Dana Nowicki Wiener
Associate Professor of Anesthesiology
My interests continue to involve clinical, educational and administrative opportunities at the Durham Veteran Affairs Medical Center (VAMC). I am concerned with the risks, benefits and outcomes of anesthesia care in the veteran patient. Serving as medical director of the Short Stay Unit (combination preoperative screening unit and ambulatory surgery unit) at the Durham VAMC, I continue to computerize workload and scheduling, educate Advance Practice Providers and be their primary consultant source for Anesthesia Preoperative Evaluation. This clinic has developed into an indispensable outpatient unit aimed at optimizing all patients prior to surgical and other procedures. I am also the physician and clinical lead for the implementation and support of our Anesthesia Information Management System (AIMS). I work with the Clinical Applications Coordinator, Biomedical Engineering, Information Technology, vendor and end users to support and improve our AIMS on a daily basis. I am also the leader in workload capture and the de-facto coding expert for our division. I continuously create, review, update and maintain a majority of our clinical, service-level policies. I am the Duke resident rotation liaison for the VA division and am involved in many aspects of the resident program including the Clinical Competency Committee since 1993. I am an assistant chief and am involved in most leadership decisions in the division including recruiting, logistics, space, planning, scheduling and standing in for the service chief as needed. I mentor select medical students and undergraduates when requested. My role has evolved to almost 50% administrative activities which allows for the smooth organization of the service. Interests in Non-OR Anesthesia (NORA) are a future direction for my career which parallels the growth of this sub-specialty.
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