Rob Greenberg, MD travelled with Healing the Children, NorthEast to Bugando Medical Centre, Mwanza, Tanzania to be one of two anesthesiologists providing care for complex facial plastic/reconstructive surgery and teaching for a week in August.

Grants Received

Yun Guan, MD, PhD and Zhaozhu Qiu, PhD were awarded a NINDS / HEAL Initiative R01 grant for the project “Validation of a new large-pore channel as a novel target for neuropathic pain.”

Katherine Hoops, MD, MPH, (JD candidate) was awarded a 5-year R01 from NIMHD for a project entitled “ACTFAST: Urban and Rural Trauma Centers RE-AIM at Gun Safety.” This study will test the effectiveness of a comprehensive training strategy, ACTFAST (Adopting Comprehensive Training for FireArm Safety in Trauma centers), for improving the implementation of a firearm injury prevention effort aimed at increasing protective factors and reducing future firearm injury and death. Findings from this study, conducted at major regional trauma centers through Johns Hopkins Medicine and the Johns Hopkins Clinical Research Network, will help to establish best practices for delivering firearm injury prevention screening and counseling to injured adults in the inpatient setting. She is joined on this award by several co-investigators at Johns Hopkins including Dr. Cassandra Crifasi (SPH), Dr. Michelle Patch (SON), Dr. Madhu Subramanian (DOS), and Dr. Joseph Sakran (DOS).

Jeeun Kang, PhD and Laeben Lester, MD were awarded a 3-year, $1.1MM, NIH R61/R33 grant for the project “5T-IV: photoacoustic needle with beacon pulse for ultrasound guided vascular access with Tool-Tip Tracking and Tissue Typing” as MPIs.


Accomplishments and Honors

Kimberly Allen, BA, Cer ATT received the 2023 American Society of Anesthesia Technologists and Technicians (ASATT) Jamie Blue Anesthesia Tech of the Year Award.

Deondra Asike, MD presented “Cannabis Use & Perioperative Care Considerations” to The Association of Cannabinoid Specialists and MedChi, the Maryland State Medical Society.

Sean Barnes, MD, MBA presented virtual Grand Rounds on “Social Media – Professionalism and Networking” for the Children’s National Hospital Department of Anesthesiology.

Jake Blum, MD was named the CA-2 Resident MVP of the 1st Quarter of the Academic Year.

Lauren Booth, CRNP, chair of the Johns Hopkins Advanced Practice Advisory Council, organized a full slate of events to celebrate National Advanced Practice Week, including Chat with Kevin Sowers, JHHS President; Breakfast Workshop on CV and Personal Statement Development; Luncheon with AP Best Practice Presentations; and Afternoon Social.

Mary Beth Brady, MD FASE served as faculty for the Society of Thoracic Surgeons Boot Camp, a state-of-the-art experiential foundation and hands-on practice in basic cardiothoracic operating skills for cardiothoracic trainees. Dr. Brady was 1 of 2 anesthesiologists to partake in this Boot Camp. The topic was “Intraoperative Transesophageal Echocardiography.”

Laura Chin, MD, MPH presented “Local anesthetic adjuvants and admixtures- helpful or hurtful? Discussing the rationale for using adjuncts and reviewing data describing efficacy, side effects and clinical considerations for use with placement of peripheral nerve blocks” at Grand Rounds at Mercy Hospital, Baltimore.

Nicholas M. Dalesio, MD, MPH was inducted into the Miller-Coulson Academy of Clinical Excellence.

Steve Frank, MD presented Grand Rounds on “Evidence-based Transfusion Practice and Blood Management Program” at the University of Michigan Department of Anesthesiology in Ann Arbor, MI.

Steve Frank, MD and team were re-certified at the highest level (Level 1) by the Joint Commission with no citations, for the patient blood management program. There are only 10 hospitals in the country that have this designation.

Steve Frank, MD was recognized by the American Society of Anesthesiologists, in advance of the Annual Meeting, for his notable abstract, “Greater than 7-fold Return on Investment for a Comprehensive Patient Blood Management Program with Equivalent or Improved Outcomes” which was designated for the Best of Abstracts: Clinical Science section and an ASA press release. [All ACCM ASA contributions will be included in next month’s Good News].

Allison Godsey, RN, BSN, CNOR was awarded the Miller Coulson Academy of Clinical Excellence Award, which is awarded to one non-physician in each department who exemplifies clinical excellence.

Rob Greenberg, MD (Peds Anesthesia) travelled with Healing the Children, NorthEast ( to Bugando Medical Centre, Mwanza, Tanzania to be one of two anesthesiologists providing care for complex facial plastic/reconstructive surgery and teaching for a week in August. He is hoping to continue with ongoing visits and teaching.

Tina Harris (PSC IV, CPO Team) received the Edward A. Halle Prize for Excellence in Patient Service. The annual Edward A. Halle Prize for Excellence in Patient Service honors an employee who exemplifies extraordinary human compassion and outstanding patient service. The award was established in 1993 in honor of the late Edward Halle, who provided excellent service during his Johns Hopkins career. The recipient of the award is selected based on complimentary letters sent by patients throughout the year and receives a certificate signed by Johns Hopkins Medicine leadership and a $500 check. The prize is also announced during the Service Awards ceremony.

Johns Hopkins Children’s Center Unplanned Extubation Group was recognized by Children’s Hospitals’ Solutions for Patient Safety (SPS), a national pediatric safety collaborative, as a top performing hospital for this hospital-acquired condition. They will receive recognition in the SPS Sharing Hospitals’ Innovations for Network Engagement report as an example of learning from excellence. ACCM faculty currently involved in the initiative, and as founding members of the work, include Meghan Bernier, MD,Rahul Koka, MD, MPH, Jamie Schwartz, MD, David Stockwell, MD, MBA; fellows currently involved include Camille Anderson, MD and Mel Golden, DO.

Jeeun Kang, PhD, has joined the department as an Assistant Professor to bridge state-of-the-art photoacoustic and ultrasound technologies with the mission of ACCM. More details can be found here:

Jeeun Kang, PhD and Laeben Lester, MD presented “Sub-millimeter, Volumetric Tracking of Beacon Signal During Vascular Access” at the IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium in Montreal, Canada.

Jeeun Kang, PhD presented “Spectral Doppler Estimation in Laser Ultrasound: Feasibility Study” at the IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium in Montreal, Canada.

Justine Lewis, MD was named the CA-2 Resident MVP of the 1st Quarter of the Academic Year.

Alicsha McNeil-Greene (CCT Team) received the Baker-King Award. The Baker-King Awards are annually presented to employees who demonstrate truly outstanding job performance and act as positive role models, thus setting an example for everyone at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System Corporation. The Baker-King Award was created in 1962 by Dr. and Mrs. Theodore King, who recognized the significant contributions of all Hospital employees. Mrs. King, whose maiden name was Baker, believed it was important to acknowledge non-supervisory staff. Baker-King honorees are nominated by their managers and supervisors. The Baker-King Foundation established a fund to recognize employees in any non-exempt position within JHH, JHHSC, JHCP and JHHP. The awards are presented during the annual Employee Appreciation Service Awards to employees who have been truly outstanding in the performance of their duties, and who have thus set an example for all. Each recipient receives a $100 bonus (via payroll), a Baker-King pin, and a certificate signed by Johns Hopkins Medicine leadership.

Katie O’Conor, MD was invited to serve on the 2023 Baltimore City Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood, Safety, and Engagement, Human Trafficking Grants Review Panel.

Srinivasa Raja, MD presented the J. Edmund Charlton Plenary Lecture on “Peripheral Targets for Neuropathic Pain- Quench the Spark and Prevent the Wildfire” at the NeuPSIG 2023 International Congress on Neuropathic Pain in Lisbon, Portugal.

John Sampson, MD, Michael Banks, MD MEHP, Christelle Samen, MD, Ifeoma Ekwere (JH-GAPP Program Manager), and Adam Laytin, MD, MPH were collaborators on a ventilator telesimulation education project in Sierra Leone (paper cited below), which was highlighted by a feature in the Washington Post:

Eellan Sivanesan, MD, FASA, was an invited speaker, presenting “Diagnostic vs Therapeutic Interventions for Pain” at the 2023 Annual Meeting of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) in Washington, DC.

Robert D. Stevens, MD, MBA, FCCM has received an Executive MBA degree from the International Institute for Management Development (IMD).

Robert D. Stevens, MD, MBA, FCCM has assumed a new role as JHU Provost Fellow.

Robert D. Stevens, MD, MBA, FCCM was the plenary speaker at the International Conference on Complex Acute Illness (ICCAI) in Augsburg, Germany, presenting “The Digital Twin and the Transformation of Medicine”.

M-Irfan Suleman, MBBS, was an invited speaker, presenting “Ultrasound Guided Pediatric Regional Anesthesia” at the KIDSDor Pediatric Conference 2023, in Brazil (virtual).

M-Irfan Suleman, MBBS, Laura Chin, MD, MPH, Tricia Vecchione, MD, MPH, and Rashmi Prasad, MBBS led the Basic Ultrasound Guided Regional Anesthesia Workshop: Live Scanning on Standardized Patients and Simulator Training on Phantoms at APPNA DC MD & VA Annual Meeting in Tysons Corner, VA.

Alexis Thompson, MD (PICU fellow) received the Pediatric Neurocritical Care Research Group (PNCRG) fellow travel award, and presented her research on “Midazolam Effect on Long Term Outcomes in Preclinical Model of Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury” at the PNCRG meeting in Phoenix, AZ.

Brad Vost, MD was named the CA-3 Resident MVP of the 1st Quarter of the Academic Year.

Sue Wolf, PA with the Wilmer CPO was awarded the JHH Advanced Practice Advisory Council’s August Advanced Practice Appreciation Award.

Jed Wolpaw, MD, MEd presented Grand Rounds on “Teaching and Learning in Anesthesiology” at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington, MA.


Articles Published

Basic and Translational Research

Banik RK, Sia T, Ibrahim MM, Sivanesan E, Uhelski M, Pena A, Streicher JM, Simone DA. Increases in local skin temperature correlate with spontaneous foot lifting and heat hyperalgesia in both incisional inflammatory models of pain. Pain Reports. 2023;8(5).

Li Q, Mathena RP, Eregha ON, Mintz CD. Effects of early exposure of isoflurane on chronic pain via the mammalian target of rapamycin signal pathway. Int J Mol Sci. 2019 Oct 15;20(20):5102.

Loeser R, Kuchar M, Wodtke R, Neuber C, Belter B, Kopka K, Santhanam L, Pietzsch J. Lysyl oxidases as targets for cancer therapy and diagnostic imaging. ChemMedChem. 2023 Aug 11:e202300331. Online ahead of print.

Loube JM, Gidner S, Venezia J, Ryan H, Neptune ER, Mitzner W, Dalesio NM. Nebulized caffeine alleviates airway hyperresponsiveness in a murine asthma model. Am J Physiol Lung Cell Mol Physiol. 2023 Aug 29. Online ahead of print.

Poe A, Martinez Yus M, Wang H, Santhanam L. Lysyl oxidase like-2 in fibrosis and cardiovascular disease. Am J Physiol Cell Physiol. 2023 Sep 1;325(3):C694-C707.


Clinical Research

Asiedu JO, Thomas AJ, Cruz NC, Nicholson R, Resar LMS, Khashab M, Frank SM. Management and clinical outcomes for patients with gastrointestinal bleeding who decline transfusion. PLoS One 2023;18(8):e0290351.

Barra ME, Zink EK, Bleck TP, Cáceres E, Farrokh S, Foreman B, Cediel EG, Hemphill JC, Nagayama M, Olson DM, Suarez JI; Curing Coma Campaign, its contributing members. Common data elements for disorders of consciousness: Recommendations from the Working Group on Hospital Course, Confounders, and Medications. Neurocrit Care. 2023 Aug 23. Online ahead of print.

Bhattacharyay S, Caruso PF, Åkerlund C, Wilson L, Stevens RD, Menon DK, Steyerberg EW, Nelson DW, Ercole A; CENTER-TBI investigators and participants. Mining the contribution of intensive care clinical course to outcome after traumatic brain injury. NPJ Digit Med. 2023 Aug 21;6(1):154.

Claassen J, Kondziella D, Alkhachroum A, Diringer M, Edlow BL, Fins JJ, Gosseries O, Hannawi Y, Rohaut B, Schnakers C, Stevens RD, Thibaut A, Monti M; Curing Coma Campaign, and Its Contributing Collaborators. Cognitive motor dissociation: gap analysis and future directions. Neurocrit Care. 2023 Jun 22. Online ahead of print.

Cho SM, Robba C, Diringer MN, Hanley DF, Hemphill JC, Horn J, Lewis A, Livesay SL, Menon D, Sharshar T, Stevens RD, Torner J, Vespa PM, Ziai WC, Spann M, Helbok R, Suarez JI; Curing Coma Campaign and its contributing members. Optimal design of clinical trials involving persons with disorders of consciousness. Neurocrit Care. 2023 Aug 3. Online ahead of print.

deCampo D, Husari KS, Bembea MM, Habela CW, Ritzl EK. Continuous electroencephalography (EEG) protocol improves seizure detection in children on extracorporeal membrane oxygenation. J Child Neurol. 2023 Aug 25:8830738231190145. Online ahead of print.

Digitale J, Burns G, Fong N, Boesel J, Robba C, Stevens RD, Cinotti R, Pirracchio R. Development of a core outcome set for ventilation trials in neurocritical care patients with acute brain injury: protocol for a Delphi consensus study of international stakeholders. BMJ Open. 2023 Sep 4;13(9):e074617.

Edlow BL, Boerwinkle VL, Annen J, Boly M, Gosseries O, Laureys S, Mukherjee P, Puybasset L, Stevens RD, Threlkeld ZD, Newcombe VFJ, Fernandez-Espejo D; and the Curing Coma Campaign and its Contributing Members. Common data elements for disorders of consciousness: recommendations from the Working Group on Neuroimaging. Neurocrit Care. 2023 Aug 8. Online ahead of print.

Gavish B, Gottschalk A, Hogue CW, Steppan J. Additional predictors of the lower limit of cerebral autoregulation during cardiac surgery. J Hypertens. 2023 Sep 15. Online ahead of print.

Gedansky A, Huang M, Hassett CE, Shoskes A, Cho SM, Buletko AB, Duggal A, George P, Uchino K. Cerebral microbleeds in acute respiratory distress syndrome. J Stroke Cerebrovasc Dis. 2023 Oct;32(10):107332.

Huang M, Gedansky A, Hassett CE, Shoskes A, Duggal A, Uchino K, Cho SM, Buletko AB. Structural brain injury on brain magnetic resonance imaging in acute respiratory distress syndrome. Neurocrit Care. 2023 Sep 5. Online ahead of print.

Luppi AI, Cabral J, Cofre R, Mediano PAM, Rosas FE, Qureshi AY, Kuceyeski A, Tagliazucchi E, Raimondo F, Deco G, Shine JM, Kringelbach ML, Orio P, Ching S, Sanz Perl Y, Diringer MN, Stevens RD, Sitt JD. Computational modelling in disorders of consciousness: Closing the gap towards personalised models for restoring consciousness. Neuroimage. 2023 Jul 15;275:120162.

Shu HT, Covarrubias O, Shah MM, Muquit ST, Yang VB, Zhao X, Kagabo W, Shou BL, Kalra A, Whitman G, Kim BS, Cho SM, LaPorte DM, Shafiq B; Hopkins Education, Research, and Advancement in Life Support Devices Group. What factors are associated with arterial line-related limb ischemia in patients on extracorporeal membrane oxygenation? a single-center retrospective cohort study. J Cardiothorac Vasc Anesth. 2023 Aug 19:S1053-0770(23)00700-0. Online ahead of print.

Taran S, Diaz-Cruz C, Perrot B, Alvarez P, Godoy DA, Gurjar M, Haenggi M, Mijangos JC, Pelosi P, Robba C, Schultz MJ, Ueno Y, Asehnoune K, Cho SM, Yarnell CJ, Cinotti R, Stevens RD. Association of noninvasive respiratory support with extubation outcomes in brain-injured patients receiving mechanical ventilation: a secondary analysis of the ENIO Prospective Observational Study. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2023 Aug 1;208(3):270-279.

Taran S, Stevens RD, Perrot B, McCredie VA, Cinotti R, Asehnoune K, Pelosi P, Robba C; ENIO Study Group, on behalf of the PROtective VENTilation network, the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine, the Colegio Mexicano de Medicina Critica, the Atlanréa group, and the La Société Française d’Anesthésie et de Réanimation (SFAR) research network. Incidence and Outcomes of Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome in Brain-Injured Patients Receiving Invasive Ventilation: A Secondary Analysis of the ENIO Study. J Intensive Care Med. 2023 Aug 11:8850666231194532. Online ahead of print.

Warner MA, Hess AS, Frank SM. Platelet transfusion in patients with thrombocytopenia. New Eng J Med 2023;389(5):479.

Editorials and Commentaries

Berkowitz I, Garrett J. Should the brain death exam with apnea test require surrogate informed consent? Yes. The UDDA Revision Series. Neurology. 2023 Aug 1;101(5):218-220.

Fackler J. Searching, again, for answers in all the wrong places. Thorax. 2023 Aug 28:thorax-2023-220429. Online ahead of print.

Gupta A. Working from home when you have chronic pain. WebMD Expert Blogs: Pain Management. 2023 Sep 19.

Shay J. Getting older in medicine. Closler. 2023 Sep 6.

Public Health and Health Equity

Tomobi O, Nelson-Williams H, Laytin AD, Bob-Ray C, Ekwere I, Banks MC, David E, Samen CDK, Kanu JE, Sampson JB. Ventilator training through international telesimulation in Sierra Leone. ATS Sch. 2023 Jul 18. Online ahead of print.

Quality Improvement and Clinical Operations

Odetola FO, Carlton EF, Dews A, Anspach RR, Evans MC, Howell JD, Keenan H, Kolovos NS, Levin AB, Mendelson J, Ushay HM, Yager PH. A tale of 8 cities: pediatric critical care redeployment to adult care during wave 1 of COVID-19. Hosp Pediatr. 2023 Sep 1;13(9):822-832.