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Alicia M. Kowalski

Present Title & Affiliation

Primary Appointment

Associate Professor, Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine, Division of Anesthesiology and Critical Care, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

Education & Training

Degree-Granting Education

1995 University of Texas Medical School, Houston, TX, MBBS, Medicine
1990 Rice University, Houston, TX, BA, Spanish

Postgraduate Training

8/1996-7/1999 Clinical Residency, Anesthesiology, The University of Texas Medical School, Houston, TX, Carin Hagberg, M.D., Jeffrey Katz, M.D.
7/1995-6/1996 Transitional Internship, St. Joseph Hospital, Houston, TX, Ethan Natelson, M.D.

Board Certifications

2011 American Board of Anesthesiology
12/1997 NSBME: USMLE

Experience/Service

Academic Appointments

Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine, Division of Anesthesiology and Critical Care, The University of Texas M.D, Houston,, TX, 2/2002-8/2008
Instructor, Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine, Division of Anesthesiology and Critical Care, The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, 8/1999-2/2002

Administrative Appointments/Responsibilities

Director of Post-Operative Pain Service, The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, 4/2000-1/2003

Institutional Committee Activities

Member/ Department Representative, Pharmacy and Therapeutics Institutional Committee, 2008-2009
Anesthesiology Department Representative, Faculty Senate, 2002-2005
Member, Infusion Technology Subcommittee of Pharmacy and Therapeutics, 2002

Honors and Awards

1997 Resident Teaching Award, Department of Anesthesiology UT Health Science Center, Houston Texas

Selected Publications

Peer-Reviewed Original Research Articles

1. Boughey JC, Goravanchi F, Parris RN, Kee SS, Kowalski AM, Frenzel JC, Bedrosian I, Meric- Bernstam F, Hunt KK, Ames FC, Kuerer HM, Lucci A. Prospective randomized trial of paravertebral block for patients undergoing breast cancer surgery. Am J Surg 198(5). e-Pub 5/2009.
2. Daley MD, Norman PH, Leak JA, Nguyen DT, Bui TP, Kowalski AM, Srejic U, Popat K, Arens JF, Gershenwald JE, Hunt KK, Kuerer HM. Adverse events associated with the intraoperative injection of isosulfan blue. J Clin Anesth 16:332-41, 8/2004. PMID: 15374553.
3. Popat, KU, Ngyuen N, Kowalski A, Daley MD, Arens JF, Thakar D. Postoperative Paraplegia after Nonvascular Thoracic Surgery. The Internet Journal of Anesthesiology 8(1), 2004.
4. Kowalski A, Wenker O. Epidural for Pain Control after Surgery. The Internet Journal of Health 2, 11/2001.
5. Berry JM, Kowalski A, Fletcher SA. Sudden asystole during craniotomy: unrecognized phenytoin toxicity. J Neurosurg Anesthesiol 11:42-5, 1999. PMID: 9890385.

Invited Articles

1. Kowalski A. In One Case of Ophthalmologic Surgery - Combination of NSAIDs and Diuretics Leads to Kidney Failure. Anesthesiology News, 4/2001.

Abstracts

1. Kowalski, Alicia, Veazie, Mark, Goravanchi, Farzin, Parria, Ronald, Kee, Spencer. Breast Cancer Surgery With Paravertebral Block In Malignant Hyperthermia Patients. 16th World Congress of the SIS,Valencia, Spain, 10/2010.
2. Kowalski, Alicia, Veazie, Mark, Goravanchi, Farzin, Parris, Ronald, Kee, Spencer. Breast Cancer Surgery With Paravertebral Block In Malignant Hyperthermia Patients. 29th National Congress of the Spanish Society of Senology and Breast Disease,Valencia, Spain, 10/2010.
3. Kowalski A, Goravanchi F, Kuerer H, Milbourne A, Parris R, Kee S, Gottumukkala V, Adalsteinsson S. Disease Out Patient Breast Surgery in Early Pregnancy-Breast Cancer Patient is Optimized Using Paravertebral Block (PVB) Anesthesia. 29th National Congress of the Spanish Society of Senology and Breast ,Valencia, Spain, 10/2010.
4. Kowalski A, Goravanchi F, Kuerer H, Milbourne A, Parris R, Kee S, Gottumukkala V, Adalsteinsson S. Out Patient Breast Surgery in Early Pregnancy-Breast Cancer Patient is Optimized using Paravertebral Block (PVB) Anesthesia. 16th World Congress of the SIS, Valencia, Spain, 10/2010.
5. Goravanchi, Farzin, Kowalski, Alicia, Kee, Spencer, Lucci, Anthony, Gottumukkala, Vijaya, Robb, Geoffrey, Berger, Joel, Kuerer, Henry. Out Patient Breast Surgery is Safe: Recent Experience with 2,872 Patients At MD Anderson Cancer Center. 16th Congress of the SIS,Valencia, Spain, 10/2010.
6. Goravanchi, Farzin, Kowalski, Alicia, Kee, Spencer, Lucci, Anthony, Gottumukkala, Vijaya, Robb, Geoffrey, Berger, Joel, Kuerer, Henry. Out Patient Breast Surgery Is Safe: Recent Experience with 2,872 Patients at MD Anderson Cancer Center. 29th National Congress of the Spanish Society of Senology and Breast Disease,Valencia, Spain, 10/2010.
7. Veazie M, CRNA; Kowalski A, MD. Breast Cancer Surgery with Paravertebral Block in Malignant Hyperthermia patients. 77th AANA Annual Meeting, Seattle, Washington, 8/2010.
8. Kowalski AM, Goravanchi F, Kuerer H, Milbourne A, Parris RN, Adalsteinsson S. Paravertebral Block for Breast Cancer Surgery: A Case Series Report. Society of Obstetrical Anesthesia and Perinatology, Washington, DC, 4/2009.
9. Boughey JC, Goravanchi F, Parris RN, Kee SS, Kowalski AM, Frenzel JC, Hunt KK, Ames FC, Kuerer HM, Lucci A. Prospective Randomized Trial of Paravertebral Blocks for Breast Cancer Surgery. ASCO Annual Meeting, Washington DC, 9/2008.
10. Kee SS, Hopkins DJ, Frenzel JC, Goravanchi F, Parris RN, Kowalski AM, Potylchansky E, Reece GP. Transorbital Tracheal Intubation: Case Report. SAMBA 23rd Annual Meeting, Miami Beach, FL, 5/2008.
11. Boughey JC, Goravanchi F, Parris RN, Kee SS, Frenzel JC, Kowalski A, Hunt KK, Ames FC, Kuerer HM, Lucci A. A Prospective Randomized Trial of Paravertebral Block for Breast Surgery. Proceedings American Society of Breast Surgeons 9th Annual Meeting, New York City, 2008.
12. Goravanchi F, Kowalski A, Parris R, Frenzel J, Kee S, Almon N. Paravertebral Block- Case Report. Proceedings SAMBA Annual Meeting, 5/2007.
13. Kee SS, Berger J, Villars P, Parris RN, Goravanchi F, Kowalski A, Frenzel JC. Rapid Cycle Change Produces Optimum Clinical Practice: PONV Reduction used as a Paradigm for Training Techniques. SAMBA 22nd Annual Meeting, 5/2007.
14. Kee S, Berger J, Villars P, Frenzel J, Goravanchi F, Parris R, Kowalski A, Ensor J. Clinical Process Improvement in Reducing Postoperative Nausea or Vomiting (PONV). Clinical Safety & Effectiveness Conference, 10/2006.
15. Heller L, Kowalski A, Butler C. Randomized, Controlled, Double- Blind Evaluation of Local Anesthetic Infusion for Donor Site Pain Management following Free TRAM Flap Breast Reconstruction. Proceeding American Society of Plastic Surgeons, 10/2006.
16. Norman P, Daley D, Purugganan R, Thakar D, Kowalski A, Huynh L, Thall P. Rofecoxib Decreases Shoulder Pain after Thoracotomy. Proceedings Canadian Anesthesiologists Society 61st Annual Meeting, 6/2005.
17. Popat, K, Kowalski, A, Brown, D, Warneke, C, Norman, P. Does Peri-Operative Rofecoxib Decrease the Incidence of Post-Thoracotomy Pain Syndrome. Proceeding ASA 2005 Annual Meeting, 2005.
18. Popat K, Kowalski A, Brown D, Warneke C, Norman PH. Does Perioperative rofecoxib Decrease Incidence of Post-Thoracotomy Pain Syndrome. Anesthesiology 99:A947, 2005.
19. Norman, P, Daley, D, Purugganan, R, Thakar, D, Kowalski, A, Huynh, L, Thall, P. Rofecoxib Decreases Shoulder Pain After Thoracotomy. Canadian Journal of Clinical Anesthesia(Supplement A56), 2005.
20. Daley, MD, Norman PH, Leak JA, Nguyen DT, Bui T, Kowalski A, Srejic U, Popat K, Arens JF, Gershenwald JE, Hunt KK, Kuerer HM. Adverse events associated with the Intraoperative injection of isosulfan blue. Journal of Clinical Anesthesia 16(5):332-341, 8/2004.
21. Daley, MD, Norman PH, Hogervorst S, Kowalski A, Arens J, Kennamer D, Curley S, Vauthey J. Epidural Analgesia for Non-Transplant Liver Surgery. Canadian Journal of Anesthesia 50:A48, 2003.
22. Daley M, Norman P, Hogervorst S, Kowalski A, Arens J, Kennamer D, Curley S, Vauthey J. Epidural Analgesia for Non- Transplant Liver Surgery. Proceedings Canadian Anesthesiologists Society 59th Annual Meeting, 6/2002.
23. Daley, MD, Norman PH, Leak JA, Bui T, Nguyen D, Hogervorst S, Srejic U, Kowalski A, Popat K, Kuerer H. Isosulfan Blue for Intraoperative Lymph Node Mapping and Sentinnel Lymph Node Biopsy: Effects on Pulse Oximetry. Canadian Journal of Anesthesia 49:A97, 2002.

Book Chapters

1. Purugganan R, Kowalski A, Arens J. Fluid Therapy in Non-cardiac Thoracic Surgery. In: Perioperative Fluid Therapy. Ed(s) RG Hahn, DS Prough, CH Svensen. Informa Healthcare USA: New York, 389, 2006.
2. Kowalski A, Dougherty T. Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy. In: Advances in Anesthesia. 23. Elsevier: Philadelphia, 2005.
3. Norman PH, Daley MD, Kowalski A. Postoperative Analgesia for Thoracotomy Patients - A Current Review. In: Advanced Therapy in Thoracic Surgery. BC Decker, 2005.
4. Kowalski A, Popat K, Daley MD, Norman PH. Peri-Operative Pain in Cancer Patients. In: Perioperative Cancer Medicine: Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Control in Cancer Patients, 2000.

Manuals, Teaching Aids, Other Teaching Publications

1. Kowalski A, Porche V. Post-Operative Pain Service Patient Education Video, narrated by Melanie Lawson, produced by University of Texas Television, 6/2002.
2. Kowalski AM. Post-Operative Pain Service Procedure Manual, 2002.
3. Kowalski A. Adult and Pediatric Pre-Printed IV PCA Orders, 2001.
4. Kowalski A. Established "AIRS" - established a systematic and consistent approach for the nurses throughout the hospital to manage a patient with an IV PCA, 2001.
5. Kowalski A. Expanded Patient Education - three new patient education pamphlets (two on epidurals and one on IV PCA), 2001.
6. Kowalski A. Pain Management Decision Trees - Patients with Epidural Chatheters, 2001.

Last updated: 7/25/2014