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Dr. Paul Poppers Honored by NYSSA Dr. Paul Poppers Memorial Lectureship Kudos Welcome Dr. Amruta Desai
2020 PGA Presentations Covid-19 Vaccine at SBU ERAS in 2020 New Publications
Where on Campus is That?
Dr. Paul Poppers Honored by NYSSA

Stephen A. Vitkun, MD, MBA, PhD

  The Founding Chairman of the Department of Anesthesiology, Dr. Paul J. Poppers, has been awarded the 2021 Joseph P. Giffin Memorial Wall of Distinction Honor. This Honor from the New York State Society of Anesthesiologists is posthumously bestowed on an anesthesiologist who has made significant contributions to the practice of anesthesiology. Dr. Poppers was Chairman of the Department from 1979 to 1999. He passed away in June 2019. I think this is a wonderful tribute to his memory.

Dr. Poppers Memorial Lectureship

  Our department and the family of Dr. Paul Poppers intend to honor the memory of our founding chairman by establishing an endowed lectureship, which will enable the department to invite a renowned guest speaker each year to deliver the Paul J. Poppers Distinguished Lecture. This fund is administered through the Stony Brook Foundation and is established in perpetuity.

  We invite you to participate with a gift of your own toward the fund. All donations are welcome. Whatever you choose to give, please know that the amount of your donation will never be shared with either the department or the family. Use this link, type "poppers" in the search box, and select "The Paul J Poppers, MD Distinguished Visiting Endowed Lectureship in Anesthesiology".


   Faiza Qureshi, MBBS, PhD, CPHQ passed the certification exam to become a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ). This certification is offered by National Association for Healthcare Quality (NAHQ). Congratulations!

   Sahana Pentyala, BS, MSW, passed the Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) Board exam. She hopes to use her skills at a nursing home or hospital. Congratulations!

Welcome Dr. Amruta Desai!
James P Dilger, PhD

  This month, we welcome Amruta Desai, DO, MPH, MBA as the newest member of our faculty. She practices in the General Anesthesiology Division. Dr. Desai is no stranger to Stony Brook University. She was an undergraduate here, majoring in Pharmacology, and participated in a research project in the Department of Materials Science. She also wrote for the University Newspaper, the Statesman. After graduation, she remained at Stony Brook to obtain her MPH and MBA degrees. Her medical training began at NYIT-COM; she received her DO in 2015. Dr. Desai did a Preliminary Program in Internal Medicine at New York Medical College, followed by a Residency in Anesthesiology at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. She capped this off with a Fellowship in Pain Medicine at UMass Medical School.

  In addition to a publication arising from her Materials Science research (Synthesis and Characterization of Nano-Sized Metals Embedded in Polymer Matrix), Dr. Desai has made presentations at the ASA meetings, the World Congress on Regional Anesthesia & Pain Medicine and the New England Anesthesia Residents Conference.

  We welcome Dr. Desai BACK to Stony Brook!

Stony Brook Anesthesiology at PGA 2020

Kang RS, Beg T, Mavarez-Martinez A, Punta C, Bergese SD. Clinical Features of COVID-19 Patients Requiring Endotracheal Tube Exchange
Jin Z, Islam A, Ding O, Li R, Lin J. Liposomal Bupivacaine In Regional Anesthesia, A Systematic Review
Jin Z, Li R, Lin J. The Effect Of Regional Anesthesia On Outcomes After Oncological Surgery

Medically Challenging Cases
Kang RS, Kim BS, Gupta AK. Treatment of Phantom Limb Pain: Two Case Studies And Literature
Kang RS, Chojnowski R, Oleszak SP. Development of Subglottic Mass Following Intubation for COVID-19
Kang RS, Nguyen CP, Gruen A. Airway Management Of A Patient With Anterior Cervical Hematoma
Kim BS, Kang RS, Caldwell W. Spinal Cord Stimulator Trial For Neuropathic Pain Secondary To Chronic GVHD
Kant I, Kang RS, Hutnik R, Zlatopolsky A, Oleszak SP. Transnasal and Transoral Retrograde Intubation in Duchenne’s Muscular Dystrophy
Bracero LA, Gupta AK. Upper Extremity Improvement With Spinal Cord Stimulation for Back and Leg Pain
Bracero LA, Caldwell W. CRPS After Total Hip Arthroplasty Managed with Dorsal Root Ganglion Stimulation
Shuaib K, Angelo T, Poppers J, Factor M. Anesthetic Considerations in a Parturient with Complex Cardiac History and Pulmonary Hypertension
Kant I, Labiak J, Gupta A. Bilateral Sacroiliac Joint Fusion For Chronic Back Pain
Kant I, Lokshina I, Wang E. Post Dural Puncture Headache Prevention With Abdominal Binder And Bowel Regimen
Mathew A, Moore R. Combined Erector Spinae Plane And Pudendal Nerve Block For Pediatric Orchiopexy

Scientific Panel
Gan TJ. Clinical Utility of Advance Monitoring in Ambulatory Patients
Covid-19 Vaccine at Stony Brook

Residents Dr. Elizabeth Watson and Dr. Sam Kim were among the first members of the Anesthesiology Department to receive the COVID19 vaccine.

Dr. Sunitha Singh worked at the SB Vaccination PODs held at the SB Union. The goal was to vaccinate 5300 people (3300 community members & 2000 SB staff) over two days. President Maurie McInnis stopped by to say hello and thank you. Here’s a photo of Dr. McInnis with Sunitha and Julie D. Luengas, DNP, MBA, RN-BC, FHIMSS (Chief Nursing Informatics Officer).

ERAS in 2020
Sunitha Singh, MD, CPHQ

  We would like to take a moment to extend our heartfelt gratitude to all of you supporting Enhanced Recovery efforts in 2020. In the face of a worldwide pandemic, we upheld our efforts to provide the best care possible to our elective surgery patients. Having standardized care pathways facilitated our return to elective surgical procedures. We have also made significant progress in our collaboration with SBMIT in building a Datamart/Tableau dashboard. Preliminary data has been encouraging and shows improvements in pain management, peak pain scores and fluid administration. Data is currently being fed back to the existing ERAS pathways, which we continue to refine. These advancements in ERAS would not be possible without all of you.

  We currently have 6 ERAS programs supported by the Anesthesiology Department.

ERAS Program/ServiceAnesthesiology Lead
ColorectalAdrian Fischl
Surgical Oncology (pancreas/liver)Adrian Fischl
Urology (cystectomy)Adrian Fischl
Minimally Invasive GynecologyRamon Abola
Lumbar FusionStephen Probst
Total Joint Replacement (hip/knee)Syed Azim
Pre-Operative ServicesDeborah Richman
Acute Pain ServiceChristopher Page
QI/QARamon Abola
Data Management/StatisticsJamie Romeiser

  Thank you all for your leadership & involvement as we continue to improve care for our patients.

New Publications

Figure from Bennett-Guerrero et al. 2020

  • Schwartz J, Gan TJ. Management of postoperative nausea and vomiting in the context of an Enhanced Recovery after Surgery program. Best Pract Res Clin Anaesthesiol. 2020 Dec;34(4):687-700
  • Uribe AA, Bergese SD. What is the ideal combination antiemetic regimen? Best Pract Res Clin Anaesthesiol. 2020 Dec;34(4):701-712
  • Li R, Wen A, Lin J. Pro-Inflammatory Cytokines in the Formation of the Pre-Metastatic Niche. Cancers (Basel). 2020 Dec 13;12
  • Bernthal NM, Hart CM, Sheth KR, Bergese SD, Ho HS, Apfel CC, Stoicea N, Rojhani A, Jahr JS. Local and Intra-articular Administration of Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs for Pain Management in Orthopedic Surgery. Am J Ther. 2020 Dec 10
  • Ochocinska MJ, Spitalnik SL, Abuhamad A, Bennett-Guerrero E, Carlo WA, Cherukuri M, Doctor A, Dzik W, Evans CL, Forzani E, Kuppusamy P, Moan NL, Li L, Luban N, Mohandas N, Patel RM, Roback J, Swartz H, Textor S, Vinogradov S, Wang LV, Wisniewski N, Glynn S. NIH Workshop 2018: Towards Minimally Invasive or Noninvasive Approaches to Assess Tissue Oxygenation Pre- and Post-transfusion. Transfus Med Rev. 2020 Dec 6
  • Bennett-Guerrero E, Rizwan S, Rozensky R, Romeiser JL, Brittelli J, Makaryus R, Lin J, Galanakis DK, Triulzi DJ, Moon RE. Randomized controlled trial of 7, 28, vs 42 day stored red blood cell transfusion on oxygen delivery (VO2 max) and exercise duration. Transfusion. 2020 Dec 27
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.