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News in 2017

Welcome to Our New CNRA

November 21, 2017

We are delighted to announce a new CRNA that recently joined our Department. Welcome to Joseph Kim, Sr. CRNA!

Research Study Getting National and International Media Coverage

October 23, 2017 - In the Press

At the annual conference, ANESTHESIOLOGY 2017, the abstract, “A Longitudinal Evaluation of the Effectiveness of Botox® in Pediatric Patients Experiencing Migraines: A Five-Year Retrospective Study” caught the attention of the American Society of Anesthesiologists’ media and was highlighted at this year’s annual conference. The study is also receiving national attention being featured in TIME and receiving international media coverage on DailyMail and Daily Mirror.

ASA Abstract
A Longitudinal Evaluation of the Effectiveness of Botox® in Pediatric Patients Experiencing Migraines: A Five-Year Retrospective Study

Michael-David Calderon, Wei Der Wu, Michael Ma, Joseph De Los Santos, Cecilia Canales, Joseph B. Rinehart, Shalini Shah

Zeev Kain, MD, MBA Joining the Current Opinion in Anesthesiology Editorial Board

September 18, 2017

Dr. Zeev Kain has accepted the invitation to join the Editorial Board of Current Opinion in Anesthesiology. As Current Opinion in Anesthesiology seek to grow and maintain the high quality of their journal over the coming years, the Editors-in-Chief and publishers will call on Dr. Kain for his expertise and thoughts on a given issue.

6th Annual California Anesthesia Medical Student Symposium

September 16, 2017

Over 80 medical students from all over the country, including California, Arizona, Nevada, Florida, Nebraska and Illinois, attended this year’s symposium hosted by UCI Anesthesiology Interest Group. The symposium aimed to expose medical students to the specialty of anesthesiology through a variety of activities including speakers, panels and hands-on skills workshops.

Shalini Shah, MD Named Director, Pain Management

September 6, 2017

After a national search process, we are pleased to announce that Shalini Shah, MD, has been appointed director of pain management. She will oversee all pain services at UC Irvine Medical Center and Gottschalk Medical Plaza.

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Shah on her new role!

Welcome to Our New Fellows

August 3, 2017

We are delighted to announce our new fellows that recently joined our Department for their unique fellowship training for the 2017-2018 academic year. Welcome!

Anesthesiology Critical-Care Medicine Fellowship: Dr. Marcus Kuikka

Pain Medicine: Dr. Brent Yeung

Regional Anesthesia & Acute Pain: Dr. Claire Kaura, Dr. Angeline Nguyen, Dr. Shawn Thomas

Kyle Paredes, MD, MBA Named Assistant Dean for Student Affairs

August 2, 2017

Dr. Kyle Paredes has been named Assistant Dean for Student Affairs with UCI School of Medicine Medical Education. Dr. Paredes has been dedicated to teaching and advising throughout his education and career. His invaluable experience in the field of medical education and commitment to medical students and residents makes him a welcome addition to the medical education team.

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Paredes on his new role!

Dr. Ryan Field Appointed to a California Society of Anesthesiologists (CSA) Task Force

August 1, 2017

Karen S. Sibert, MD, President of the California Society of Anesthesiologists (CSA) appointed our very own Ryan Field, MD to join the new task force on New Communications. Dr. Field will be working along side attendings from other institutions to help shape the future of how we approach, attract and retain membership.

Congratulations to Dr. Field on joining the CSA committee.

Welcome to Our New Faculty

July 24, 2017

UCI Anesthesiology welcomes new faculty member, Aaron Przybysz, MD, PhD, assistant clinical professor. Dr. Przybysz joins our Department with a focus in pain medicine and general anesthesia. Welcome!

Welcome to Our New Staff

July 17, 2017

We are delighted to announce new staff that recently joined our Department. Welcome!

Scheduling Coordinator - Ileana Jacobo

Clinical Research Coordinator - Paulette Mensah

Dr. Jody Chou Awarded the UCI School of Medicine Faculty Research Grant

June 2, 2017

Dr. Jody Chou was awarded the UCI School of Medicine Faculty Research Grant for her research on “The Epidemiology of Right Ventricular Dysfunction and its Predictive Value for Perioperative Morbidity and Mortality in Non-Cardiac Surgical Cohort”. The one-year grant of $10,000 will be used to investigate the prevalence of right ventricular dysfunction and its epidemiologic trend. Furthermore, the study will look at determining the prognostic value of right ventricular dysfunction in post-operative morbidity and mortality.

Initial Experience with Bundled Pay for Total Joint Arthroplasty Procedures

May 5, 2017 - Publication

Our very own Drs. Navid Alem, Leslie Garson and Zeev Kain contributed to the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA) Blog. The blog featured a post on initial experiences with bundled payments for total joint arthroplasty procedures and the potential implications on the anesthesiology practice.

Incoming Residency Class of 2021

March 27, 2017

Please join us in welcoming our new incoming anesthesia residents to our residency program.

  • Roberta Andreatta-Houke, MD
  • Veronika Anufreichik, MD
  • Daniel Garcia, MD
  • Claudia Mary Hammi, MD
  • Gene Eugene Jang, MD
  • Nikhil Keny, MD
  • Grace Sarah Lee, MD
  • Wei-Chen (Vincent) Lin
  • Louis Lu, MD
  • Neil Shah, MD

Welcome to Our New CNRA

March 6, 2016

We are delighted to announce a new CRNA that recently joined our Department. Welcome to Johnny Cheng, Sr. CRNA! Welcome!

Dr. Shalini Shah Awarded ASRA's Chronic Pain Research Grant

January 5, 2017 - In the Press

Dr. Shalini Shah was awarded the ASRA Chronic Pain Research Grant, one of the largest pain grants from a pain society, which is awarded biennially to original research projects that will evaluate the efficacy and safety of pain interventions and treatments and guide clinical practice.

"Effectiveness of Onabotulinumtoxin A (Botox) in Pediatric Patients Experiencing Migraines: A Randomized Double Blinded Placebo Crossover Study in the Pediatric Pain Population"

The research team will also include Project Coordinator, Cecilia Canales, MPH, and Research Assistant, Michael Calderon, BS, and will be conducted under the mentorship of Dr. Joseph B. Rinehart, Vice Chair for Research.

Physicians of Excellence 2017

January 1, 2017 - In the Press

The Orange County Medical Association (OCMA) named more than 150 UC Irvine physicians as "Physicians of Excellence" in the January 2017 edition of Orange Coast magazine. Congratulations to our anesthesiologists who were included in this list.

  • Anna L. Harris, MD
  • Richard J. Kelly, MD
  • Debra Morrison, MD
  • Corey Nelson, MD
  • Shalini Shah, MD
  • Shermeen Vakharia, MD