Grants Received

Jeffrey Bolstridge, DO (mentored by Melania Bembea) was awarded a Johns Hopkins Pediatric Innovation Grant for the project “Use of whole blood to prime extracorporeal membrane oxygenation circuits: an in-vitro pilot study.” The Pediatric Innovation Grant supplements an Extracorporeal Life Support Organization Grant awarded in January 2023 to establish the in vitro model.

Mela Bembea, MD, PhD, MPH was awarded a Johns Hopkins Pediatric Innovation Grant for the project “Use of whole blood to prime extracorporeal membrane oxygenation circuits: an in-vitro pilot study.”

Dennis Delany, MD and team were awarded a Johns Hopkins Pediatric Innovation Grant for the project “Advancing HOPES with Comprehensive Resuscitation and Transfer Bed for High-Risk Deliveries.”

Christopher Donohue, MD and team were awarded a Johns Hopkins Pediatric Innovation Grant for the project “Sustained Inflation During CPR: Impact on Global and Regional Cerebral Blood Flow in a Pediatric Porcine Model.”

Qun Li, MD, PhD was awarded a Blaustein Pain Research Fund Award for the project “Effect of early general anesthetic exposure on susceptibility to chronic pain and sensitization of pain.”

Caitlin O’Brien, MD, MPH was awarded a Johns Hopkins Clinician Scientist Award for her research proposal titled ”Development of physiologic feedback-guided resuscitation algorithms to improve outcomes in a pediatric swine model.”

Courtney Robertson, MD was awarded an R13 Conference grant from the NINDS to support the 2023 National Neurotrauma Symposium, along with Kimberly Byrnes, PhD (USUHS) as Co-PI.


Accomplishments and Honors

ACCM would like to congratulate the Class of 2023 Anesthesia Technology students (Malia Goodwin, Christie Weche, Damisi Kayode, and Serge Ndalamba) who graduated with Associate of Applied Science Degrees in Anesthesia Technology and are on the road to national certification as anesthesia technologists. Hats off to the graduates! We wish you all the best in your future success!

Peju Adekoya, MD was named a Top Doc in Pain Medicine by Bethesda Magazine in the July-August 2023 issue.

Paola Aranda, MD, a pediatric anesthesiology fellow, received the Mark Rossberg Fellow Teaching Award and will join our Johns Hopkins Division of Pediatric Anesthesiology in August.

Deondra Asike, MD was appointed by Governor Wes Moore to serve on the Maryland Cannabis Public Health Advisory Council.

Jim Beal, DO, a PCCM fellow, received the Ivor Berkowitz Excellence in Education Award.

David Berman, MD was elected Secretary of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Faculty Senate.

Mary Beth Brady, MD FASE presented “Interventional Echocardiography: Building a New Subspecialty” at the American Society of Echocardiography Scientific Sessions in Washington, DC.

Phil Carullo, MD received the Ivor Berkowitz REACH Award (Role Model for Education, Advocacy & Clinical Excellence in Healthcare) at the Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellowship Graduation.

Sung Min Cho, DO, MHS has been promoted to Associate Professor in ACCM.

Ifeoma Ekwere, MD formerly an associate professor of anesthesiology at the University of Benin City Teaching Hospital in Benin City, Nigeria has officially joined the department as a project director for the Society of Critical Care Medicine project that is being led by the ACCM’s Global Alliance of Perioperative Professionals (JH-GAPP) Dr. Ekwere can be reached at [email protected] for those interested in global perioperative care, access to oxygen, access to renewable energy or global health education.

Anita Gupta, DO MPP PharmD FASA was appointed to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation as a Steering Committee Member and member on the Innovation Committee at the Innovation Equity Forum held at the National Institutes of Health. (Picture below).

The Johns Hopkins Pediatric Critical Care Transport Team members were recognized as Health Care Heroes: Community Outreach, by the Maryland Daily Record. Corina Noje, MD is featured in this video at minute 14:30:

Adam Laytin, MD, MPH moderated a session on “How to Prevent an ICU Admission” and presented invited lectures on “PEEP Titration and Lung Recruitment Maneuvers in ARDS” and “Emergency and Critical Care Medicine Research in Low Resource Settings: Landmark Studies That Do It Right” at the International Conference on Emergency Medicine.

Adam Laytin, MD, MPH was selected to be a faculty advisor for the JHU SOM Public Health/Global Health Scholarly Concentration.

Katie O’Conor, MD was a co-author on the presentation “Scaling through Partnership and Education: A Model to Expand Access to Forensic Evaluations” at the 2023 North American Refugee Health Conference in Calgary, Canada.

PICU team members including Katherine Hoops, MD, MPH, Emily Kemper, MD, Emily Johnson, NP, and Nilu Rahman, MS, CCLS participated in the Break the Cycle of Violence Summit on June 2nd.

Courtney Robertson, MD served as the Program Chair for the National Neurotrauma Society Symposium (40th Annual Meeting) held in Austin, Texas in June, which hosted a record number of registrants (828), presented 427 posters, and awarded >30 travel awards for trainees to attend the meeting.

Courtney Robertson, MD was elected to serve on the National Neurotrauma Society Council from 2023-2025.

Lew Romer, MD was featured in a podcast discussing the importance of clinical  trials in the pediatric pulmonary hypertension population and his work on PPHNet and the Kids MoD-PAH Trial: Mono- vs. Duo-Therapy for Pediatric PAH patients:

John B. Sampson, MD has been made the founding director of the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s African Infrastructure Relief & Support program (SCCM AIRS). This program exists within the JH-GAPP group of ACCM. The project is a $5.5 million infrastructure development (not research) project to develop oxygen, renewable energy and critical care medicine infrastructure in key African medical centers through collaboration with health systems in The Gambia, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Ghana. The SCCM AIRS project was featured in this month’s issue of SCCM Critical Care Connections at and

John B. Sampson, MD was awarded the Bridge Builder Award by the Kempinski Hotel in Accra, Ghana. Past awardees have included Louis Gossett Jr and Rev. Jesse Jackson.

Jamie McElrath Schwartz, MD has been promoted to Associate Professor in ACCM.

Jed Wolpaw, MD, MEd, FASA presented Grand Rounds at The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN on “Technology in Medical Education: From the Flintstones to the Matrix.”


Articles Published

 Basic and Translational Research

Anchoori RK, Anchoori V, Lam B, Tseng SH, Das S, Velasquez FC, Karanam B, Poddatoori D, Patnam R, Rudek MA, Chang YN, Roden RBS. Development and anticancer properties of Up284, a spirocyclic candidate ADRM1/RPN13 inhibitor. PLoS One. 2023 Jun 14;18(6):e0285221.


Clinical Research

Avula V, Cheng J, McCormack M, Pavelack M. Extreme temperature and storm exacerbations of pediatric asthma: evidence and prevention strategies. J Environ Res Health. 2023 Jun;1(3):033002.

Cui D, Janela D, Costa F, Molinos M, Areias AC, Moulder RG, Scheer JK, Bento V, Cohen SP, Yanamadala V, Correia FD. Randomized-controlled trial assessing a digital care program versus conventional physiotherapy for chronic low back pain. NPJ Digit Med. 2023;6(1):121.

Cohen SP, Kapural L, Kohan L, Li S, Hurley RW, Vallejo R, Eshraghi Y, Dinakar P, Durbhakula S, Beall DP, Desai MJ, Reece D, Christiansen S, Chang MH, Carinci AJ, DePalma M. Cooled radiofrequency ablation versus standard medical management for chronic sacroiliac joint pain: a multicenter, randomized comparative effectiveness study. Reg Anesth Pain Med. 2023 Jul 5:rapm-2023-104568. Online ahead of print. Supported by the CRC.

Fink EL, Kochanek PM, Beers SR, Clark RRSB, Berger RP, Bayir H, Topjian AA, Newth C, Press C, Maddux AB, Willyerd F, Hunt EA, Siems A, Chung MG, Smith L, Doughty L, Diddle JW, Patregnani J, Piantino J, Walson KH, Balakrishnan B, Meyer MT, Friess S, Pineda J, Maloney D, Rubin P, Haller TL, Treble-Barna A, Wang C, Lee V, Wisnowski JL, Subramanian S, Narayanan S, Blüml S, Fabio A, Panigrahy A; POCCA Investigators. Assessment of brain magnetic resonance and spectroscopy imaging findings and outcomes after pediatric cardiac arrest. JAMA Netw Open. 2023 Jun 1;6(6):e2320713.

Griffee MJ, Bozza PT, Reyes LF, Eddington DP, Rosenberger D, Merson L, Citarella BW, Fanning JP, Alexander PMA, Fraser J, Dalton H, Cho SM. Thrombotic and hemorrhagic complications of COVID-19 for adults hospitalized in high-income countries compared to low-and middle-income countries in an international registry. Res Pract Thromb Haemost. 2023 Jul 1:102142. Online ahead of print.

Hoh BL, Ko NU, Amin-Hanjani S, Hsiang-Yi Chou S, Cruz-Flores S, Dangayach NS, Derdeyn CP, Du R, Hänggi D, Hetts SW, Ifejika NL, Johnson R, Keigher KM, Leslie-Mazwi TM, Lucke-Wold B, Rabinstein AA, Robicsek SA, Stapleton CJ, Suarez JI, Tjoumakaris SI, Welch BG. 2023 Guideline for the Management of Patients With Aneurysmal Subarachnoid Hemorrhage: A Guideline From the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. Stroke. 2023 Jul;54(7):e314-e370.

Kang JK, Kalra A, Ahmad SA, Menta AK, Rando HJ, Chinedozi I, Darby Z, Spann M, Keller SP, Whitman GJR, Cho SM. A recommended preclinical extracorporeal cardiopulmonary resuscitation model for neurological outcomes: A scoping review. Resusc Plus. 2023 Sep;15:100424. Online ahead of print.

Khanduja S, Kim J, Kang JK, Feng CY, Vogelsong MA, Geocadin RG, Whitman G, Cho SM. Hypoxic-ischemic brain injury in ECMO: pathophysiology, neuromonitoring, and therapeutic opportunities. Cells. 2023 Jun 5;12(11):1546.

Makkad B, Heinke TL, Sheriffdeen R, Khatib D, Brodt JL, Meng ML, Grant MC, Kachulis B, Popescu WM, Wu CL, Bollen BA. Practice advisory for preoperative and intraoperative pain management of thoracic surgical patients: part 1. Anesth Analg. 2023 Jul 1;137(1):2-25.

Makkad B, Heinke TL, Sheriffdeen R, Khatib D, Brodt JL, Meng ML, Grant MC, Kachulis B, Popescu WM, Wu CL, Bollen BA. Practice advisory for preoperative and intraoperative pain management of cardiac surgical patients: part 2. Anesth Analg. 2023 Jul 1;137(1):26-47.

McDonald WM, Wilkinson MM, Jain A, Cohen SP. The use of ketamine infusion to dramatically reduce opioid requirements in a patient whose high-dose intrathecal opioid pump was inadvertently cut during surgery. Pain Pract. 2023 Jun 13. Online ahead of print.

Neuman MD, Sieber F, Dillane D. Comparative Effectiveness Research on Spinal versus General Anesthesia for Surgery in Older Adults. Anesthesiology. 2023 Aug 1;139(2):211-223.

Perry T, Klugman D, Schumacher K, Banerjee M, Zhang W, Bertrandt R, Wolovits JS, Murphy LD, Misfeldt AM, Alten J, Cooper DS. Unplanned extubation during pediatric cardiac intensive care: U.S. multicenter registry study of prevalence and outcomes. Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2023 Jul 1;24(7):551-562.

Rando HJ, Fanning JP, Cho SM, Kim BS, Whitman G, Bush EL, Keller SP. Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation as a bridge to lung transplantation: practice patterns and patient outcomes. J Heart Lung Transplant. 2023 Jun 30:S1053-2498(23)01925-3. Online ahead of print.

Shoskes A, Huang M, Hassett C, Starling RC, Hsich E, Soltesz E, Cho SM, Uchino K. Outcomes of heart transplant recipients with prior left ventricular assist device associated stroke. J Stroke Cerebrovasc Dis. 2023 Jun 7;32(8):107128. Online ahead of print.

Wang EJ, Dolomisiewicz E, Karri J, Tontisirin N, Cohen SP. Antimicrobial therapies for chronic pain (part 2): the prevention and treatment of chronic pain. Korean J Pain. 2023;36(3):299-315.

Wang EJ, Karri J, Tontisirin N, Cohen SP. Antimicrobial therapies for chronic pain (part 1): analgesic mechanisms. Korean J Pain. 2023;36(3):281-298.

Zhao DX, Caturegli G, Wilcox C, Stephens RS, Kim BS, Keller S, Geocadin RG, Suarez JI, Whitman GJ, Cho SM. Challenges in determining death by neurologic criteria in extracorporeal membrane oxygenation – A single center experience. Perfusion. 2023 Jun 30:2676591231187548. Online ahead of print.


Editorials and Commentaries

Camarda C, Premraj L, Pelosi P, Cho SM, Battaglini D. The stroke care puzzle: Does tracheostomy timing fit? Crit Care. 2023 Jun 1;27(1):216.

Diserens K, Meyer IA, Jöhr J, Pincherle A, Dunet V, Pozeg P, Ryvlin P, Mureşanu 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 Jun 13;100(24):1144-1150.

Duarte S, Geocadin RG. Persistent poor outcomes: A call to action to implement post-cardiac arrest neurologic care and prognostication guidelines. Resuscitation. 2023 Jul;188:109828.

Pavelack M, McCormack MC. When it rains it pours: inflammation storms the airways. Ann Am Thorac Soc. 2023 May;20(5):643-645.

Ziai WC, Bower M, Hanley DF. Acute spontaneous intracerebral haemorrhage: does a care bundle approach work? Lancet. 2023 Jul 1;402(10395):2-3.


Education & Training

Alkhatib HH, Beach MC, Gebo KA, Bass EB, Park JR, Atkinson MA, Kudchadkar SR, Sozio SM. The association of a scholarly concentrations program with medical students’ matched residencies. Med Educ Online. 2023 Dec;28(1):2234651.

Nguyen-Buckley C, Bezinover DS, Bhangui P, Biancofiore G, Blasi A, Chadha R, Pustavoitau A, Sabate A, Saner FH, Wagener G, Wray CL, Zerillo J, Pan TLT. International Liver Transplantation Society/Society for Advancement of Transplant Anesthesia consensus statement on essential attributes of a liver transplant anesthesiologist. Transplantation. 2023 Jul 1;107(7):1427-1433.


Health Equity/QI

Stierman EK, O’Brien BT, Stagg J, Ouk E, Alon N, Engineer LD, Fabiyi CA, Liu TM, Chew E, Benishek LE, Harding B, Terhorst RG 2nd, Latif A, Berenholtz SM, Mistry KB, Creanga AA. Statewide perinatal quality improvement, teamwork, and communication activities in Oklahoma and Texas. Qual Manag Health Care. 2023 Jul-Sep 01;32(3):177-188.