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July 18, 2007
Doretta Royer 315 464-4833

Wenshi Gao, M.D., and Sheldon A. Isaacson, M.D., join Department of Anesthesiology

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Wenshi Gao, M.D., and Sheldon A. Isaacson, M.D., have joined the Department of Anesthesiology at SUNY Upstate Medical University.

Gao, a board certified anesthesiologist, has been named assistant professor, specializing in regional and thoracic anesthesia. Prior to SUNY Upstate, Gao served as an attending physician in the anesthesia service at community hospitals. He received his medical degree from the Capital University of Medical Sciences in Beijing, China, where he completed his residency and fellowship in the Department of Urology and Transplantation. He was a postdoctoral research associate and NIH Fellow in the Department of Pharmacology and Curriculum in Toxicology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a research scientist in the Department of Surgery at Duke University Medical Center, where he started his residency training in 1998. He completed his residency in anesthesiology at the Ohio State University in Columbus. Gao received the National Research Service Award from the NIH, 1993 to 1995. He was co-investigator in several NIH-funded studies. Gao lives in Syracuse.

Isaacson has been named as associate professor and director of Regional Anesthesia. Prior to SUNY Upstate, he was an attending anesthesiologist at Strong Memorial Hospital, from 1989 to 2006, where he also served as an associate professor of anesthesiology. Isaacson received his bachelor’s degree in neuroscience, magna cum laude from the University of Rochester in 1981, graduating Phi Beta Kappa. He earned his medical degree from SUNY Upstate in 1985 and completed a residency in anesthesiology with advanced sub-specialty training in regional anesthesia and pain management, also at SUNY Upstate. He completed subspecialty training in obstetric anesthesia at Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston and in pediatric anesthesia at the Cincinnati Children Hospital. He is a Diplomate with the American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA) and is subspecialty board certified by the ABA in pain management. Isaacson lives in Syracuse.

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