June 24, 2005

Pandharipande lands two-year FAER grant

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Pratik Pandharipande, M.D.

Pandharipande lands two-year FAER grant

Pratik Pandharipande, M.D., assistant professor of Anesthesiology, was recently awarded a Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research (FAER) grant for $255,000 over two years. The grant is a Mentored Research Award, which is the highest monetarily valued grant of the four types awarded annually by FAER. Wes Ely, M.D., associate professor of Pulmonary Critical Care Medicine, will serve as the mentor for Pandharipande's research. The grant is issued with $175,000 going to the recipient and $80,000 going to the mentor.

Pandharipande's research focuses on the impact of drugs on intensive care unit (ICU) delirium in older patients. This research will hopefully lead to the development of new sedation strategies in ICUs to decrease the risk, severity, duration of delirium and other sedative-related complications.

After completing his medical education at the University of Nagpur, India, Pandharipande completed his Anesthesiology residency at the Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, N.J., followed by a fellowship in Critical Care Medicine at VUMC. He has been on the Anesthesiology/Critical Care faculty since 2001 and recently completed his Masters of Science and Clinical Investigation.