Class of 2021

March 21, 2017

We are proud to introduce our newest residents, the graduating class of 2021:

Society for Pediatric Anesthesia Spring Meeting 2017, Austin, TX
UIC Division of Pediatric Anesthesia

March 2017
Helen Lee, MD, MPH; Nisha Mehta, DDS; Lucia Lopez, MDǂ; David Avenetti, DDS, MPH. Parental Informed Consent Among Children undergoing General Anesthesia and Moderate Sedation for Dental Procedures: Is it Adequate?

Nick Dalesio, MD; Gabriel Pollock, MDǂ; Helen Lee, MD, MPH; Wil van Cleve, MD, MPH. Complications After Tonsillectomy in Children Less Than 3 Years: A Claims Database Analysis

Leelach Rothschild, MD; Polina Voronov, MD. Rate of Peri-Operative Complications in Osteogenesis Imperfecta: Retrospective Chart Review

Krysta Peters, MDǂ; Sarah Oswald, MD; Nicole CP Thompson, MD. It’s not a Teratoma: Neonatal Intraoperative Death Associated with Surgical Excision of a Misdiagnosed Kaposiform Hemangioendothelioma

Ashka Shah, MDǂ; Jamey Eklund, MD. Hematological Management of Pediatric Cerebral Palsy Patient with Factor VII Deficiency during Major Orthopedic Surgery

Thomas Feehan, MDǂ; Leelach Rothschild, MD. Transient 2nd and 1st Degree AV Block Following Strabismus Surgery…a Delayed Manifestation of the Oculocardiac Reflex?

ǂ Resident; € Attending; UIC affiliated authors are underlined

Student Wins Award For Best Clinical Research At FAER Student Symposium

October 27, 2016

Tyler Calway, a medical student from Rosalind Franklin Medical School in North Chicago, was mentored by Dr. Steven Roth during the summer of 2016. His presentation, at the Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research Medical Student Symposium (, entitled “Ischemic Optic Neuropathy in Cardiac Surgery 1998 to 2013 in the National Inpatient Sample”, won the award for Best Clinical Research. Additionally, a manuscript on the same subject, with Tyler as first author and Dr. Roth as senior author, was accepted for publication in Ophthalmology (  Congratulations, Tyler!

Clearer Picture For Med Students

September 13, 2016

Medical students watch a broadcast of a medical procedure done by a physician wearing Google Glass.
(Photo: Vibhu S. Rangavasan)

By Jackie Carey and Sharon Parmet

Chad Lee, a resident anesthesiologist at UI Health, watches intently as his colleagues, led by Christopher Chiang, associate professor of clinical anesthesiology, perform an ultrasound-guided femoral nerve block to numb the leg of a patient who has just received knee replacement surgery.

As Chiang threads a thin tube into the space next to the femoral nerve of the woman, Lee watches its progress into the woman’s leg on an ultrasound screen, which, to the untrained eye, looks like layers of a black, white and gray lasagna.

And that’s the point — to begin to train the untrained eyes of first-year medical students.

Lee is wearing Google Glass, a pair of glasses that includes a tiny camera, speaker and microphone that picks up whatever Lee is seeing, saying and hearing. The glasses broadcast to a remote screen, in this case the new College of Medicine Learning Center, where more than 200 first-year medical students were having their orientation.

Chad Lee wears Google Glass, glasses that have a tiny camera, speaker and microphone, in the operating room.
(Photo: Sharon Parmet)

“Google Glass allows first-year medical students to see things that they normally wouldn’t see until they are much farther along in their training,” said Bellur S. Prabhakar, professor of microbiology and immunology and associate dean for technological innovation and training in the UIC College of Medicine. “Using Google Glass to provide clinical experiences earlier can help students decide sooner what they might want to specialize in instead of waiting until they are in their M3 or M4 year.”

Hokuto Nishioka, assistant professor of clinical anesthesiology, stands at the front of the learning center and looks up at the screen showing the regional anesthesia procedure. Nishioka alternates between speaking directly to Lee — “Dr. Lee, can you tell us what we are looking at now?” and “Chad, can you get closer to the ultrasound?”— and addressing the group of M1 students.

“This patient just had knee surgery and we hope that this procedure will allow her to go home with as little pain as possible,” Nishioka explains to the class. “As you can see, the patient is not in a particularly spacious area, but with the Google Glass technology, all of us in the room can essentially be there without causing undue stress on her.”

The students are on the final day of a three-day orientation, and after nearly three hours of presentations they visibly perk up. They ask questions about the patient, the procedure and about the specialty. Many of these questions are answered directly by Lee.

Jillian Garcia, a first-year medical student from Hartford, Connecticut, who is interested in geriatric medicine, said the demonstration was fascinating.

“At that point I was on my third cup of coffee,” Garcia said. “When the demo came on I was completely awake, alert and present. This demo is something I’m going to remember always.”

Before medical school, Garcia spent nine years as an inner-city elementary school teacher. As a former educator and a newly enrolled student (working on her third degree), she said the idea of using technology in new ways appeals to her.

“I am a huge technology buff and the implementation of this technology in the classroom was a great way for me to gain experience with a different specialty and not have to be there physically.”

The procedure was particularly interesting to her because it’s one she has experienced as a patient.

“This procedure was great because I’ve actually had two knee surgeries and have had a nerve block — it was really cool and exciting to be awake this time and see the procedure from this perspective,” she said.

Another M1 student, Clarence Calhoun, said the demonstration was helpful because he plans to pursue a career in anesthesiology.

“I was excited to see first-hand — well, second-hand, I guess, but it feels like first-hand — what the profession offers patients,” said Calhoun, who is from Bloomington, Illinois. “This gives me a more direct look into the procedure and the experience of the patient. It’s only orientation and I’ve already learned just from observing.”

Prabhakar said Google Glass will be used for medical education this year in four areas: pathology, where it will let an instructor project what he is seeing through a microscope onto a screen in a remote classroom; cardiology, where it will help students get a better view of what an instructor sees as he works with Harvey, a medical mannequin that produces realistic heart sounds; neuroscience, where a student in the back of a group may not be able to see the procedure clearly; and the emergency department, where the technology will allow students to watch certain procedures from their classrooms, laptops or devices, without interfering with the patient care.

Prabhakar expects Google Glass to be used by more departments for both education and even patient care in the University of Illinois Hospital in the coming months.

“The use of this technology will certainly become more integrated into our medical education curricula, but for now, we are just starting to explore the possibilities,” he said.

ANESTHESIOLOGY Podcast: Dr. Steven Roth Interview

September 6, 2016

Listen to Anesthesiology editors James P. Rathmell, M.D., and BobbieJean Sweitzer, M.D., interview Steven Roth, M.D., and editorialist Michael Todd, M.D., about visual loss following spine surgery:

Dr. Dale Pelligrino, 1948-2016

August 18, 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

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:
Link to Dr. Hetling’s lab page: