Department of
Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine

PARRC 2023 Winners and Event Recap

We were honored to host the 17th Annual Pennsylvania Anesthesiology Resident Research Conference (PARRC) here in Pittsburgh on Saturday, May 13, 2023, which was our fourth time hosting after our turns hosting in 2008, 2014, and 2019.

This event showcased the research and talent of Pennsylvania residents from residency programs across the state. The 2023 participating programs were Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Temple University, Thomas Jefferson University, University of Pennsylvania Health System (Penn), and us (UPMC).

The following residents won awards for their presentations on their scholarly work. Congratulations to all of the winners and thank you to all of our participants and attendees for joining us in Pittsburgh for the 2023 event!



Jeremy Zuckerberg
1st place: Jeremy Zuckerberg, MD, Penn: “Diastolic Coronary Perfusion Index: A Novel Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Metric”
Jordan Stefko
2nd place: Jordan Stefko, MD, Jefferson: “The Effect of Cardiopulmonary Bypass on Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) CoV-2 Antibody Levels”
3rd place – tie:
Aaron Tarnasky
Aaron Tarnasky, MD, MPH, UPMC: “Association of Regional Anesthesia with Post-Operative Ulnar Nerve Symptoms for Patients with Pre-Existing Ulnar Nerve Dysfunction Undergoing Ulnar Nerve Transposition, Decompression, or Neurolysis”
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Madeline Henry, MD, Temple: “Effect on Success of Genicular Nerve Block for Knee Pain”



Monique Cheng
1st place: Monique Cheng, MD, UPMC: “Management of Arteriovenous Malformation Rupture Following Cesarean Delivery in a Parturient with Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia”
David Rubin
2nd place: David Rubin, DO/presented by Parthik Patel, MD, Jefferson: “Prolonged Phrenic Nerve Paresis Following Interscalene Block with Liposomal Bupivacaine”
Parthik Patel

3rd place: Parthik Patel, MD, Jefferson: Intraoperative Angiotensin II During Cardiac Surgery: A Case Series




Samuel Kosinski
1st place: Samuel Kosinski, MD, MHSA, MS, UPMC: “A Multi-Provider Approach to Improving Anesthetizing Location Capacity with Increasing Surgical Demand”
Scott Seki
2nd place: Scott Seki, MD, PhD, Penn: “Evaluation of an Electronic Medical Record Alert to Reduce Perioperative Midazolam Administration to Older Adults”
Matthew Kocher
3rd place: Matthew Kocher, MD, UPMC: “Utility of Peripheral Nerve Blocks in Pediatric Patients Undergoing Embolization Therapy for Vascular Malformations”



Samuel Kosinski
1st place: Samuel Kosinski, MD, MHSA, MS, UPMC: “Splenic Embolization as a Perioperative Bridge to Splenectomy in Severe Treatment-Resistant ITP”
Natale DeMarco
2nd place: Natale DeMarco, Jr., DO, UPMC: “Severe Dysrhythmia and Cardiac Arrest Following Administration of Sugammadex”
Mariusz Ligocki
3rd place: Mariusz Ligocki, MD, UPMC: “Odds are High That (SVR) Systemic Vascular Resistance will be Low: Intraoperative Management of Mast Cell Activation Syndrome”