Dr. Michael Avidan Named New Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology

The Department of Anesthesiology is pleased to announce that Dr. Michael Avidan has accepted the position of head of the Department of Anesthesiology, effective July 1.

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Dr. Athiraman receives William L. Young Neuroscience Research Award

Dr. Athiraman received the William L. Young Neuroscience Research Award for the project titled: “The Role of Isoflurane Conditioning on Cognitive Function Following Subarachnoid Hemorrhage”.

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Obstetric Anesthesiology Named Center of Excellence

The Department of Anesthesiology and Dr. Arvind Palanisamy are excited to announce that Washington University was recently designated as a Center of Excellence (COE) for Anesthesia Care for Obstetric Patients by the Society for Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology (SOAP).

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Blunting pain’s emotional component: Blocking opioid receptor restores motivation

Pain researchers have shown in rodents that they can block receptors on brain cells that are responsible for the negative emotions associated with pain, such as sadness, depression and lethargy.

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Less anesthesia during surgery doesn’t prevent post-op delirium

The National Institute on Aging funded ENGAGES trial reported in JAMA that electroencephalography guided general anesthesia does not appear to prevent postoperative delirium.

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