Trauma Anesthesiology

The mission of the Section of Trauma Anesthesiology is the resuscitation and perioperative care, including pain management, of every patient at the Shock Trauma Center; the hands-on instruction of paramedics, nurses, medical students, residents, and fellows; and the discovery and promulgation of new and better ways of caring for injured patients.

The Section of Trauma Anesthesiology includes 12 attending anesthesiologists and 20 CRNAs, performing more than 6,000 anesthetics each year. The Section of Trauma Anesthesiology is the only group of anesthesiologists in the country with a practice focused specifically on traumatic injury, and offers the only Fellowship in Trauma Anesthesia. The Section trains 25 anesthesia residents each year, rotating in one-month blocks from the University of Maryland, Johns Hopkins, and the three armed services.

An anesthesiologist is present at every patient's admission to the Shock Trauma Center, to assess and manage the airway and facilitate early pain control. An Attending Anesthesiologist is available 24 hours a day for emergency airway management in the ICUs, for conscious sedation procedures, and for comprehensive perioperative care in the TRU, OR, and PACU.

Representatives of the Section also train and supervise the nurses of the Acute Pain Management Service, providing advanced pain management modalities for more than 1500 patients each year. Forty Emergency Medicine residents per year rotate through the Section to learn advanced airway and resuscitation skills, along with 50 student nurse anesthetists and the 50 flight paramedics of the Maryland State Police. Anesthesiologists from the Section teach every University of Maryland medical student, in a special “hands-on” airway management course in the third year, and again as they rotate through the STC during their anesthesia training.

Research endeavors of the Section of Trauma Anesthesiology include studies of airway management techniques and protocols, anesthetic drug selection, advanced resuscitation techniques for patients in hemorrhagic shock, early noninvasive monitoring of traumatic brain injury, and non-surgical approaches to hemostasis. In the intensive care units, members of the Section have recently presented and published work on advanced ventilator management, continuous renal replacement therapy, trans-esophageal echocardiography, and extra-corporeal circulation. The MDs and CRNAs of the Section are the acknowledged national experts on anesthesia for trauma care, are sought out for textbook chapters in the Anesthesia, Surgical, and Critical Care arenas, and serve as invited speakers at local, national, and international conferences on a regular basis.

Faculty

L. Yvette Fouche, M.D.
Chief of Trauma Anesthesiology
Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology
Special Interests: Trauma Anesthesia
Medical Degree: University of Michigan
Residency: University of Maryland
Fellowship: University of Maryland Medical Center, Trauma Anesthesiology
Certification: Anesthesiology
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John W. Blenko, M.D.
Associate Professor of Anesthesiology
Special Interests: Trauma Anesthesiology, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, Resident Education
Medical Degree: University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Residency: Mercy Hospital (Pittsburgh), Anesthesiology
Fellowship: Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, Pediatric Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine
Certification: Anesthesiology
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Cynthia Bucci, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology
Special Interest: Blood substitute therapy
Medical Degree: University of Maryland School of Medicine
Residency: University of Maryland Medical Center
Fellowship: University of Maryland Medical Center, Trauma Anesthesiology
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Certification: Anesthesiology

Bianca Conti, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology
Special Interest: Perio-operative echocardiography, Trauma anesthesiology
Medical Degree: St. Georges University
Residency: University of Maryland Medical Center
Fellowship: University of Maryland Medical Center, Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology
Certification: Anesthesiology, Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology, Peri-operative Transesophageal Echocardiography
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Thomas Grissom, MD, FCCM
Associate Professor of Anesthesiology
Special Interests: Simulation, Anesthesia in Austere Conditions
Residency: Wilford Hall Medical Center, Lackland AFB, TX
Certification: Anesthesiology, Critical Care Medicine
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Mary L. Hyder, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology
Medical Degree: University of Texas - Southwestern Medical System, Anesthesiology
Fellowship: Shock Trauma Center/University of Maryland Hospital, Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology
Certification: Anesthesiology, Critical Care Medicine, Perioperative Transesophageal Echocardiography 
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Maureen McCunn, M.D.
Associate Professor of Anesthesiology
Special Interests: Trauma Anesthesia
Medical Degree: Medical College of Pennsylvania ( now Drexel University College of Medicine)
Residency: Medical College of Pennsylvania Hospital, General Medicine; Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Anesthesiology
Fellowship: University of Maryland Medical Center, Anesthesia & Critical Care
Certification: Anesthesiology, Critical Care; Anesthesiology/AMB
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Ron E. Samet, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology
Section of Trauma Anesthesiology
Director, Program in Regional Anesthesiology

Special Interests: Regional Anesthesia; Orthopedic Trauma; Peripheral Nerve Blocks in Trauma Patients
Medical Degree: Yale University School of Medicine
Residency: UMDNJ - Robert Wood Johnson
Fellowships: Trauma Anesthesiology, R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center
Certification: Anesthesiology
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Sukhwant Sidhu, M.D.
Instructor of Anesthesiology
Special Interest: Trauma Anesthesiology
Medical Degree: J.L.N. Medical College Aligarh Muslim Univ
Residency: Baylor College of Medicine, Anesthesiology
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Robert A. Sikorski, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology
Division of Anesthesiology, Section of Trauma Echocardiography

Special Interest: Echocardiography; Cardio-thoracic Vascular Anesthesia; Pre-Hospital Trauma Care
Medical Degree: CETEC University School of Medicine
Residency: UMD - New Jersey Medical School
Fellowships: UMD - NJ Medical School, Combined Cardiac Anesthesiology/Pain Management
Certifications: Anesthesiology, Peri-operative Trans-esophageal Echocardiography
410-328-2628 office

Christopher Stephens, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology
Special Interest: Pre-Hospital Trauma Care; EMS Education; Fluid Resuscitation; Aviation Medicine
Medical Degree: University of Texas Medical Branch
Residency: University of Texas Medical Branch Hospitals, Anesthesiology
Fellowship: University of Maryland Medical Center, Trauma Anesthesiology
Certification: Anesthesiology
410-328-2628 office

For all patient information, please call 410-328-9284.

This page was last updated: April 24, 2014

         
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