Section on Urologic Anesthesia

The Division of Gynecologic and Urologic Anesthesia has was reorganized in 2021. Please see the Division of Woman's Anesthesia for gynecologic anesthesia. The Section on Urological Anesthesia is within the Division of General Anesthesia.

The Section on Urologic Anesthesia cares for a wide spectrum of patients ranging from young and healthy to geriatric. The Urology department at Stony Brook Medicine is ranked highly. They have the most active renal transplant program on Long Island. As anesthesiologists, we confront the challenges of complicated procedures such as complex tumor removal, cystectomy, and neo-bladder reconstruction. We also care for extremely sick patients coming for simple procedures. This division is also actively involved in embracing the principles of Enhanced Recovery and improvement in the postoperative outcomes.

Division Members


  • Anna Costa, MD divides her time between the OB Anesthesia and Uro/Gyn Divisions. She is the Assistant Residency Program Director for Resident Education and is in charge of the Resident Grand Rounds Advisory Council. Dr. Costa serves as a Clinical Coordinator in the main operating suites. Her research interests include QA Analysis of dural puncture in parturients and medical education. Recently she was selected as a Junior Member of the Donoho Academy of Clinical and Educational Scholars and is in the process of starting a project regarding the practice habits of residents. The scope of this project may be extended to medical students in the future.
  • Michelle DeLemos, MD is also an active member of Acute Pain, Obstetrics and Non-OR Anesthesia Divisions. She is the Assistant Residency Program Director for the Clinical Base Year. In addition she has a very active role in residency selection.
  • Amy Gruen, MD mainly works in the main operating rooms. She does a variety of cases that come to the main OR. She works closely with the residents during this rotation as well as trauma night calls. She is also involved with resident teaching for board preparation. Recently she has written a chapter in board review book.
  • Ursula Landman, DO is the director of education for the division and the organizer of departmental monthly journal clubs. She plays a pivotal role at national level in the realm of education. She chairs the Education Committee of The American Osteopathic College of Anesthesiologists and was the Program Chair for their 2009 annual meeting in Williamsburg, VA. In 2011, she was elected a Fellow of the American Osteopathic College of Anesthesiologists.
  • Jun Lin, MD, PhD has a basic research program investigating the effects of anesthetics on cancer cell proliferation. He is the Section Editor of the of “General Pharmacology and Pharmacokinetics” section of BMC Anesthesiology.
Residency Training

During the rotation in this division, residents are exposed to a variety of procedures involving general gynecology, gynecological oncology, renal transplant, cystoscopy, TURP, robotic surgery and urological malignancies. This rotation also offers great opportunities to learn management of patients for laparoscopic procedures in gynecology and urology. Robotic procedures help in understanding the physiology and management of patients in the extreme head down position.

On any given day, the schedule may include a wide range of patients and procedures. There may be extremely sick geriatric patients coming for a rapid turnover cystoscopy or perhaps for a more complex procedure that involve invasive monitoring. The rotation will provide opportunities to use a variety of anesthetic techniques including regional anesthesia, general anesthesia with laryngeal mask airway, and endotracheal intubations. Residents are also exposed to the concepts of Enhanced Recovery and multidisciplinary coordination of care.

CA-1 residents have a 4 week rotation. Before it starts, you will receive “Welcome To The Rotation" information from Dr. Landman, the education director for the division. This will make you familiar with the guidelines and goals and objectives of the rotation. At the end of the rotation, there is a quiz and a discussion about one of your interesting cases. Residents return in either the CA-2 or CA-3 year wherein they are assigned to more complicated cases.

  • ▶ A day in the life of a Resident on Uro/Gyn Rotation ...
Recent Division Activity
Implementation of multidisciplinary Enhanced protocols in minimally invasive benign gynecological surgeries with the goal of improving the postoperative recovery.

Dr. Adsumelli with Residents and Attendings at the ASA meeting

Resident Dr. Ehab Al Bizri presenting his Medically Challenging Case at the ASA meeting

Recent Publications
Resident authors denoted by bold type
Recent Presentations
  • He J, Zhu J, Ma L, Rebecchi MJ, Liu L. Age-associated differences in the inhibition of mitochondrial permeability transition pore opening in the rat by Simvastatin. IARS 2017
  • Fischl AM, Costa A. Nebulized Ketamine for an Elective Awake Intubation in a Known Difficult Airway. IARS 2017
  • Liu L, He J, Zhu J, Rebecchi MJ. Age Associated Cardioprotection Differences by GSK3β Inhibitor in Rat Heart: Effects on Autophagy Pathways. ASA 2017
  • Abola RE, Lian X, Zhang J, Adsumelli RS, Romeiser J, Blaber J, Griffin T, Gan TJ, Bennett-Guerrero E. Evaluation of an Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) Program for Minimally Invasive Gynecological Surgery. ASA 2018
  • Abola RE, Lian X, Zhang J, Adsumelli RS, Romeiser J, Blaber J, Griffin T, Gan TJ, Bennett-Guerrero E. Prospective Assessment of A Preoperative Carbohydrate Beverage as Part of an Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) Program for Gynecological Surgery. ASA 2018
  • Lee MH, McInerney H, Saunders TA, Adsumelli RS. Symptomatic Intrathecal Hematoma Following An Uneventful Epidural Blood Patch For An Obstetric Patient With Post-dural Puncture Headache. ASA 2018
  • Vojdani R, Khalili M, Adsumelli RS, Azim SA. Coronary Vasospasm: Implications For Treatment Of Cardiac Arrest During Anesthesia. ASA 2018
  • Al-Bizri E, Landman UN. Anesthesia Management Of Parturient With Pseudotumor Cerebri And Lumboperitoneal Shunt For Cesarean Section Utilizing Combined Spinal Epidural Technique. ASA 2018