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Our Mission:

The mission of Hopkins Medicine is excellence in research, education and clinical care. The cardiac anesthesia division has years of success in all 3 categories.

Cardiac surgery and procedures can be complex, invasive, and be accompanied by a great deal of patient and family anxiety. The Cardiac Anesthesia Division at Johns Hopkins represents and practices alongside world renowned cardiac care providers to instill comfort and confidence for patients and families receiving cardiac care. Procedures for cardiac patients are done in some of the most technically sophisticated operating suites in the world. Each cardiac operating suite contains state of the art monitoring equipment including TEE machines with 3D capability to promote the highest quality and safe patient care for each surgical procedure. This care continues during the postoperative period in the critical care suite. Additionally, the Cardiac Anesthesia Division collaborates with the Cardiac Electrophysiology group to support all diagnostic and intervention procedures in the EP procedural suites. Also, Cardiac anesthesia exclusively provides real-time interventional echocardiography guidance for structural heart procedures including percutaneous mitral, aortic and tricuspid valve repair/replacements – as well as for left atrial appendage procedures. Faculty are recognized experts in echocardiography, including 3D echocardiography and interventional echocardiography.

Our Faculty

The Cardiac Division’s faculty are heavily involved in research, addressing fundamental questions of discovery in both basic science and in the clinical domain. With approximately $2 million in annual extramural funding, patients and their families can feel confident in their providers’ techniques and expertise while receiving general anesthesia and continuous vital monitoring in the operating rooms.

The cardiac anesthesia faculty are incredibly involved in education on a local as well as international level. Faculty consistently speak at national and international conferences as well as hold leadership positions in orchestrating these conferences.

Dr. Charles Brown Awarded NIH Grant

Congratulations as our own Charles Brown IV, MD was awarded an R01 grant from the NIH for his study titled “Cerebral Autoregulation in the Cardiac Surgery Intensive Care Unit: Associations with Postoperative Delirium, Cognitive Change, and Biomarkers of Brain Injury.” This study will provide important mechanistic understanding of cerebrovascular contributions to postoperative cognitive change that may provide insights into delirium, cognitive decline, and Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD). Specifically, this study will examine the associations of (1) mean arterial pressure outside the limits of cerebral autoregulation and (2) impaired autoregulation in the cardiac surgery intensive care unit with both postoperative delirium and postoperative cognitive change at 1- and 12- months after surgery, and will also examine blood biomarkers of brain injury. The results of this study will provide important information on how to personalize control of blood pressure after cardiac surgery to reduce postoperative delirium and cognitive decline and may provide preliminary data for a future trial to prevent delirium and cognitive change using these methods.

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Division Faculty and Clinical Associates

James (Jake) Abernathy, MD, MPH
Division Chief, Cardiac Anesthesiology

Promise Ariyo, MD

Mary Beth Brady, MD, FASE
Vice Chair for Education
Medical Director, Post Anesthesia Care Unit
Director, Intraoperative Transesophageal Echocardiography

Charles Brown, MD
Director of Perioperative Clinical Research

Brian Bush, MD

Stephanie Cha, MD

Brian Cho, MD

Wei Dong Gao, MD

Lee Goeddel, MD
Associate Program Director Critical Care Medicine (Anesthesiology) Fellowship
Director of Perioperative Ultrasound Research

Michael Grant, MD
Director of Anesthesiology for Enhanced Recovery After Surgery
Director of Clinical Operations

Nadia Hensley, MD
Director of Patient Safety and Clinical Quality
Physician Advisor, Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine

Roger A. Johns, MD, MHS

Brijen Joshi, MD
Medical Director, Thoracic Anesthesiology

Youn-hoa Jung, MD

Megan Kostibas, MD
Program Director, Cardiothoracic Anesthesia Fellowship

Laeben Lester, MD
Co-Director, Johns Hopkins Airway Program
Course Director, Mark Rossberg Memorial Multidisciplinary Airway Course

Daniel Nyhan, MD, MMBCh

Sinead Nyhan, MD
Co-Director of Perioperative Medicine, High Risk Cardiovascular Disease

Jochen Steppan, MD, DESA, FAHA
Director of Perioperative Medicine, High Risk Cardiovascular Disease

Giancarlo Suffredini, MD

Joseph Walpole, MD

Cardiac Fellows

Molly Kudela, MD

Sumanth Kuppalli, MD

Danielle Leahy, MD
Combined ACTA/Surgical Critical Care Fellowship

Brandon Madsen, MD

Bradford Marsili, DO

Ioana Rus, MD, PhD, MS
Combined T32 Fellowship

Electrophysiology (EP) Cohort

CRNAs in the EP cohort are expert in providing anesthesia to cardiac patients undergoing minimally invasive procedures such as radiofrequency ablation (RFA) of dysrhythmias, implantation and removal of pacemakers and defibrillators, device lead removal/revision, implantation of pulmonic valves, the Lariat procedure, electrophysiological studies, cardioversion, and transesophageal echocardiograms. The EP cohort currently has 28 CRNAs. This cohort is under the cardiac anesthesia division and has an excellent collaborative practice with the cardiac anesthesiologists.

Cardiac CRNAs

Kelley Clark MS, CRNA 
Joan Chouili MSN, CRNA
Gary Gauthier MSN, CRNA
Kimberly Hall, MSN, CRNA
Gordon Han, DNP, CRNA
Chuck (Lewis) Eder MS, CRNA
Amanda Eggert MS, CRNA
Soo-Ok Kim MSN, ACNP, CRNA
Wailin Lau MS, CRNA
Cathy Lawry, CRNA, MS
Kelsey Leonard MSN, CRNA
Wai-Ling Lo MSN, CRNA
Kevin Lopez MS, CRNA
Scott Manning MSN, CRNA
Saheel Patel MS, MSN, CRNA
Sarah Rollison, DNP, CRNA
Mary Saliski MSN, CRNA
Kristina Shaver MSN, CRNA
David Travis, CRNA, MSN
Megan Waters MSN, CRNA