Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Care: School of Medicine: University of California, Irvine

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Dr. Shalini Shah Appointed Vice Chair of Pain Management

August 9, 2018

Join us in congratulating Shalini Shah, MD on her newly appointed role as Vice Chair for Pain Management.

Welcome to Our New Fellows

August 8, 2018

We are delighted to announce our new fellows that recently joined our Department for their unique fellowship training for the 2018-2019 academic year. Welcome!

Anesthesiology Critical-Care Medicine Fellowship
Suneeta Acharya, MD
Sonali Rao, MD

Pain Medicine
Tara-lin Hollins, MD
Joseph Villaluz, MD

Regional Anesthesia and Acute Pain
Anna Bowling, MD
Monica Breaux, MD
Corey Tong, MD

Kyle Ahn, MD Appointed Vice Chair of Academic Affairs

July 1, 2018

Please join us in congratulating our Residency Program Director, Kyle Ahn, MD on his newly appointed role as Vice Chair of Academic Affairs.

Brandee Baker, CRNA Appointed Vice Principal Nurse Anesthetist

June 30, 2018

We are delighted to announce that Brandee Baker, CRNA has been appointed Vice Principal Nurse Anesthetist for the Department. She will be working closely with our Principal CRNA, Christen Hebl, CRNA, MS in the management and supervision of CRNAs and addisting in educational efforts for the CRNAs.

Contracts and Grants Manager: Laura Weste

June 28, 2018

Please join us in congratulating Laura Weste on her new position as the Contracts and Grants Manager for our Department. For the past five years, Laura has served as the Department Purchasing and Disbursement Coordinator. She will now assist our Principal Investigators with their research grants and contracts.

Graduation & Celebration of Excellence 2018

June 18, 2018

Congratulations to all of the Residency Class of 2018, Fellowship Graudates and to all award recipients at this year's graduation.

Discover. Teach. Heal

  • Resident Teach Award
    Johnathan Cyr, MD
  • Resident Discover Award
    Angela Hwang, MD
  • Resident Heal Award
    Johnathan Cyr, MD
  • Resident Medical Student Teaching Award
    Duane Koh, MD
  • Faculty Teach Award
    Navid Alem, MD
    Taizoon Dhoon, MD
  • Faculty Discover Award
    Jody Chou, MD
  • Faculty Heal Award
    Kimberly Gimenez, MD
  • Faculty Exemplar Award
    Jody Chou, MD

Marilyn Patterson Champion of Care Award

  • Staff
    Haideh Ghodsirasti
  • Anesthesia Tech
    Kevin Scott
  • CRNA
    Brandee Baker, CRNA, MS
  • Resident
    Christine Saseun, MD
  • Fellow
    Angeline Nguyen, MD
  • Faculty
    Corey Nelson, MD

Cynthia T. Anderson Award
Mohammad Esfahanian, MD

Halappa N. Konchigeri Exemplar Award
Garrett Sauter, MD

UCI Center on Stress & Health Awarded $6.3 million by National
Institutes of Health

May 25, 2018 - In the Press

Funding will advance digital methods to alleviate pediatric surgery stress and pain. Dr. Michelle Fortier, co-director at the UCI Center on Stress & Health was awarded $3.2 million NIH grant for her research with the Pain Buddy, a web-based pain and symptom management tool for children receiving primarily outpatient cancer treatment. Dr. Zeev Kain, the center’s director, was awarded $3.1 million for his research on an interactive website, WebTIPS, for children and their families undergoing outpatient surgery. It is designed to develop personalized plans for alleviating anxiety and pain.

Christen Hebl, CRNA, MS, appointed Principal Nurse Anesthetist

April 5, 2018

We are pleased to announce Christen Hebl, CRNA, MS has been appointed Principal Nurse Anesthetist for the Department. In her new role, she will be overseeing the Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) team. Christen has a true passion for clinical excellence that will elevate patient care we provide and advance the knowledge of CRNAs and SRNAs.

Please join us in congratulating and welcoming Christen on her new role!

Ariana Nelson, MD Selected as the Dean's Scholar

March 27, 2018

Dr. Ariana Nelson has been selected to join the UC Irvine School of Medicine Education Team as the Dean’s Scholar.

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Nelson on her new role!

Chief Resident Selection for the 2018-2019 Academic Year

March 22, 2018

Congratulations to Dr. Peggy Riso, Dr. Robert Kim (core anesthesia) and Dr. Alan Hoang (combined peds-anesthesia) for being selected for Chief Residents for the next academic year!

Dr. Kimberly Gimenez Nominated for the 2017 Integrity ARIISE Award

March 20, 2018

Each year UCI Health honors faculty and staff at the ARIISE Awards which recognizes individuals that represent the core values of UC Irvine Health: Accountability, Respect, Integrity, Innovation, Service and Excellence. There were 230 nominations and after a thorough selection process, the top finalists were selected in each category. Dr. Gimenez exhibits excellence in patient care and inspires future leaders in anesthesiology on the daily.

Congratulations to Dr. Gimenez on her nomination!

MATCH Day 2018

March 16, 2018

Please join us in welcoming our new Match class! Welcome to the UC Irvine Health Anesthesiology Residency Program!

  • Sisi Bu, MD
  • Brian Chung, MD
  • Andrew Ding, MD
  • Joseph Guzman, MD
  • Chan Jung, MD
  • Ashvin Mehra, MD
  • Austin Nguyen, MD
  • Jericho Park, MD
  • Kevin Park, MD
  • Dustin Singer, MD
  • Andrew Tan, MD
  • Morton Neve, MD (PGY-2)

Welcome to Our New Staff, Physician Assistant and Acute Pain Nurse Practitioner

February 5, 2018

We are delighted to announce the new hires that recently joined our Department.

Executive Assistant, Director of Pain Management - Paola Plata

Acute Pain Nurse Practitioner - Phuong Hoang

Physician Assistant - Tim Hoang

NBC Nightly News and "The Doctors" highlights UC Irvine Health Study of Boxtox® to Treat Migraines in Children

January 25, 2018 - In the Press

The study, of using Boxtox® to treat migraines in children, lead by our very own Pain Management Director, Dr. Shalini Shah and team of researchers are being highlighted by numerous news outlets. The nationally known news media outlet, NBC Nightly News and medical talk show, “The Doctors” both highlighted the study.

Welcome to Our New Staff

January 17, 2018

We are delighted to announce new staff that recently joined our Department. Please join us in welcoming them!

Medical Student Coordinator/Medical Simulation Coordinator - Razan Duella

Education Administrative Assistant - Tina Petrosian

Welcome to Our New CNRA

January 4, 2018

We are delighted to announce a new CRNA that recently joined our Department. Welcome to Juliet Williams, Sr. CRNA!

Physicians of Excellence 2018

January 1, 2018 - In the Press

The Orange County Medical Association (OCMA) named more than 150 UC Irvine physicians as "Physicians of Excellence" in the January 2018 edition of Orange Coast magazine. Congratulations to our anesthesiologists who were included in this list.

  • Robert R. Field, MD
  • Anna L. Harris, MD
  • Debra Morrison, MD
  • Corey K. Nelson, MD
  • Joseph B. Rinehart, MD
  • Shalini Shah, MD
  • Coral Sun, MD
  • Shermeen B. Vakharia, MD
  • Trung Q. Vu, MD