The Board of Trustees of the Wood Library-Museum created the Wood Library-Museum Fellowship in Anesthesiology to provide recipients with financial support for up to two weeks of scholarly and historical research at the Wood Library-Museum pertaining to the specialty of anesthesiology. Applications are invited from anesthesiologists, residents in training in anesthesiology, physicians in other disciplines, historians, graduate students of the history of medicine and other individuals with a developed interest in the history of anesthesia or library and museum research. For further information, contact the Director at the Wood Library-Museum.

Fellowship Application Guideline

Recipients of the 2022 Paul M. Wood Fellowship:

Meinolfus “Wulf” M. Stratling, M.D., PhD., aFRCA, Consultant Anaesthesiologist, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, Cardiff, United Kingdom.

Research Topic: Foundational Developments of Modern Technology in Anesthesia and Peri-Operative Medicine (Early 19th century-c. 1930s).

Raymond C. Roy, M.D., PhD, Professor Emeritus, Department of Anesthesiology, Wake Forest School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Research Topic: The Agents that Came in from the Cold: Enflurane, Isoflurane, Sevoflurane, and Desflurane.

Recipients of the 2021 Paul M. Wood Fellowship:

Mark A. Warner, M.D., and Mary E. Warner, M.D., Professors of Anesthesiology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota.

Research Topic: Anesthesia Patient Safety: Why Did the ASA Develop Both a Committee and a Foundation to Address this Important Issue? and Within Historical Context, What Future Roles Should Each Play to Maximize the Specialty’s Impact on Patient Safety?

Oluwakemi E. Tomobi, MD, MEHP, Department of Anesthesiology & Critical Care Medicine, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Anesthesiology Research, Baltimore, Maryland.

Research Topic: Historical Impact of Anesthesia Informed Consent, Counseling, & Professionalism.

Recipient of the 2020 Paul M. Wood Fellowship:

Lakshmi Kurnutala, M.D., M.S., Department of Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine, University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, Mississippi.

Research Topic: Dr. Maurice S. Albin, M.D., M.Sc. Role in the Development of Neuroanesthesiology as a Subspecialty.

Recipient of the 2019 Paul M. Wood Fellowship:

Qiuwei Yang, B.S., University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA.
Research Topic: Women leaders in anesthesiology.

Recipients of the 2018 Paul M. Wood Fellowship:

Dr. Nicholas L. Pesa, University Hospitals of Cleveland, CWRU School of Medicine, Ohio.
Research Topic: Robert Hingson’s time and work at Case Western Reserve University.
Fellowship funded by Dr. and Mrs. William D. Hammonds.

Dr. Jane S. Moon, Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California, LAC+USC Medical Center.
Research Topic: Friendship, personal ambition, and the betterment of anesthesia in the 1920s to 1940s.

Recipients of the 2017 Paul M. Wood Fellowship:

Dr. Adrian Matioc, V.A. Medical Center, University of Wisconsin Anesthesiology Department, Madison, Wisconsin.
Research Topic: An anesthesiologist’s perspective on the history of basic airway management: The “progressive years” from 1904 to 1960 and the modern and postmodern anesthetic years from 1960 to today.

Jehan Momin, BA, Penn State University College of Medicine, Hershey, Pennsylvania.
Research Topic: The gender gap in pain management then and now: A comparison of recent research to historical texts.

Recipients of the 2016 Paul M. Wood Fellowship:

Lisa Huang, B.A., University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA.
Research Topic: A historical examination of the side effects of certain drugs used in anesthesia-was information disclosed or suppressed?

Dr. Sarah Sweetman, University of Wisconsin (Madison).
Research Topic: Ralph Waters Aqualumni: The origin of a prestigious group and its impact on future anesthesiology residency training programs.

Recipients of the 2015 Paul M. Wood Fellowship:

Dr. William D. Hammonds, Emeritus Professor, Department of Anesthesiology, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia.
Research Topic: The influence of developments in the basic sciences on regional anesthesia for the upper extremity.

Oluwakemi Eniola Tomobi, BA.
Research Topic: An analysis of the impact of pulse oximetry on the development of patient safety in children and the field of pediatric anesthesiology.

Dr. Wulf Stratling, Department of Anaesthetics, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board/School of Medicine, Cardiff University, UK.
Research Topic: The history of modern anaesthesia technology (since 1900) – A systematic re-assessment of international historiography: Time to search for missing links and to tie up loose ends!

Recipient of the 2014 Paul M. Wood Fellowship:

Dr. Senen Siasoco
Research Topic: Little brown doctor: A Filipino anesthesiologist in rural America.

Recipients of the 2013 Paul M. Wood Fellowship:

Dr. Yvon F. Bryan, Department of Anesthesiology, Wake Forest School of Medicine.
Research Topic: The history of airway management in children with congenital syndromes and deformities.

Dr. Melissa Coleman, Department of Anesthesiology, Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Pennsylvania State University.
Research Topic: Journey to the modern bite block.

Matthew L. Edwards AB, MS1, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.
Research Topic: The role of professionalism and the Vietnam War in the development of critical care medicine.

Dr. Adrian A. Matioc, Department of Anesthesiology, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (Madison).
Research Topic: A functional history of the anesthetic face mask.

Among the four awardees, Dr. Melissa Coleman has been designated the 2013 Rod Calverley Fellow, given in memory of the late Roderick K. Calverley M.D. who had been a strong advocate of studies of anesthesia history and initiated the Paul M. Wood Fellowship.

Recipient of the 2012 Paul M. Wood Fellowship:

Dr. Lu Wang Adams, Anesthesiology Resident, Wake Forest School of Medicine.
Research Topic: Uncovering history through photos to gain a more thorough understanding of the development of protective attire usage in surgical procedures.

Recipients of the 2011 Paul M. Wood Fellowship:

Dr. Christine Ball, Department of Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine, Alfred Hospital, Victoria, Australia.
Research Topic: Exploring Joseph Clover’s Diaries (1850-1853) and providing further insights into the life of Joseph Clover and medical practice at this time.

Dr. Daren Brooks, Anesthesiology Resident, National Capital Consortium, Bethesda, MD.
Research Topic: 20 years after the ‘Storm’: a reflection upon military anesthesiologists’ service during the Persian Gulf War and their contributions to recent advances in combat casualty care in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Dr. Peter James Featherstone, Specialty Registrar in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Cambridge, UK.
Research Topic: Anaesthesia-related maternal mortality (1847-2011).

Dr. Rajesh Haridas, Specialist Anaesthetist, Mildura, Victoria, Australia.
Research Topic: Management of the airway during anesthesia in the nineteenth century.

Dr. Anthony Silipo, Anesthesiology Resident, University of Pittsburgh.
Research Topic: Anesthesiologists’ contributions to patient safety: a historical review.

Among the five awardees, Dr. Peter James Featherstone has been designated the 2011 Rod Calverley Fellow, given in memory of the late Roderick K. Calverley M.D.

The Rod Calverley Fellowship is jointly supported by the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of California, San Diego, in memory of Dr. Calverley who had been a member of this Department. Dr. Calverley, a strong advocate of studies of anesthesia history, initiated the Paul M. Wood Fellowship.

The Paul M. Wood Fellowship of the History of Anesthesia 1988-2002: A Retrospective View
by Patrick Sim.

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