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KU School of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology

Last modified: Sep 11, 2020
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KUMC Anesthesiology Residency Program Town Hall. We have put together four different meeting room links for the hour to help you get to know our department

Time: Oct 7, 2020 05:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 931 0187 2839
Passcode: 306050

Time: Oct 7, 2020 05:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 967 4798 9948
Passcode: 223017 

Time: Oct 7, 2020 05:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 989 9806 6754
Passcode: 697441

Time: Oct 7, 2020 05:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

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Meeting ID: 986 5778 3947
Passcode: 079641

Listen to the new podcast from CAE's Amar Patel: Doctors of Ingenuity: Is this Portable Contagion Tent the Next Big Device? Click here:

Congratulations to Dr. Brigid Flynn she has been inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. She is being recognized for her academic acumen! To read about the  Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society click here:

The Academy of Medical Educators has recommended  Dr. Jared Staab to an Associate Membership. The Academy of Medical Educators advances medical education through innovation, scholarship and faculty development. For details of Membership Categories click here: 

KU Anesthesiologists create a portable, affordable, negative pressure environment to protect heathcare workers from #COVID and other aerosolized pathogens while conserving #PPE. To see story click here:

Dr. Sajjan Gayam has an article published in the International Journal of Obstetric Anesthesia. The entire article on Cesarean delivery in a parturient with a left ventriculas assist devise is online. To read the article click here:

Congratulations to Zohra Hussaini, Nurse Practitioner in Pain Anesthesia as she starts her 1-year term as Chair for the APP Council. The council represents over 450 Advanced Practice Providers (APRNs and Physician Assistants) employed by the Health System. Ms. Hussaini has been with the council since it's start in 2016, first as an active committee member, and then leading subcommittees. During her year as chair-elect, Zohra worked tirelessly to support APPs and Health System efforts during the unique events of 2020. As chair of the council, Zohra will lead the APP Council and subcommittee members in developing strategies for APP involvement in priority health system initiatives that fulfill the health system vision of caring, healing, teaching and discovering.

Dawood Sayed, MD has been featured on and Kansas City's local Channel KMBC 9 News. Regarding Pain doctors concerned about Opioid use during COVID-19 Crisis. To see story click here:

Meg Hedlund, M.D. is a member of the APSF/ASA's COVID-19 Hotline for Critical Care calls, volunteers take 4-hour shifts every week.

Assistant Professor Meg Hedlund, M.D. recaps her journey from speech pathologist to anesthesiologist and critical care doctor. 

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Research News

Dr. Andrea Nicol was honored to be featured on the NPR program: "All Things Considered" with her approach to treating pain for addiction patients. View the NPR article,

Congratulations to Dr. Anthony Kovac on his article, Updates in the Management of Postoperative Nausea and Vomiting, in Advances in Anesthesia.

Would you like to participate in a study examining the role of characteristics in pain outcomes for people who have low back surgery? View the KU-PALS Study Flyer

Congratulations to Dr. Amy Pichoff, Dr. Abha Shah, Dr. John Baer, and Dr. Jared Staab on their article, Successful Development and Implementation of a Surgical Response Team for Emergent Surgical Cases, in Annals of Surgery.

Patient Comments

"The Anesthesiology team was all around excellent, however, Jason Asher deserves recognition. Not only was he caring and compassionate, but a calming energy. I consider myself lucky to have been under his care."

"The Anesthesiologists, Dr. Sweeney and Dr. Williams went above and beyond listening to me, explaining things to me, thinking things through. Wonderful!! My post-op course was one of the smoothest ever!"

"The anesthesiologist listened to my pre-surgery concern and altered my care so that I was not sick after surgery"

"My anesthesiologist for my surgery was phenomenal as it was the only time I came out of a surgery without a migraine headache"

"Anesthesia staff were excellent in explaining the nerve block. They saw me every day after O.R. and were very encouraging."

"Anesthesia was very helpful during C-section explaining what was happening and supportive afterwards during panic attack."

"PACU and Pre-Operation great, especially  Anesthesiologist."

"Anesthesia team was amazing."

"The anesthesia staff and their residents did a great job controlling pain during and after surgery."

"Very impressed with all the physicians, especially the Anesthesiology residents."