AMBUL ATORY ANESTHESIA
CARDIOTHOR ACIC ANESTHESIA
DR. KENT COLLABORATES WITH DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE
DR. SWAMINATHAN APPOINTED TO VICE CHAIR
Utilization of biopsychosocial measures in the acute and subacute perioperative phases to improve recovery is a rapidly emerging field. Expanding on measures of pain intensity and analgesic use, comprehensive measures including function, mood, sleep, and social modulators are increasingly being used in a variety of surgical settings. However, the natural history of such variables following surgery is still unclear.
Madhav Swaminathan, MD, FASE, FAHA, was appointed vice chair for faculty development at Duke Anesthesiology in January. In his new role, he is responsible for nurturing departmental faculty with the vision, mentorship, opportunities and infrastructure they need to be leaders in “changing the face of anesthesiology.”
Having recently joined Duke Anesthesiology after leaving active duty service, Dr. Michael Kent continues to collaborate with the Defense and Veterans Center for Integrative Pain Management as the lead investigator in two large Department of Defense longitudinal studies focused on patient reported outcomes. Leveraging a variety of measures (i.e. NIH’s PROMIS measures) focused on recovery and long term analgesic use, these two studies aim to map the natural biopsychosocial postoperative history in patients undergoing total knee arthroplasty, total hip arthroplasty, mastectomy, thoracic surgery, major abdominal surgery, lumbar fusion, knee arthroscopy, and shoulder arthroscopy. In 2019, final results are expected to provide a more comprehensive view of perioperative recovery with a focus on measures and outcomes that are important to patients and providers.
“It is an honor and privilege to serve the department in any capacity. This particular position is important as it helps faculty at all levels achieve their professional goals while advancing the mission of the department,” says Dr. Swaminathan. His short-term goals are to 1) develop robust methods to assess faculty needs, 2) make institutional resources for developing professional skills, such as writing, public speaking and collaborative research opportunities, readily available to departmental faculty, 3) streamline mentorship pathways for mentees and mentors, 4) simplify the pathway for navigating the appointments, promotions and tenure process, and 5) establish new programs for wellness, inclusion, leadership and skills development. Swaminathan, professor of anesthesiology, arrived at Duke in 2000 as a cardiothoracic anesthesiology fellow. Two years later, he joined the department as faculty and developed his research interests in kidney outcomes after cardiac surgery. In 2004, he assumed a leadership role as the director of perioperative echocardiography at Duke. And in 2013, he was appointed as clinical director of cardiothoracic anesthesiology.
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