Thursday, October 30, 2014

A Simple Way to Help the ASA Charitable Foundation

Did you know that you can sign up for a special program with to benefit the charity of your choice? Dr. Gwendolyn L. Boyd reports that she has updated her Amazon account to benefit the ASA Charitable Foundation. "Currently, 90+ percent of ASA Charitable Foundation donations go to Lifebox, an international foundation dedicated to providing pulse oximeters to operating rooms in low-resource countries," she says.

If you elect to enroll in the program, Amazon donates 0.5 percent of the price of eligible purchases to your designated charity. For more information, go to

"This could really benefit a lot of people, especially with Christmas shopping coming soon," says Dr. Boyd.

Thanks for the tip, Dr. Boyd!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

2014 ASA Run for the Warriors Post-Race Report

With 33 runners on the roster, Team UAB was the largest group at the race.

For the fifth year in a row, the annual meeting of the American Society of Anesthesiologists included the Run for the Warriors. And once again, we had a fantastic finish! Yes, it was early—6 o'clock in the morning. Yes, it was warm—75 degrees in October. And yes, the air was dense—89 percent humidity. (It was New Orleans, after all.) But Team UAB went the distance, both physically and financially, pulling in three personal medals and coming in second in overall fundraising.

"This was our best year yet for resident, alumni, and spouse participation in the race," says Dr. Jason McKeown, who headed up the team. "Our faculty, administration, nursing staff and residents stepped up to get us to second place in fundraising, and I'd like to congratulate and thank our extended UAB family for that."

As a result, the team donation came in at more than $5,700, which goes directly to Hope for the Warriors and their efforts to enhance the quality of life for post 9/11 service members, their families, and families of the fallen who have sustained physical and psychological wounds in the line of duty.

Also, big thanks go out to Dr. Tony Jones and his annual Chairman's Challenge, in which he pledged to donate $100 for every minute team members collectively beat his time. Also, congratulations to Dr. Jones for finishing fourth in overall individual fundraising for the event!

The Chairman's Challenge may have given him a slight advantage in his fundraising rankings: It resulted in a pretty hefty donation this year. Eight runners clocked in ahead of him on Sunday:

Thanks again to Dr. Jones, who inspired this spirit of friendly competition! As a result, personal medals were awarded to Davis, McKeown, and Allison Turk, who came in at 25:01.

Below are a few scenes from the race, which began and ended at the World Trade Center on Canal Street:

Jason MeKeown and Tony Jones

Katherine Turk

Casey and Jennifer Smith

Jennifer Smith, Casey Smith, Chad Greene, Brandon Brooks, Craig Davis and Kelly Mercer

Brandon and Natasha Brooks

Mercy Udoji

Chris Blakely and Tim Torres

Weifeng Song

Watching for the others

Neeraj Shriram

After the race, the team enjoyed a breakfast buffet of Louisiana favorites, including Boudin Benedict, vegetable quiche, butcher bacon, seasonal fruit, scrambled eggs, home fries, and gourmet muffins and croissants.

Tiffany and Jason McKeown, Mercy Udoji

Mercy Udoji and Megan Paskitti

Todd Glenski and his family

Dr. McKeown summed up the importance of this annual event: "The UAB Department of Anesthesiology is involved at every level of the ASA political organization, as we are speakers, presenters, and committee members. And in addition to being physicians and scientists and advocates, this event shows that we have our hearts in the right place."

Thanks go out to everyone—faculty, residents, alums and UAB family—who made this such a rewarding way to spend a morning in New Orleans. It was a great time and an even better cause.

And if you weren't able to join us in New Orleans, mark your calendars for next year. We hope to see you in San Diego!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Congrats to Philip McArdle, M.D., and Andrew Barker, M.D.!

Please join us in congratulating Philip McArdle, M.D., on his appointment as the department's Vice Chair of Quality and Patient Safety. Previously, Dr. McArdle served as the Co-Medical Director of the SICU at University Hospital.

Andrew Barker, M.D., Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology, Division of Critical Care and Perioperative Medicine, has taken on the role of Co-Medical Director of the SICU.

We look forward to their leadership. Congratulations!

What's Happening This Week: Tuesday Report for October 21

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Volume 33, Number 43

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Congrats to Yasser Sakawi, M.D.!

Congratulations to Dr. Yasser Sakawi, who has just been elected secretary of the Association of VA Anesthesiologists. As secretary, he will serve for two years, after which he'll become president for two years and then a board member for two additional years.

What's Happening This Week: Tuesday Report for October 14

Tuesday Report
Volume 33, Number 42