Department of
Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine

Resident Research

Within the University of Pittsburgh’s Department of Anesthesiology Residency Program, opportunities for resident-driven research are numerous and broad. Our anesthesiology department is currently ranked among the top anesthesiology departments in the nation in total amount of NIH grant funding.

Clinical and Basic Science Research

Within this active research environment, residents of all levels are encouraged to participate in projects ranging from anesthesia mechanisms to patient safety to simulation.

  • We are the administrative home for the Pittsburgh Center for Pain Research, a multidisciplinary effort of basic and clinical scientists geared pain mechanism and pain management research.
  • Through our strong ties with the Peter M. Winter Institute for Simulation Education and Research (WISER), residents can work on cutting-edge simulation research.
  • Active NIH-sponsored research on anesthetic mechanisms utilizes the latest in NMR and MRI technology.
  • The Department of Anesthesiology maintains its own industry-sponsored Clinical Trials Program, with 18 active trials in progress.

Resident Presentations and Publications

For future residents looking to gain experience presenting at international, national, and regional conferences, some of our most recent highlights include:

  • Forty-two (42) of our residents attended the 2016 American Society of Anesthesiology Annual Meeting; 20 residents presented 31 abstracts at the meeting
  • Ezeldeen Albuelkasem, MD (PGY-1) won Best of Category Award for Liver at the International Anesthesia Research Society’s (IARS) Annual Meeting and International Science Symposium, which took place in Honolulu, Hawaii, March 21-24, 2015, for the abstract “Evaluation of Postoperative Coagulation Profile in Living Liver Donors.”
  • Keith Vogt, MD, PhD, for Gaurav Rajpal, MD won 1st Place for “Evaluation of Neurological Outcomes after Interscalene Nerve Block for Ambulatory Shoulder Surgery.” Mentor: Steven L. Orebaugh MD. PARRC 2015.
  • Andrius Giedriatis, MD, MBA, MSE, won 3rd place for “CRNA Billed-to-Staffed Hours as a Measure of Operating Room Efficiency across a Large Multi-Hospital Health Care System.” Mentor: Mark Hudson, MD, MBA. PARRC 2015.
  • Sokpoleak So, MD (PGY-3) won the 2nd place poster award for “Optimization of ultrasound probe positioning during endotracheal tube placement confirmation in the cadaveric model.” Mentor: Steven L. Orebaugh MD. PARRC 2015.
  • Michael Thompson, DO (PGY-2) won the 2nd place oral case report award for “Penetrating Trauma Complicated By Massive Intraoperative Pulmonary Embolism After Tranexamic Acid Treatment.” Mentor: Theresa A. Gelzinis, MD. PARRC 2015.

From 2013-2015 alone, our residents have published papers in the leading journals of our field, including:

  • Pain (Schreiber KL, et. al., 2013 May;154(5):660-8.)
  • Anesthesiology (Blasiole B, et al., 2013 Mar;118(3):649-63.)
  • British Journal of Anaesthesia (Emerick T, et al., 2013 Sep;111(3):468-76.)
  • Anesthesia and Analgesia (Schott NJ, et. al., 2013 Nov;117(5):1211-6.; Konig G, et al. 2014 Sep;119(3):595-600)
  • Journal of Pain (Ibinson JW and Vogt KM. 2013 Dec;14(12):1611-9.)
  • Journal of Clinical Anesthesiology (Backeris M, et. al., 2013 May;25(3):209-13.; Ball R,, 2013;25(2):115-20)
  • European Journal of Anaesthesiology (Henao LP, et. al., 2014 Apr;31(4):231-5)
  • Current Opinion in Anesthesiology (Moore JG, et. al.,2013 Dec;26(6):652-60.)
  • Liver Transplantation (Hackett PJ,, 2014 Mar;20(3):355-60. (Yang Lu S, et al. 2014 Sep;119(3):595-600)
  • The Journal of Extra-corporeal Technology (Hubbard R, et al. 2014 Dec;46(4):314-6)
  • A&A Case Reports (Saxena S, et al. 2104 July 15;3(2):20-2)
  • Anesthesia and Intensive Care (Wise EM, et al. 2015 Mar;43(2):224-9)

Research Education

The University of Pittsburgh Department of Anesthesiology is active in training the next generation of top researchers. Because our residents finish the vast majority of their required clinical work by their PGY-4 year, the last year of training is very flexible. One of the popular options available to our residents is a research elective (Resident Research Rotation Director: Tetsuro Sakai, MD, PhD), where up to six months can be spent pursuing the answers to clinical or basic science questions under the mentorship of our research-focused faculty.

For those looking to go even further, we offer an anesthesiology-focused NIH T32 training grant (PI: Yan Xu, PhD), one of only 15 programs across the nation with this prestigious grant. For interested and highly-motivated applicants, an integrated pathway has been developed that combines the anesthesiology residency, subspecialty clinical fellowship, and the T32 research fellowship - the Pittsburgh Academic Anesthesiology Scholars Track (PAAST). Further questions can be directed to David G. Metro, MD, Vice Chair for Education.

PAAST Timeline