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Department of Anesthesiology

FOCUS ON Anesthesiology

Get the Winter 2013 FOCUS ON Anesthesiology »

A PDF publication of the Anesthesiology Department at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Long Island College Hospital, Lutheran Medical Center & Kings County Hospital Center.

Visiting Professor
Program 2012 - 2013

December 6-7, 2012

Barbara M. Scavone, M.D.

"Maternal Hemorrhage and Associated Coagulopathies."

January 24-25, 2013

Brian Ilfeld, M.D.

"Catheter Techniques in Regional Anesthesia"

April 18-19, 2013

Steven K. Howard, M.D.

"The Role of Physician Fatigue in Medical Error"


Linda J. Mason, M.D.
"Management of the Child with Sleep Apnea"

Ruth Landau, M.D.
"Pharmacogenomics in Obstetric Anesthesia"

Mark F. Newman, M.D.

"Cognitive Function after Cardiac Surgery"

Piyush Patel, M.D.

"Anesthesiology and Developmental Neurotoxicity"

Richard Dutton, M.D., M.B.A.

"How the Anesthesia Quality Institute will Improve Patient Safety"

Honoring Mark Lema, MD, PhD

Tribute Honoree

photo of Mark Lema

Dr. Mark Lema has been selected as a Tribute Honoree at this year's Graduating Residents and Fellows Event to be held at the New York Marriott Brooklyn Bridge on Thursday, April 29, 2010.


Congratulations to the Graduating Residents of 2011

group photo of graduating residents

Left to Right: Lawrence Lai, John Calone, Ileana Maldonado Gonzalez, Stephanie Jean-Noel, Cesar Lassalle-Nieves (back), Shimon Frankel, David Seligsohn, Mark Haham, Dr. Audrée Bendo, Dr. James Cottrell, Jinghui Xie, Victor Pascua, Bowlva Lee, Winston Wong, Margarita Dela Peña, Benjamin Henner, Vasudha Goel, Clyde Baker, Ensor Gumbs, Naveen Kukreja.

James E. Cottrell, M.D.

2010 American Society Of Anesthesiologists
Distinguished Service Award Recipient
October 18, 2010

It is with great pleasure that we announce that Dr. James E. Cottrell was awarded the ASA's most prestigious honor, the Distinguished Service Award, at this year's ASA Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA.



From the Chairman

photo of James Cottrell

Our motto, "If you train here, you can practice anywhere", grew from the diversity and complexity of our program. Brooklyn is not Nebraska nor Manhattan, not Bombay nor Tel Aviv, not Port au Prince nor Beijing… but at certain times in particular locations, it seems like each of those places. Interesting? You bet!

We provide advanced service to all of our communities. And yes, we practice all of the specialties, plus some – like transplant, trauma and even robotics. Providing perioperative care and administering anesthesia to patients with multiple co-morbidities will prove challenging and, when you're ready, our Fellowship training in Critical Care is excellent.

Our department is also the home of the Editorial Office of the Journal of Neurosurgical Anesthesiology (JNA). Started in 1988 by Dr. Cottrell (Editor-in-Chief) and Dr. Hartung (Associate Editor), JNA has become the preeminent subspecialty journal in anesthesiology.

Time for fun? No problem! Our Student Center (directly across the street) offers a pool, a gym, discount tickets to major events as well as Broadway shows and a variety of classes. Brooklyn has many unique offerings – the nearby Rockaways for beach and water sports, downtown for the opera and ballet, and the Brooklyn Museum has a collection of art that rivals the Metropolitan Museum (which is only minutes away in Manhattan). You can eat at the River Café, stroll on the Brooklyn Heights Promenade, pretend you're in Russia at Brighton Beach, or in China on 8th Avenue at 55th Street, ride the Cyclone at Coney Island, and get married at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

Come see all that we have to offer.

James E. Cottrell, MD
Distinguished Professor and Chairman