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    The department of Anesthesiology's faculty include generalists and specialists in pediatric and cardiac anesthesiology, and critical care.

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    The department of Anesthesiology treats patients through its Chronic Pain Management Clinic at Banner - University Medical Center South.

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    The University of Arizona Department of Anesthesiology provides a full range of clinical services at Banner - University Medicine's two Tucson hospitals and Outpatient Surgery Center as well as the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System.

Please Welcome Our New Faculty

Soojie Yu, MD

Dr. Yu is originally from Saline, MI. She obtained her Bachelors of Science degree in Biochemistry from Johns Hopkins University. She attended medical school at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. She did her Anesthesiology residency at the University of Arizona, Tucson. She returns to University of Arizona/Banner after completing her Adult Cardiac Anesthesiology fellowship at Jackson Memorial Hospital/University of Miami in Miami, FL. Her professional interest is in echocardiography, 3D echo, and regional anesthesia in cardiac surgery. In her spare time, she likes to hike, run, and spend time with her husband and shiba inu.

Kee Hang Kevin Luk, MD, MS

Dr. Luk is a board-certified critical care physician and anesthesiologist. He is a native of Hong Kong and came to the US to pursue higher education after high school. Kevin graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Madison with a Bachelor’s degree in Medical Microbiology & Immunology and Bacteriology, followed by a Master’s in Bacteriology (Advisor: Ronald F. Schell, Ph.D). He received his medical education at Boston University School of Medicine, where he developed a keen interest in the care of indigenous and vulnerable populations. After graduating from medical school, he became the inaugural trainee of the combined Anesthesiology / Critical Care Medicine track at the Department of Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine of the University of Washington. After he completed his training, he joined the faculty at Harborview Medical Center, where he cared for complex trauma and neurosurgical patients. During his tenure at UW, he implemented an ICU-to-OR handoff process and directed the point-of-care ultrasound curriculum for the critical care medicine fellowship. Dr. Luk prides himself as an excellent clinician-educator and delivers his care based on the most recent research literature. Dr. Luk’s clinical interest is in the care of patients undergoing complex neurovascular and spinal procedures. He teaches perioperative management of patients with neurological conditions in national conferences and is a co-author of multiple book chapters on the topic. He is also an expert of point-of-care ultrasound, including transcranial doppler ultrasonography. He has assumed the role of Director for the Critical Care Medicine fellowship in our department.

Joao L. Carvalho-de-Souza, DVM , PhD

Joao L. Carvalho-de-Souza, DVM, PhD, is originally from Fortaleza, Brazil. He graduated from the School of Veterinary Medicine, State University of Ceara in 2003 and then continued on to obtain his MSc in Physiological Sciences. In 2006, he moved to Sao Paulo to join the Department of Physiology and Biophysics of the University of Sao Paulo as a PhD student. He graduated in 2010 and practiced Veterinarian Medicine at the University Mackenzie in Sao Paulo. In 2012, he moved to the University of Chicago for postdoctoral training in electrophysiology and biophysics. He has become an expert in the gating properties of voltage dependent ion channels, the basis of many genetic diseases of the brain, sensory neurons and the heart. He also had a pivotal role in the development of the novel technique of optocapacitance, a method that enables neuronal cells to generate action potentials using pulses of light. Dr. Carvalho-de-Souza will pursue electrophysiological and biophysical experiments in cardiovascular biology and pain. He recently moved to Tucson with his wife, son and daughter.

Andreia Z Chignalia, PharmD, PhD.

Dr. Chignalia is originally from Sao Paulo, Brazil. She graduated from the School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Sao Paulo and then continued on to obtain her PhD in Pharmacology at University of Sao Paulo. She completed an international fellowship in experimental hypertension as a graduate student at the University of Ottawa, Canada and a postdoctoral international fellowship in lung vascular biology and endothelial permeability at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her research interests focus on the mechanisms that contribute to the development of cardiovascular diseases. Dr. Chignalia recently moved to Tucson with her family and she looks forward to enjoying the warm weather. She likes to travel and enjoys music and dance.

Stanley Sady, MD​, PhD

Dr. Sady has joined the Department of Anesthesiology effective February 1st. Dr. Sady joins us as a Full Professor and a highly experienced cardiac anesthesiologist. Dr. Sady has a PhD in Education (Exercise Physiology) from the University of Michigan and worked in the clinical research world for approximately 10 years, publishing many papers. He obtained his MD from the University of Michigan and completed his Anesthesiology & Critical Care Medicine residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston. He has held a number of private and academic positions including Professor at the University of California Davis. Dr. Sady is an expert in echocardiography, 3D echo and cardiac care, and he is a passionate educator. He is an avid cyclist, runner, weight-trainer and golfer. According to his wife, Mina, of 39 years he loves “working and working-out”. We are thrilled to have Dr. Sady in the UA Department of Anesthesiology.

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New location for Department of Anesthesiology

The Department of Anesthesiology moved into its new operating rooms on Monday April 9th that are located on the 3rd floor of the recently dedicated Tower 1, a 9 story, 670,000 square foot hospital, part of the Banner University Medical Center Tucson expansion project. The new peri-operative space includes 22 state of the art operating rooms, including 2 hybrid ORs, dedicated regional block and procedure rooms, office space for the Board Runner, Peri-Operative Medical Director and Director for Clinical Operations. A new Anesthesiology Library contains computers for charting as well as space for breaks between cases. New on-call rooms are located in separate Resident and Attending call suites that are in close proximity to operating rooms and will be a comfortable place to rest between clinical duties. Tower 1 has a beautiful sunny cafeteria (Level 1) with indoor and outdoor seating options, a coffee bar (Level 2) with mountain views and an outdoor roof-top patio (Level 4), all within a minute’s walk from the operating rooms. Also located in Tower 1 are procedural areas including Cardiology laboratories (Cath and EP), Interventional Radiology, MRI and CT scanner (Level 2). Level 5 houses the new OB center with OB Triage, Labor and Delivery rooms, OB operating rooms and pre- and post-partum rooms. All Adult ICUs will eventually relocate to Tower 1, with MICU (Level 7) and Surgical ICU (Level 8) being the first to relocate. The Cardio-vascular ICU will move in early May (Level 6). Faculty and staff will have convenient parking in Parking Garage C located just to the west of Tower 1 main entrance.


University of Arizona President, Robby Robbins, MD (center) shows off the Wildcat sign while posing with OR leadership during the opening of the new operating rooms in Tower 1.  Front row, from left: Sam Paidy, MD Director of Clinical Operations (Anesthesiology), Taylor Riall MD, Vice Chair (Surgery), Dr. Robbins, Kara Snyder RN, Director of Perioperative Services, Randal Dull, MD PhD.  Back row left: Irv Kron, MD Dean COM; Back row middle, Patrick Boyle, MD  Medical Director for Perioperative Services (Anesthesiology).






Dr. Randal Dull, Anesthesiology, was one of the UA celebrity judges in 'Shark Tank'

On Wednesday, Feb. 13, the College of Medicine – Tucson hosted a Shark Tank-style competition as part of Research Day, for researchers at the University of Arizona Health Sciences. Six teams competed for a $10,000 prize during ‘Shark Tank.’ Contestants pitched their research ideas to a panel of “sharks,” a cast of UA celebrity judges that included our Professor Dr. Randall DullUA President Robert Robbins, MD, and Senior Vice President Michael Dake, MD, Humberto Lopez, a UA alumnus, local philanthropist and businessman; Tucson philanthropist and community leader Ginny Clemens; and Andrew Messing, president of the Steven M. Gootter Foundation. 

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The Science of Consciousness 2019

Stuart Hameroff MD and the Center for Consciousness Studies (‘CCS’) have received $153,000 from the Penrose Institute for clinical studies of transcranial ultrasound (‘TUS’) for treatment of dementia, brain trauma, addiction and mood disorders. He will be collaborating with Drs John JB Allen and Jay Sanguinetti in Psychology, Bellal Joseph in Surgery, Rich Amini in Emergency Medicine, and Todd Vanderah and Tally Largent-Milnes in Pharmacology. TUS has been shown to improve mood and cognitive function in humans, reverse effects of Alzheimer’s and brain trauma in animals, and could prove useful in treatment and/or prevention of post-operative cognitive dysfunction (POCD). The first clinical study showing TUS effects on mental states in humans was done by Hameroff and departmental colleagues (including Drs Boyle and Lucas) and published in the journal Brain Stimulationin in 2013. 

The CCS-sponsored conference ‘The Science of Consciousness 2019’ will be held June 25-28 in Interlaken, Switzerland, in the Alps, near famous mountain peaks Eiger, Monk and Jungfrau. The program is excellent, including a workshop on how anesthetics act to specifically erase consciousness. Dr Hameroff is conference co-organizer, and will give several talks during the 4 day event. Click Here to read more.    


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Pain Clinics Could Cut Down on Opioid Use, UA Team Finds

Pain specialists at the University of Arizona and Banner – University Medicine are trying to reduce the use of opioids for patients suffering from chronic non-cancer pain by utilizing alternatives and complementary methods, and a large array of pain intervention procedures.

Drs. Monica Kraft and Julie Ledford Win $10K ‘Shark Tank’ Prize

On Wednesday, Feb. 13, the College of Medicine – Tucson hosted a Shark Tank-style competition as part of Research Day, a first-of-its-kind, daylong event for researchers at the University of Arizona Health Sciences. 

The Science of Consciousness 2019

Stuart Hameroff MD and the Center for Consciousness Studies (‘CCS’) have received $153,000 from the Penrose Institute for clinical studies of transcranial ultrasound (‘TUS’) for treatment of dementia, brain trauma, addiction and mood disorders. 

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