2023 Highlights

Montefiore Einstein Anesthesiology


Montefiore Einstein Anesthesiology is a hub for integrated perioperative and periprocedural care across Montefiore Health System. In 2023, we made significant strides in both clinical operations and digital health research – providing an evidence-based foundation for exceptional patient care throughout the perioperative period. The team of talented anesthesiologists and nurse anesthetists cared for nearly 100,000 patients throughout the year, ensuring that each patient receives the highest level of patient-centered care during their time at Montefiore Einstein.

Matthias Eikermann, MD, PhD, Chair, Department Of Anesthesiology

Note from the Chair

In 2023, the Montefiore Einstein Department of Anesthesiology has focused on innovation, interdisciplinary teamwork, and compassionate patient-centered care. We are experts in perioperative, critical care and pain medicine. Most importantly, we serve as interprofessional partners in patient safety and quality while providing excellent training to the next generation of anesthesia professionals.

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2023 by the numbers


procedures performed under anesthesia across MMC


General Anesthesiology surgeries performed across MMC


patient visits at the Montefiore Multidisciplinary Pain Program


surgeries performed at Hutch ASC


Notable innovations and achievements


Research innovations to improve perioperative care tomorrow

Clinical Trials

Clinical trials to advance surgical outcomes

Montefiore Einstein Anesthesiology participates in both national and clinical trials, a selection of which are highlighted below.

An Anesthesia-Centered Bundle to Reduce Postoperative Pulmonary Complications: The PRIME-AIR Study (PRIME-AIR)

  • Principal Investigator: Dr. Eikermann 

  • Sponsor: NIH

PANDORA: Delirium Prevention After Cardiac Surgery Using IV Acetaminophen to Prevent Postoperative Delirium in Older Cardiac Surgical Patients

  • Principal Investigator: Dr. Eikermann 

  • Sponsor: NIH 

Suvorexant and Sleep/Delirium in ICU Patients

  • Principal Investigator: Dr. Eikermann 

  • Sponsor: Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp. 

Optimizing the Use of Ketamine to Reduce Chronic Postsurgical Pain (KALPAS)

  • Principal Investigator: Dr. Reddy 

  • Sponsor: National Cancer Institute 

A 24-Week Study to Evaluate the Safety and Efficacy of CNTX-6970 in Subjects with Moderate to Severe Knee Osteoarthritis Pain

  • Principal Investigator: Dr. Gitkind 

  • Co-Investigator: Dr. Shaparin 

  • Sponsor: NIH 

Team News

New roles & leaders in our department

Giselle Jaconia, MD

Residency Program Assistant Director & Director of Recruitment

Erik Romanelli, MD, MPH

Residency Program Director

Adela Aguirre-Alarcon, MD

Moses Campus Associate Site Director

Curtis Choice, MD

Senior Director of Network Integration & Expansion

Jay Berger, MD, PhD

Director of the Thoracic Anesthesia Division

Allison Spinelli, DO

Post-Anesthesia Care Unit Director

Juan Davila Velazquez, MD

Obstetric Anesthesia Fellowship Program Director

Jay Im, MD

Residency Program Assistant Director

Michael Rufino, MD

Moses Campus Associate Site Director

Oleg Evgenov

Director of the Endoscopic Anesthesia Division

William J. Sauer, MD

Director, Critical Care Anesthesiology Division

Patient referrals

At Montefiore Einstein Anesthesiology, we know providing patients with the best possible care includes teamwork and trust. We work closely with our valued referring physicians to ensure open communication and reliable expertise. 

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