Dr. Dale Pelligrino, 1948-2016

August 18, 2016

Dale A. Pelligrino PhD
October 26, 1948 - August 15, 2016

Dale A. Pelligrino PhD
October 26, 1948 - August 15, 2016

Dale A. Pelligrino, PhD, age 67, a 22 year resident of Naperville, IL, passed away August 15, 2016 at his home, surrounded by the love of his family. He was born on October 26, 1948 in Milwaukee, WI. Dale is survived by his loving wife of 35 years, Yftu; his children, Nicole, Julie and Erik Pelligrino; his siblings, John (Marlene) Pelligrino, Diane (Von Berrier) Pelligrino and Robert (Sheryl) Pelligrino; and his sister-in-law, Barbro (Andrew) Webber. He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Alice Pelligrino. Dale graduated Class of 1966 from Nathan Hale High School, West Allis, WI; received a BS in Zoology from Carroll College, Waukesha, WI in 1970; and a PhD in Physiology from University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1978. He completed his post-doctoral training at Lund University, Sweden where he married his wife. In 1981 they moved to Chicago where he became a Research Scientist in the Department of Anesthesiology at Michael Reese Hospital. In 1994, he became a Research Professor at the University of Illinois-Chicago, Department of Anesthesiology Research. He went on to direct his own lab, and retired in 2016. He loved his work. Dale traveled the world for decades, for both work and for pleasure. He often took his wife and three children along. He was an avid runner and skier who loved the outdoors. He will be remembered as fun-loving and laid-back; as well as a devoted husband, father and friend. He was taken too soon, and will be missed dearly.

Dr. Steven Roth’s Visual Loss In Spine Surgery Article Appears in Anesthesiology Journal

June 30, 2016

Anesthesiology Magazine Cover

Steven Roth, MD is co-author of Perioperative Visual Loss in Spine Fusion Surgery: Ischemic Optic Neuropathy in the United States from 1998 to 2012 in the Nationwide Inpatient Sample, appearing in the newest issue (and on the cover) of the journal Anesthesiology. The article was also the subject of a UIC News Center press release. From the release:
‘The risk of blindness caused by spinal fusion, one of the most common surgeries performed in the U.S., has dropped almost three-fold since the late 1990s, according to the largest study of the topic to date.
 “While there are significant complications that can result from spinal-fusion surgery, it seems that blindness, a catastrophic and devastating complication, is one that has become far rarer in recent years,” says Dr. Steven Roth, the Michael Reese Endowed Professor of Anesthesiology at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine, and senior author on the paper.

An editorial by Dr. Michael Todd, professor of anesthesiology at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine accompanies the Anesthesiology article.’

Full press release is at:


Dr. Rachel Waldinger and Others Honored At Graduation Dinner

June 12, 2016

The Department held its annual graduation dinner celebration on Saturday night, June 11th at the Union League Club of Chicago. Verna Baughman, MD and Barb Jericho, MD shared the Outstanding Teacher award, selected and presented by the residents, and Rachel Waldinger, MD won the prestigious Robert D. Dripps, MD Memorial Award as outstanding graduating resident, selected by the department’s faculty. Krysta Peters, MD received the department’s annual Walter Kowalski Achievement Award. The award recognizes outstanding young residents in the department. Three Teamwork Awards were handed out, recognizing a resident from each of the three clinical anesthesia training years. Kwadwo Achampong, MD, Manan Trivedi, MD, and Jaudat Mahmood, MD were the inaugural winners of the award.

UIC Medical Student In Dr. Steven Roth’s Lab Is Recipient Of Research Fellowships

June 1, 2016

Clara R. Stelman, a first year medical student at UIC, is the recipient of the Dr. C.M. Craig Summer Research Fellowship, and a Medical Student Summer Research Fellowship from the Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research (FAER). She is working in Dr. Steven Roth's lab on the mechanisms of retinal post-ischemic conditioning. Mazel tov, Clara! 

Craig Fellowship: 


Dr. Steven Roth Honored With Professorship

June 1, 2016

Dr. Steven Roth has been named the inaugural Michael Reese Endowed Professor of
. Details on the investiture ceremony will be posted when available. Congratulations, Steven!


Dr. Steven Roth And Dr. John Hetling Grant Recipients

June 1, 2016

Drs. Steven Roth and John Hetling have received a grant from the UIC College of Engineering for their pioneering work in the eye. Dr. Hetling is Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Bioengineering. His research interests include the electrophysiology of vision and retinal prosthetics.

Link to UIC College of Engineering: http://engineering.uic.edu/COE/WebHome
Link to Dr. Hetling’s lab page: http://nevl.bioe.uic.edu/