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Evan G. Pivalizza, MBChB, FFA

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Education and Post-Graduate Training:

  • University of Cape Town, South Africa (Graduate Education)
  • Internship, Groote Schuur Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa
  • Registrar in Anesthesiology, University of Natal and University of Cape Town, South Africa

Professional Experience:

  • Visiting Assistant Professor, The University of Texas Health Science Center, Department of Anesthesiology, Houston, Texas, 1993
  • Attending Anesthesiologist, Memorial Hermann Hospital, Houston, Texas, 1994-Present
  • Assistant Professor, The University of Texas Health Science Center, Department of Anesthesiology, Houston, Texas, 1994-1998
  • Associate Professor, The University of Texas Health Science Center, Department of Anesthesiology, Houston, Texas, 1998-2005
  • Professor, The University of Texas Health Science Center, Department of Anesthesiology, Houston, Texas, 2005-Present
  • Director, Liver Transplantation Anesthesia, The University of Texas Medical School at Houston, Department of Anesthesiology, Houston, Texas, 1998-Present
  • Director, Cardiac Anesthesia, The University of Texas Medical School at Houston, Department of Anesthesiology, Houston, Texas, 1998-1999
  • Assistant Residency Director & Director of Resident Education, Department of Anesthesiology, The University of Texas Medical School at Houston, Houston, Texas, 2002-2008
  • Vice Chair, Academic Affairs, Department of Anesthesiology, The University of Texas Medical School at Houston, Houston, Texas, 2008-Present

Professional Organizations:

  • American Board of Anesthesiology
    • Assistant Examiner
    • Associate Examiner
  • American Society of Anesthesiologists
    • Transplant Anesthesia Committee (adjunct member), 2011
    • Blood Management Committee (adjunct member) – American Society Anesthesiologists, 2008-2010
    • Alt. Delegate, Place 19 (TSA Representative), 2008
    • Reg. Spokesperson Training, 2006
    • Membership Committee, 2005-2007
  • Harris County Medical Society
    • Alternate Delegate for TMA, 2007-208
  • International Anesthesia Research Society
  • International Liver Transplantation Society
  • Texas Society of Anesthesiologists
    • AD-Hoc Committee on TMA Representation
    • Member, Peer Review Committee, Texas Society of Anesthesiologists, 2009 - 2011
    • Chair, TSA Reference Committee for Scientific Affairs at the ASA annual meeting, 2008
    • Alt. Delegate, Place 19, American Society of Anesthesiologists (TSA Representative), 2008-2010
    • TSA-PAC Board member, Texas Society of Anesthesiologists’ Political Action Committee, 2008-2011
    • Alt. Delegate to TMA Interspecialty Committee, 2007-2010
    • Chair, Reference Committee, Annual Meeting, 2007
    • Education Committee, 2005-2006, 2008-2010
    • Member, Reference Committee, 2005
    • Membership Committee, 2004-2010
    • Director, Dist. 7, 2003-2011
    • Delegate, Place 7, Dist. 7, 2002-2003
    • Alt. Delegate, Dist. 7, 1998-2001
  • Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists
    • Membership Committee, 2001-2007
  • Society for Education in Anesthesia
    • Committee on ACGME Competencies, 2005-2010
  • Texas Medical Association,
    • Consultant, Committee Blood and Tissue Usage, Texas Medical Association, 2009-2012
    • Chair, HCMS Reference Committee Review Team on Science & Education for TMA Annual Meeting, 2009
    • Vice Chair, HCMS Reference Committee Review Team on Science & Education for TMA annual Meeting, 2008
    • Delegate, Harris County Medical Society to TMA, 2008-2009
    • Alt. Delegate, Harris County Medical Society to TMA, 2007-2008
    • Committee on Blood & Tissue Usage, 2003-2009
  • Texas Transplantation Society
    • Program Committee, 2010

Certification

  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support, 2009
  • Certificate of Business Administration, 2007
  • Basic Disaster Life Support, 2006
  • Recertification, American Board of Anesthesiology, 2004
  • Diplomat, American Board of Anesthesiology, 1993
  • National Board of Medical Examiners Part I FLEX

Honors and Awards

  • Academy of Master Educators Member, The University of Texas Medical School at Houston, Houston, Texas, 2010
  • Annual Faculty Teaching Award Renamed in Honor of Evan G. Pivalizza, 2009
  • Outstanding Clinical Instructor (by Department of Anesthesiology), The University of Texas Medical School at Houston, Houston, Texas, 2007-2008, 2003-2005
  • Dean’s Teaching Excellence Award, The University of Texas Medical School at Houston, Houston, Texas,
  • 2005-2008, 1999-2002, 1993-1997

Reviewer

  • Transplantation Proceedings 8, Anesthesia and Analgesia 7, Liver Transplantation 1, 2011
  • Transplantation Proceedings 11, Anesthesia and Analgesia 11, Journal of Clinical Anesthesia 1, 2010
  • Editorial Board Member, Transplantation, 2010-2015
  • Guest Editor, Anesthesia and Analgesia, 2009
  • Anesthesia and Analgesia 10, Transplantation Proceedings 10, Journal of Clinical Anesthesia 1, 2009
  • Anesthesia and Analgesia 13, Transplantation Proceedings 8, 2008
  • Anesthesia and Analgesia 9, Transplantation Proceedings 3, Journal of Clinical Anesthesia 2, 2007

Selected Publications

  • Daily WD, Gilmore CE, Hagberg CA, Pivalizza EG. Perception of Anesthesia OR Director's Role by Anesthesia Residents and Faculty. Poster Presentation, American Society of Anesthesiologists Annual Meeting, San Diego, October 2010. Anesthesiology 2008; A1283.
Abstracts
  • Marasigan BM, Davidson JA, Rabb MF, Hagberg CA, Pivalizza EG. predictability of ABA board scores and passing rates from previous anesthesia knowledge test scores. Anesthesiology A1462, 2010.
  • Cattano DC, Altamirano A, Denktas AE, Hagberg CA, Pivalizza EG. Thromboelastograph platelet mapping and preoperative platelet inhibition. Anesthesiology A1224, 2010
  • Cattano DC, Altamirano A, Denktas AE, Hagberg CA, Pivalizza EG. Thromboelastograph platelet mapping, platelet inhibition and perioperative safety implications. Anesthesiology A1164, 2010.
  • Daily WD, Gilmore CE, Hagberg CA, Pivalizza EG. Perception of anesthesia OR director's role by anesthesia residents and faculty. Anesthesiology A1283, 2010
  • Keneson B, Cattano D, Rhett E, Denktas A, Pivalizza EG: Use of the TEGTM To assist preoperative preparation of patients with drug-eluting stents: a case report. Anesthesiology A 733, 2009.
  • Saggi BH, Mieles LA, Melnikov V, Pivalizza EG, Merhav HJ:  Caval anastamosis in liver transplantation: Side-to-side cavo-cavostomy as an alternative approach. Liver Transpl 11:C-38, 2008.
  • Vahdat KH, Hagberg CA, Pivalizza EG, Tandon N: Comparison of coagulation parameters using Hextend vs. crystalloid in intracranial surgical procedures. J Neurosurg Anesthesiol 20:347, 2008.
  • Pivalizza EG, Panni M, Chitty DA: Variations in obstetric nurse evaluations of aspects of anesthesia resident core competencies. Anesthesiology, 2008 
  • Pivalizza EG, Kao LS, Zayac E, Grellhesl D, Gonzalez EA: Initial description of the TEG Split point and Delta time (R-SP) in acute trauma patients. Anesthesiology, 2008.
  • Pivalizza EG, Eisner C, Abramson S, Sharkey A, Melnikov V, Lam NC:  Platelet dysfunction in liver transplant recipients. Anesth Analg 104:S14, 2007.
  • Pivalizza EG, Gonzalez EA, Kao LS, Graham-Carlson A, Motschall D:  Initial investigation of the ThrombelastographTM in acute trauma patients.  Anesthesiology 107:A527, 2007.
  • Szmuk P, Curry B, Smith KJ, Ghelber O, Pivalizza EG:  Compliance with NPO Status in pediatric patients: A preliminary audit. Anesthesiology 103:A1351, 2005.
  • Kratschmer R, Pivalizza EG, Koch SM, Wainright DJ, Freet D, Parks DH:  Coagulation changes during initial resuscitation in severely burned patients.  Anesth Analg 102:S83, 2006.
  • Pivalizza EG, Hobbs R, Hartwell EA:  Education of anesthesia residents in blood compatibility. Anesth Analg 102:S101, 2006.
  • Gebhard RE, Ghelber O, Warters RD, Pivalizza EG, Szmuk P: Local anesthetic injection-pressure monitoring during nerve blocks with the CompufloR injection pump. Anesthesiology 105:A1136, 2006.
  • Lam NC, Sciard D, Abramson S, Bogolmony Y, Pivalizza EG: Resident’s training in regional anesthesia. Anesthesiology 105:A163, 2006. 
  • Pivalizza EG:  Fenoldopam vs. dopamine in liver transplantation.  Anesth Analg 100:SCA100, 2005.   
  • Pivalizza EG, Lappin J, Riha K, Merhav H, Melnikov V, Vogt C, Mieles L:  Intraoperative continuous veno-veno dialysis during liver transplantation. Liver Transpl 11:C-10 (#39), 2005.
  • Pivalizza EG, Merhav J, Lappin J, Saggi B, Gebhard R, Warters R, Abramson S, Banjac I, Mieles L: Introduction of autologous cell salvage for liver transplantation. Liver Transpl 11:C-39 (# 153), 2005.
  • Pivalizza EG, Ekpenyong U, Warters R, Sheinbaum R, Estrera A, Saggi B, Mieles L. Early Intraoperative thromboembolism during liver transplantation.  Liver Transpl 1:C-38 (#150), 2005.
  • Pivalizza EG. Szmuk P, Jain R, Ellis SR, Eisner D, Rabb MF, Lipski I:  Resident education on medical mission trips. J Clin Anesth 17:672-3, 2005.
  • Curry B, Smith KJ, Eisner CD, Pivalizza EG, Szmuk P:  Compliance with NPO status in pediatric patients: Preliminary evaluation. Paediatr Anaesth May 2005.
Articles
  • Pivalizza PJ, Pivalizza EG:  Pain assessment tools for children with cognitive impairment.  Paediatr Anaesth 2008
  • Szmuk P, Pivalizza EG:  T-line. An evaluation of the T-line Tensymeter continuous noninvasive blood pressure device during induced hypotension. Anaesthesia 63:307-12, 2008.
  • Pivalizza EG, Escobar M:  Thrombelastography guided factor VIIa therapy in a surgical patient with severe hemophilia and factor VIII inhibitor. Anesth Analg 107:398-401, 2008
  • Gebhard R, Warters RD, Pivalizza EG, Szmuk P:  The accuracy of electrocardiogram-controlled central line placement. Anesth Analg 104:65-70, 2007.
  • Pivalizza EG, Warters RD, Ekpenyong UU, Sheinbaum S, Estrera AL, Saggi BH, Mieles LA:  Very early intraoperative cardiac thromboembolism during liver transplantation. J Cardiothorac Vasc Anesth 20:232-5, 2006.
  • Pivalizza EG:  Literature review.  J Cardiothorac Vasc Anesth 20:622-4, 2006.   
  • Warters RD, Pivalizza EG, Ezri T:  Anesthesiologists and antibiotic selection. Anesth Analg 102:1177-82, 2006.
  • Pivalizza EG:  Perioperative use of the ThrombelastographR in patients with inherited bleeding disorders. J Clin Anesth 15:366-70,2003.
  • Pivalizza EG:  Perioperative use of the ThrombelastographR in patients with inherited bleeding disorders. J Clin Anesth 15:366-70, 2003.
  • Ezri, T, Szmuk P, Warters RD, Gebhard RE, Pivalizza EG, Katz J: Changes in onset time of rocuronium in patients pretreated with  ephedrine and esmolol - the role of cardiac output. Acta Anaesthesiol Scand 47: 1067-72; 2003.
  • Szmuk P, Kee S, Pivalizza EG: Anaesthesia for magnetoencephalography in children with intractable seizures. Paediatr Anaesth 13:811-17, 2003. 
  • Pivalizza EG, Warters RD, Gottschalk LI, Luehr SL, Hartwell EA:  Clopidogrel and platelet transfusion in patients undergoing coronary artery bypass graft surgery.  Anaesthesia 58:603-4, 2003.
Invited Articles
  • Pivalizza EG: Literature review. Journal Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia 20: 622-4, 2006.
Other Communication
  • Pivalizza EG, Maposa D.  “Evidence” for ultrasound-guided femoral vein cannulation in  infants and children?  Anesth Analg 112(4):991-2, 2011.
  • Pivalizza EG, Melnikov V, Guzman-Reyes S, Marasigan B. Thrombelastograph platelet mapping in a patient receiving antiplatelet therapy (Letter to the Editor). Liver Transplantation 2010: 16; 919.
  • Cattano D, Pivalizza EG. Thromboelastography-platelet mapping expanding in non-cardiac surgery. Eur J Cardiothorac Surg Nov 17, 2010.  (Letter to the Editor).
  • Krebbs A, Craig J, Dickerson M, Pivalizza EG. Novel use of disposable medication plastic covers. American Society of Anesthesiologists Newsletter 73:36, 2009.
  • Lyuksyotova OI, Varga K, Van Buren C, Pivalizza EG. Thrombelastography in a Patient with prolonged PTT undergoing a Renal Transplant (Letter to the Editor). Anesth Analg 108:1355 -6, 2009.
  • Pivalizza PJ, Pivalizza EG. Pain assessment tools for children with cognitive impairment. (Letter to the Editor). Pediatric Anesthesia 18:1233, 2008.
  • Pivalizza EG:  Is Dolasetron the only possible culprit? (Letter to the Editor). Journal of Clinical Anesthesia 20:478, 2008.
  • Zayac EA, Pivalizza EG, Levine R. Thrombelastography in a patient with heparin-induced thrombocytopenia treated with argatroban (Letter to the Editor). Anesthesia and Analgesia 106:351-352, 2008.
  • Pivalizza EG, Abramson SI, Szmuk P, Gebhard R, Warters RD. Teaching and operating room efficiency (Letter to the Editor). Anesthesia and Analgesia 104: 992, 2007.
  • Pivalizza EG, Abramson SI, Lam NC, Warters RD. Comment on effect of low CVP and phlebotomy on blood product transfusion requirements in liver transplantation (Letter to the Editor). Liver Transplantation 12: 1305, 2006.
  • Pivalizza EG, Warters RD. Thoracic epidural analgesia and cardiac surgery. (Letter to the Editor). Anesthesiology 105; 854, 2006.
  • Pivalizza EG. Appropriate response to hypotension. (Letter to the Editor). Anesthesia and Analgesia 102:650, 2006.
  • Pivalizza EG. Perioperative hypercoagulability and the TEGTM. (Letter to the Editor). Anesthesia and Analgesia 2006; 102: 334-5, 2006.

Lectures

  • The Thrombelastograph in 2009 Texas Society of Anesthesiologists Annual Meeting, 2009
  • Perioperative Care of the Patient Taking Anticoagulant/Antiplatelet Therapy, Methodist Hospital, Department of Anesthesiology, Houston, Texas, 2009
  • Academic Performance, Methodist Hospital, Department of Anesthesiology, Houston, Texas, 2009
  • The Thrombelastograph in 2009,
  • Perioperative Care of the Patient Taking Anticogulant/Antiplatet Therapy, Texas Society of Anesthesiologists Annual Meeting, 2009
  • The Thrombelastogroaph, Texas Medical Association Blood and Tissue Committee Fall Meeting, 2009
  • Ketamine, Surgery Research Group Meeting, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Houston, Texas, 2008
  • Thrombelastography, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Department of Anesthesiology, Houston, Texas, 2008
  • Academic Performance, Methodist Hospital, Department of Anesthesiology, Houston, Texas, 2007
  • Anesthesiology Oral Board Preparation, Methodist Hospital, Department of Anesthesiology, Houston, Texas, 2006
  • What Do We Do with the Jehovah’s Witness Surgical Patient?, Resident Seminar, Texas Society of Anesthesiologists Annual Meeting,  2006
  • We Do We Do With the Jehovah’s Witness Surgical Patient?  Resident Seminar, Texas Society of Anesthesiologists Annual Meeting, 2006
  • Liver Transplantation Update, The University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Department of Anesthesiology, Galveston, Texas, 2005

 

Faculty Biography

Evan G. Pivalizza, MBChB,  FFA
  • Evan G. Pivalizza, MBChB, FFA
    Professor, Vice-Chairman of Academic Affairs
  • Department of Anesthesiology
  • The University of Texas Medical School at Houston
    6431 Fannin Street, MSB 3.020
    Houston, Texas 77030
  • phone: (713) 500-6251
    e-mail: Evan.G.Pivalizza@uth.tmc.edu