Celebration of Research

The University of Virginia, Department of Anesthesiology

announces its 5th Annual

Celebration of Research

May 29 and 30, 2018, Pinn Hall Conference Center


Tuesday, May 29, 4:30-7:00 pm

Presentations and Posters by Residents, Fellows and Faculty

 7:00-8:00 pm

Catered Dinner and Guest Lecturer

Wednesday, May 30,  7:00 am and 8:00 am


2018 Todorovic Lecturer in Anesthesiology


Hugh C. Hemmings Jr, M.D., PhD., FRCA

Weill Cornell Medicine, New York City

Senior Associate Dean for Research, The Joseph F. Artusio, Jr. Professor and Chair, Department of Anesthesiology, Professor of Pharmacology, Weill Cornell Medicine

Anesthesiologist-in-Chief, New York-Presbyterian Hospital



2017 Celebration of Research, Awards and Honors

The Vesna and Slobodan Todorovic FIRST PRIZE for Outstanding Faculty Research Presentation was awarded to:

Gregory A. Smith M.D., Marcel E. Durieux, M.D., Ph.D., Bhiken I. Naik, M.D.

for the presentation:

Trends of Intraoperative Opioid and Non-Opioid Analgesic Use and Associated Postoperative Pain Scores at an Academic Tertiary Care Hospital over a Four-Year Period”


The Vesna and Slobodan Todorovic SECOND PRIZE for Outstanding Faculty Research Presentation was awarded to:

Ryan Sica, Nadia Lunardi, M.D., PhD.

For the presentation:

“General Anesthetics: Modulators of Developmental Synaptic Plasticity?”


New Departmental Awards

 The Carl Lynch Award for Outstanding Basic Science Publication for 2016-17:

 Awarded to Robert H. Thiele, M.D., Keita Ikeda, Yunzhen Wang, Raquel R. Bartz, Zhiyi Zuo, M.D., PhD.

For their contribution:

“Broadband Near-Infared Spectroscopy can Detect Cyanide-Induced Cytochrome aa3 Inhibition in Rats: A Proof of Concept Study” Anesthesiology 2017, 122: 1299-1311


The Marcel E. Durieux Award for Outstanding Clinical Publication for 2017:

Awarded to Abdullah Sulieman Terkawi, M.D., Dimitris Mavridis, Daniel I. Sessler, Megan S. Nunemaker, Khaled S. Doals, Rayan Sulieman Terkawi, Yazzed Sulieman Terkawi, Maria Petrapoulou, Edward C. Nemergut, M.D.

For their contribution:

“Pain Management Modalities after Total Knee Arthroplasty” Anesthesiology 2017, 126:923-937-


Awarded to Mohamed Tiouririne, M.D., Adam J. Dixon, F. William Mauldin Jr., David Scalzo, M.D., Arun Krishnaraj

For their contribution:

“Imaging Performance of a Handheld Ultrasound System with Real-Time Computer-Aided Detection of Lumbar Spine Anatomy – A Feasibility Study” Investigative Radiology  2017, Vol 52, Issue 8:447-455


Visiting Professor James C. Eisenach judges 2015 Celebration

James C. Eisenach, MD, Professor of Anesthesiology and Physiology & Pharmacology at Wake Forest School of Medicine, was a guest judge of this year’s presentations and gave three lectures in conjunction with the event. Dr. Eisenach is also Editor-in-Chief of Anesthesiology.

After his visit, Dr. Eisenach summed up our commitment to research this way

I have visited many universities, including the top 5 with heavy research infrastructure and lots of foundation support, but yours stands out in my mind for getting all kinds of people engaged in research and apparently having fun doing it. Congratulations!


Christine Zanghi wins top award at annual Celebration of Research 2017

The Department of Anesthesiology recently hosted the second annual Celebration of Research, funded in part by a generous grant from Slobo Todorovic and Vesna Jevtovic-Todorovic, both of whom are professors of Anesthesiology and Neuroscience. The purpose of the event is to showcase the research of our junior faculty and residents. Submissions are reviewed by our senior research faculty members, and benefit from their critiques. Monetary awards are given to the top research projects in several categories.

Christine N. Zanghi, Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology, earned the Vesna and Slobo Todorovic Excellence in Anesthesiology Research Award for Outstanding Investigation by a Faculty Member.

The Department is proud to have an excellent program of research, including four NIH-funded research labs, a growing number of funded projects under the direction of junior faculty members, an active clinical research team, and many projects done by residents in collaboration with our faculty. Our basic science labs attract visiting faculty members from around the world.

The full listing of awards for 2015 is here.

The Celebration of Research was coordinated by Carl Lynch III, Professor of Anesthesiology, with administrative support from Tara Devlin. Contact Dr. Lynch if you would like more information about this year’s event or would like to attend the 2016 event.