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Dr. Ellis ASA Refresher Course Lecture (RCL) Oct 28, 2015 in San Diego. “Wellness in Anesthesia Providers”

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

Slide set (PDF) at

With fellow UVa residents Guy Weinberg and Roger Johns

With fellow UVa residents Guy Weinberg and Roger Johns

“What are this month’s perioperative beta blockade guidelines?”

Sunday, December 16th, 2012

I lectured at the NY State Society of Anesthesiologists annual meeting (aka, “PGA”) on a panel on care of the cardiac patient for noncardiac surgery.  That meant I didn’t see as much of SantaCon as I might have liked.

Click here for PDF of PowerPoint slide set:  2012_12_15 PGA 2012 John Ellis Beta blockade handout


Annual Scientific Meeting in Anesthesiology 2012 Hong Kong

Monday, December 10th, 2012

I gave several lectures at this year’s ASM meeting in Hong Kong. Below are some of the lecture slides.

Monitoring for CEA – 2012 Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesia 20 min lecture video and PDF of slides

Sunday, July 15th, 2012




NEJM “Porcelain Aorta” – Great video of fluoroscopy

Friday, June 29th, 2012


IMAGES IN CLINICAL MEDICINE Porcelain Aorta Min-Kyung Kang, M.D., and Jong-Won Ha, M.D., Ph.D. N Engl J Med 2012; 366:e40June 28, 2012

Porcelain Aorta
Min-Kyung Kang, M.D., and Jong-Won Ha, M.D., Ph.D.
N Engl J Med 2012; 366:e40June 28, 2012

Anesthesia Camp, Grand Cayman BWI. Jan 30 – Feb 2 2013

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

Anesthesia Camp, Laguna Beach CA, Sept 20-22, 2012

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

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Course details here

Anesthesia Camp Laguna Beach CA Sept 2012

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

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Anesthesia Camp Grand Cayman Jan 2013

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

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Succinct review suggests that medical management is superior to CEA for asymptomatic carotid stenosis

Friday, September 16th, 2011

Key Research in Medical Specialty Areas: Journal Watch Specialties

A few quotes from a review by — Allan S. Brett, MD:

Because medical therapy has improved since these trials were conducted, researchers have examined whether stroke rates in patients with ACS have declined during the past decade. In fact, rates have fallen to around 1% annually in medically treated patients.4,5

Thus, we must ask whether CEA has any role in patients with ACS. Recently, researchers have proposed several imaging findings that might identify high-risk subgroups — plaque echolucency, plaque ulceration, and embolic signals on transcranial Doppler ultrasound of the ipsilateral middle cerebral artery…

Thus, many asymptomatic patients who now undergo CEA (or carotid stenting, which is not safer than CEA) are likely risking harm without commensurate benefit. Use of embolic signals and plaque characteristics to identify candidates for CEA is promising but requires larger studies and assurance that the techniques are reliable in community settings.
I couldn’t agree more!

4. Marquardt L et al. Low risk of ipsilateral stroke in patients with asymptomatic carotid stenosis on best medical treatment: A prospective, population-based study. Stroke 2010 Jan; 41:e11. (

5. Abbott AL. Medical (nonsurgical) intervention alone is now best for prevention of stroke associated with asymptomatic severe carotid stenosis: Results of a systematic review and analysis.Stroke 2009 Oct; 40:e573. (