Friday, January 23, 2015

Pittet Named Incoming Editor-in-Chief of Anesthesia & Analgesia

Jean-Francois Pittet, M.D., the David Hill Chestnut Endowed Professor of Anesthesiology,
Vice Chair and Director, Division of Critical Care and Perioperative Medicine

Congratulations, Dr. Jean-Francois Pittet! Dr. Pittet has been named the incoming editor-in-chief of Anesthesia & Analgesia, the monthly journal of the International Anesthesia Research Society. His term will last five years, beginning in spring of 2016.

To read the full release, click here.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Friday, January 9, 2015

2015 Annual Review Course Workshops

The 43rd Annual Anesthesiology Review Course, which takes place February 21 and 22 at the Hyatt Regency Birmingham–The Wynfrey Hotel, includes several optional workshops for participants who wish to receive specialized training.

Please register early to reserve a spot—there are a limited number of these openings available.

The 2015 workshops include:

Ultrasound Guided Regional Blocks: Upper and Lower Extremity Blocks 
Target audience: M.D./D.O. Anesthesiologists
Saturday, February 21, 1 to 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, February 22, 8 to 11:30 a.m.
Fee: $250
(minimum of four, maximum of 12 per session)

Adult Simulation: Three Intraoperative Scenarios
Target audience: M.D./D.O. Anesthesiologists; CRNA/SRNA
Sunday, February 22, 8 to 11:30 a.m.
Sunday, February 22, 1 to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: No cost
(maximum of four per session)

Transthoracic Echocardiography (TTE) and Vascular Access Workshop
Target audience: M.D./D.O. Anesthesiologists
Sunday, February 22, 8 to 11:30 a.m.
Fee: $150
(maximum of 20 per session)

These workshops all take place at the Hyatt Regency. For more information, click here or contact Lisa Kimbrough, conference manager, at 

Click on this link to download a brochure.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Meet Our New Development Coordinator

Please join us in welcoming Morgan Robinson as the new development coordinator for the UAB Department of Anesthesiology. She will work closely with Major Gifts Officer Austin Hardison and Director of Communications Julie Cole Miller to coordinate development opportunities and activities for the department.

Prior to joining UAB, Morgan worked in physician recruitment and marketing at Surgical Care Affiliates for more than 10 years. She most recently held an advertising and sales position for the local publishing company that produces Village Living, 280 Living and The Homewood Star. "I have an immense appreciation for the wonderful healthcare available here at UAB for patients from throughout the Southeast and all over the United States," says Morgan. "In fact, my parents drive several hours each month to see physicians at UAB. They value the expertise and knowledge that UAB physicians provide and know they are receiving the best care available."

Morgan is originally from Meridian, Mississippi, and graduated with a business administration degree from Birmingham-Southern College. She also holds a master’s degree in marketing from the University of Alabama. Morgan currently serves on the junior board of the YWCA and enjoys working with its Children in Crisis program each week. In her spare time, she enjoys running, taking weekend road trips and trying out Birmingham’s best new restaurants and music venues.

Welcome to the department, Morgan! 

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Monday, December 22, 2014

UAB Tapped As Home of One of the Year's Most Important Anesthesia Studies

Congratulations to Tom Vetter, Lee Goeddel, Gerald McGwin, Jean-Francois Pittet, and the UAB Perioperative Surgical Home Group. Their study has been selected as one of the most important studies of last year by James C. Eisenach, M.D., editor-in-chief of the high-impact journal Anesthesiology, as reported by Anesthesiology News.

The study, "An analysis of methodologies that can be used to validate if a perioperative surgical home improves the patient-centeredness, evidence-based practice, quality, safety, and value of patient care,"  prompted Eisenach to note, "If we are to convince ourselves that this transformation is worth the hard work it will take to accomplish and convince payors and our colleagues that we must change perioperative medical care in this direction, then we need strong evidence. This article suggests some metrics of success to serve this purpose, which is central to the development of care redesign."

Selected as one of just 12 outstanding studies in the field, the UAB study examines the Perioperative Surgical Home model, in which anesthesiologists, in strong collaboration with surgeons, nurses, and health system leadership, take on a larger role in perioperative care in order to meet current and future demands of increased efficiency, quality, and patient-centered care.