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Faculty News and Awards

Faculty at the University of Washington come from all over the world to teach, learn new techniques and conduct research. Faculty have offices and labs in many of the city's hospitals. They have a wide range of interests and residents are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to learn varied approaches to anesthesia practice.

The Department of Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine is pleased to highlight a few of the recent accomplishments by its faculty.


July - August 2014

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Dr. Kushang V. Patel, PhD, MPH

Congratulations, Dr. Patel!

Kushang Patel, PhD, MPH, Research Assistant Professor, Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine received Fellow status by the Gerontological Society of America (GSA) in support of his outstanding and continuing work in the field of gerontology.




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Dr. Nathalia Jimenez

Congratulations, Dr. Jimenez!

Nathalia Jimenez, MD, MPH (PI), Assistant Professor, Seattle Children's Hospital received the NIH K-23 award in support of her 5 year study: Disparities in Disability after Traumatic Brain Injury for Hispanic Children. The project period is from July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2019.


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Dr. Mike Souter

Congratulations, Dr. Souter!

Mike Souter, MB ChB, FRCA, Professor, Harborview Medical Center, has been awarded Fellowship status by the Neurocritical Care Society (FCNS), on the basis of contributions to the field of neurocritical care in the areas of program development, scholarly activity, and leadership.

We congratulate Dr. Souter on this appointment as an acknowledgement of his outstanding and continuing work in the field of neurocritical care.
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Dr. Vanessa Loland

Congratulations, Dr. Loland!

Vanessa Loland, MD, PhD, Associate Professor, UW Medical Center, has been named as the new Chair of the department of Clinical Competency Committee. We thank Dr. Loland for agreeing to take on the immense responsibility of this office.

We also acknowledge and thank Dr. Anne Lynn for having filled this office for the past two years.


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Dr. Jennifer Rabbitts

Congratulations, Dr. Rabbitts!

Jennifer Rabbitts, MB, ChB, Assistant Professor, Seattle Children's Hospital was awarded an NIH K-32 Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & HUman Development Award in the amount of $636,865 to support her study on "Pain and Health Related Quality of Life in Children after Surgery." Project Period: 8/25/2014--06/30/2019.


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Dr. Wang Wang

Congratulations, Dr. Wang!

Wang Wang, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, UW Medical Center, MMC, SLU, received an award from the Diabetes Research Center (DRC) in the amount of $36,000 per year for two years (7/01/2014--6/30/2016) to support his Pilot and Feasibility project entitled "Mechanistic Coupling between Obesity and Mitochondrial Oxidative Stress in Diabetic Cardiomyopathy."



June 2014

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Dr. Christopher Ciliberto

Congratulations, Dr. Christopher Ciliberto!

Christopher "Cili" Ciliberto, MD, Assistant Professor, Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine has been appointed Interim Director of OB Anesthesia.





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Monica Vavilala, MD

Congratulations Dr. Vavilala!

Monica Vavilala, MD, UW Medicine Professor, Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine, Harborview Medical Center, was invited to serve as a member of the Surgery, Anesthesia and Trauma Study Section, National Institutes of Health Center for Scientific Review for the term beginning July 01, 2014 and ending June 30, 2020.




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Dr. David Tauben

Congratulations, Dr. Tauben!

Dr. David Tauben, Clinical Associate Professor, Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine has been appointed Chief of the Division of Pain Medicine.




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Dr. Stephen C. Kolwicz

Congratulations, Dr. Stephen Kolwicz, Jr.!

Stephen C. Kolwicz, Jr., PhD, UW Medicine Acting Instructor, Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine received The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Foundation award in support of his one year pilot study: The Effect of Enhanced Fatty Acid Oxidation on Exercise Capacity and Performance. Results of the study will provide insight into the efficacy of the potential use of acetyl CoA carboxylase2 (ACC2) inhibitors in the treatment of diabestes and obsesity.


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Dr. Judith A. Turner

Congratulations, Dr.Judith Turner!

Judith A. Turner, PhD, UW Medicine Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences and Clinical Faculty, Division of Pain Medicine at Center fo Pain Relief, Roosevelt, has been elected next President of The International Association of the Study of Pain—the most prestigious pain society in the world. Dr. Turner is the third UW Pain faculty member to have been elected to this office.



Tonya M. Palermo, PhD
Tonya M. Palermo, PhD

Congratulations, Dr. Tonya Palermo!

Tonya M. Palermo, PhD, Professor, Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine, received notice of Grant Award for her K24 competitive renewal application to fund an additional 5 years on her study: Innovations in Pediatric Pain Research.




May 2014

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Dr. Nicholas Kassebaum

Congratulations, Dr. Nicholas Kassebaum!

Nicholas Kassebaum, MD, Assistant Professor, Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine, had his paper Global, regional, and national levels and causes of maternal mortality during 1990—2013: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2013 published in The Lancet, May 2, 2014 (early online publication).
Read the complete article>



April 2014

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Dr. Kai Togashi

Congratulations, Dr. Kai Togashi!

Kai Togashi, MD, Assistant Professor, Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine, was awarded the Roizen Anesthesia Research Foundation New Investigator Grant for his project: "Randomzied Study of the Clinical Impact of Surgical Correction of Tricuspid Insufficiency in Implantable LVAD Patients." The project period is from July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2016.


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Dr. Michele Curatolo

Congratulations, Dr. Michele Curatolo!

Michele Curatolo, MD, PhD, Professor, Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine, has had the degree of Doctor Medicinae Honoris Causa for his distinguished efforts in the field of medical research conferred on him by the Aalborg University of Denmark.


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Dr. Stephen C. Kolwicz, Jr.

Congratulations, Dr. Stephen Kolwicz, Jr.!

Stephen C. Kolwicz, Jr., PhD, Acting Instructor, Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine, has had awarded an American College of Sports Medicine Foundation research endowment grant for a one year pilot study: The Effect of Enhanced Fatty Acid Oxidation on Exercise Capacity and Performance.


March 2014

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Dr. G. Burkhard Mackensen

Congratulations, Dr. Burkhard Mackensen!

G. Burkhard Mackensen, MD, PhD, FASE, Professor & Division Chief, CT Anesthesia, Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine, by vote of the general membership of the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists (SCA), was elected to the Board of Directors of SCA for a 3-year term. He was also invited to serve on the scientific program committee for the 2015 & 2016 meetings.


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Dr. Mark Opp

Congratulations, Dr. Mark Opp!

Mark Opp, MD, Professor & Vice Chair for Basic Research, Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine, was able to purchase a Li-Cor Odyssey CLx Infrared Imaging System that can be used for Western blots, ELISA, Protein Arrays, and more with a Seattle Medical Foundation Shared Instrumentation grant of $55,000.


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Margaret M. Sedensky, MD
Philip G. Morgan, MD
Philip G. Morgan, MD
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Congratulations, Drs. Sedensky & Morgan!

Margaret M. Sedensky, MD (co-PI) and Philip G. Moran, MD (co-PI), Professors in the Department of Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine, for their award of a 1 RO1 GM 105696 Grant in support of their study: A Mouse Model Linking Anesthetic Sensitivity to Mitochondrial Function. The award is for 4 years for a total of $2.22 million.





February 2014

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Dr. Mark Sullivan
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Dr. David Tauben

Congratulations, UW TelePain!

Mark Sullivan, MD, PhD, (PI) Dept. of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, and faculty at UW Medicine Center for Pain Relief, and David Tauben, MD, (Co- Investigator) Pain Medicine Division Chief and UW Tele-Pain Medical Director, received a COPE (Collaborative Opioid Prescribing Education) Award designated for UW TelePain, a program that provides case consultation about chronic pain.











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Dr. Andy Bowdle

Congratulations, Dr. Andy Bowdle!

T. Andrew Bowdle MD, PhD, Professor & Director of Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology Simulation, Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine has been awarded an ASPF grant for his project: "Study of the Implementation and Performance of the APSF Pre-anesthetic Induction Patient Safety (PIPS) Checklist."


Tonya M. Palermo, PhD
Tonya M. Palermo, PhD
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Margaret M. Sedensky, MD

Congratulations, Drs. Palermo & Sedensky!

Tonya M. Palermo, PhD, Professor, Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine, and Margaret M. Sedensky, MD, Professor, Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine for getting their T32 Anesthesiology & Perioperative Training Grant renewed.


January 2014

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Dr. Mark Opp

Congratulations, Dr. Mark Opp!

Mark Opp, MD, Professor & Vice Chair for Basic Research, Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine; UW Medicine Research & Education Endowed Chair in Anesthesiology, has been appointed to the organizing committee for TransNIH Sleep / Pain Workshop, National Center for Complementary & Alternative Medicine.


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Dr. David Dorsey

Congratulations, Dr. David Dorsey!

David Dorsey, MD, was selected as the new Academic Chief Resident for 2014-2015.

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Dr. Brian J. Hawkins




Congratulations, Dr. Brian Hawkins!

Brian J. Hawkins, PhD, UW Medicine Assistant Professor, Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine & Adjunct Assistant Professor, Pathology, received a Bridge Funding Grant from the UW Office of Research for his research, "Mitochondria-to-nucleus Communication via the Permeability Transition Pore."


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Dr. Stephan Thilen

Congratulations, Dr. Stephan Thilen!

Stephan Thilen, MD, MS, UW Medicine Assistant Professor, Dept. of Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine, UWMC, had his JAMA article, "Preoperative Consultations for Medicare Patients Undergoing Cataract Surgery," featured in the Seattle Times on January 3, 2014.


January 2014

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Dr. Greg Terman

Congratulations, Dr. Greg Terman!

Greg Terman, MD, PhD, UW Medicine Professor, Dept. of Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine, UWMC, has assumed the role of Interim Chief of the Acute Pain Service, as of January 10th, 2014.


November 2013

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Monica Vavilala, MD

Congratulations Dr. Vavilala!

Monica Vavilala, MD, UW Medicine Professor, Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine, Harborview Medical Center, was invited to serve on the UW School of Medicine's Appointments and Promotion Council for a 3-year term.

In addition, Dr. Vavilala was awarded a UO1 grant for her project, "Multiple Medical Therapies for Pediatric TBI: Comparative Effectiveness Approach (ADAPT)." The project runs from 7/1/13 to 6/30/18, and is sponsored by University of Pittsburgh/National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.


October 2013

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Left to right: Carol Jones, Director of Ambulatory Care, Jennifer Herrman, Associate Administrator of Ambulatory Care , Angela Roof, Dr. Irakli Soulakvelidze, Dr. David Tauben, Medical Director of the UW Center for Pain Relief, and Patricia Ashley, Senior Clinic Nurse Manager of the Center for Pain Relief

Congratulations Dr. Irakli Soulakvelidze & Angela Roof, PA!

Dr. Irakli Soulakvelidze & Angela Roof, PA, with the UWMC Center for Pain Relief, are one of UWMC's Fall 2013 UW Medicine Cares Award team recipients! Dr. Soulakvelidze is a Clinical Assistant Professor and Program Director, Pain Fellowship Program, Dept. Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine.

The UW Medicine Cares Award is based on UW Medicine's Service Culture Guidelines, which are: respect privacy and confidentiality; communicate effectively; conduct myself professionally; be accountable; be committed to my colleagues and to UW Medicine.


August 2013

Seattle Met Magazine "Top Doctors 2013"

The following Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine doctors were chosen tops in their field for 2013 by "Seattle Met Magazine".

Over 1,100 doctors, nurses, and physician's assistants in the Seattle metropolitan area participated in Seattle Met's 2013 survey. They were asked: If you or a loved one needed medical care, whom would you choose? An anonymous advisory panel of administrators, doctors, and nurses from local hospitals, clinics, and practices vetted the list and shared their expertise, further authenticating the results. The final list of 722 top practitioners represents roughly the top 10 percent of nominations in each specialty. As of press time, all the top-ranked doctors and nurse practitioners were certified to practice in their fields by the Washington State Department of Health.


Seattle Magazine "Top Doctors 2013"

The 414 best physicians in the Puget Sound region, as chosen by their peers, include the following Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine doctor:

Thousands of local doctors were asked this question: To whom would you send a loved one for medical care? More than 4,500 doctors submitted nearly 15,000 nominations in a peer-to-peer survey process. These are the doctors to whom other doctors turn when they or their families need care.

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