curry C, Diomede O, McKinley P. Why the disconnect? Problems with a clamp style catheter connector. Regional anesthesia and pain medicine. 2019;44(2):281-282.

11.       Nasr VG, Meserve J, Pereira LM, et al. Sedative and Analgesic Drug Sequestration After a Single Bolus Injection in an Ex Vivo Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation Infant Circuit. ASAIO J. 2019;65(2):187-191.

12.       Allyn JW, Bradstreet J, Curry CS, Wright D. Patient Safety Culture: A Real-Life Story of Why Culture Matters. ASA Newsletter. 2019;83(4):24-27.

13.       Dutton RP, Agarwala AV, Allyn JW, Connolly LA. Promoting a Culture of Safety in the ASA Guide to Anesthesia Department Administration. ASA Newsletter. 2019;83(3):20-21.

14.       Ward EN, Quaye AN, Wilens TE. Opioid Use Disorders: Perioperative Management of a Special

            Population. Anesth Analg. 2018 Aug;127(2):539-547

15.       Quaye AN, Zhang Y. Perioperative Management of Buprenorphine: Solving the Conundrum. Pain Med. 2018 Nov 30. doi: 10.1093/pm/pny217. [

 

Other

Olga Diomede, MD, Selected on to the resident component of SOAP

Russ Kizor, MD and Maryn Torner, MD, Selected as officers in Housestaff Committee

 

Dylan Wingfield, MD -Maine Society of Anesthesiologists Annual Meeting.  February 9, 2019, Sugarloaf ME      

Problem Based Learning Discussion Facilitator

 

Adam O’Brien, DO -Maine Society of Anesthesiologists Annual Meeting.  February 9, 2019, Sugarloaf ME      

Problem Based Learning Discussion Facilitator

 

Olga Diomede, MD -Maine Society of Anesthesiologists Annual Meeting.  February 9, 2019, Sugarloaf ME      

Problem Based Learning Discussion Facilitator

 

Michael Henry, MD -Maine Society of Anesthesiologists Annual Meeting.  February 9, 2019, Sugarloaf ME      

Problem Based Learning Discussion Facilitator

 

Gisselle Mani, MD -Maine Society of Anesthesiologists Annual Meeting.  February 9, 2019, Sugarloaf ME      

Problem Based Learning Discussion Facilitator

 

Kymberlee Royals MD -Maine Society of Anesthesiologists Annual Meeting.  February 9, 2019, Sugarloaf ME      

Problem Based Learning Discussion Facilitator

 

Tayler Eldridge, DO -Maine Society of Anesthesiologists Annual Meeting.  February 9, 2019, Sugarloaf ME      

Problem Based Learning Discussion Facilitator

 

David Warters, MD -Maine Society of Anesthesiologists Annual Meeting.  February 9, 2019, Sugarloaf ME      

Problem Based Learning Discussion Facilitator

 

Senior Resident Grand Rounds Presentations

Rai- "Pain Management in OB patients. Are we missing anything?” Portland, ME 5/16/19

Mintzer- “Defining the Difficult Airway in the Age of Video Laryngoscopy Portland, ME, 5/2/19

O’Brien- “Systemic Lidocaine in the Perioperative Setting” Portland, ME, 4/25/19          

Oberg- “Why Spinals Fail”, Portland, ME, 3/28/19

Blackburn-“Stress Dose Steroids”, Portland, ME, 3/13/19

Hicks-“Combined Anesthesia, Vascular Surgery, Nephrology Case Conference”, Portland, ME, 12/6/18

 

 

 

 

Journal Club Hosts

Johanna Cobb- September 2018

Michael Henry – October 2018

Olga Diomede – November 2018

Aamir Rai- December 2018

Winsor Wesson- January 2019

Tayler Eldridge- February 2019

Dylan Wingfield- March 2019

Ben Levin – April 2019

Kymberlee Royals – May 2019

 

Doctor for a Day Representatives, Augusta, ME

Kymberlee Royals MD, Michael Henry, MD – January 24, 2019

Current Research and Quality Projects

Poltak/Nguyen/Connors- Cefazolin Dosing for Cardiac Surgery Patients >120kg. IRB approved and funded by a MMC mentored research grant. Enrolled 75% of subjects to date.

Connors/Curry/Poltak- Stellate Ganglion Blocks in Cardiac Surgery. A randomized clinical trial of over 700 patients is in the process of being reviewed and approved by Maine Medical Center’s IRB. Hartford Hospital in CT will likely join us as a secondary clinical site.

Kramer/Groom/Connors- Goal Directed Perfusion. Dr. Connors has been working with members of the cardiac surgery and perfusion team on this pilot project and it was presented as a poster at the Costas T. Lambrew Research Retreat on 5/2/18.

Gleason- Paresthesia and Unilateral Epidural Blockade. This is an IRB reviewed project that has completed enrollment and is currently being prepared for publication.

Meserve/Lord- Pediatric Difficult Intubation (PeDI) Registry. We are in the process of becoming a participating site for this quality improvement initiative started at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia that tracks outcomes for pediatric patients with difficult airways.

Curry- Does Deep Neuromuscular Blockade Improve Operating Conditions during Total Hip Replacements? This study has completed enrollment of 116 patients randomized into two groups and is currently in the data analysis and writing phase.

Curry- Intraoperative Narcotics and Postoperative Pain. This is a retrospective record review looking at the relationship between narcotic doses intraoperatively and pain scores in PACU. Data collection is complete and analysis and writing are in progress.

Curry- Postoperative Nausea and Vomiting with Laminotomies, Total Knee, and Total Hip Replacements. This is a retrospective record review evaluating the risk factors that contribute to post-operative nausea and vomiting instigated by a previous quality improvement project that noted that nausea rates went up for cases started later in the day. Data collection and analysis are complete and writing is in progress.

Crovo- Time to Response to Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injection. This is a pilot survey-based project looking at how long it takes for pain clinic patients to get relief, and the degree of relief achieved, following lumbar epidural steroid injections. The protocol for this project is being fine-tuned before IRB submission.

Dougherty- Do Weighted Blankets Reduce Sedative Doses in Special Care Unit Patients? There have been some studies suggesting that weighted blankets may reduce the need for sedatives in the SCU patient population. The protocol for this pilot study is being developed and written up for IRB approval.

Meserve/Diomede/Cobb/Oberg/Mintzer- This QI project focused on the 4th year medical student curriculum. A pre and post test were given prior to the change in the curriculum. A focused curriculum was developed for the rotation. Students continue to take the pre and post tests. Results will be compared to see if the changes were successful.

Presentations & Posters

Hicks/Christie/Butterly - American Society of Anesthesiologists, Annual Meeting. Boston, MA, 10/21-10/25/2017.
Aspiration on Induction of Anesthesia for Emergent Cesarean Section and the Intraoperative Use of Inhaled Nitric Oxide to Improve Oxygenation

Rai/Chemmanam - American Society of Anesthesiologists, Annual Meeting. Boston, MA, 10/21-10/25/2017.
Airway Management in Patients with Airway Tumor

Blackburn/Evansmith - American Society of Anesthesiologists, Annual Meeting. Boston, MA, 10/21-10/25/2017.
Repeat Uterine Rupture in a 21yo Female with No Prenatal Care

Nguyen/Christie - American Society of Anesthesiologists, Annual Meeting. Boston, MA, 10/21-10/25/2017.
Rescue Veno-Venous ECMO for Severe Hypercapnic Respiratory Acidosis in a Burn Patient with Grade 4 Inhalation Injury

Lloyd/Sauer - American Society of Anesthesiologists, Annual Meeting. Boston, MA, 10/21-10/25/2017.
Evolving Hypoxemia and Deployment of an Intra-Aortic Balloon Pump Leading to Diagnosis of Ruptured Papillary Muscle

O’Brien/Lord - American Society of Anesthesiologists, Annual Meeting. Boston, MA, 10/21-10/25/2017.
Anesthetic Considerations in Spinal Stabilization for Severe Thoracic Kyphosis in a Case of Pott's Disease

Oberg/Brown - American Society of Anesthesiologists, Annual Meeting. Boston, MA, 10/21-10/25/2017.
Thoracic Epidural Placement 23 Hours After A Patient's Last Dose of Fondaparinux

Nguyen/Sauer - UNMC- Echocardiography 2017- A Multidisciplinary Approach to Cardiac and Structural Disease. Dec 9-12, 2017 Naples, FL.
Management of Post-Operative Shock in A Patient with Post-Infarct Ventricular Septal Defect Repair

Lloyd/Poltak - UNMC- Echocardiography 2017- A Multidisciplinary Approach to Cardiac and Structural Disease. Dec 9-12, 2017 Naples, FL.
A Twisted Picture: Placement of a Ventricular Assist Device in a Patient with Dextrocardia and Congenitally Corrected Transposition of the Great Arteries”
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Hicks/Christie - Society of Cardiac Anesthesia Conference. April 28- May 2, 2018, Phoenix AZ
When the Bridge Doesn’t Lead to Recovery: Withdrawal of Care in a Patient with a Right Ventricular Assist Device

Levin/Christie - Society of Cardiac Anesthesia Conference. April 28- May 2, 2018, Phoenix AZ
Congruity and adherence to ASE standard perioperative TEE exam at a tertiary medical center: A quality improvement project

Barnes/Sutherland - Society for Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology Conference. May 9-13, 2018, Miami FL
Navigating the Perfect Storm: Placenta Membranacea with vasa/placenta previa & percreta for repeat c/s

Hicks -Maine Society of Anesthesiologists Annual Meeting. February 10, 2018, Sugarloaf ME
Problem Based Learning Discussion Facilitator

Diomede - Maine Society of Anesthesiologists Annual Meeting. February 10, 2018, Sugarloaf ME
Problem Based Learning Discussion Facilitator

O’Brien - Maine Society of Anesthesiologists Annual Meeting. February 10, 2018, Sugarloaf ME
Problem Based Learning Discussion Facilitator

Barnes - Maine Society of Anesthesiologists Annual Meeting. February 10, 2018, Sugarloaf ME
Problem Based Learning Discussion Facilitator

Henry - Maine Society of Anesthesiologists Annual Meeting. February 10, 2018, Sugarloaf ME
Problem Based Learning Discussion Facilitator

Levin - Maine Society of Anesthesiologists Annual Meeting. February 10, 2018, Sugarloaf ME
Problem Based Learning Discussion Facilitator

Mintzer - Maine Society of Anesthesiologists Annual Meeting. February 10, 2018, Sugarloaf ME
Problem Based Learning Discussion Facilitator

Nguyen - Maine Society of Anesthesiologists Annual Meeting. February 10, 2018, Sugarloaf ME
Problem Based Learning Discussion Facilitator

Kwock - Maine Society of Anesthesiologists Annual Meeting. February 10, 2018, Sugarloaf ME
Problem Based Learning Discussion Facilitator

Boyd - Maine Society of Anesthesiologists Annual Meeting. February 10, 2018, Sugarloaf ME
Problem Based Learning Discussion Facilitator

Christie - Maine Society of Anesthesiologists Annual Meeting. February 10, 2018, Sugarloaf ME
Problem Based Learning Discussion Facilitator

Maher - Maine Society of Anesthesiologists Annual Meeting. February 10, 2018, Sugarloaf ME
Problem Based Learning Discussion Facilitator

Allyn - Maine Society of Anesthesiologists Annual Meeting. February 10, 2018, Sugarloaf ME
Problem Based Learning Discussion Facilitator

Warters - Maine Society of Anesthesiologists Annual Meeting. February 10, 2018, Sugarloaf ME
Problem Based Learning Discussion Facilitator

Panel Member MSAMA The Continuing Evolution of the Academic Administrator, February 15, 2018 Boston MA Mary Jane Cahill, MBA, C-TAGME , Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Kristin Johnson, M.S, Maine Medical Center
Jane Maugeri, C-TAGME, Thomas Jefferson Hospital
Amy Motta, C-TAGME, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center
Alija Martins C-TAGME

Panelist AAPAE meeting 11/3-11/4, 2017 Data Overload: Best Practices for Reporting Assessment Data to the CCC Elisabeth Anne Hudson, BS Kristin A. Johnson, MS Faye Haggar, EdS Panel Presentation

Panelist MITE Faculty Development Conference 9/27/17 Panel Discussion: Effectively Mentoring Resident QI projects John Erickson, MD, Ross Isacke, DO & Kristin Johnson

Publications

1: Curry C, Eldrup-Jorgensen J, Richard J, Siciliano MC, Craig WY. Phenylephrine infusion impact on surgical site infections after lower extremity bypass surgery. J Vasc Surg. 2018 Jan;67(1):287-293.1

2: Brown TA, Szabo TA, Bridges KH, Sabbagh MJ, Hand WR, Wolf BJ, Warters RD. Safety and Effectiveness of a Novel Facemask for Positive Pressure Ventilation. Anesth Analg. 2017 Nov 10.

3: Connors CW, Craig WY, Buchanan SA, Poltak JM, Gagnon JB, Curry CS. Efficacy and Efficiency of Perioperative Stellate Ganglion Blocks in Cardiac Surgery: A Pilot Study. J Cardiothorac Vasc Anesth. 2018 Feb;32(1):e28-e30.

4: Warters R.D., Szabo T.A., Anesthetic Implications of Chronic Medication Use. Geriatric Anesthesiology, 3rd Edition; Editors: Barnett S.R., McSwain J., Reves, J.G., Rooke G.A., Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, New York, 333-350, 2018

Conference Attendance

Allyn- American Board of Anesthesiology, Oral Board Examiner.

Allyn- American Society of Anesthesiologists, Annual Meeting. Boston, MA, 10/21-10/25/2017.

Christie- American Society of Anesthesiologists, Annual Meeting. Boston, MA, 10/21-10/25/2017.

Christie- Society of Academic Anesthesiology Associations, Annual Meeting. Chicago, IL, 11/3-11/4/2017.

Boyd- American Society of Anesthesiologists, Annual Meeting. Boston, MA, 10/21-10/25/2017.

Curry- American Society of Anesthesiologists, Annual Meeting. Boston, MA, 10/21-10/25/2017.

Ascanio- American Society of Anesthesiologists, Annual Meeting. Boston, MA, 10/21-10/25/2017.

Brown- American Society of Anesthesiologists, Annual Meeting. Boston, MA, 10/21-10/25/2017.

Hayman- American Society of Anesthesiologists, Annual Meeting. Boston, MA, 10/21-10/25/2017.

Campos- American Society of Anesthesiologists, Annual Meeting. Boston, MA, 10/21-10/25/2017.

Meserve- American Society of Anesthesiologists, Annual Meeting. Boston, MA, 10/21-10/25/2017.

Warters- American Society of Anesthesiologists, Annual Meeting. Boston, MA, 10/21-10/25/2017.

Ryan- American Society of Anesthesiologists, Annual Meeting. Boston, MA, 10/21-10/25/2017.

Palman- American Society of Anesthesiologists, Annual Meeting. Boston, MA, 10/21-10/25/2017.

Nohr- American Society of Anesthesiologists, Annual Meeting. Boston, MA, 10/21-10/25/2017.

Warters- Society of Academic Anesthesiology Associations, Annual Meeting. Chicago, IL, 11/3-11/4/2017.

Flowerdew- Society of Academic Anesthesiology Associations, Annual Meeting. Chicago, IL, 11/3-11/4/2017.

Christie-Society for Education in Anesthesia. Boston, MA, 10/20/2017.

Warters-Society for Education in Anesthesia. Boston, MA, 10/20/2017.

Christie-Career Opportunities in Anesthesia, Biddeford, ME 9/28/2017

Hankes-attended Society Pediatric Anesthesia Conference, Phoenix, AZ, 3/23-26/2018

Lord-attended Society Pediatric Anesthesia Conference, Phoenix, AZ, 3/23-26/2018

Meserve-attended Society Pediatric Anesthesia Conference, Phoenix, AZ, 3/23-26/2018

Blackburn-attended Ultrasound Guided Cadaver Course, Pittsburgh PA, 5/5-5/6/18

Oberg-attended Ultrasound Guided Cadaver Course, Pittsburgh PA, 5/5-5/6/18

Christie-attended IARS meeting, Chicago , IL April 28-May 1, 2018

O’Brien-attended ASRA meeting , New York, NY, 5/19-5/2018

Christie-attended Leadership Strategies for Evolving Health Care Executives, Boston, MA, 4/22-4/27/2018

Hackett-attended Society of Critical Care Medicine Conference, San Antonio, TX, 2/25-2/28/2018

Christie-attended Dynamic Teaching and Improvisation Course, Portland, ME, 3/21, 3/24, 3/28 and 4/4/2018

Dougherty-attended Dynamic Teaching and Improvisation Course, Portland, ME, 3/21, 3/24, 3/28 and 4/4/2018

Chemmanam-attended Dynamic Teaching and Improvisation Course, Portland, ME, 3/21, 3/24, 3/28 and 4/4/2018

Senior Resident Grand Rounds Presentations

 

Amoakohene-ERAS, Portland, ME, 12/14/17

Lloyd- Labor Epidural Technique- The Other End of the Needle, Portland, ME , 3/22/18.

Barnes- Navigating the Perfect Storm: Placenta Membranacea with Placenta Vasa/Previa & Percreta for Repeat C/S, Portland, ME , 5/17/18

Wright- Anesthesia’s Role in Disaster and Mass Casualty Medicine, and the Civilian Application of Current Military SOP Regarding Whole Blood Transfusion, Portland, ME, 5/24/18

Nguyen-“Mind the Gap: Post-operative Cognitive Dysfunction and Delirium in the Elderly”, Portland, ME, 6/7/18

Journal Club Hosts

Aamir Rai- September 2017
Walter Blackburn- October 2017
Jacob Mintzer- December 2017
Kymberlee Royals –January 2018
Johanna Cobb – February 2018
Michael Henry – March 2018
Olga/Billy Sauer – April 2018
Ben Levin – May 2018
Neal Oberg – June 2018

Doctor for a Day Representatives, Augusta, ME

 

Mike Barnes – 1/11/2018
Anne Hicks- 3/29/2018
Jacob Mintzer – 3/22/2018
Angus Christie- 1/3/2018
Neal Oberg – 4/5/2018