Department Leadership

Professor and Head
Schwartz, David, MD, FCCP

Biographical Info

Medical Education: Yale University
Residency: University of California at San Francisco, Anesthesiology and Internal Medicine
Fellowship: University of California at San Francisco, Critical Care Medicine
Title: Ronald F. Albrecht, MD, Professor in Anesthesiology; Head, Department of Anesthesiology, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs
Board Certified: Anesthesiology, Medicine, Critical Care Medicine

Senior Associate Head of Operations
Pygon, Bernard ‘Bud’, MD
Professor

Biographical Info

Medical Education: University of Illinois at Chicago
Residency: University of Illinois at Chicago
Fellowship: University of Pittsburgh, Obstetric Anesthesiology
Title: Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology, Senior Associate Head of Operations
Areas of Interest / Research: Obstetric Anesthesiology, Liver Transplant Anesthesiology, Patient Safety Through Evidence-based Protocol-Driven Standardized Care, Simulation Training, Business Management (anticipate completing MBA in 2010)
Board Certified: Anesthesiology

Associate Heads for Operations

Beckmann, Katharina, MD
Assistant Professor,
Director of Simulation Education

Biographical Info

Medical Education: Westfalische Wilhelms-Universitat Munster
Residency: University of Illinois at Chicago
Fellowship: Northwestern University, Cardiothoracic Anesthesia
Title: Assistant Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology
Board Certified: Anesthesiology
Other: Speaks German

Associate Head for Education
Nixon, Heather, MD
Associate Professor

Biographical Info

Medical Education: University of Illinois at Chicago
Residency: University of Illinois at Chicago
Fellowship: Obstetric Anesthesia, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL
Title: Associate Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology, Division Chief Obstetric Anesthesiology, Associate Head for Education
Board Certified: Anesthesiology
Categories: Attending Faculty

Associate Head for Research
Roth, Steven, MD, FARVO
Michael Reese Endowed
Professor of Anesthesiology

Biographical Info

Medical Education: Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Residency: Internship (medicine) Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, New York; Residency (anesthesia), New York University Medical Center
Fellowship: Neuroanesthesia, Cleveland Clinic Foundation
Title: Michael Reese Endowed Professor of Anesthesiology; Professor of Ophthalmology
Areas of Interest / Research: Neuroanesthesia, and anesthesia and the eye; Has had continuous NIH and other funding for  more than 27 years for research on retinal ischemia and neuroprotection, relevant to retinal vascular diseases such as diabetic retinopathy, one of the most important causes of blindness in the world; Research interest in the prevention of perioperative visual loss, a devastating condition that affects patients undergoing cardiac, spine, and other surgery; Only anesthesiologist in the world elected to the North American Neuro-ophthalmological Society; Honors include: being elected to the Association of University Anesthesiologists, several-time author of the ‘Best Abstract’ at the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) Annual Meeting, Silver Fellow of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, and Keser Shem Tov (“good name”) award from the Chicago Center for Torah and Chesed; Has served on numerous committees including as the Chair of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the ASA, Chair of the ASA Task Force on Perioperative Blindness, and has been a visiting professor at prominent institutions in the U.S. and abroad; Holds a joint appointment in the Department of Ophthalmology, and is faculty in the Honors College
Board Certified: Anesthesiology

Associate Head for Quality Improvement
Banchs, Richard J., MD
Associate Professor

Biographical Info

Medical Education: Hospital Clinic University Barcelona
Residency: Mount Sinai School of Medicine of New York University
Fellowship: Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, Pediatric Anesthesiology
Title: Associate Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology
Areas of Interest/Research: Pediatric Anesthesiology, Lean Six Sigma
Board Certified: Anesthesiology; Pediatric Anesthesiology

Associate Head of Faculty Affairs
Paisansathan, Chanannait, MD
Professor

Biographical Info

Medical Education: Prince of Songkhla University, Thailand
Residency: University of Illinois at Chicago
Fellowship: University of Illinois at Chicago, Neuroanesthesiology, Pediatric Anesthesiology, and Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology
Title: Professor Of Anesthesiology, Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellowship Director, Director of Medical Student Anesthesia Rotation and Subspecialty Clerkship, Division Director of Neuroanesthesia
Areas of Interest / Research: Identifying Pathophysiology and Molecular Target for Brain Protection in Ischemic Stroke and Subarachnoid Hemorrhage; Autonomic Nervous System Response to Anesthetics
Board Certified: Anesthesiology; Pediatric Anesthesiology
Other: Nominated as Oral Board Examiner 2007-2008 for American Board of Anesthesiology Certification Process; Won 2005 John D. Michenfelder New Investigator Award given by Society of Neurosurgical Anesthesia and Critical Care; Manuscript Reviewer for Journal of Neurosurgical Anesthesiology since 2005

Associate Head of Simulation
Park, Christine, MD
Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology, Dept of Anesthesiology;
Professor of Clinical Medicine, Dept of Medical Education
Associate Department Head of Anesthesiology for Innovation and learning; Director, Simulation and Integrative Learning Institute

Biographical Info

Medical Education: Indiana University School of Medicine
Residency: Boston University Medical Center, General Surgery; Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Anesthesiology
Title: Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology, Department of Anesthesiology; Professor of Clinical Medicine, Department of Medical Education
Areas of Interest/Research: Simulation
Board Certified: Anesthesiology

Center for Pain Medicine
Malik, Khalid, MD, FRCS, MBA
Professor

Biographical Info

Medical Education: Dow Medical University, Karachi, Pakistan
Residency: Loyola University, Northwestern University
Fellowship: Critical Care Medicine, Pain Medicine, Northwestern University
Title: Division Chief of Pain Medicine; Professor of Anesthesiology
Areas of Interest/Research: Pain management; diagnosis and treatment of pain disorders of the spine
Board Certified: Anesthesiology, Critical Care Medicine, Pain Medicine

Residency Program Director
Beckerly, Rena, MD/MBA
Associate Professor

Biographical Info

Medical Education: Tufts University School of Medicine
Residency: Brigham & Women’s Hospital
Fellowship: Pain Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL
Title: Associate Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology, Residency Program Director
Board Certified: Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
Categories: Attending Faculty

Associate Program Director
Wheeler, Peggy, MD
James M. Feld Professor of Anesthesiology

Biographical Info

Medical Education: University of Illinois at Chicago
Residency: University of Illinois at Chicago
Fellowship:  University of Illinois at Chicago, Neuroanesthesiology
Title: James M. Feld Professor of Anesthesiology, Associate Program Director
Areas of Interest / Research: Neuroanesthesiology, Mechanisms of Neuroprotection, Cerebral Vasospasm, Simulation and Medical Education
Board Certified: Anesthesiology

Associate Program Director
Galvan, Jacqueline, MD
Assistant Professor

Biographical Info

Medical Education: University of Illinois at Chicago
Residency: University of Illinois at Chicago
Fellowship: Obstetric Anesthesiology, University of Illinois at Chicago
Title: Assistant Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology, Associate Program Director, Fellowship Director of Obstetric Anesthesia
Board Certified: Anesthesiology
Categories: Attending Faculty

Director of Medical Student Education
Kim, Edina, MD
Assistant Professor

Biographical Info

Medical Education: University of Illinois at Chicago
Residency: Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Fellowship: Northwestern, Neuroanesthesia
Title: Assistant Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology
Areas of Interest/Research: Neuroanesthesia

Director of the Preoperative Assessment Clinic
Leskiw, Ulana, MD
Associate Professor

Biographical Info

Medical Education: New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY
Residency: New York University Medical Center
Fellowship: Emory University, Atlanta, GA, Cardiothoracic Anesthesia
Title: Associate Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology; Director of Anesthesia Preoperative Evaluation Clinic (APEC); Division Chief, Cardiothoracic Anesthesia
Areas of Interest/Research: Cardiothoracic Anesthesia, Transesophageal Echocardiography, Preanesthetic Evaluation
Board Certified: Anesthesiology

Residency Program Coordinator
Jessica Cortez

Fellowship Coordinator
Anitra Harvey

Divisions

Cardiovascular Anesthesia
Beckmann, Katharina, MD
Division Chief

Biographical Info

Medical Education: Westfalische Wilhelms-Universitat Munster
Residency: University of Illinois at Chicago
Fellowship: Northwestern University, Cardiothoracic Anesthesia
Title: Assistant Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology
Board Certified: Anesthesiology
Other: Speaks German

Medical Director of Operating Room
Nishioka, Hokuto, MD
Assistant Professor
Division Chief

Biographical Info

Medical Education: Wake Forest University School of Medicine
Residency: The Ohio State University College of Medicine
Fellowship: University of Chicago, Critical Care Medicine
Title: Assistant Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology, Division Director of Critical Care Medicine
Areas of Expertise/Interest/Research: Founder/Head of ITEA (Innovation, Technology, and Education in Anesthesia)
Board Certified: Anesthesiology, Critical Care Medicine
Leadership: Medical Director of Anesthesia for Perioperative Services, Medical Director for Respiratory Care Services, Co-Director Surgical Intensive Care Unit

Neuroanesthesia
Paisansathan, Chanannait, MD
Associate Professor
Division Chief & Fellowship Director

Biographical Info

Medical Education: Prince of Songkhla University, Thailand
Residency: University of Illinois at Chicago
Fellowship: University of Illinois at Chicago, Neuroanesthesiology, Pediatric Anesthesiology, and Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology
Title: Associate Professor Of Anesthesiology, Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellowship Director, Director of Medical Student Anesthesia Rotation and Subspecialty Clerkship, Division Director of Neuroanesthesia
Areas of Interest / Research: Identifying Pathophysiology and Molecular Target for Brain Protection in Ischemic Stroke and Subarachnoid Hemorrhage; Autonomic Nervous System Response to Anesthetics
Board Certified: Anesthesiology; Pediatric Anesthesiology
Other: Nominated as Oral Board Examiner 2007-2008 for American Board of Anesthesiology Certification Process; Won 2005 John D. Michenfelder New Investigator Award given by Society of Neurosurgical Anesthesia and Critical Care; Manuscript Reviewer for Journal of Neurosurgical Anesthesiology since 2005

Obstetric Anesthesia
Nixon, Heather, MD
Associate Professor
Division Chief

Biographical Info

Medical Education: University of Illinois at Chicago
Residency: University of Illinois at Chicago
Fellowship: Obstetric Anesthesia, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL
Title: Associate Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology, Division Chief Obstetric Anesthesiology, Associate Head for Education
Board Certified: Anesthesiology

Pain Medicine
Malik, Khalid, MD, FRCS, MBA
Professor
Division Chief

Biographical Info

Medical Education: Dow Medical University, Karachi, Pakistan
Residency: Loyola University, Northwestern University
Fellowship: Critical Care Medicine, Pain Medicine, Northwestern University
Title: Division Chief of Pain Medicine; Professor of Anesthesiology
Areas of Interest/Research: Pain management; diagnosis and treatment of pain disorders of the spine
Board Certified: Anesthesiology, Critical Care Medicine, Pain Medicine

Pediatric Anesthesia
Voronov, Polina, MD
Associate Professor
Division Chief

Biographical Info

Medical Education: Leningrad Pediatric Academy, Leningrad, Russia
Residency: Neonatology, Leningrad Pediatric Academy, Hospital #21, Leningrad, Russia: Anesthesiology, Cook County Hospital, Chicago, IL
Fellowship: Pediatric Intensive Care, Leningrad Pediatric Academy, Russia; Pediatric Anesthesiology, Children’s Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL
Title: Division Chief of Pediatric Anesthesiology; Associate Professor
Board Certification: Anesthesiology: Pediatric Anesthesiology
Areas of Interest/Research: Pediatric Anesthesiology; Pediatric and Adult Regional Anesthesiology

Regional Anesthesia
Chiang, Christopher, MD
Associate Professor
Division Chief

Biographical Info

Medical Education: Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, PA
Residency: University of Illinois at Chicago
Title: Associate Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology; Head, Section of Acute Pain and Regional Anesthesia
Areas of Interest/Research: Regional Anesthesia
Board Certified: Anesthesiology