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Welcome to Our New Fellows

August 1, 2020

We are delighted to announce our new fellows that recently joined our Department for their unique fellowship training for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Anesthesiology Critical Care Medicine
Fernando Santos, MD
Elizabeth Champion, MD

Medical Education Simulation
Asim Alamri, MD

Obstetric Anesthesiology
Daniel Kim, MD

Pain Medicine
Diana Herring, MD
Bobak Koohian, MD
Kyaw Lin, DO

Regional Anesthesiology and Acute Pain Medicine
Isabel Chang
Simon Kim, MD
Daniel Park, MD

UCI Pain Management Services Recognized as a Top Pain Practice by Vizient®, Inc.

July 13, 2020

The UCI Pain Management Services was recognized by Vizient, Inc. as one of the top innovative pain practices at the National Quality Forum. Dr. Shalini Shah was invited to co-author the Comprehensive Pain Management Guide with other pain leaders from around the country brought forth by Vizient. The comprehensive guide outlines an approach to provide the best care for patients suffering from chronic pain while reducing the utilization of opioids.

Dr. Ariana Nelson Recipient of the Medical Education Faculty Service Award

June 8, 2020

The 2020 UCI School of Medicine Achievement Awards honors the excellence in teaching among the UCI medical education faculty, residents and staff. This is an opportunity to show the deep appreciation to all of the individuals who comprise the UCI community and to give a special thank you for their contributions to medical education for the next generation of doctors.

Congratulations to our director of medical student clerkship rotations, Dr. Ariana Nelson was awarded the Medical Education Faculty Service Award. The award was presented by the Office of Medical Education for their appreciation of outstanding service in medical education.

Graduation & Celebration of Excellence 2020

June 6, 2020

Congratulations to all of the Residency Class of 2020, Fellowship Graduates and to all award recipients at this year's graduation.

Discover. Teach. Heal

  • Resident Discover Award
    Mfonobong Essiet, MD
  • Resident Teach Award
    Daniel Kim, MD
  • Resident Heal Award
    Daniel Kim, MD
    Bobak Koohian, MD
  • Resident Medical Student Teaching Award
    Daniel Park, MD
  • Faculty Discover Award
    Jody Chou, MD
  • Faculty Teach Award
    Jay Shen, MD
  • Faculty Heal Award
    Taizoon Dhoon, MD
  • Faculty Exemplar Award
    Jody Chou, MD

Marilyn Patterson Champion of Care Award

  • Staff
    Soraida Rodriguez
  • Anesthesia Tech
    ZeKe Melgoza
  • CRNA
    Robert Horn, CRNA
  • Resident
    Bobak Koohian, MD
  • Fellow
    Karen Katrivesis, MD
  • Faculty
    Brent Yeung, MD

Cynthia T. Anderson Award
Daniel Kim, MD

Halappa N. Konchigeri Exemplar Award
Bobak Koohian, MD

UC Irvine Physicians and Orange County Business Team Up to Produce New Type of Mask

April 29, 2020 - In the Press

Leading the project to produce a new type of high-grade, protective mask are UC Irvine physicians; anesthesiologist, Dr. Melissa Chang and dermatology resident physician, Dr. Aditi Sharma. The new masks are made from sterilization wraps typically discarded after one use at hospitals. These sterilization wraps can be used in masks that can filter up to 87% of particles, which is almost as effective as N95 masks, which have a filtration efficiency of 95%. Together with a local Orange County business, OC Cutworks, they were able to produce thousands of masks for medical workers.

Additional news coverage by the OC Register.

UCI Anesthesiology & Perioperative Care Faculty Founding Members of New ASRA Special Interest Group

April 24, 2020

The American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA) special interest group for Cannabis in Acute and Chronic Pain is founded by members of the UCI Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Care. Brent Yeung, MD, will lead as chair of the special interest committee for a two-year term. Other founding members include Shalini Shah, MD, Rakhi Dayal, MD, and Ariana Nelson, MD.

The Cannabis in Acute and Chronic Pain Special Interest Group will bring together clinicians who are able to understand the role of cannabis within the clinical setting and its potential influence on patient care. Clinicians will be able to share knowledge, clinical experiences and investigational advancements for the future of medicinal cannabis use. The founders of the interest group hope to further advancement of cannabis research and discovery as the knowledge of cannabis continues to evolve and progress in clinicians.

UCI Health Team Initiates Effort to Build 'Bridge' Ventilators

April 1, 2020 - In the Press

An effort is underway to build 'bridge' ventilators to help alleviate device shortages during the COVID-19 crisis. Coming together to form the Bridge Ventilator Consortium, The University of Texas at Austin, Virgin Orbit, UCI Surgery, UCI Beckman Laser Institute & Medical Clinic and the UCI Anesthesiology & Perioperative Care are designing and mass-producing bridge ventilators to help in the fight against the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

UCI Anesthesiologists, Dr. Govind Rajan was featured on NBC LA about the collaborative efforts on bridge ventilators and how these ventilators can help patients.

Additional news coverage by CNN Business and Vice

Chief Residents Selection for the 2020-2021 Academic Year

March 24, 2020

Congratulations to Dr. Claudia Hammi and Dr. Morten Neve on being selected as the 2020-2021 academic year Anesthesiology Residency Program Chief Residents.

MATCH Day 2020

March 20, 2019

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

  • Sam Barsh, MD
  • Kristen Chikami, MD
  • John Choi, MD
  • Jaber Hanhan, MD
  • Daniel Kim, MD
  • Patricia Kim, MD
  • Cyrus Khoyilar, MD*
  • Kurt Leininger, MD
  • Stephanie Lim, MD
  • Michael Ortman, MD
  • George Wang, MD
  • Richard Wells, MD

*Anesthesiology-Critical Care Track Resident

Resident, Sabrina Oukil, MD, Appointed Chair-Elect on The American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine Resident Selection Committee

February 20, 2020

The American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA) appointed our UCI Anesthesiology Resident, Sabrina Oukil, MD as Chair-Elect on the ASRA Resident Section Committee. During the appointment, Dr. Oukil and other members of the committee will be advancing the science and practice of regional anesthesia and pain medicine through the innovations in education and research.

Anesthetic Management Using Multiple Closed-loop Systems and Delayed Neurocognitive Recovery: A Randomized Controlled Trial

February 1, 2020 - In the Press

Congratulations to Dr. Joseph Rinehart and colleagues for their publication on, “Anesthetic Management Using Multiple Closed-loop Systems and Delayed Neurocognitive Recovery: A Randomized Controlled Trial”. The article is the feature cover for the February 2020 issue of ANESTHESIOLOGY, The Journal of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, a top journal in the anesthesiology field.

The study tested the hypothesis that, in patients 60 yr or older scheduled for noncardiac surgery, automated management of anesthetic depth, cardiac blood flow, and protective lung ventilation using three independent controllers would outperform manual control of these variables.

Physicians of Excellence 2020

January 1, 2020 - In the Press

More than 170 UCI Health doctors have been named to the 2020 Physicians of Excellence list published in the January 2020 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
  • Rakhi Dayal, MD
  • Scott Engwall, MD, MBA
  • Kimberly Gimenez, MD
  • Richard Kelly, MD
  • Katherine McCartney, MD
  • Debra Morrison, MD
  • Corey Nelson, MD
  • Govind Rajan, MD
  • Shermeen Vakharia, MD, MBA