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(alphabetical order)

Ilia Brusilovsky, MD Ilia Brusilovsky, MD
Assistant Professor

Undergraduate: BS, Biology (Virginia Commonwealth University)
Graduate:
MD (Virginia Commonwealth University)
Residency: Anesthesiology (VCU Medical Center)

John Burgner, MD John Burgner, MD
Director of PACU; Assistant Professor; Advisor to Anesthesiology Student Interest Group

Undergraduate: BS (Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology)
Graduate:
MD (Indiana University School of Medicine)
Residency: Anesthesiology (Indiana University School of Medicine)
Interests: Acute Pain Management, Liver Transplant

John Butterworth, IV, MD John F. Butterworth, IV, MD
Professor; Chair, Department of Anesthesiology

Undergraduate: BA Chemistry (UVA, Charlottesville, VA)
Graduate: MD (Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA)
Residency: Anesthesiology (Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA)
Fellowship: Trauma Fellow (Division of Neurological Surgery, VCU Medical Center, Richmond VA)
Fellowship: Research Fellowship Electrophysiology (Brigham & Women's Hospital, Boston)
Interests: Thoracic, Cardiac, Regional, Neuro, Local Anesthetics and clinical pharmacology

Cedric Campbell, MD Cedric H. Campbell, MD
Assistant Professor

Undergraduate: BS Medical Tech (Union College)
Graduate: MD (Univ of Illinois, Chicago, IL)
Internship: Family Medicine (St. Elizabeth Med Center)
Residency: Anesthesiology (VCU Medical Center)
Interests: General Anesthesia

Alex Colquhoun, MBChB, FRCA Alex Colquhoun, MBChB, FRCA, MRCGP, DRCOG
Associate Professor; Medical Director PACE

Undergraduate/Graduate: MBChB, FRCA, DRCOG (Univ of Glasgow, Glasgow, United Kingdom)
Residency: Anesthesiology (Western Infirmary, Glasgow, United Kingdom)
Fellowship: Cardiac Anesthesia (Leicester Royal Infirmary, Leicester, United Kingdom); Obstetric Anesthesia (Leicester Royal Infirmary, Leicester, United Kingdom)
Interests: General Anesthesia, Obstetric Anesthesia, Perioperative Medicine, Education

Alice Coombs, MD Alice Coombs, MD
Associate Professor

Undergraduate: BS Biology (University of Southern California)
Graduate:
MD (University of Los Angeles, School of Medicine)
Residency: Internal Medicine, Internship & Residency (Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard University)
Residency: Anesthesiology (Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard University)
Fellowship: Critical Care Medicine (Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard University)
Fellowship: Cardiothoracic Anesthesia (New England Center Tufts University)

Catherine Cooper, MD Catherine Cooper, MD
Associate Professor

Undergraduate: BA Psychology (UNC, Chapel Hill NC)
Graduate: MD (UNC, Chapel Hill NC)
Residency: Anesthesiology (UVA, Charlottesville, VA)
Interests: Transplant, Vascular, Preoperative Evaluation, Safety & Quality Assurance

Deanna Couser, MD Deanna Couser, MD
Assistant Professor

Undergraduate: B.Sc–Biology (Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA)
Graduate:
MD (VCU School of Medicine, Richmond, VA)
Residency: Anesthesiology (VCU School of Medicine, Richmond, VA)
Fellowship: Pediatric Anesthesiology
Interests: Pediatric Anesthesiology

Michael Czekajlo, MD, PhD Michael Czekajlo, MD, PhD
Associate Professor; Critical Care Physician; Director of Simulation

Undergraduate: BS Biology (Kean Univ, Union, NJ)
Graduate:
MS Biology (Fairleigh Dickinson Univ, Teaneck, NJ); MD (Poznan Univ of Medical Sciences, Poznan, Poland); PhD Emergency and Disaster Medicine (Poznan University of Medical Sciences, Poznan, Poland)
Interests: Critical Care Medicine

Ron Daniel, MD Ron Daniel, MD
Assistant Professor; Coordinator Trauma Related Issues

Undergraduate: BS (Univ of Maryland, College Park, MD)
Graduate:
MD (Penn State Univ, Hershey, PA)
Residency:
Internal Medicine (York Hospital); Anesthesiology (VCU Medical Center)
Fellowship:
Shock Trauma (Univ of Maryland, Baltimore, MD)
Interests: Neuroanesthesia, Trauma

Sabrina Dhillon, MD Sabrina Dhillon, MD
Assistant Professor

Undergraduate: BS, Chemistry, specialization in Biochemistry (B.Sc., UVA)
Graduate:
MD (Eastern Virginia Medical School); M.Sc, EVMS
Residency: Anesthesiology (University of Virginia)

James Dore, MD James Dore, MD
Assistant Professor

Undergraduate: BS Biomedical Science (Texas A&M Univ, College Station, TX)
Graduate:
MD (Louisiana State Univ School of Medicine, New Orleans, LA)
Residency:
Anesthesiology (VCU Medical Center)
Fellowship: Pediatric Anesthesia (Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA)
Interests: Pediatric Anesthesia, General Anesthesia

John Drago, MD John Drago, MD
Assistant Professor

Undergraduate: BS (Pennslyvania State University)
Graduate:
MD (New York Institute of Technology)
Residency:
Anesthesiology (Northwestern University Medical Center)
Fellowship: Adult & Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesia (Universtiy of Pennsylvania Medical Center)
Juris Doctor: Concentration in Health Care Law (University of Maryland School of Law)
Interests: Pediatric Anesthesia

Arkadiy Dubovoy, MD Arkadiy Dubovoy, MD
Assistant Professor

Graduate: MD (Crimean Medical Univ,Crimea, Ukraine)
Residency:
Anesthesiology (VCU Medical Center)
Fellowship: Pediatric Anesthesia (Univ of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI)
Interests: Pediatric Anesthesia, Acupuncture

Beata Evans, MD Beata Evans, MD
Assistant Professor

Undergraduate: BS Finance (Minot State University, Minot ND)
Undergraduate: BS International Business (Minot State University, Minot ND)
Graduate: MD (Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, Richmond, VA
Residency: Anesthesiology (State University of New York, Stony Brook Medicine, Stony Brook, NY)
Fellowship: Pediatric Anesthesia (Case Western Reserve University, Rainbow Babies & Childrens Hospital, Cleveland, Ohio)
Interests: Pediatric Anesthesia

Michael Fowler, MD Michael Fowler, MD, MBA
Medical Director of Anesthesia Transplant; Director, Anesthesia Residency Program

Undergraduate: BA (Wofford College, Spartanburg, South Carolina)
Graduate:
MBA (Mercer Univ); MD (St. George’s Univ School of Medicine, Grenada, West Indies)
Residency: Anesthesiology (VCU Medical Center)
Interests:
Transplant Anesthesia, Ambulatory, Regional

Lynne Gehr, MD Lynne Gehr, MD
Assistant Professor; Director of Medical Student Clerkship

Graduate: MD (West Virginia Univ, Morgantown, WVA)
Residency:
Anesthesiology (SUNY Upstate Medical Center, Syracuse, NY); Pediatrics (VCU Medical Center)
Fellowship:
Critical Care (Univ of VA, Charlottesville, VA); Pediatric Anesthesia (Univ of Pittsburg Medical Center, Pittsburg, PA)
Interests: Pediatric Anesthesia

Jeff Green, MD Jeff Green, MD
Associate Professor; Vice Chair; Assistant Medical Director for Performance Improvement; Boyan-Keenan Professor of Anesthesia Safety

Undergraduate: BS Psychology (Univ of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI)
Graduate: MD (Ohio State Univ College of Medicine, Columbus, OH)
Residency: Anesthesiology (Univ of Michigan Medical Center, Ann Arbor, MI)
Fellowship: Cardiac Anesthesia (Univ of Michigan Medical Center, Ann Arbor, MI)
Interests: Cardiac Anesthesia

Chris Guerry, MD, MHS Christopher Guerry, MD, MHS
Assistant Professor

Undergraduate: BA English & Philosophy (Pomona College, Claremont, CA)
Graduate:
MD (Univ of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA); MHS Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD
Residency: Anesthesiology (VCU Health System, Richmond, VA)
Fellowship: Hyperbaric Medicine (Duke University, Durham, NC)

John Hague, MD John R. Hague, MD
Associate Professor

Undergraduate: BS (Univ of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN)
Graduate:
MD (Univ of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN)
Residency: Pediatrics, Anesthesiology (Uniformed Services Univ of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, Maryland)
Interests: Obstetrics, General Anesthesia

Keith Howell, MD Keith A. Howell, MD
Assistant Professor

Undergraduate: BS Biology (Washington and Lee Univ, Lexington, VA)
Graduate: Medical College of Georgia (Augusta, GA)
Residency: Anesthesiology (VCU Medical Center)
Interests:
Regional, Ambulatory, Orthopaedics, Informatics

Marc A. Huntoon, MD Marc A. Huntoon, MD
Professor

Undergraduate: BS Biology (Alma College, Alma, MI)
Graduate:
MD (Wayne State University, Detroit, MI)
Residency: Anesthesiology (Portsmouth Naval Medical Center, Virginia)
Fellowship:
Pain Medicine (Portsmouth Naval Medical Center, Virginia)
Interests: Interventional Pain Complications, Medical Editing, Neuromodulation, Cancer Pain

Gordon Kerr, MBBCh Gordon Kerr, MBBCh
Assistant Professor; Medical Director, Ambulatory Surgery Center

Graduate Degree: MBBCh (Univ of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa)
Residency:
Anesthesiology (Univ of Natal, Durban, South Africa)
Interests: Regional, Ambulatory, Acupuncture

Jeannette Kierce, MD Jeannette Kierce, MD, FAAP
Assistant Professor; Director of Pediatric Anesthesiology

Undergraduate: BS Biology (SUNY Oneonta, NY)
Graduate:
MS Biology (Univ of Bridgeport, Bridgeport, Connecticut); MD (St. Louis Univ, St. Louis, Missouri)
Residency:
Anesthesiology (St. Louis Univ Hospitals, St. Louis, Missouri)
Fellowship:
Pediatric and Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesia (Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
Interests: Pediatric Anesthesia, Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesia, Ambulatory

Kristin Kim, MD Christin Kim, MD
Assistant Professor

Undergraduate: BA , Anthropology (New York University)
Graduate:
MD (University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey–Robert Wood Johnson Medical School)
Residency:
Anesthesiology (University of Michigan)
Fellowship: Critical Care Medicine (University of Michigan)

Fatoumata Kromah, MD Fatoumata Kromah, MD
Assistant Professor

Undergraduate: BA, Biology (Arcadia University)
Graduate: MD (Ross University School of Medicine ) Portsmouth, Dominica, West Indies
Internship: Internal Medicine (University of Alabama)
Residency: Anesthesiology (Upstate Medical University)
Fellowships: Obstetric Anesthesiology Fellowship (University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA)
Interests:
OB Anesthesia

Laura Lahaye, MD Laura Lahaye, MD
Assistant Professor, Director of Acute Pain Sevice

Undergraduate: BS (Univ of Maryland, College Park, MD)
Graduate: MD (UVA, Charlottesville, VA)
Residency:
Anesthesiology (Dartmouth, Lebanon, NH)
Interests:
Regional Anesthesia, General Anesthesia

Tamara Lawson, MD Tamara D. Lawson, MD
Assistant Professor

Undergraduate: BS, Biological Sciences (Univ of Maryland Baltimore Co., MD)
Graduate: Master of Public Health; MD (VCU Sch of Medicine, Richmond, VA)
Residency:
Anesthesiology (National Capital Consortium, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, National Naval Medical Center)
Interests:
Ultra Sound Guided Regional Anesthesia

Courtenay Gordon, MD Courtenay Leahman, MD
Assistant Professor

Undergraduate: BA Psychology (Univ of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI)
Graduate: MD (Emory Univ, Atlanta, GA)
Residency:
Internal Medicine (St. Vincent’s Medical Center, New York, NY)
Fellowship:
Multi-Disciplinary Critical Care (Univ of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA)
Interests:
Critical Care

Spencer Liebman, MD Spencer Liebman, MD
Assistant Professor

Undergraduate: BS-Biology (Trinity College, Hartford CT)
Graduate: MD (State University of New York Downstate, College of Medicine, Brooklyn, NY)
Residencies: Internal Medicine (Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA, J Willis Hurst Internal Medicine Residency Program); Anesthesiology (Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, Richmond, VA)
Fellowship: Cardiothoracic Anesthesia (VCU School of Medicine)
Interests: Cardiothoracic Anesthesia

Gaetano Menna, MD Gaetano Menna, MD
Assistant Professor; Director of Orthopaedic Anesthesia

Undergraduate: BA (Liceo Classico L.V. Pudente, Vasto, Italy)
Graduate: MD (Medical Sch of Rome, La Sapienza, Rome, Italy)
Residency: Anesthesiology (Anesthesia Dept of Policlinico I La Sapienza, Rome, Italy); Anesthesiology (NYU Medical Center, New York, NY)
Interests: Regional, Orthopedics

Daniel A. Millan, MD, FAAP Daniel A. Millan, MD, FAAP
Assistant Professor

Undergraduate: Colegio El Rosario, Colombia, South America
Graduate:
MD (Escuela Colombiana De Medicina/Universidad El Bosque, Colombia, SA)
Residency: Anesthesiology (Jackson Memborial HospitalMiami, FL); Anesthesiology (Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, El Paso, TX)
Fellowships: Pediatric Anesthesiology (Driscoll Children's Hospital, Corpus Christi, TX)
Interests: Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesia, Pediatric Anesthesia, Pediatric Pain, Pediatric Critical Care and Regional Anesthesia

W. Paul Murphy, MD W. Paul Murphy, MD
Assistant Professor

Undergraduate: BS (University of Maryland, MD)
Graduate:
MD (Wake Forest University School of Medicine, NC)
Residency: Anesthesiology (North Carolina Baptist Hospitals, NC)
Interests: Quality Improvement, International Anesthesia Care, Ultrasound/ TEE, and Medical Technology

Mitsuru Nakatsuka, MD Mitsuru Nakatsuka, MD
Professor Emeritus

Graduate: MD (Univ of Keio School of Medicine, Japan)
Residency: Anesthesiology (Yale-New Haven Hospital, New Haven, CT)
Interests: Transplant, Critical Care, Anesthesia in Morbidly Obese, Cardiothoracic, Regional, Acupuncture

Jay Napoleon, MD Jay Napoleon, MD
Assistant Professor

Undergraduate: BS Mechanical Engineering (MIT, Cambridge, MA)
Graduate:
MD (VCU Medical Center)
Residency:
Anesthesiology (VCU Medical Center)
Fellowship: Pain Management (VCU Medical Center)
Interests: Acute Pain Management, Regional Anesthesia

Mark Nelson, MD Mark Nelson, MD, MEd
Assistant Professor; Chief, Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology; Program Director, Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology Fellowship; Director of Perioperative Echocardiography

Undergraduate: BS Biology (Univ of Washington, Seattle, WA)
Graduate:
MD (Univ of Kansas, Kansas City, KS); MEd (VCU, Richmond, VA)
Residency: Anesthesiology (Univ of Illinois, Chicago, IL)
Fellowship:
Cardiac Anesthesia (VCU Medical Center)
Interests: Perioperative Echocardiography, Cardiac Anesthesia, Resident Education

Jason Noble, MD Jason Noble, MD
Assistant Professor; Director of Surgical Services

Undergraduate: BS (Davidson College, Davidson, NC)
Graduate:
MD (Hahnemann Medical College, Philadelphia, PA)
Residency: Surgery (Hahnemann Medical College); Anesthesiology (St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, Brighton, MA)
Interests: General Anesthesia, Acupuncture

Nirvik Pal, MD Nirvik Pal, MBBS, MD
Assistant Professor

Graduate: MLB Medical College, Jhansi, UP, India, MBBS
Residency: LLH, Hospital, GSVM Medical College, Kanpur, UP, India, Anesthesiology
Fellowship: University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario Canada, Cardiac Anesthesiology

Praveen Prasanna, MD Praveen Prasanna, MD
Assistant Professor

Graduate: MBBS, Bachelor of Surgery (Medical College Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India)
Post Doctoral Training: Fellow of the College of Anaesthetists Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (FCARCSI) (Royal College of Anaesthetists United Kingdom)
Residency:
Anesthesiology (Baystate Medical Center, Springfield MA)
Interests: Regional and General Anesthesia

Megan Rashid, MD Megan Rashid, MD
Assistant Professor

Undergraduate: BS, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Graduate: MSM, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Graduate: MD, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, FL
Residency:
Anesthesiology, University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami, FL
Fellowship: Critical Care Fellowship, Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO
Interests: Critical Care Medicine, Perioperative Ultrasound

Christa L. Riley, MD Christa L. Riley, MD
Assistant Professor

Undergraduate: BS, Engineering (Tulane University, New Orleans LA)
Graduate: MD (VCU School of Medicine, Richmond VA)
Residency:
Anesthesiology (VCU Medical Center)
Interests: Regional Anesthesia, General Anesthesia, Patient Safety

Iolanda Russo-Menna, MD Iolanda Russo-Menna, MD, MEd
Assistant Professor

Undergraduate: BS (Lyceum Scientifico, Italy)
Graduate: MD/DDS (La Sapienza, Rome, Italy); MEd (VCU, Richmond, VA)
Residency:
Anesthesiology (NYU Medical Center, New York, NY)
Fellowship:
Pediatric Anesthesia (Albany Medical Center, Albany, NY); Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesia (Children’s Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA)
Interests: Pediatric Anesthesia, Resident Education, Simulation

Marie Sankaran-Raval, MD Marie Sankaran-Raval, MD
Assistant Professor

Undergraduate: BA, International Relations, (Brown University)
Graduate:
MD, (Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University)
Internship:
Internal Medicine ( Brown Medical School)
Residency:
Anesthesiology (Boston University School of Medicine)
Fellowship:
Pediatric Anesthesiology (Harvard University, Children’s Hospital Boston)
Interests
: Pediatric Anesthesia

Michael Scott, MB, ChB Michael Scott, MB, ChB
Professor

Undergraduate: MB ChB (University of Birmingham Medical School
Graduate:
FRCA Royal College of Anaesthetists, London, UK
Residency:
MRCP (UK) Royal College of Physicians, London, UK
Fellowships:
FFICM Royal College of Anaesthetists, London, UK; FRCP (UK) Royal College of Physicians, London, UK

Jagdip Shah, MBBS, MBA Jagdip B. Shah, MBBS, MBA
Associate Professor

Graduate: MBA (Virginia Commonwealth University)
Graduate:
MBBS (Gujarat Univ, Gujarat, India)
Residency:
Anesthesiology (Beth Israel Medical Center, New York, NY)
Fellowship:
(Univ of Maryland, Baltimore, MD)
Interests:
Transplant, Critical Care, Economics of Medicine

Pranav R. Shah, MD Pranav R. Shah, MD
Assistant Professor

Graduate: BS-Biology (University of Rochester, Rochester, NY)
Graduate:
MD (University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh PA)
Residency:
Anesthesiology (University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh PA)
Fellowship:
Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology (Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN)
Fellowship:
Critical Care Medicine (Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN)
Interests:
Point-of-Care Ultrasound, Perioperative Organ Dysfunction, Critical Care Medicine, Cardiothoracic Anesthesia

Jay Shapiro, MD Jay Shapiro, MD
Professor; Vice Chair for Education; Associate Director, Anesthesia Residency Program; John R. Jones Professor of Anesthesia Education

Undergraduate: BA Philosophy (Texas A&M, College Station, TX)
Graduate: MD (Univ of South Alabama School of Medicine, Mobile, AL)
Residency: Anesthesiology (Univ of South Alabama School of Medicine, Mobile, AL)
Fellowship:
Pediatric and Adult Cardiac Anesthesia (Univ of Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, PA)
Interests: Pediatrics

Bob Stallings L. Robert Stallings, MD
Assistant Professor

Undergraduate: BS Biology (University of Virginia)
Graduate:
MD (Virginia Commonwealth University)
Internship:
Obstetrics & Gynecology (Tripler Army Medical Center, Hawaii)
Residency:
Anesthesiology (Letterman Army Medical Center, San Francisco, CA)
Interests: Difficult Airways

Olga Suarez-Winowiski, MD Olga Suarez-Winowiski, MD
Assistant Professor

Undergraduate: BS Biology (Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Mexico, Mexico)
Graduate: MD (Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Mexico, Mexico)
Graduate: MS Health Services Administration (University of Detroit Mercy, Michigan)
Residency: Anesthesiology (VCU Medical Center)
Interests: Difficult Airway Management, Ambulatory Anesthesia, Regional Anesthesia

Shilen Thakrar, MD Shilen P. Thakrar, MD
Assistant Professor

Undergraduate: BS Biochemistry (University of California, Los Angeles)
Graduate: MD (VCU School of Medicine)
Residency:
Anesthesiology (Albany Medical Center)

Bryant Tran, MD Bryant Tran, MD
Assistant Professor

Undergraduate: BS, Biology (Wake Forest University, Wake Forest, NC)
Graduate: MD, (Wake Forest University, Wake Forest, NC)
Internship: Wake Forest University, Wake Forest, NC
Residency:
Anesthesiology (University of Virginia Health System)
Fellowship: Regional Anesthesia and Acute Pain Medicine (Stanford University Medical Center, Stanford, CA)

Interests: Acute Pain Medicine

Vishal Yajnik, MS, MD Vishal Yajnik, MD, MS
Assistant Professor

Undergraduate: BA, Public Health (Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore MD)
Graduate: MS, Physiology & Biophysics (Georgetown University, Washington, DC; MD (VCU School of Medicine)
Residency: Anesthesiology (VCU Medical Center)
Fellowship: Critical Care Medicine (University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh PA)

Interests: Critical Care Medicine, Therapeutic Hypothermia, Medical Education

Andrea Zepeda, MD Andrea Zepeda, MD
Assistant Professor

Undergraduate: BA Biological Sciences (University of Chicago)
Graduate: MD (University of Michigan Medical School)
Residency: Anesthesiology (University of Michigan Health System)
Fellowship: Pediatric Anesthesia (University of Michigan Health System)

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