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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

Yuri Chaves Martins, PhD, MD

Dr. Martins is a native of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He received his MD and PhD degree in immunology at Federal University of Rio de Janeiro School of Medicine. After graduating from medical school, Dr. Martins came to the US for post-doctoral training in innate immunity at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He subsequently trained in anesthesia and chronic pain at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, in Boston. Dr. Martins is dedicated to developing an individualized treatment plan for each patient and provide the latest in minimally invasive and interventional treatment options. He is trained to treat an array of pains that stem from multiple causes including low back pain, chronic regional pain syndrome, chronic arthritis and cancer pain. Because Dr. Martins is also a board certified anesthesiologist, he will also be working in the OR at Banner University Medical Center – Tucson. Dr. Martins is accepting new patients at Banner Pain Clinic.

David Currie, MD

Dr. Currie is a board-certified anesthesiologist specializing in pain management. He received his bachelor of arts in English Literature from the University of Pennsylvania and his medical degree from The Penn State College of Medicine. He completed his residency in anesthesiology at Mount Sinai Roosevelt-St. Luke’s Hospitals in New York City and his fellowship in pain management at the University of Arizona. He currently practices both pain management and anesthesiology. Dr. Currie is a passionate patient advocate and served as the president of the New York State Society of Anesthesiologists Resident and Fellows Section and has met with representatives and senators at both the federal and state levels to advocate for patients on issues such as patient safety in the operating room, drug shortages, surprise out-of-network billing, and the opioid epidemic. As a pain management specialist, Dr. Currie has received extensive training in interventional pain procedures that alleviate pain and improving functionality, while avoiding habit-forming medications. In his free time, Dr. Currie enjoys weight-lifting, cycling, reading, and exploring nature with his wife and three children.

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.


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College of Medicine’s Clinical Excellence Award

Congratulations to Dr. Amol Patwardhan MD, PhD for being selected for the College of Medicine's Cliical Excellence Award. These awards are awareded to faculty members who exceed all standards of clinical excellence and inspire us regarding how we should serve and care for patients. Dr. Patwardhan is the Co-Director of our Chronic Pain Management Clinic, he has been with our department since 2014, 






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.

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.    


University of Anesthesiology Faculty Garner NIH Funding

University of Arizona Anesthesiology faculty Amol Patwardhan, MD, PhD and Mohab Ibrahim, MD, PhD both received notice of awards from NIH this month. Dr. Patwardhan, MD, PhD received an NIH-K08 Mentored Clinician-Scientist Award while Dr. Ibrahim, MD PhD was awarded an RO1. This marks the first time in many years that the Department of Anesthesiology has NIH funding. 

Amol and Mohab represent the kind of success that can be achieved at the UA when clinician-scientists team up with outstanding basic scientists to tackle patient-related issues. Both investigators work closely with members of the Department of Pharmacology including Chairman Todd Vanderah, PhD; Frank Porreca, PhD, and Rajesh Khanna, PhD and Philip Malan, MD, PhD. (see https://pharmacology.arizona.edu/faculty). “This mentoring team has been a tremendous help for both Amol and Mohab and I am grateful for their dedication towards the development of these outstanding faculty members” said Dr. Dull.  In fact, the depth of expertise on this mentoring team could not be found in most major research universities and is testament to the strength of our basic science department. The Departments of Anesthesiology and Pharmacology have enjoyed close ties for many years and we look forward to developing this collaboration into other clinically-relevant areas and leveraging this success in the recruitment of NIH-funded faculty into both departments.

float: left; padding-right: 50px;Amol Patwardhan, MD, PhD

Dr. Patwardhan is an interventional pain physician, anesthesiologist and pharmacologist who studies novel mechanisms for inhibiting spinal pain transmission. His grant will assess the molecular mechanism  by which contulakin-G (CGX), a peptide derived from snail venom, produces analgesia but without adversely affecting motor neuron function. Developing novel therapeutic compounds that are not related to opioids represent a huge opportunity in anesthesiology and neuro-pharmacology. Dr. Patwardhan and his team have proposed several hypotheses regarding the sites of action for CGX and plan to characterize the receptors and channels that are inhibited by CGX. A second major aspect of these studies is the observation that CGX does not result in tolerance, a common and rate limiting aspect of many pain medications. Characterizing how to avoid the development of tolerance for analgesics opens the possibility of improving the efficacy of existing analgesic drugs. We look forward to following the success of this very talented team of scientists.

Dr. Amol Patwardhan receives NIH Mentored Clinician-Scientist Award.

Mohab Ibrahim, MD PhD

Dr. Ibrahim is also an interventional pain physician, anesthesiologist and pharmacologist. His research focuses on the treatment of chronic pain in patients with HIV. Antiretroviral therapy, the mainstay of HIV treatment, is associated with an increased incidence of chronic pain. Dr. Ibrahim and his research team completed a pilot study to determine if different wavelengths of light have specific analgesic effect. They found that rats with chronic, HIV-related neuropathic pain experienced analgesia when exposed to green light in the range of 525 nm for 8 hours per day. In this 5-year NIH funded study, Dr. Ibrahim will study the mechanisms by which green light induces analgesia. Specifically, they will characterize neuroinflammatory pathways in the brain and spinal cord to understand how green light reduces neuropathic pain. Non-pharmacological therapies hold great promise for the treatment of chronic pain as they are cost-effective, devoid of most drug-related side effects and economically scalable for use in medically challenged areas, cultures and countries. 


Congratulations to these truly outstanding clinician-scientists and educators!

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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.