SleepTalker November 2022

Volume 38 Number 5 Stony Brook, NY  <       November 2022       > 
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Dr. Azim: ELIH Medical Director 2022 ASA Meeting Kudos Soc for Neuroscience Meeting
Arrivals and Departures Alumni Corner New Publications Where on Campus is That?
Dr. Azim Appointed Medical Director for ELIH

Sergio Bergese, MD, CBA, FASA

   Dr. Syed Azim, Associate Professor of Anesthesiology, has been appointed Medical Director for Eastern Long Island Hospital. Dr. Azim has been an Attending at Stony Brook since 1997, after graduating from our Residency Program. Now that he has assumed this new role, the anesthesia services at ELIH have become more consistent, and engaged in collaborative endeavors with other departments as the surgical volume is increasing. He and his team are developing an anesthesia consult service and starting a 24-hr coverage anesthesia team, including a CRNA.
2022 ASA Meeting

This year, members of our department presented 13 abstracts, 23 medically challenging cases, 1 QA/QI, and 8 additional oral presentations. See the photo album for pictures submitted by many of the attendees!

   The poster presented by Drs. Syed Azim and Sunitha Singh, "Adapting Our Total Joint Replacement Enhanced Recovery After Surgery Program To Improve Surgical Care During A Pandemic" generated some press. The ASA sent out a press release and a few journalists reached out. Here are links to the articles:    The full author list for the poster is: Sunitha M. Singh, MD, Syed Azim, MD, Cynthia Murtha, PA, Lauren Walsh, PA, Lauren Antonelli, PA, Donna Hoffman, RN, James Nicholson, MD, Elliott Bennett-Guerrero, MD.

   CA-2 Resident Dr. Zhaosheng Jin has been appointed as the ASA Resident Review Editor and as a member of the ASA Resident Governing Council for 2022-23. Congratulations on this impressive appointment!! Jims would like to thank fellow resident Dr. Paul Kozlowski for "his professional photography skill and patience, taking my photo for the ASA editor application."

   Dr. Srinivas Pentyala received several recognitions last month. He received a “Thank A Teacher” Award from Stony Brook University's Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching. He was named a Non-Resident Distinguished Fellow at the Fraunhofer Center for International Management and Knowledge Economy. Finally, a “Notice of Allowance” has been issued by US patent office for his Patent Application No: 16/609587, Method and Kit for Determining the Presence of Monosodium Urate Crystals in Joint Synovial Fluid. Congratulations, Srini!

   Dr. Ursula Landman was elected Vice President of the American Osteopathic College of Anesthesiologists Board of Governors for 2022-2023 at their annual convention in September. Congratulations, Ursula!

   Dr. TIffany Angelo has become a Fellow of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (FASA). She was also elected to Medical Board. Congratulations, TIffany!

Society for Neuroscience Meeting 2022

   The 2022 Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience will be held in-person in San Diego, CA, November 12-16. Some content will also be available virtually. Here are the posters that will be presented from members of our department.

  • Gunaratna K, Liu H, Sipple E, Lauzadis J, Kaczocha M, Puopolo M. Contribution of CaV3.2 calcium channels to nociceptors’ hyperexcitability and chronic neuropathic pain following spinal cord injury.
  • Sipple E, Liu H, Gunaratna K, Lauzadis J, Kaczocha M, Puopolo M. Targeting T-type calcium channels and the endocannabinoid system to treat SCI-induced neuropathic pain.
  • Oubraim S, Wang R, Hausknecht KA, Kaczocha M, Shen R-Y, Haj-Dahmane S. Maternal Ethanol Exposure Causes Anxiety Phenotype and Alters Synaptic Nitric Oxide and Endocannabinoid Signaling in Dorsal Raphe Nucleus of Adult Male Offspring Rats.
Arrivals and Departures

   We welcome two new members of the departmental staff.

   Ms. Shayna Collins joins us as Assistant to the Chair. Shayna previously worked in the Department of Surgery.

   Ms. Celeste Radgowski is our new Senior Grants Manager. Celeste had been a Grants Administrator for The Research Foundation of SUNY at Stony Brook since 2009.

   We sadly bid a fond farewell to Ms. Marisa Barone-Citrano. Marisa had been the Assistant to the Chair for Dr. T.J. Gan. She has decided to continue working for Dr. Gan and has joined him in Houston, TX at the MD Anderson Cancer Center. We wish Marisa the very best in her new environment and position! She is already missed by us!
Alumni Corner

The author retired in 2017

Christopher Gallagher, MD

   Looks like lots of good stuff going on at Stony Brook. (And here I thought you'd fall apart in my absence, sigh.)

   Hurricane Ian hit the coast nibbling at Cat 5 status and proceeded to roll right over us, the eye passing over the left side of our kitchen sink. Survival at this point seemed dubious, so I fortified with healthy snacks (Oreos, Twinkies, Circus Peanuts) and hepato-friendly spirituous liquors. Who wants to meet their maker sober and svelte, after all?

   Against all odds, I emerged from the rubble - well, OK, one seat cushion fell off a chair on our back porch, but I digress - intact, though my blood sugar was equivalent to Karo syrup and my liver edge stretched down to my patella.

   Greetings to all from the set of "Survivor: FloriDUH"! Yours in sloth and indolence (ie, retirement)

   Chris Gallagher MD LOL IHOP IUD IMHO S&P500 WTF TTFN
New Publications

Figure from Liu et al 2022
  • Liu X, Bae C, Liu B, Zhang YM, Zhou X, Zhang D, Zhou C, DiBua A, Schutz L, Kaczocha M, Puopolo M, Yamaguchi TP, Chung JM, Tang SJ. Development of opioid-induced hyperalgesia depends on reactive astrocytes controlled by Wnt5a signaling. Mol Psychiatry. 2022 Oct 6
  • Kang RS, Jin Z, Gan TJ. A novel long-acting local anesthetic - HTX-011 (ZYNRELEF™) for postoperative pain control. Expert Rev Clin Pharmacol. 2022 Oct 5
  • Scorsese G, Hake A, Christophides A, Poppers J, Zabirowicz E. Anesthetic Management of a Large Right Ventricular Mass due to Idiopathic Hypereosinophilic Syndrome in a Patient Undergoing Cardiac Surgery, a Case Report. Semin Cardiothorac Vasc Anesth. 2022 Oct 7
  • Oubraim S, Wang R, Hausknecht K, Kaczocha M, Shen RY, Haj-Dahmane S. Prenatal ethanol exposure causes anxiety-like phenotype and alters synaptic nitric oxide and endocannabinoid signaling in dorsal raphe nucleus of adult male rats. Transl Psychiatry. 2022 Oct 10;12(1):440
  • Wang H, Taouil A, Awwa M, Clement T, Zhu C, Kim J, Rendina D, Jayanetti K, Maharaj A, Wang L, Bogdan D, Pepe A, Kaczocha M, Ojima I. SAR study on Novel truxillic acid monoester-Based inhibitors of fatty acid binding proteins as Next-Generation antinociceptive agents. Bioorg Chem. 2022 Sep 30;129:106184
  • Liu H, Dilger JP, Lin J. A pan-cancer-bioinformatic-based literature review of TRPM7 in cancers. Pharmacol Ther. 2022 Nov 1:108302
Where on Campus is That?

Tazeen Beg, MD

Visit the Where on Campus is That? webpage!
SleepTalker, the Stony Brook Anesthesiology Newsletter is published by the Department of Anesthesiology
Stony Brook Medicine, Stony Brook, NY
Sergio D. Bergese, MD, CBA, FASA, Interim Chairman
Editorial Board: James P. Dilger, PhD; Ana Costa, MD; Murad Elias, MD