Grants Received 

Rohan Mathur, MD, MPA received a StAAR Mentored Training Award for the project, “A predictive model for early detection of intracranial pressure crisis in acute brain injury patients undergoing intracranial pressure monitoring”. His primary mentor for the project is Jose Suarez, MD.


Accomplishments and Honors

Erica Alcibiade, DO was selected as the annual recipient for the ASRA Global Health Equity Fellowship Rotation. Dr. Alcibiade will be traveling to Kumasi, Ghana in May to aid with ongoing efforts of the Global Regional Anesthesia Curricular Engagement (GRACE) Program.

Paul J. Christo, MD MBA presented “Challenges in the Opioids: Overdoses and Pain” at the American Academy of Pain Medicine Annual Meeting in Fort Lauderdale in March.

Laura Chin, MD MPH presented “Updates in Pediatric Regional Anesthesia” discussing the context, considerations and potential complications of performing blocks for the pediatric population at the American Academy of Pain Medicine Annual Meeting in Fort Lauderdale in March.

Steve Cohen, MD presented lectures on “Radiofrequency Ablation for Knee Osteoarthritis” and “The Predictive Value of Sympathetic Blocks on Ketamine Infusion Outcomes in Complex Regional Pain Syndrome” at the American Academy of Pain Medicine Annual Meeting in Fort Lauderdale in March.

Steve Cohen, MD presented Grand Rounds at Emory University on “Outcome Predictors for Back Pain Interventions.”

Steve Cohen, MD presented on “Nociplastic Pain” to the Mexican and other Latin American chapters of the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP).

Steve Cohen, MD presented on “Factors Associated with Ketamine Infusion Outcomes” at the International Ketamine Journal Club, Oxford University.

Anita Gupta, DO, MPP, PharmD was appointed as the new Chief Surgeon of the Health Management Division of the New York Department of Corrections.

Anita Gupta, DO, MPP, PharmD was featured in ASA Champions Safety and Workflows with USP <797> Policy Victory in ASA Monitor in February 2023.

Anita Gupta, DO, MPP, PharmD was appointed Steering Committee Member of the 2023 Innovation Equity Forum (IEF) on Women’s Health of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) and National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Anita Gupta, DO, MPP, PharmD presented a keynote address on World Health Day 2023 at the Forbes School of Business’s Center for Women Leadership.

Marie Hanna, MD, MEHP was elected as the Director-at-Large and Board Member of the American Academy of Pain Medicine.

Marie Hanna, MD, MEHP received a Presidential Award at the American Academy of Pain Medicine Annual Meeting in Fort Lauderdale in March.

Marie Hanna, MD, MEHP served as the Co-Chair of the American Academy of Pain Medicine Annual Meeting held in Fort Lauderdale in March.

Kellie Marie Jaremko, MD, PhD presented “Challenges in the Critically Ill and ICU Patients” at the American Academy of Pain Medicine Annual Meeting in Fort Lauderdale in March.

Rohan Mathur, MD, MPA was an invited speaker, presenting “Improving Neurocritical Care Outcomes for Neurooncological Patients – Perspectives and Opportunities to Translate Best Practices in Resource Limited Settings” for the Society for Neuro-Oncology Sub-Saharan Africa.

Daniel Nyhan, MD received the Heritage Award from the Johns Hopkins Alumni Association. From the JHAA: “This prestigious award reflects our gratitude and appreciation to those alumni and members of the Hopkins family who have contributed outstanding service to the progress of the University over an extended period of time. Your dedication has created a lasting legacy for Johns Hopkins and its future students.”

Katie O’Conor, MD co-hosted the 2nd annual B’more Healthcare Symposium: Seeing and Serving Survivors of Human Trafficking, with co-sponsors including B’more Safe at Mercy Medical Center; the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood, Safety, and Engagement; the United States Attorney’s Office; the Baltimore City Fire Department; the Johns Hopkins Department of Public Safety, and the Johns Hopkins Office of Government and Community Affairs. 

In recognition of their contributions to the field, Drs. Srinivasa Raja, MD and Steven Cohen, MD, Division of Pain Medicine, were admitted to the inaugural class of Fellows of the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine during the 100th Anniversary Celebration of the society in April.

Hassan Rayaz, MD presented “ACGME Milestones: Giving and Receiving Feedback” at the American Academy of Pain Medicine Annual Meeting in Fort Lauderdale in March.

Deborah Schwengel, MD MEHP joined a team of Hopkins nurses and Hopkins-trained surgeons to perform bladder exstrophy closures in Kampala, Uganda in February 2023. Care was provided for ten patients ranging in age from 2 months to 23 years. Bedside instruction was provided on tunneled epidural placement and maintenance, and postoperative care. In addition, a workshop with formal talks was provided over several days and included Dr. Schwengel’s two presentations entitled: “Anesthetic Considerations for Repair of Classic Bladder Exstrophy” and “Epidural Catheter Placement and Management in Classic Bladder Exstrophy: It’s Complicated.”

Deborah Schwengel, MD, MEHP and Robert Greenberg, MD helped lead the immersive disaster preparedness workshop as part of the Society for Pediatric Anesthesia Special Interest Group on Disaster Preparedness at the April Society for Pediatric Anesthesia Meeting in Austin Texas, entitled: Mass Casualty Incidents – Prepare and Practice.

Robert Stevens, MD was featured in the article, “How AI and Facial Recognition Could Spot Stroke and Other Diseases,” Wall Street Journal, 4/10/2023.

Robert Stevens, MD presented Grand Rounds for the Department of Neurology at the Lausanne University Hospital (CHUV) in April. The title of his talk was “The Path to Precision in Neurocritical Care.”

Jose I Suarez, MD was the 2023 Robert Garrison Visiting Professor and Speaker in the Department of Neurology at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland in April.

M-Irfan Suleman, MD was the Course Director for “Ultrasound Guided Interventional Techniques in Chronic Pain Management” at the Society for Pediatric Pain Medicine 10th Annual Meeting in Tampa, FL in March.

M-Irfan Suleman, MD, Philip C. Carullo, MD; Tricia M. Vecchione, MD presented “Ultrasound Guided Regional Anesthesia with Simulation Training on Phantoms” at the Society for Pediatric Pain Medicine 10th Annual Meeting in Tampa, FL in March.

M-Irfan Suleman, MD was a Session Moderator for “Session V: Chronic Pain and Palliative Care” at the Society for Pediatric Pain Medicine 10th Annual Meeting in Tampa, FL in March.

Alexis Thompson, MD was a poster finalist at the 2023 National Capital Area TBI Research Symposium, for her abstract entitled “Effect of Midazolam on Long-Term Outcomes in a Pre-Clinical Model of Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury”. Dr. Thompson participated in the Postdoctoral Fellow poster competition on March 9th & 10th, and presented at the Data Blitz session on March 9th.

Jed Wolpaw, MD, MEd, FASA was the keynote speaker at the American Association of Dental Anesthesiology Annual Meeting, presenting “The Importance of Staying Humble in Medicine.” Dr. Wolpaw also presented “Optimizing the Ventilator for Your Patient” at the meeting.


Articles Published

Basic and Translational Research

Philip N, Pi H, Gadkari M, Yun X, Huetsch J, Zhang C, Harlan R, Roux A, Graham D, Shimoda L, Le A, Visovatti S, Leary PJ, Gharib SA, Simpson C, Santhanam L, Steppan J, Suresh K. Transpulmonary amino acid metabolism in the sugen hypoxia model of pulmonary hypertension. Pulm Circ. 2023 Mar 1;13(1):e12205.

Steppan J, Nandakumar K, Wang H, Jang R, Smith L, Kang S, Savage W, Bauer M, Choi R, Brady T, Wodu BP, Scafidi S, Scafidi J, Santhanam L. Neonatal exposure to hypoxia induces early arterial stiffening via activation of lysyl oxidases. Physiol Rep. 2023 Apr;11(7):e15656.

Wang H, Poe A, Martinez Yus M, Pak L, Nandakumar K, Santhanam L. Lysyl oxidase-like 2 processing by factor Xa modulates its activity and substrate preference. Commun Biol. 2023 Apr 7;6(1):375

Clinical Research

Azamfirei R, Mennie C, Dinglas VD, Fatima A, Colantuoni E, Gurses AP, Balas MC, Needham DM, Kudchadkar SR; on behalf of the PICU Up! Investigators. Impact of a multifaceted early mobility intervention for critically ill children – the PICU Up! trial: study protocol for a multicenter stepped-wedge cluster randomized controlled trial. Trials. 2023 Mar 15;24(1):191.*Supported by the CRC

Azamfirei R, Mennie C, Fackler J, Kudchadkar SR. Development of a Stata command for pediatric risk of mortality calculation. Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2023 Mar 1;24(3):e162-3. *Supported by the CRC

Bembea MM, Loftis LL, Thiagarajan RR, Young CC, McCadden TP, Newhams MM, Kucukak S, Mack EH, Fitzgerald JC, Rowan CM, Maddux AB, Kolmar AR, Irby K, Heidemann S, Schwartz SP, Kong M, Crandall H, Havlin KM, Singh AR, Schuster JE, Hall MW, Wellnitz KA, Maamari M, Gaspers MG, Nofziger RA, Lim PPC, Carroll RW, Coronado Munoz A, Bradford TT, Cullimore ML, Halasa NB, McLaughlin GE, Pannaraj PS, Cvijanovich NZ, Zinter MS, Coates BM, Horwitz SM, Hobbs CV, Dapul H, Graciano AL, Butler AD, Patel MM, Zambrano LD, Campbell AP, Randolph AG; Overcoming COVID-19 Investigators. Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation characteristics and outcomes in children and adolescents with COVID-19 or Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome admitted to U.S. ICUs. Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2023 Mar 30. Online ahead of print.

Biancari F, Kaserer A, Perrotti A, Ruggieri VG, Cho SM, Kang JK, Dalén M, Welp H, Jónsson K, Ragnarsson S, Hernández Pérez FJ, Gatti G, Alkhamees K, Loforte A, Lechiancole A, Rosato S, Spadaccio C, Pettinari M, Mariscalco G, Mäkikallio T, Sahli SD, L’Acqua C, Arafat AA, Albabtain MA, AlBarak MM, Laimoud M, Djordjevic I, Krasivskyi I, Samalavicius R, Puodziukaite L, Alonso-Fernandez-Gatta M, Spahn DR, Fiore A. Hyperlactatemia and poor outcome after postcardiotomy veno-arterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation: An individual patient data meta-analysis. Perfusion. 2023 Apr 17:2676591231170978. Online ahead of print. PMID:

Cohen SP, Mishra P, Wallace M, Sellers A, Veizi E, Hurley RW. Emperor’s nakedness exposed: unmasking fairytales for genicular nerve radiofrequency ablation in knee osteoarthritis. Reg Anesth Pain Med 2023;48(5):193-195. (Journal cover, with article in Medscape).

Diserens K, Meyer IA, Jöhr J, Pincherle A, Dunet V, Pozeg P, Ryvlin P, Muresanu DF, Stevens RD, Schiff ND. A focus on subtle signs and motor behavior to unveil awareness in unresponsive brain-impaired patients: the importance of being clinical. Neurology. 2023 Feb 28. Online ahead of print.

Favaro A, Moro-Velázquez L, Butala A, Motley C, Cao T, Stevens RD, Villalba J, Dehak N. Multilingual evaluation of interpretable biomarkers to represent language and speech patterns in Parkinson’s disease. Front Neurol. 2023 Mar 2;14:1142642.

Garcia AV, Velez AK, Surma V, Jager LR, Bembea MM. Impact of red blood cell transfusion on regional cerebral oxygen saturation during pediatric ECMO. Transfusion. 2023 Mar 31. Online ahead of print.

lfeld BM, Plunkett A, Vijjeswarapu AM, Hackworth R, Dhanjal S, Turan A, Cohen SP, Eisenach JC, Griffith S, Hanling S, Sessler DI, Mascha EJ, Han Y, Boggs JW, Wongsarnpigoon A, Gelfand H; PAINfRE Investigators. Percutaneous neuromodulation of the brachial plexus and sciatic nerve for the treatment of acute pain following surgery: secondary outcomes from a multicenter, randomized, controlled pilot study. Neuromodulation. 2023;26(3):638-649.

Ista E, Traube C, de Neef M, Schieveld J, Knoester H, Molag M, Kudchadkar SR, Strik J; Dutch Multidisciplinary Pediatric Delirium Guideline Group. Factors Associated With Delirium in Children: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2023 Feb 15. Online ahead of print.

Janela D, Costa F, Molinos M, Moulder RG, Lains J, Scheer JK, Bento V, Yanamadala V, Cohen SP, Correia FD. Fear avoidance beliefs in upper-extremity musculoskeletal pain conditions: secondary analysis of a prospective clinical study on digital care programs. Pain Med. 2023;24(4):451-460.

Johnson GW, Greenberg JK, Hale AT, Ahluwalia R, Hill M, Belal A, Baygani S, Foraker RE, Carpenter CR, Yan Y, Ackerman LL, Noje C, Jackson E, Burns EC, Sayama CM, Selden NR, Vachhrajani S, Shannon CN, Kuppermann N, Limbrick DD. Toward rational use of repeat imaging in children with mild traumatic brain injuries and intracranial injuries. J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2023 Mar 31:1-9.

Kenet AL, Pemmaraju R, Ghate S, Raghunath S, Zhang Y, Yuan M, Wei TY, Desman JM, Greenstein JL, Taylor CO, Ruchti T, Fackler J, Bergmann J. A pilot study to predict cardiac arrest in the pediatric intensive care unit. Resuscitation. 2023 Apr;185:109740.

Lennon T, Ruddy J, Badesch B, Krueger C, Solomon B, Hoops K. Pediatric residents’ outpatient firearm screening and safety counseling practices (or lack thereof): a retrospective chart review. Health Promot Pract. 2023 Mar 30:15248399231164909. Online ahead of print.

Malone S, Newland J, Kudchadkar SR, Prewitt K, McKay V, Prusaczyk B, Proctor E, Brownson RC, Luke DA. Sustainability in pediatric hospitals: An exploration at the intersection of quality improvement and implementation science. Front Health Serv. 2022 Nov 10;2:1005802.

Premraj L, Camarda C, White N, Godoy DA, Cuthbertson BH, Rocco PRM, Pelosi P, Robba C, Suarez JI, Cho SM, Battaglini D. Tracheostomy timing and outcome in critically ill patients with stroke: a meta-analysis and meta-regression. Crit Care. 2023 Apr 1;27(1):132.

Procaccini D, Delany D, Self A, Kane PL, Coulson JD. Inpatient Transition From Intravenous to Inhaled Treprostinil in a Pediatric Patient. J Pediatr Pharmacol Ther. 2023;28(1):102-107. doi: 10.5863/1551-6776-28.1.102.

Procaccini DE, Roem J, Ng DK, Rappold TE, Jung D, Gobburu JVS, Bembea MM. Evaluation of acquired antithrombin deficiency in paediatric patients supported on extracorporeal membrane oxygenation. Br J Clin Pharmacol. 2023 Feb 27. Online ahead of print.

Reuland C, Shi G, Deatras M, Ang M, Evangelista PPG, Shilkofski N. A qualitative study of barriers and facilitators to pediatric early warning score (PEWS) implementation in a resource-limited setting. Front Pediatr. 2023 Mar 15;11:1127752.

Shou BL, Wilcox C, Florissi I, Krishnan A, Kim BS, Keller SP, Whitman GJR, Uchino K, Bush EL, Cho SM. National trends, risk factors, and outcomes of acute in-hospital stroke after lung transplantation in the United States: Analysis of the United Network for Organ Sharing Registry. Chest. 2023 Apr 11:S0012-3692(23)00503-2.

Stephenson JJ, Hook JE, Beall J, Delany DR, Buckley JR, Chowdhury SM, Steurer MA, Kavarana MN, Costello JM. Association between birth weight Z-Scores and early outcomes following truncus arteriosus repair. Pediatr Cardiol. 2023 Apr;44(4):741-747.

Wahlster S, Sharma M, Taran S, Town JA, Stevens RD, Cinotti R, Asehoune K, Pelosi P, Robba C; ENIO Study Group Collaborators. Utilization of mechanical power and associations with clinical outcomes in brain injured patients: a secondary analysis of the extubation strategies in neuro-intensive care unit patients and associations with outcome (ENIO) trial. Crit Care. 2023 Apr 20;27(1):156.

Xie A, Hsu YJ, Speed TJ, Saunders J, Nguyen J, Khasawneh A, Kim S, A Marsteller J, M McDonald E, Shechter R, N Hanna M. The use of telemedicine for perioperative pain management during the COVID-19 pandemic. J Telemed Telecare. 2023 Mar 27. Online ahead of print.

Zaaqoq AM, Griffee MJ, Kelly TL, Fanning JP, Heinsar S, Suen JY, Mariani S, Li Bassi G, Jacobs JP, White N, Fraser JF, Lorusso R, Peek GJ, Cho SM; COVID-19 Critical Care Consortium (COVID Critical). Cerebrovascular complications of COVID-19 on venovenous extracorporeal membrane oxygenation. Crit Care Med. 2023 Apr 3. Online ahead of print.

Editorials, Commentaries, Newsletters

Azamfirei R, Kudchadkar SR, Fackler J. Large language models and the perils of their hallucinations. Crit Care. 2023 Mar 21;27(1):120.

Gangadharan M, Khan S, Schwengel D. Mass casualty incidents and disaster preparedness: special considerations for the pediatric population. Virginia Society of Anesthesiologists Spring Newsletter.

Yaster M, Schwengel D. Mass casualties. Pediatric Anesthesia Article of the Day. 2023 Feb 8. (Circulation: 3220; Views as of 4/15/2023: 3288).

Health Equity

Ferro HP, Williams K, Holbrook DS, O’Conor KJ. Disproportionate impact of abortion restriction: implications for emergency department clinicians. Am J Emerg Med. 2023 Jul;69:160-6.

Segna KG, Joo SS, Stone AB. Transgender and nonbinary patients and perioperative scoring systems: it is time for inclusion. JAMA Surg. 2023 Apr 5. Online ahead of print.