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
Board Certified: Anesthesiology, Medicine, Critical Care Medicine

Associate Heads for 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, Associate Head for 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

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
Assistant 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: Assistant 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
Associate 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: 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

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 LearningDirector, 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

Chief of Anesthesia, Jesse Brown VA
Ronald Albrecht, MD

Biographical Info

Medical Education: Rush University
Residency: Mayo Clinic
Title: Associate Professor of Anesthesiology; Chief, Anesthesiology Service, Jesse Brown VA Medical Center
Areas of Interest/Research:  Regional Anesthesiology and Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology
Board Certified: Anesthesiology
Other: Speaks French

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: 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

Residency Program Coordinator
Jessica Cortez

Fellowship Coordinator
Anitra Harvey

Divisions

Cardiovascular Anesthesia
Katharina Beckmann, MD, Division Chief

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

Neuroanesthesia
Chanannait Paisansathan, MD
Division Chief & Fellowship Director

Obstetric Anesthesia
Heather Nixon, MD, Division Chief
Jacqueline Galvan, MD, Fellowship Director

Pain Medicine
Khalid Malik, MD, Division Chief
Gina Votta-Velis, MD, Fellowship Director

Pediatric Anesthesia
Polina Voronov, MD, Division Chief

Regional Anesthesia
Christopher Chiang, MD, Division Chief
Rahul Guha, MD, Fellowship Director

Chief of Anesthesia
Jesse Brown VA