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New Faculty Members August Calendar STARS Kudos
Meet the CA-1s & DA-1s Research Lab News SleepTalker Editorial Board Family News
New Publications Photography Corner Where is That? Monthly Muscle Chillaxant
Welcome New Faculty Members
James P. Dilger, PhD

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    Dr. Sergio D. Bergese, MD; CBA; FASA comes to us from The Ohio State University Medical Center in Columbus, OH. Dr. Bergese received his MD from the National University of Cordoba in Argentina. He did an internship in surgery also in Cordoba and then moved to Columbus, OH where he did a Fellowship in Transplantation Surgery, a Residency in Surgery, and a Residency in Anesthesiology. At OSUMC, Dr. Bergese advanced through the faculty ranks and became Professor of Anesthesiology and Neurological Surgery in 2009. He was also Director of Neuroanesthesia, Director of the Neuroanesthesia Fellowship, Director of Clinical Research and Outcomes Fellowship, and Director of Clinical and Neurological Research.

    Professor Bergese is a prolific academic. He has presented more than 800 lectures and grand rounds throughout the world. He has authored more than 200 peer-reviewed publications, 26 book chapters (one with the intriguing title "Near Misses in the Intraoperative Brain Suite"), and 300 meeting abstracts. He has many research interests including Postoperative Nausea and Vomiting, Enhanced Recovery After Surgery, Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation, and Anesthetic Management of Ischemic Stroke. His research has been supported by industry as well as the NIH.

    Dr. Bergese has served on committees for various professional organizations such as the American Society of Anesthesiology, the Society for Ambulatory Anesthesia, and the Society for Neuroscience in Anesthesia and Critical Care. Many of these deal with Consensus and Policy for anesthetic practice.

    Dr. Bergese has joined Stony Brook Anesthesiology as a member of the Neuroanesthesia team. Welcome to Stony Brook!
James P. Dilger, PhD

    Dr. Adrian Fischl, MD is no stranger to our department: he graduated from our residency program just one year ago. He spent the intervening year as a Fellow in Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. Before his Stony Brook Anesthesiology residency, he received his MD from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine.

    During his residency, Dr. Fischl had six Medically Challenging Cases presentations at ASA and PGA meetings. He presented one of these, "Removal of an Unstable IVC Thombus Refractory to Medical Treatment in a Patient with Heparin Resistance" to our department prior to the 2016 ASA meeting. He volunteered in the "Big Sib" program at Stony Brook University Hospital and was an instructor in Procedural Skills Classes.

    In an interview for SleepTalker in 2007, Dr. Fischl revealed his love/hate relationship with Long Island: loves the gorgeous beaches, hates the traffic and cost of living. It looks like the beaches won out! Welcome back to Stony Brook, Dr. Fischl!
August Calendar

Fig from Keneally et al 2018
PMID: 29659947

    Wed. Aug 7. Dr. TJ Gan will chair the Faculty Meeting at 7:00 am in Lecture Hall 5, Level 3.

    Tue. Aug 13. Guest Speaker Dr. Ryan Keneally will speak to the Residents on "Resuscitation of Thoracic Trauma" at 5:00 pm in the Anesthesia Library.

    Wed. Aug 14. Guest Speaker Dr. Ryan Keneally will speak to the Department on "Thoracic Trauma in Iraq and Afghanistan" at 7:00 am in Lecture Hall 5, Level 3.

    Wed. Aug 21. Resident Dr. Ehab Al Bizri will present his Senior Grand Rounds at 7:00 am in Lecture Hall 5, Level 3.

    Wed. Aug 28. Dr. Rishi Adsumelli will chair the Quality Assurance Committee Meeting at 7:00 am in Lecture Hall 5, Level 3.

STARS: STaff Appreciation and Recognition

A grateful patient at the Center for Pain Management commented on her experience:

    Dr. William Caldwell not only changed my life, he gave me my life back. When other physicians told me that there was no hope for me - that I would be in pain for the rest of my life, and would be on meds for the rest of my life - Dr. Caldwell told me that this was "simply untrue"... Through a series of interventions, he addressed each of my injuries and resolved my pain... The level of compassion he showed me throughout these interventions was superb. He is truly a role model for all physicians.


    Dr. Ruchir Gupta was named as a member of the ASA committee on Ambulatory Anesthesia.

    Dr. Jun Lin was appointed an Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Physiology, Pathophysiology and Pharmacology. He welcomes the submission of clinical science manuscripts.

    Dr. Josh Dubnau has been appointed as the Director of the Center for Developmental Genetics at Stony Brook.


    Dr. Grigori Enikolopov and Dr. Natalia Peunova were awarded an R21 grant from the NIH titled "Endogenous Barcoding to Reveal Neural Stem Cell Lineage".

    The August issue of Anesthesia and Analgesia features three "consensus statements" about opioids from the American Society for Enhanced Recovery and Perioperative Quality Initiative of which Dr. T.J. Gan is a member. The issue includes an Editorial about these papers and a cover illustration.

Meet the New CA-1 and DA-1 Residents!
Dr. Ramanjot Kang

Saamia Alam, MD
Hometown: Plainview, NY
Medical School: Quinnipiac University
Hobbies: Cooking, hiking, photography
Why Stony Brook Medicine? The people

Lucas Bracero, MD
Hometown: Pelham Manor, NY
Medical School: Marshall University School of Medicine
Hobbies: Scuba diving, art, travel, exercise, cooking
Why Stony Brook Medicine? It’s close to family and friends, good research opportunities

Carlos Figueroa, MD
Hometown: Westhampton Beach, NY
Medical School: NYU
Hobbies: Traveling, foodie, backyard grilling, champions league, amazon shopping
Why Stony Brook Medicine? Stony Brook Medicine gave me the chance to give back to, and care for the community that gave me several opportunities while growing up. All in the comfort of being close to family and friends.

Ramanjot Kang, MD
Hometown: Glen Oaks, NY
Medical School: Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine
Hobbies: Running, tennis, podcasts, and traveling
Why Stony Brook Medicine? Stony Brook offered a great balance between clinical experience and research while allowing me to be close to home

Ishu Kant, MD
Hometown: Elmont, NY
Medical School: Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
Hobbies: Foosball, gym, praying for the NY Giants, my beagle
Why Stony Brook Medicine? Knew right off the bat on interview day that this place was for me. Food is great, people are even greater, there is a high emphasis on teaching and exercising patience, plus I can keep my long island accent strong

Benjamin Kim, MD
Hometown: Fairfax, VA
Medical School: Virginia Commonwealth
Hobbies: Basketball, tennis, building Lego sets and computers, reading
Why Stony Brook Medicine? Stony Brook because of the friendly atmosphere and all the residents seemed happy with their choice to come here

Ashley Matthew, MD
Hometown: Hartsdale, NY
Medical School: Hobbies: Spending time with family and friends, trying out new restaurants
Why Stony Brook Medicine? Great faculty and coresidents and close to home

Karim Shuaib, MD
Hometown: Al-Ain, UAE
Medical School: SUNY Downstate
Hobbies: Cooking/baking (Winner of Iron Chef competition, $5,000 winnings donated to children’s hospital), Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (blue belt), hiking, longboarding, chess, reading, swimming
Why Stony Brook Medicine? Poovy said “I’ll see you in July” when I interviewed and we all know Poovy is always right. That and I loved Dr. Schabel.

Elizabeth Watson, MD
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Medical School: Thomas Jefferson University
Hobbies: Private pilot, scuba diving, snowboarding, yoga
Why Stony Brook Medicine? Great faculty, residents, and clinical training

Albert Xiao, MD
Hometown: Plano, TX
Medical School: UT Houston HSC (McGovern Medical School)
Hobbies: Eating, sleeping, netflix, video games
Why Stony Brook Medicine? Great faculty, great co-residents, near extended family

Sarah Lee, DDS
Hometown: Washington State
Dental School: Loma Linda University
Hobbies: Eating, pilates, hiking, and doting over other people's dogs
Why Stony Brook Medicine? Stony Brook is a well rounding program with great guidance and opportunities

Grace Lin, DDS
Hometown: Boston, MA
Dental School: USC
Hobbies: Rock climbing, eating
Why Stony Brook Medicine? The integration of dental with medical!

Cuong Nguyen, DDS
Hometown: Fullerton, CA
Dental School: University of Michigan
Hobbies: Riding motorcycles, traveling, hiking
Why Stony Brook Medicine? Long Island

Benjamin Statman, DDS
Hometown: North Hollywood, CA
Dental School: UCLA
Hobbies: Podcasts, sports, mud runs, being outdoors
Why Stony Brook Medicine? The resources will help make me the most well rounded dentist anesthesiologist that I can be.

Research Lab News

    Qiuyue Liu, MD, PhD is the newest member of Dr. Jun Lin’s lab team. Dr. Liu is a pulmonary and critical care physician from Beijing Chest Hospital, Capital Medical University and will spend one year as a visiting research fellow at Stony Brook. Welcome to Stony Brook, Dr. Liu!

SleepTalker Editorial Board
James P. Dilger, PhD

    I am pleased to welcome CA-1 Resident Dr. Ramanjot Kang to the Editorial Board of SleepTalker! Dr. Kang has his first byline this month where he introduces us to the new CA-1 and DA-1 Residents (himself included). He will be a Liaison between the Residents and the rest of the Editorial Board. And now that I see that "podcasts" are among his hobbies, I think we should discuss the possibility of a SleepTalker podcast for the future! What do you think Ramanjot?

    I am grateful to Dr. Richard Tenure for his service on the SleepTalker Editorial Board for the past two years. He really came through with articles and photographs when I needed them. His new duties as a Chief Resident should keep him busy enough this year! Thank you, Richard!

Family News
Joseph Gnolfo III, DNP, MS, ACNP, CRNA

    Gary Yam, CRNA, his wife Caroline, and daughter Tiana celebrated the birth of their son and brother Carson Derek! Mom and baby are doing great. Carson was born on July 11 at 7 lbs and 20 inches. Congrats to the Yam family and happy birthday Carson!!

New Publications
Figure from Lazutkin et al

Photography Corner
James P. Dilger, PhD

Fourth of July fireworks over Provincetown, MA

Where on Campus is That?
Paul Richman, MD
Monthly Muscle Chillaxant
There was a Pool Party Bash Extravaganza at Dr. Probst's house!

SleepTalker, the Stony Brook Anesthesiology Newsletter is published by the Department of Anesthesiology
Stony Brook Medicine, Stony Brook, NY
Tong Joo Gan, M.D., MHS, FRCA, MBA, Chairman
Editorial Board: James P. Dilger, Ph.D.; Stephen A. Vitkun, M.D., M.B.A., Ph.D.; Marisa Barone-Citrano, M.A.; Ramanjot S. Kang, M.D.