Wednesday, September 3, 2014

First Thursday at Carrigan's Public House

September’s FIRST THURSDAY is this week at Carrigan's.

We'll be serving up appetizers from 5 to 7 pm. 

Please join us at:

Carrigan's Public House
2430 Morris Avenue, 35203

All residents, fellows, faculty, and alumni are invited.

No RSVP required; significant others invited.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

What's Happening This Week: Tuesday Report for September 2

Tuesday Report
Volume 33, Number 36

Introducing Our New Vice Chair and Director of the Division of Anesthesia Services

On behalf of Dr. Tony Jones:

It is with great excitement that I announce that Juhan Paiste, M.D., M.B.A., C.P.E., will be starting at UAB in his role as Vice Chair and Director of the Division of Anesthesia Services on Monday, September 1, 2014.  Dr. Paiste obtained his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Tartu, Tartu, Estonia, in 1988 and then completed an internship in general surgery in 1989 at the Estonia Cancer Center, Tallinn, Estonia. He then immigrated to Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. From 1990 to 1993, Dr. Paiste completed self-study of English and medicine, and completed the United States and Canadian medical licensing exams. After completing a residency in Anesthesiology followed by a fellowship in Advanced Clinical Anesthesia at the University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, in 1998, he joined the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh for five years. He then joined the faculty of the Pennsylvania State University Hershey College of Medicine, Hershey, PA, as Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology practicing with Allentown Anesthesia Associates, Inc., Allentown, PA.  In 2013, Dr. Paiste joined the faculty of the departments of Surgery and Anesthesiology, University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine, Tampa, Florida, to provide training opportunities for these medical students to obtain clinical training in anesthesiology at Lehigh Valley Health Network, Allentown, PA.

Dr. Paiste holds a Masters of Business Administration degree from the University of Pittsburgh Katz, Graduate School of Business, Pittsburgh, PA, and obtained Certified Physician Executive (CPE) certification in medical management through the American College of Physician Executives. He has a national reputation as a superior clinician, which was intentionally developed through fellowship training and by obtaining certification by the National Board of Echocardiography in Advanced Transesophageal Echocardiography when very few in our specialty sought such advanced training. He has excelled in leadership, serving on the Board of Directors, then as Chief Financial Officer, and as President of Allentown Anesthesia Associates, Inc., and as Vice Chair of Operations for the Lehigh Valley Health Network and Co-Chair of the Operating Room Governing Board.

In addition to fulfilling his responsibilities as a clinician and leader for the department of anesthesiology and the health system, Dr. Paiste has enthusiastically engaged in a myriad of educational activities throughout his career. Indeed, his teaching prowess was identified early in his career while at the University of Pittsburgh, where he was awarded Teacher of the Year by the residents. He continued to be immersed in the teaching environment throughout his career as the Lehigh Valley Health Network hosting medical students and residents from the surrounding academic programs for clinical anesthesia rotations. Dr. Paiste has had an active teaching role for the American Society of Anesthesiology, frequently providing instruction in the areas of practice management and cost effective care at national meetings as an invited lecturer. He has also published several papers and given numerous lectures regarding transesophageal echocardiography along with publications on the implications of the conversion to ICD-10.

Dr. Paiste is considered a national leader in the field of anesthesiology. He is known as a leader committed to the development of efficient and collegial clinical practice environments in support of patients and their families and education. He will utilize his extensive leadership and mentorship experience to further promote a highly productive Division of Anesthesia Services in collaboration with our surgical colleagues.

Please join me in welcoming Dr. Paiste in this important leadership position as we continue pursuing excellence in patient care through commitment to clinical service, education and research.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The ASA Run for the Warriors in New Orleans

Run for the Warriors: The UAB team in 2013.

If you’re planning to be in New Orleans for the American Society of Anesthesiologists’ Annual Meeting this October, mark your calendar for the annual 5K run held on Sunday morning. The ASA Run for the Warriors® New Orleans benefits Hope for the Warriors, an organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for wounded service members and their families.

Associate Professor Jason McKeown, M.D., is organizing the UAB team, which is competing with other anesthesiology departments from across the nation. The team is open to all faculty members, residents, fellows, and alumni, plus friends and family. McKeown hopes to have at least 25 runners and raise more than $2,500 for the cause. Register here.

"New Orleans is a great place to run,” he says. “It's flat, the weather will be fine, and there are the sights of the city and the river. It's perfect for seasoned runners, folks trying their first 5K, or just walking it for fun.”

The race will be held Sunday, October 12, with opening ceremonies beginning at 6:50 a.m. at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

UAB Department Chair Tony Jones, M.D., will again issue the Chairman’s Challenge: Beat him and he’ll donate extra money to the cause. (Note: Last year, he came in at 23:48, so start training now!) After the race, he will host a team breakfast at one of New Orleans’ fine restaurants, ensuring that no one leaves hungry. 

We’ll have team shirts, a lightweight tee that will be handed out before the race. Sign up before September 19 and you can specify men’s, women’s, and youth sizes. (Please send size requests to Julie Cole Miller,

If last year was any indicator, this event is sure to be one of the highlights of the week. Please join us in friendly competition—or just for the camaraderie of walking the Big Easy with others united in assisting our wounded service members and their families. We look forward to seeing you along the banks of the Mississippi!

Can’t join us for the run? Please consider making a donation.