Anesthesiology is a major specialty in the practice of medicine. The country’s need for well-trained anesthesiologists has increased greatly in the past few years, and the opportunities in community hospitals as well as in academia are legion. The scope of the specialty has dramatically expanded over the years. Anesthesia is one of the great medical discoveries of humanity, allowing the advancement of surgery. The anesthesiologist, who initially provided pain relief and amnesia to the patient, has become the clinical pharmacologist and physiologist in the operating room. The scope of the anesthesiologist has broadened to include obstetrical analgesia, acute and chronic pain therapy, intensive care, office-based anesthesia and sedation and monitoring of patients undergoing GI, radiologic and ECT procedures.
The mission of the Residency Program at Stony Brook University is to educate and facilitate the achievement of excellence in anesthesia care and thereby create physicians, who in the course of their careers will play a role in improving the quality of health care in our nation. The Department of Anesthesiology provides a faculty of national and international renown who excel in Patient Care, Teaching and Research and from whom the residents receive their educational experience. As a demonstration of our commitment to the residency program, the department has created several new and exciting initiatives. These include an educational intranet, a unique didactic program, a dedicated faculty mentor for each resident, a generous educational allowance and a compensation package that is among the best in the country. The end product of this anesthesia residency education is a superbly trained consultant in anesthesiology, able to provide the highest quality of care to patients even when they present the most challenging clinical conditions.
The Residency Program At-a-Glance. Click a topic to learn more.
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Clinical Base Year
The Stony Brook Anesthesiology Residency Program is a four-year program. During the clinical year (PGY- 1), our interns rotate through the Emergency Room, Surgery, Medicine, ICU, Pain and Anesthesiology Departments.
The department is organized into clinical division that emphasize the many subspecialties of anesthesiology. Many members of each division have complete fellowship training in that subspecialty. Residents benefit from having experts as teachers as they do rotations through the clinical divisions.
Learn about and meet the members of each division here.
Clinical Skills Center and Simulation
Simulation is now a major component of our residents’ educational experience. There are numerous values to simulation. These include standardization of education, allowing residents to have their medical decisions proceed to a logical conclusion without attending intervention, identification of weaknesses in knowledge base as well as improving technical ability and learning through a kinesthetic teaching process.
The Clinical Skills Center at Stony Brook Medicine opened in 2006. It is a 4,000 square foot state-of-the-art training center that can be used as a resource for specialized training of physicians and other healthcare professionals. The Department of Anesthesiology has played a critical role in this Center from its inception. An operating room, complete with a high fidelity mannequin and a realistic setting, makes this an exciting educational experience. This teaching effort is spearheaded by Dr. Christopher Gallagher, author of Simulation in Anesthesia and a member of the ASA’s National Committee on Simulation in Education. Dr. Gallagher has trained a number of our faculty to teach using the simulator. These are generally group sessions. For example, all of the CA-1’s will work together on various scenarios, observing each other as well so that they can learn from each other. The majority of the Wednesday morning teaching sessions include a simulator component.
The simulator is used to create rare and dangerous situations that the resident may never see during the course of a residency. Examples include airway fires, malignant hyperthermia, anaphylaxis and the incapacitated surgeon. In addition, more routine types of cases and complications can be taught in the simulator, so the resident can encounter such scenarios as “cannot intubate, cannot ventilate” or serious arrhythmias in a safe environment. They can practice clinical skills such as intubate and placing lines on mannequins instead of “real patients”.
Medical students who undertake clinical rotations within the Department of Anesthesiology are also provided with an opportunity to participate in anesthesia specific simulator scenarios. Furthermore, all Stony Brook medical students have multiple opportunities to learn in the Clinical Skills Center. One of our own faculty, Dr. Peggy Seidman, has developed OSCE’s for teaching basic technical skills to the students. Our faculty and residents volunteer their time to work with Dr. Seidman to administer these OSCE’s to the students. Lastly, the Stony Brook University Simulation Center is an ABA (American Board of Anesthesiology) approved Simulation Center. It was the very first simulation Center to offer MOCA (Maintenance of Certification) Examinations in the nation.
In summary, our department is at the forefront of simulation education. In a recent survey distributed to our residents, they unanimously voted their simulation experience as the best point of their education. We are looking towards the future and are developing several interesting projects in which simulation will play a critical role.Click here for more information about the Clinical Skills Center.
From the outset, the department has maintained a fully accredited residency training program. We are a four-year program. The Clinical Base Year (CBY) consists of rotations in the Departments of Medicine and Surgery, including two ICU months; one month in the Emergency Room and one month in Pain Management. Whenever possible, the CBY residents will have the opportunity fo interact with faculty and residents in the Department of Anesthesiology.
Three groups of residents undergo training in each of the three clinical anesthesia years of training (CA-1, 2 and 3 years equivalent to PGY 2, 3 and 4). There is large variety in a very substantial caseload. All specialties and subspecialties are represented. All anesthetics are delivered by residents under the direction of an attending anesthesiologist. This supervision is given 24 hours per day, either on a one-to-one basis or, at most, in a ratio of one attending for two residents. It is an expression of our standard: optimal care, for all patients, at all hours. This applies not only in the operating rooms, but also in the obstetrical delivery suite, the intensive care units and the pain clinic.
Residents and attendings make separate pre-anesthetic visits. The resident proposes a comprehensive plan for preoperative preparation, intra-operative monitoring, anesthetic management and postoperative care to the attending anesthesiologist. After conferring together, the resident performs the anesthetic under the direct supervision of the attending.
In addition to their ICU experience, our residents administer well over 500 anesthetics in each of their three years of training. Many patients receive the benefit of regional anesthesia and nerve blocks. More importantly, the patients present all the taxing problems and complications one is likely to encounter in an operating room, obstetrical delivery suite or intensive care unit.
This clinical instruction may be strenuous and demanding; it is alleviated by the strong personal relationship between attending and resident and by certain amenities, such as lunches, coffee breaks, and relief from clinical assignment following night call. In addition, residents are on call every fourth night. In accord with New York State Law, residents do not work more than 80 hours per week maximum.
Clinical Training Sites
Wednesday 7 AM Conferences
There are over 80 faculty members in the Department of Anesthesiology. Many of them are involved in all three aspects of the department: clinical care, teaching and research. Some of them, including eight Ph.D scientists, focus on one particular aspect. Faculty members have joint appointments in other departments and training programs in the Medical School including Physiology & Biophysics, Pharmacological Sciences, Health Sciences, Biochemistry, Neurological Surgery, Pediatrics, Dental Medicine and Urology. Many are active in the field of anesthesiology at the state, national and international levels.
Books and book chapters
The Department of Anesthesiology has supported Residents and Attendings to participate in Global Health trips (Medical Missions) since the 1990s. The destinations have included Zambia, The Philippines, Ecuador and China.
Journal Club is held monthly July through May. Meetings take place during dinner at nearby restaurants in a relaxed atmosphere. All faculty, residents, CRNAs and medical students rotating through the department are invited to attend.
Journal club is a didactic tool to teach life-long learning skills. It is a way to keep current in the anesthesiology literature and to learn to read the literature with a critical eye.
There is a three year syllabus. In the first year, we explore different types of articles and how to evaluate them. In the second year we read some of Anesthesia's Golden Oldies for perspective, and finally in the third year, we turn to current literature.
Journal Club is moderated by Ursula N. Landman, D.O. and Rany Makaryus, M.D. organizes the sessions. All residents and faculty members have an opportunity to present at least once during the three year cycle.
Current and past Journal Club topics
We provide exposure to Office based surgery. CA-3 residents rotate with an anesthesiologist where they are exposed to the isolated lonely environment of an office setting. This office is fully certified and offers the highest possible safety standards. This should prepare the residents to set the highest standards for themselves when they eventually are exposed to this growing arena. Office-based Anesthesia is a component of the Ambulatory Anesthesia rotation.
The Department has a strong commitment to its academic mission. One of the cornerstones of our departmental mission is to be a leader in creating new knowledge through basic, translational, clinical and educational research that will enhance patient care. To promote these efforts, the department faculty includes productive, externally-funded Ph.D. scientists and scientist clinicians. In addition, the department supports graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, research nurses and technicians.
Read more about active research projects here
See a list of our publications here
Resident Presentations at National Meetings
We encourage our Residents to present research posters and Medically Challenging Cases at national meetings such as the ASA and PGA. Dr. Rishimani Adsumelli is the Director for Resident Research. Residents whose abstracts are accepted for presentation are fully funded to attend the meeting.
Presentations at ASA October 2015
Evans BM, Izrailtyan I, Bilfinger T, Tassiopoulos A. A Novel Approach to Type B Endovascular Aortic Aneurysm Repair.
Giordano M, Enyinna C, Steinberg E, Abola R. Anesthesia for Craniotomy and Meningioma Resection in the 25-Week Pregnant Patient
Giordano M, Evans B, Abola R. Schabel J. Cesarean Delivery in a Parturient With Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Dysplasia
Licata S, Taylor J, Fernandez H, Izrailtyan I. Use of 3D-TEE and Cerebral Oximetry Monitor in Optimizing Complex Redo Ascending Aorta Repair
Pak A, Oleszak S, Gupta S. An Interesting Case of Postoperative SVC Obstruction After Cardiac Surgery
Pak A, Oleszak S, McLarty A. BiVAD in the Setting of Multi-organ Failure Complicated by Multiple Thrombi
Shah S, Wloch M, Andraous W. Phrenic Nerve Injury: A Serious Complication of Atrial Fibrillation Cryoablation
Costa A, Park S. Alternative to Regional and Endotracheal Intubation in a Patient With Poor Respiratory Mechanics
Pollack J, Richman D, Jacob Z. Anesthetic Management of a Patient With End Stage Duchennes Muscular Dystrophy for a Pallative Procedure
Praslick A, Bilfinger TV, Izrailtyan I. The Use of Cerebral Oximetry in the Management of Cerebral Perfusion During Hypothermic Circulatory Arrest for Aortic Arch Repair
Pak A, Abraham E, Adsumelli R. An Urgent Cesarean Section Complicated by Maternal Noonan Syndrome
Pollack J, Abola R, Stuart W, Schabel J. Successful Epidural Anesthesia After Recent Epidural Blood Patch
Shah S, Kowal R, Oleszak P, Wloch M. Atrial Myxoma In A Pregnant Patient
Shah S, Oleszak P, Wloch M, Kowal R. Dextrocardia And Perioperative Considerations
Alanes MY, Lagade M, Izrailtyan I. Awareness of the Anesthesia Team Helps an Early Diagnosis of Iatrogenic Bladder Perforation During TURP Procedure
Evans BM, Rogenbogen E, Chen S. Blunt Force Trauma Leads to a Retropharyngeal Abscess in a Pediatric Patient
Llenes R, Fradlis A, Lagade M , Izrailtyan I. Use of Transesophageal Echocardiography During Radical Nephrectomy for Invasive Renal Cell Carcinoma, Complicated by Severe Protamine-induced Allergic Response
Llenes R, McLarty, Gupta S, Izrailtyan I. Clipping Of The Left Atrial Appendage During Thoracotomy Enhanced By Intraoperative TEE Imaging
Nunziata RL, Beg T, Abola R. The Case of an Eclamptic 19-Year-Old 34-Week Gestation Woman and Discussion of Systems Based Improvement of the Maternal Mortality Rate
Presentation at the American Academy of Pain Medicine, March 2015
Parmieri M, Moon R, Benveniste H, Shroyer L, Romeiser J, Abbott J, Durkin B. Pain, Functional, and Behavioral Outcomes in Patients Undergoing Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Injection for Cervical and Lumbar Facet Arthropathy.
Presentations at NYSSA December 2014
Tam C, Cho B, Bilfinger T, Izrailtyan I. Role of Intraoperative TEE in Percutaneous Right Atrial Thrombus Removal via Angiovac
Tam C, Cho B, Fan R, Izrailtyan I. Utility of TEE during the LARIAT Procedure.
Eisenstat C, Cho B, Scott B. What Is This Mass In The Left Ventricle?
Hu L, Gruen A, Samara G, Moller D. A Case of Difficult Airway Management for a Patient With Epiglottic Fibrosis
Giordano M, Evans B, Abola R, Schabel J. Cesarean Delivery in a Parturient with Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Dysplasia.
Nunziata R, Adsumell Ri, Azim S. No End Tidal Carbon Dioxide? Bronchospasm May Not Be the Entire Story.
Giordano M, Enyinna C, Steinberg E, Abola R. Anesthesia for Craniotomy and Meningioma Resection in the 25-Week Pregnant Patient
Evans BM, Wu I, Guo X, Corrado T. Anesthetic management of a patient with a traumatic diaphragmatic rupture
Wu I, Evans B, Kogan A, Delemos M. Anesthetic management of patient with refractory thrombocytopenia.
Haque A, Fernandez H, Izrailtyan I. Cardiac Surgery on a Patient with Ebstein's Anomaly
Haque A, Fernandez H, Izrailtyan I. Intraoperative Subclavian Artery Occlusion During Cardiac Surgery
Cho BS, Oleszak SP, Kowal R. Intrathoracic Fire During Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery
Wang M, Schabel J. Obstetric and Anesthetic Management of a Parturient with Extensive Lower Extremity DVT
Nunziata R, Kowal R, Adsumelli R. Intraoperative Anaphylaxis: More Common Than We Think.
Dave S, Gupta S, Izrailtyan I. Post-Bypass Ischemia During Mitral Annuloplasty
Wang M, Fernandez HA, Izrailtyan I. Anesthesia management for minimal incision mitral valve replacement
Nelson DA, Evans BM, Adsumelli R. New Onset Pulmonary Hypertension and Hyperthyroidism During Pregnancy: Anesthetic Implications
Soohoo D, Tewari N. Treatment of Hiccups during Thyroidectomy in a Patient with Malignant Hyperthermia
Hu L, Haque A, Kowal R, Oleszak S. A Case Report of an Incidental Fiberoptic Bronchoscopic Finding of Tracheal Bronchus
Praslick A, Molinari WJ, Rosa D. Intraoperative Diabetes Insipidus of Uncertain Etiology
Tsafos V, DeVeaux E, Delemo M, Adsumelli R. Anesthetic Care and Management During Labor of a Parturient G1P0 with Ebstein’s Anomaly and ASD
Sverdlova J, Oleszak P, Kowal R. Severe persistent hypokalemia in a patient with Lung Cancer.
Evans BM, Izrailtyan I, Bilfinger T, Tassiopoulos A. A novel approach to type B endovascular aortic aneurysm repair
Praslick A, Seifert FC, Izrailtyan I. Use of Cerebral Oximetry in the Management of Off-Pump Cardiac Bypass in a Patient with Cerebral Vascular Disease
Wloch M, Gupta S, Izrailtyan I. Pacemaker Mediated Tachycardia in a Patient with External Dual Chamber Temporary Pacemaker Following Separation from Cardiopulmonary Bypass.
Landman U, Wu I. Successful delivery of a parturient with May-Thurer syndrome
Park S, Taylor J, Rashba E, Izrailtyan I. Detection of implanted pacemaker lead failure in a patient undergoing aortic valve replacement
Pollack J, Bilfinger TV, James TR, Breznia D, Izrailtyan I. Organ-protection techniques in the management of thoraco-abdominal aortic dissection hybrid repair surgery.
DeVeaux E, Adsumelli R, Delemos M. Quadriplegic parturient for repeat cesarean section: challenges and multidisciplinary problem solving approach for successful outcomes
Andraous WF, Schabel J, Abola R. Unusual Cause of Third Trimester Hemorrhage After Fall
Moy J, Stellaccio FS. Can the uvula touch the epiglottis?
DeVeaux E, Gruen A. Facial Bone Biopsy Converted to a Craniotomy: A Case Report
Pak A, Guo X. A Case of Acustimulation in Severe PONV
Resident Presentation Archives
Rotations at Stony Brook Medicine assigned as four-week blocks
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In the past 5 year cohort, 82% of residents received ABA certification
20-30% of our residents pursue fellowships. Recent ones include:
40-60% of the graduates enter private practice
Salary and Benefits
The residents in the Department of Anesthesiology receive a salary that fits in the highest range in the country. The salary base is contractually increased annually. Full malpractice coverage of all clinical activity performed in the course of duty, basic and major medical insurance, dental insurance and a drug prescription plan are provided. Residents receive four weeks vacation leave per annum. Residents have the opportunity to attend a major national Anesthesiology meeting every year.
Telephone information: 631-632-6770
House Staff Office: 631-444-2754.
Resident training in Anesthesiology is provided in two medical centers: Stony Brook University Medical Center and the Northport Veterans Administration Hospital.
Since we began providing care in 1980, the staff of Stony Brook University Medical Center has been committed to delivering excellence in patient care, research, education, and community service.
Stony Brook Medicine is Suffolk County's only tertiary hospital and Level 1 Trauma Center, and is the only academic medical center on Long Island. Certified for 540 beds, with more than 4,800 employees, it is the largest hospital in Suffolk County. Stony Brook Medicine treats approximately 30,000 inpatients, more than 250,000 outpatients and is where more than 15,000 surgical cases are performed.
Stony Brook Medicine provides training programs for community hospitals in the region (e.g. Institute for Healthcare Improvement; patient safety regional trainers; regional disaster preparedness).
Stony Brook Medicine is the regional referral center for trauma, stroke and stroke intervention, perinatal and neonatal intensive care, burns, ALS, pediatric and maternal HIV/AIDS, pediatric and adult multiple sclerosis, and Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Services.
Stony Brook Medicine brings new advances to Suffolk, such as stroke clot removal from the brain, surgical robotic devices, MRSA vaccine and other groundbreaking clinical trials.
Northport Veterans Administration Medical Center offers quality medical, surgical, psychiatric, rehabilitative and skilled nursing care to Long Island veterans. With highly qualified and experienced healthcare professionals, state-of-the-art technology, a full range of services, and high ratings with the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations and other respected accrediting health care organizations, Northport VA Medical Center has a reputation for providing superior healthcare to Long Island's veterans.
Dr. Christopher Gallagher and colleagues have put together several series of instructive and entertaining videos to assist Residents and Medical Students.
Stony Brook University
From its beginnings in 1957, Stony Brook University has been characterized by innovation, energy, and progress, transforming the lives of people who earn degrees, work, and make groundbreaking discoveries here. A dramatic trajectory of growth has turned what was once a small teacher preparation college into an internationally recognized research institution that is changing the world.
Stony Brook's reach extends from its 1,100-acre campus on Long Island's North Shore: encompassing the main academic areas, an 8,300-seat stadium & sports complex, a performing arts center, Stony Brook University Medical Center, the Health Sciences Center, and the Veterans Home to Stony Brook Manhattan, a new Research and Development Park, three business incubators and the new Stony Brook Southampton campus on Long Island's East End. Stony Brook also co-manages Brookhaven National Laboratory
Stony Brook is still growing. To the students, the scholars, the health professionals, the entrepreneurs, and all the valued members who make up the vibrant Stony Brook community, this is a not only a great local and national university, but one that is making an impact on a global scale.
The Stony Brook area is one of the most attractive residential communities in the Northeast. Amid the hilly dunes near Long Island Sound the woods and fields along the water offer a variety of scenic delights. Fishing, boating, golf and horseback riding are among the many opportunities for recreation. Small wonder that the area has always been attractive to artists and scholars. The local museums and neighboring communities provide recreation and educational experience.Discover Long Island
Three Village Patch - local activities
The department sponsors a monthly Visiting Professor lecture series. Invited speakers present clinical and/or research topics at our Wednesday morning Grand Rounds. Whenever possible, residents get to meet separately with the Visiting Professor during lunch or dinner.
The Visiting Professorship in April or May is combined with our annual Academic Research Evening. During the poster session, Residents, Faculty and Students present display their research accomplishments. Several Residents and Students are selected to give oral presentations as well. The Visiting Professor presents the keynote speech. This is followed by dinner and an awards ceremony.
Current and Past Visiting Professors