Annual Events

Academic Evening

Our annual Academic Evening takes place every year in late May in the reception area and auditorium of the Milstein Heart Center and is coordinated by Dr. Robert Sladen and Dr. Charles Emala. It is an opportunity for departmental residents, fellows, medical students, postdoctoral students, and research associates to present their research and academic work to their colleagues and the faculty. All submitted abstracts are presented as posters in one of three categories: basic science research, clinical research, or case reports. A faculty selection committee ranks the top two basic science research and clinical research abstracts as well as the best case report, all of which are presented in oral form at the end of the evening. An invited distinguished guest judge selects first- and second-place awards.

Recent guest judges:


George A. Mashour, M.D., PhD
Bert N. La Du Professor of Anesthesiology
Director of the Center for Consciousness Science anf the Michigan Institute for Clinical & Health Research
Associate Dean for Clinical and Translational Research at the University

University of Michigan Medical School


"Ketamine and Consciousness"


Vesna D. Jevtovic-Todorovic, MD, PhD, MBA
Professor of Anesthesia and Chair,
Department of Anesthesiology

University of Colorado, School of Medicine

“Anesthesia and the Developing Brain – Do We Have Cause for Concern?”


Beverly Orser, MD, PhD
Professor of Anesthesiology and Physiology, Department of Anesthesia

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center
Toronto, Canada

“Cognitive Deficits after Anesthesia and Surgery: Causes and Treatments”


Berend Mets, MB, ChB, PhD
FRCA, FFA (SA), Eric A. Walker Professor and Chair, Department of Anesthesiology

Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

“To Stop or Not: Angiotensin Axis Blockade”


Jeanine Wiener-Kronish, MD
Henry Isaiah Dorr Professor of Research and Teaching of Anesthetics, Harvard Medical School; Anesthetist-in-Chief, Department of Anesthesiology, Critical Care and Pain Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital

Harvard Medical School;
Massachusetts General Hospital

“Intraoperative Mechanical Ventilator”

E. M. Papper Lecture

This endowed lecture is held each year and is given by an anesthesiologist with an outstanding international reputation. The lecture honors Dr. E. M. Papper, the first chair of the department.

Recent lectures:


Russell D. and Mary B. Shelden Professor of Anesthesiology
Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics
Director, The Center for Clinical Pharmacology

“Shifting paradigms: Perioperative use of long-duration opioids.”


Laura E. Niklason, MD, PhD
Nicholas M. Greene Professor and Vice-Chair, Department of Anesthesia and Biomedical Engineering, Yale University School of Medicine

“State of the Art: Cell Therapies”


Lecture I
Bobbie-Jean Sweitzer, MD
Professor of Anesthesia & Critical Care, Professor of Medicine, Director, Anesthesia Perioperative Medicine Clinic, University of Chicago

“Evaluation and Optimization of the Higher Risk Patients”

Lecture II
Colleen Koch, MD, MS, MBA
The Mark C. Rogers Professor and Chair of Anesthesiology and Critical Care, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD

“Hospital-Acquired Anemia: A Hazard of Hospitalization”

Allen I. Hyman History of Anesthesia Lecture

This lecture is traditionally the first endowed lecture of the academic year and explores the breakthroughs and evolution of anesthesiology practices through the years.

Recent lectures:


Jeanine P. Wiener-Kornish, MD
Chief, Anesthesia and Critical Care
Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine

"Women in Anesthesiology"


Edward D. Miller, MD
Dean & CEO Emeritus, John Hopkins Medicine, Professor of Anesthesiology & Critical Care Medicine, John Hopkins University School of Medicine

"John Hopkins and the Creation of Modern Medicine Competencies"


Theodore H. Stanley, MD
Anesthesiology Professor, University of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City, UT

“The Opiods Part II: The Story of Fentanyl"

Sydney Winchell Memorial Lecture

These endowed lectures honor Dr. Sydney Winchell, who trained in our department from 1958 to 1960.

Recent lectures:


Keith A. (Tony) Jones, MD
Alfred Habeeb Professor of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine
President-UA Health Services Foundation
Chief Physician Executive-UAB Medicine
Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs-School of Medicine
Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine

“Perioperative and Acute Care Medicine: A Value Added Proposal for the Next Generation of the Health System.”


Lecture I: Dean B. Andropoulos, MD, MHCM
Anesthesiologist-in-Chief, Texas Children’s Hospital

“Dexmedetomidine and Anesthetic Neurotoxicity in the Developing Brain”

Lecture II: E. Wesley Ely, MD, MPH
Professor of Medicine, Associate Director of Research GRECC, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

“Saving the Injured Brain from Acquired Dementia: A New Frontier in Critical Care”


Lecture I: Alexandre Mignon, MD, PhD
MBA, Professor of Anesthesiology & Intensive Care Medicine, Cochin/Hotel-Dieu Hospital, Paris Descartes University and School of Medicine

“Serious Games: The Next Generation for Effective Education and Simulation”

Lecture II: Santhanam Suresh, MD
Professor and Chair, Department of Anesthesiology, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine

“Ultrasound-Guided Regional Anesthesia in Children”

Lecture III: Vincent Chan, MD, FRCPC
FRCA, Professor, Department of Anesthesiology, University of Toronto

“Perioperative Use of Ultrasound for Anesthesia Practice”

Virginia Apgar Endowed Lecture

These endowed lectures honor Dr. Virginia Apgar, the first female professor to hold a full professorship at the College of Physicians and Surgeons and creator of the Apgar Score for quickly determining a newborn infant's health.

Recent lectures:


Dan Berkowitz, M.B.B.Ch., M.D.Professor, Biomedical Engineering
Professor and Vice Chair for Research, Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine

"Blood Vessels That See and Smell, and Airways That Taste: Promiscuous G-Protein Coupled Receptors As Novel Therapeutic Targets."


Jeffrey Kirsch, M.D., Professor and Chair Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine,
Associate Dean for Clinical and Veteran’s Affairs

“Are Anesthetics Neuro-Protectors or Toxins?”


David S. Warner, MD
Vice Chair, Research, Chief, Division of Basic Sciences, Distinguished Professor of Anesthesiology in the School of Medicine, Professor of Anesthesiology, Neurobiology and Surgery, Duke University

“Advancing Translational Research: Lesions From Study of Acute Brain Injury”


Y. S. Prakash, MD, PhD
Professor of Anesthesiology & Physiology, Chair, Department of Physiology and Biomedical Engineering, Vice-Chair for Research, Department of Anesthesiology, Mayo Clinic

“Nanoparticles for Targeting Lung Diseases: The Need for Intelligent Design”


Endowed E. M. Papper Lecture in Pediatric Anesthesiology

The inaugural E.M. Papper Lecture in Pediatric Anesthesiology was held in April of 2018.


 Paul R. Hickey, M.D.
Professor of Anesthesia

'Ignorance in (Pediatric) Anesthesia"