DEPARTMENT OF Anesthesiology ~ 2013 Annual Report
David Adams, M.D., Interim Chair
After 16 years as chairman of our department, Howard Schapiro, M.D., was named interim president, UVM Medical Group, Fletcher Allen Health Care, and senior associate dean of clinical affairs at the College of Medicine in February. David Adams, M.D., departmental vice-chair and associate dean for graduate medical education, is now serving as interim chair.
This past March, J. Christian Abajian, M.D.,
was presented with the Robert M. Smith Award
by the Section of Anesthesia and Pain Medicine,
a part of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
The award is given each year to a physician
who has contributed to the advancement of
the field of pediatric anesthesiology. After
completing undergraduate education and
medical school at UVM, residency training in
London, and fellowship in Toronto, Dr. Abajian
began his practice here in 1974. By his count,
he has helped train more than 250 residents.
He also started keeping notes when he gave
spinal anesthesia to infants, a clinical “sideline”
that grew to become the Vermont Infant Spinal
Registry. This unique database of more than
2,500 cases has sparked a number of studies,
including a project by Robert Williams, M.D., and
colleagues that compared the achievement test
scores of children who had surgery with spinal
anesthesia against the rest of the school-age
population in Vermont. An abstract of this study
won the best of category award in pediatric
anesthesiology at the recent International
Anesthesia Research Society annual meeting. This study, which is nearing publication, will be
an important contribution to the understanding
of whether general anesthetics given during
infant surgery are potentially harmful to the
Donald Mathews, M.D. is testing a noninvasive monitoring device by Masimo on patients in the recovery room that aggregates data from five physiologic parameters into one index. This index represents the patient’s current and trending recovery status, giving physicians a window on the pattern of recovery in patients following surgery and perhaps identifying early warning signs of subsequent postoperative complications. The department has recruited more than 250 subjects for this study, and Fletcher Allen plans to install this system in its intensive care units and some nursing floors.
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