SleepTalker August 2020

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Meet CA-1, DA-1 Residents Kudos Welcome Dr. Gidicsin Welcome Dr. Factor
Visiting Professor Anesthesia Technician News Spring Meetings New Publications
Synaptic Communication Photography Corner Where on Campus is That?
Meet the CA-1 and DA-1 Residents!
Joy Schabel, MD and Ralph Epstein, DDS

Kate Cervo
Medical School: Stony Brook Medicine
Hobbies: Running: qualified for the 2020 Boston Marathon

Patrick Diamond
Medical School: Tulane
Hobbies: Basketball, football and golf

Paul Kozlowski
Medical School: NYIT College Of Osteopathic Medicine
Hobbies: Nature photography, hiking, trying new cuisines

Shayla Mena
Medical School: Central Michigan University
Hobbies: Running, songwriting, Jazz guitar and escape rooms

Shruti Parikh
Medical School: Stony Brook Medicine
Hobbies: Playing and watching sports and skateboarding

Giacomo Scorsese
Medical School: NYIT College Of Osteopathic Medicine
Hobbies: Golf, cooking Italian cuisine, home brewing wine and beer and gardening

Christopher Seiter
Medical School: NYIT College Of Osteopathic Medicine
Hobbies: Fishing, playing and watching football, volleyball and soccer

Aria Shafai
Medical School: Cooper Medical School
Hobbies: Running, classic automobile restoration and preservation

Elliot Turkiew
Medical School: SUNY Downstate
Hobbies: Horticulture (has served as a judge in flower shows), Jiujitsu (1st Degree Black Belt).

Da Wu
Medical School: San Juan Bautista School of Medicine
Background: Served as an active duty officer in the US Navy for four years and has a MBA degree

Brandon Key
Dental School: UT Health Science Center San Antonio
Hobbies: Surfing, Rock Climbing, Backpacking, Board Games

Jennifer Kim
Dental School: New York University
Hobbies: Cooking, Hiking with potato (my shih-tzu puppy)

Vy Nguyen
Dental School: San Francisco School of Dentistry
Hobbies: Board games, traveling, exploring new places, cultures, cuisines

Erica Simms
Dental School: Howard University
Hobbies: Party planning, spending time with family


  It's official, Dr. Sergio Bergese has been granted the title "Clinical Professor of Anesthesiology". He also now wears the hat of "Director of Outcomes and Clinical Research in Perioperative Medicine". Congratulations!!

  Dr. Jun Lin has been named a Fellow of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (FASA). Congratulations!!

Welcome Dr. Christopher M. Gidicsin

  We would like to welcome Christopher M. Gidicsin, MD to Stony Brook Anesthesiology. Dr. Gidicsin is a graduate of Hofstra-Northwell School of Medicine and did his Anesthesiology Residency at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. He is joining the General Division.

  Dr. Gidicsin complements his clinical expertise with a background in research. While an undergrad at Boston University, he spent a semester in Ireland assisting in a study that examined exercise physiology in patients with Cystic Fibrosis. Within his school's Psychology Department, he studied visual processing in autistic individuals. After graduation, he spent two years working as a technician at the MGH in Boston where he worked on the Harvard Aging Brain Study. Most recently, as a resident he was on the Eliasberg Scholar Research Track. He worked on two projects. The first concerned the role of sleep quality and cognition in the development of post-operative cognitive dysfunction. The second was directed towards the utility of a pre-rotation simulation session in resident comfort and proficiency performing common regional anesthesia nerve blocks. Dr. Gidicsin has published several manuscripts from these projects and others are in preparation. He was also involved in a study just published in Anesthesiology, "Differential Ventilation Using Flow Control Valves as a Potential Bridge to Full Ventilatory Support during the COVID-19 Crisis: From Bench to Bedside."

Welcome Dr. Morgane Giordano Factor

  Morgane Giordano Factor, MD has just arrived at Stony Brook Anesthesiology and is joining the OB division. Dr. Factor received her medical degree from Stony Brook. She then went to Ichan School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital for her Anesthesiology Residency where she was the Teaching Chief Resident in her CA-3 year. Dr. Factor stayed at Mt. Sinai for a Fellowship in Obstetric Anesthesiology.

  Dr. Factor has earned several awards and honors including School of Medicine Academic Merit Awards at Stony Brook, nomination to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society and an Eliasberg Research Scholarship at Mt. Sinai. She has authored two textbook chapters, two manuscripts, and has made presentations at the annual ASA and PGA meetings. She has also served as an instructor for the Difficult Airway Workshop at the PGA. Some members of the department may remember her from the summer of 2014 when Dr. Factor taught in the Clinical Skills Workshop at SARAS!

  Welcome back to Stony Brook Dr. Factor!

Visiting Professor: Dr. Amanda Rhee
James P. Dilger, PhD

  Our Visiting Professor this month is Amanda J. Rhee, MD, MS. Dr. Rhee is currently Associate Professor of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York. Dr. Rhee received her MD from Tufts University School of Medicine. She did a General Surgery Internship and Residency at St. Vincent's Hospital in New York. Dr. Rhee continued witha residency in anesthesiology at Montefiore Medical Center. She returned to Mout Sinai as a Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology Fellow. Recently, she obtained an MS in Health Care Delivery Leadership from Icahn School of Medicine.

  Dr. Rhee's research is focused on designing and implementing strategies that address performance improvement, quality assurance, and process design needs. For example, she led an effort to create and implement a bloodless surgery program, including for cardiac surgery patients. This year, she led the effort to create and execute clinical operations for building off-site locations for Mount Sinai Health System during the COVID-19 global pandemic.

  Dr. Rhee will make two presentations during her virtual visit to Stony Brook. On Tuesday, August 11, she will speak to the residents on "Alternate Care Locations: Experience Setting up Off-Site Locations During the COVID-19 Pandemic in New York City". The following day, she will present to the department at Grand Rounds "Preventing Infections Recent Evidence and Recommendations Affecting Anesthesia Practice".

Anesthesia Tech News

Melissa A. Day, MS, CRNA, CCRN

    Please join me in welcoming Thomas Ulrich to our Anesthesia Technician Team.

    Tom graduated with his Bachelor of Science in Health Science with a concentration in Anesthesia Technology from Stony Brook University in May 2019. He recently completed his Anesthesia Technician internship in June 2020 and joined the Anesthesia Technician Team June 11, 2020. Tom has also worked as a Testing Center Support Associate and Senior Audio Visual Support Assistant at Stony Brook University as well as volunteering at the Long Island State Veterans Home.

    Please join me in welcoming Caroline Joseph to our Anesthesia Technician Team.

    Caroline graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Health Science with a concentration in Anesthesia Technology from Stony Brook University in May 2019. She recently completed her Anesthesia Technician internship in June 2020 and joined the Anesthesia Technician Team June 25, 2020. Caroline has worked as a Direct Support Professional at YAI as well as a volunteer in the Emergency Room at Mercy Medical Center.

Spring Meetings

  Department members made three presentations at the Perioperative Medicine Summit in Orlando in March.

 • Mathew A, Adsumelli R, Gupta AK, Richman DC. Propofol Associated Acute Pancreatitis Following General Anesthesia: A Case Report.

 • Cervo K, Richman DC. Complications of neck radiation – beyond the difficult airway.

 • Mavarez-Martinez A, Al-Bizri E, Tateosian VS. Transversus Abdominus Plane Block in Neonates: An Underutilized Approach for PostOperative Pain Management.

  Our virtual presentations for the IARS 2020 meeting were:

 • Urman RD, Khanna AK, Bergese SD, Buhre W, Wittmann M, Le Guen M, Overdyk F, Di Piazza F, Saager L. Postoperative Opioid Administration Characteristics Associated with Opioid-Induced Respiratory Depression: Results from the PRODIGY Trial.

 • Tateosian V, Mavarez-Martinez A, Iskander A. Comparison of Simulation with Problem Based Learning Discussions for Anesthesia Training.

New Publications

Figure from Motley et al 2020

  • Levin MA, Shah A, Shah R, Kane E, Zhou G, Eisenkraft JB, Chen MD, Katz D, Park C, Lai CY, Burnett G, Gidicsin C, Madek J, Uysal S, Kohli-Seth R, Leibowitz AB; Mount Sinai HELPS Innovate Group. Differential Ventilation Using Flow Control Valves as a Potential Bridge to Full Ventilatory Support during the COVID-19 Crisis: From Bench to Bedside. Anesthesiology. 2020 Jul 2
  • Korlipara H, Korlipara G, Pentyala S. Brugada syndrome. Acta Cardiologica 2020
  • Motley MP, Bennett-Guerrero E, Fries BC, Spitzer ED. Review of Viral Testing (Polymerase Chain Reaction) and Antibody/Serology Testing for Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome-Coronavirus-2 for the Intensivist. Crit Care Explor. 2020 Jun 15;2(6):e0154
  • Turan A, Duncan A, Leung S, Karimi N, Fang J, Mao G, Hargrave J, Gillinov M, Trombetta C, Ayad S, Hassan M, Feider A, Howard-Quijano K, Ruetzler K, Sessler DI; DECADE Study Group (including Bergese S). Dexmedetomidine for reduction of atrial fibrillation and delirium after cardiac surgery (DECADE): a randomised placebo-controlled trial. Lancet. 2020 Jul 18;396(10245):177-185
  • Jin Z, Durrands T, Li R, Gan TJ, Lin J. Pectoral block versus paravertebral block: a systematic review, meta-analysis and trial sequential analysis. Reg Anesth Pain Med. 2020 Jul 29
  • Sheth KR, Bernthal NM, Ho HS, Bergese SD, Apfel CC, Stoicea N, Jahr JS. Perioperative bleeding and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs): an evidence-based literature review, and current clinical appraisal. Medicine (Baltimore). 2020 Jul 31;99(31):e20042
  • Ongaigui C, Fiorda-Diaz J, Dada O, Mavarez-Martinez A, Echeverria-Villalobos M, Bergese SD. Intraoperative Fluid Management in Patients Undergoing Spine Surgery: A Narrative Review. Front. Surg., 29 July 2020
Synaptic Communication

Srini, Li and Jim in 2016
James P. Dilger, PhD

  Occasionally, I hear from former students and/or colleagues who have some good news to share. In July, I heard from Dr. Li Ma. Some of you may remember her. Li worked in the lab of Dr. Lixin Liu. Together with Dr. Mario Rebecchi, they published a paper, "Restoring Pharmacologic Preconditioning in the Aging Heart: Role of Mitophagy/Autophagy". In addition, Li and I co-wrote a book chapter on "Antimicrobial Peptides as Potential Therapy for Gastrointestinal Cancers". Li left Stony Brook in 2016 for a teaching position in medical pharmacology at the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell. I was delighted to hear that she has been promoted to Associate Professor! Fantastic news!

Photography Corner
James P. Dilger, PhD

Sunset over Provincetown Harbor
Where on Campus is That?

James P. Dilger, PhD
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.