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Welcome to Our New CNRAs, Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistant

December 27, 2019

We are delighted to announce the new hires that recently joined our Department. Please join us in welcoming them to UCI.

Eileen Ong, CRNA

Sandy Bessette, CRNA

Ken Chan, NP

Geraldina Douglas, NP

Darren Montano, NP

Emily Nagel, NP

Eloisa Naungayan-Ramirez, NP

Hong (Rose) Tran, NP

Erika Scheier, NP

Cortney Spraker, PA

Welcome to Our New Faculty

November 30, 2019

We are delighted to announce the new hires that recently joined our Department. Please join us in welcoming them to UCI.

Sonali Rao, MD

Aalap Shah, MD

Trevor Whitwell, MD

Best of Meeting Awards for the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine 18th Annual Pain Medicine Meeting

October 25, 2019

The UCI Pain Medicine division was selected for two of the three Resident/Fellow Best of Meeting Abstracts and Research Travel Awards. Award recipients will be presenting at the podium during the main plenary sessions to the whole ASRA pain community.

Congratulations to the following award recipients:

Wei-Chen Lin, MD, Louis Lu, MD, Bobak Koohian, MD, Jila Rouhi, MD, Shalini Shah, MD
Overprescribed: Combating the Opioid Epidemic with Creation of an Institutional Electronic Prescription Drug Accountability Program

Will Novey, MD, Shalini Shah, MD, Donald Tan, MD, Maylin Martinez, MD, Abhinav Grover, MD, Bindu Swaroop, MD, Emilie Chow, MD
Successful Implementation of a Novel E-learning Opioid Curriculum for Graduate Medical Education Housestaff: The Early Phase Outcome of an Internal Medicine Residency Curriculum E-Learning Project

Welcome to Our New CRNAs

September 30, 2019

We are delighted to announce the new hires that recently joined our Department. Please join us in welcoming them to UCI.

Michelle Aquino, CRNA

Amy Szymkowicz, CRNA

Sarah Fenton, CRNA

Samantha Sattari, CRNA

Ann Mitchell, CRNA

Richard Choi, CRNA

Welcome to Our New Fellows

August 3, 2019

We are delighted to announce our new fellows that recently joined our Department for their unique fellowship training for the 2019-2020 academic year.

Anesthesiology Critical Care Medicine
Karen Katrivesis, MD
Oscar Roldan, MD

Obstetric Anesthesiology
Andrew Mai, MD

Pain Medicine
Peter Huynh, MD
Darin Scribner, DO
Adrian Sulindro, MD

Regional Anesthesiology and Acute Pain Medicine
Sarah Giafaglione, MD
Staci Becker, MD
Wei Yun (Dorothy) Wang, MD

David Guthrie, CRNA Appointed Vice Principal Nurse Anesthetist

July 22, 2019

We are delighted to announce that David Guthrie, CRNA has been appointed Vice Principal Nurse Anesthetist for the Department. He will be working closely with the CRNA leadership team in new recruitment, quality assurance and assisting in educational efforts for the CRNAs.

Graduation & Celebration of Excellence 2019

June 8, 2019

Congratulations to all of the Residency Class of 2019, Fellowship Graduates and to all award recipients at this year's graduation.

Discover. Teach. Heal

  • Resident Discover Award
    Robert Kim, MD
  • Resident Teach Award
    Amanda Hu, MD
  • Resident Heal Award
    Peggy Riso, MD
  • Resident Medical Student Teaching Award
    Fiyinfoluwa Ani, MD
  • Faculty Discover Award
    Taizoon Dhoon, MD
  • Faculty Teach Award
    Kimberly Gimenez, MD
  • Faculty Heal Award
    Govind Rajan, MD
  • Faculty Exemplar Award
    Kyle Ahn, MD

Marilyn Patterson Champion of Care Award

  • Staff
    Soraida Rodriguez
  • Anesthesia Tech
    Moises Flores
  • CRNA
    Robert Horn, CRNA, MS
  • Resident
    Amanda Hu, MD
  • Fellow
    Corey Tong, MD
  • Faculty
    Anna L. Harris, MD

Cynthia T. Anderson Award
Robert Kim, MD

Halappa N. Konchigeri Exemplar Award
Fiyinfoluwa Ani, MD

Dr. Kyle Ahn Awarded Outstanding Residency Program Director

May 20, 2019

The Office of Graduate Medical Education (GME) held their annual Program Leadership Awards Ceremony on May 15, 2019.

Congratulations to our Anesthesiology Residency Program Director, Dr. Kyle Ahn. He was awarded Outstanding Residency Program Director by the UCI Office of Graduate Medical Education (GME) in recognition of his outstanding leadership in graduate medical education.

Dr. Ariana Nelson Awarded the Dean’s Scholars Award

May 15, 2019

The UCI School of Medicine celebrated the close of the 2018-19 academic year with the 2019 UCI School of Medicine Achievement Awards. The award ceremony gave the opportunity to show the deep appreciation to all of the individuals who comprise the UCI community and to give a special thank you to the UCI faculty for their contributions to medical education. During our event, they recognized a number of faculty and departments who went above and beyond the call of duty to support our programs.

Congratulations to our director of medical student clerkship rotations, Dr. Ariana Nelson was awarded the Dean’s Scholars Award for her outstanding contributions to medical education.

Welcome to Our New Staff and CRNAs

May 10, 2019

We are delighted to announce the new hires that recently joined our Department. Please join us in welcoming them to UCI.

Executive Assistant, Chair - Angelica Yaghoubi

CRNA - Nicole Powch, CRNA

CRNA - Cristina Coolidge, CNRA

2019 Nurse Excellence Award Nominee: Peter Doeve, CRNA

May 9, 2019

UCI Health recognized some of its most talented and committed nurses and “friends of nurses” at the Nurse Excellence Awards Ceremony on Thursday, May 9, 2019 during National Nurses Week. All faculty and staff were invited to nominate employees for the 2019 Nurse Excellence Awards.

Congratulations to our very own, Peter Doeve, CRNA for being nominated for the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse of the Year. Peter Doeve, CRNA provides an invaluable service to UCI Health patients, colleagues and the community.

Dr. Govind Rajan Elected Delegate for CSA’s District 7

April 13, 2019

Congratulations to Dr. Govind Rajan who has been elected to the position of Delegate for the California Society of Anesthesiologists (CSA) District 7 for a 2-year term.

Welcome to Our New Faculty and CRNAs

March 25, 2019

We are delighted to announce the new hires that recently joined our Department. Please join us in welcoming them to UCI.

Melissa Chang, MD

Andrew Djunaidi, MD

Michael Marino, CRNA

Dave Chy, CRNA

MATCH Day 2019

March 15, 2019

Please join us in welcoming our new Match class! Welcome to the UCI Anesthesiology Residency Program!

  • Harshal Bhakta, MD
  • Scott Erwin, MD
  • Vivek Gulati, MD
  • Christina Han, MD
  • Joseph Kim, MD
  • Danh Le, MD
  • Pejman Majd, MD
  • Shalini Nagaraj, MD
  • Brian Nguyen, MD
  • Kevin Tan, MD
  • Kristianna Wi, MD
  • Matthew Woo, MD
  • Raphael-John Keegan (CA-2)
  • Janice Koh, MD (CA-1)

Chief Residents Selection for the 2019-2020 Academic Year

March 6, 2019

Congratulations to Dr. Daniel Kim and Dr. Christopher Sauer on being selected as the 2019-2020 academic year Anesthesia Residency Program chief residents.

Botox® Being Tested as Potential Treatment for Kids with Migraines

February 25, 2019 – In the Press

Most people have heard of Botox® and how it can help with cosmetic things like wrinkles and laugh lines, but at UCI Health, a syringe full of the wrinkle-fighting serum is helping to improve the quality of life for kids suffering from chronic migraines. Dr. Shalini Shah and her research team’s clinical trial studying the effectiveness of Botox treatment for kids with migraines has been ‘life changing’ for one teenager.

Dr. Brent Yeung and Dr. Shalini Shah Featured on AirTalk® with Larry Mantel

January 15, 2019 - In the Press

"How your eyeballs could be the key to helping physicians develop and objective benchmark for pain"

Dr. Brent Yeung and Dr. Shalini Shah was featured on AirTalk® with Larry Mantle to discuss about how people perceive pain and how new technology in the future can help with measuring pain.

Welcome to Our New Staff and CRNA

January 14, 2019

We are delighted to announce the new hires that recently joined our Department.

Scheduling Coordinator - Karen Aguirre

Rebecca Vigil, CRNA

Physicians of Excellence 2019

January 1, 2019 - In the Press

Nearly 150 UCI Health doctors have been named to the 2019 Physicians of Excellence list published in the January 2019 edition of Orange Coast magazine, more than that of any other health system in Orange County. Congratulations to our anesthesiologists who were included in this list.

  • Kyle Ahn, MD
  • Scott Engwall, MD, MBA
  • Kimberly Gimenez, MD
  • Anna L. Harris, MD
  • Richard Kelly, MD
  • Debra Morrison, MD
  • Corey Nelson, MD
  • Shalini Shah, MD
  • Shermeen Vakharia, MD, MBA
  • Trung Vu, MD