Department of Anesthesiology Faculty Development

Faculty development and career advancement programs can increase workplace satisfaction and productivity and improve retention of faculty. The mission of the Department of Anesthesiology Faculty Development and Career Advancement (FDCA) Program is to provide faculty with the guidance and support needed to develop careers in academic medicine and to foster strategies that empower them to succeed in this highly challenging environment.

Through the FDCA program, we aim to help create a thriving academic environment and an inclusive community for our faculty, while maintaining strategic adaptability. We also help cultivate an atmosphere for success that acknowledges and rewards clinical excellence, explores and embraces novel pedagogical approaches, and supports innovative research programs. Our department continues its commitment to promoting diversity as well as respecting the dignity and well-being of all individuals in its community.

Through the FDCA Program, we build on our past successes and plan for a future where faculty feel energized, supported, and ready for the next challenges in healthcare delivery.


Faculty Development Leadership

  • Maya Jalbout Hastie, MD

    • Co-Director of Faculty Development and Career Advancement

    Dr. Maya Jalbout Hastie, a graduate of the American University of Beirut, first came to Columbia University as a fellow in cardiothoracic anesthesiology. After completing a pediatric anesthesiology fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis, Dr. Hastie joined the faculty in the Division of Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology (ACTA), in 2005. She has served as Associate Fellowship Director since 2007 and as ACTA Fellowship Program Director since 2017. In these roles, she has been involved in the administrative, educational, and clinical expansion of the fellowship program, and she played a pivotal role in the fellowship’s ACGME accreditation.

    Dr. Hastie is a certified doctoral candidate for a Doctorate in Education in Adult Learning and Leadership at Teachers College, Columbia University. She has received educational grants supporting her work on the impact of social media in education and the use of flipped classroom in anesthesiology education. Her primary interests are in faculty development and leadership. She serves as co-director of the Department of Anesthesiology’s Faculty Development and Career Advancement Program, and she is active in national societies as an advocate for the advancement of the careers of women physicians. Her research is on the perceptions that women in academic medicine have of leadership.

  • Danielle B. Ludwin, MD

    • Co-Director of Faculty Development and Career Advancement

    Danielle B. Ludwin is the Co-director of the Faculty Development and Career Advancement Program in the Department of Anesthesiology at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons.  She is an associate professor of anesthesiology and the Regional Anesthesia and Acute Pain Medicine Fellowship Director.  Dr. Ludwin   completed her anesthesiology residency at Weill Cornell Medical College and a fellowship in regional anesthesia at Hospital for Special Surgery. She has lectured locally, nationally and internationally on regional anesthesia.  Dr. Ludwin is a member of the Virginia Apgar Academy of Medical Educators at Columbia University Medical Center and a member of the Arnold P. Gold Humanism in Medicine Society.

  • Gebhard Wagener, MD

    • Vice Chair for Faculty Development

    Dr. Gebhard Wagener cares for some of our most complex patients as chief of vascular anesthesia, as an expert in liver transplant anesthesiology, and as an intensivist. In research, he is a clinical and translational investigator, focusing on complex liver and vascular disease, renal and lung physiology, inflammatory response, and treatments for COVID-19. He has mentored physicians and trainees along their research career trajectories in academic medicine, and many of the medical students that worked with Dr. Wagener through the years have chosen anesthesiology as a clinical career path. His mentees have earned first-author status on published research papers or presented research findings with him at specialty meetings and conferences. Dr. Wagener is a member of the Academy of Clinical Excellence, a recipient of the department’s Kathryn Cozine Teacher of the Year award, and he was a CUIMC/NYP Physician of the Year. 

    His academic contributions to the field include his roles as editor or peer reviewer for dozens of journals, including Transplantation, the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, the Journal of Clinical Anesthesia, and Kidney and Blood Pressure Research. He has edited a textbook about liver anesthesiology and critical care medicine, now in the second edition, published more than 50 papers, authored nine book chapters, and has been invited to speak about liver disease and transplantation at dozens of meetings worldwide.