Our Resident Academic Career Development Track is overseen by Brant Wagener, M.D., Ph.D.

Below are our graduates:



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Jack Crawford, M.D., Ph.D. 

Current role: Associate Professor, Vice Chair and Director, Division of Congenital Cardiac Anesthesiology; Program Director, Pediatric Anesthesia Fellowship

RACD participant: 2007–2010

Mentors: Rakesh Patel, Ph.D., Jack Lancaster, Ph.D.

Project: Alterations of Nitric Oxide metabolism in aged red blood.

Dr. Jack Crawford was the first trainee to participate in the RACD program during which time he investigated the changes that occur in red blood cells during storage prior to donation. These changes in red blood cells accelerate reactions with nitric oxide and thereby alter regulation of microvascular tone following transfusion. After completing the program, Dr. Crawford joined the faculty of the UAB Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine and went on to develop a new division that focuses on his primary interest, congenital heart disease. He has ongoing clinical research projects aimed at improving perioperative care for these patients and was awarded a Young Investigator Award by the Society for Pediatric Anesthesiology in 2015.





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Mitchell Engle, M.D., Ph.D.


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Brant Wagener, M.D., Ph.D.

Current role: Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine

RACD participant: 2010–2013

Mentors: Jean-François Pittet, M.D., and Sadis Matalon, Ph.D.

Project: “PDE4 and IL-8-dependent Inhibition of cAMP-stimulated Alveolar Fluid Clearance.”

As a result of the protected research time during his CA-3 year, Dr. Wagener applied for and received a Research Fellowship Grant from the Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research (FAER), becoming the Department’s first Research Fellow from 2013–2014. Subsequently, he completed a Critical Care Fellowship from 2014–2015. As a result of this work, Dr. Wagener applied for and received a second award from FAER, a Mentored Research Training Grant (2015–2017) entitled “Mechanisms of Lung Immunosuppression after Traumatic Brain Injury.” Since 2015, he has been an Assistant Professor within the Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine. In 2018, he was made Director of the Resident Academic Career Development Program. His research interests involve clinical, basic and translational research on topics such as lung immunosuppression after severe traumatic injury, how pneumonia causes post-ICU cognitive dysfunction, perioperative cognitive dysfunction and coagulopathy in ICU patients.

Dr. Wagener has recently been awarded an R01 from NIGMS entitled "The Role of Sex Dimorphism in post-TBI Bacterial Pneumonia."




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 Lee Goeddel, M.D., M.P.H.


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Weifeng Song, M.D., Ph.D.

Current role: Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine

RACD participant: 2012–2015

Mentor: Sadis Matalon, Ph.D.

Project: “Low Molecular Weight Hyaluronan Mediated Airway Hyperresponsiveness in Aspiration Induced Acute Lung Injury”

 

Dr. Song has been actively involved in the research of Department of Anesthesiology and Pulmonary Injury and Repair Center. While in Dr. Matalon’s lab, he developed an animal model of aspiration induced acute lung injury during his CA-3 protected research year, based on which he applied for and was rewarded a Research Fellowship Grant from the Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research (FAER). He finished the research fellowship in 2016 then subsequently completed a Critical Care Fellowship in 2017. Since 2017, he has been an Assistant Professor within the Divisions of Multispecialty Anesthesia and Critical Care Medicine of Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine. His research interests involve translational and clinical research topics including mechanisms of bronchospasm and pulmonary edema, treatment options of aspiration induced lung injury with high molecular weight hyaluronan in ICU patients.