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Meet Your Doctors

John J. Sassano, MD

S. Farhan Zaidi, MD

Medical Licensure:

  • Florida Medical License: ME80790

Board Certification:

  • Diplomate, American Board of Anesthesiology
  • Diplomate, American Board of Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine

Education:

09/1972 - 05/1996

M.D. University of Connecticut School of Medicine
Farmington, CT

07/1976 - 06/1977

Surgical Internship, Medical Center Hospital of Vermont
Burlington, VT

07/1977 – 06/1978

Resident in Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, Year 1
University Health Center Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA

07/1978 – 06/1979

Research Fellows in Resuscitation,
University Health Center Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA

07/1979 – 06/1980

Resident in Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, Year 2
University Health Center Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA

12/1997 – 03/1999

Pain Fellowship, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center,
Pittsburgh, PA

07/1999 – 05/2000 Pain Fellowship, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX

Previous Appointments

01/2000 – 06/2002

Clinical Associate Professor of Anesthesiology
University of Florida College of Medicine, Gainesville, FL

01/2000 – 06/2002

Medical Director, Pain Clinic

07/1980 – 06/1998

Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburg, PA

07/1980 – 06/1984

Co-Director, Cardiovascular Anesthesiology
Presbyterian University Hospital

07/1984 – 06/1986

Director, Cardiovascular Anesthesiology Fellowship Program
Presbyterian University Hospital

07/1984 – 06/1986

Director, Cardiovascular Anesthesiology
Presbyterian University Hospital

09/1987 – 06/1992

Director of Anesthesia, MRI Procedures
NMR Institute, Pittsburg, PA

Awards

1972   

Alpha Epsilon Delta Pre Medical Honor Society

1984

Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation
Foundation “Inventor of the Year”

1989

Who’s Who Among Rising Young Americans

1999

Who’s Who in health and Medical Sciences

Boards & Organizations

  • American Board of Anesthesiology (1989)
  • Special Qualifications in Pain Medicine
  • National Board of Medical Examiners
  • American Society of Anesthesiologists
  • Florida Society of Anesthesiologists
  • International Anesthesia Research Society
  • Pennsylvania Society of Anesthesiologists
  • Pittsburgh High Tech Council
  • Western Pennsylvania Society of Anesthesiologists
  • Western Pennsylvania Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists

Committee Appointments

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration,
    Personal Medical Advisor to Dr. James Fletcher

    Pittsburgh Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists, Co-Founder

    Presbyterian University Hospital,
    Blood Usage Committee
    Emergency Services/Trauma Committee
    Ethics and Human Rights Committee, Sub Committee to
    Draft Policy for Non-Heart Beating Organ Donors
    Medical Records Committee

    University of Connecticut School of Medicine,
    Graduation Committee, Co-Chair
    Medical Admissions Committee
    Medical Student Affairs, Advisor to the Dean
    Medical Records Committee

    University of Pittsburgh,
    Department of Surgery, Biotechnology Promotion Group
    Director of Elizabeth Library
    Medical Student Affairs, Advisor to the Dean

    Western Pennsylvania Society of Anesthesiologists,
    Acting Secretary

Books, Chapter, Contributor

    Sassano, JJ: The Rapid Infusion System, Winter, P, Kang, Y: (Eds); Hepatic Transplantation New York, NY, Praeger Publisher, 1986, Pp 120-134

Referred Publications

    Bleyaert AL, Safar P. Nemoto EM, Moossy J, Sassano JJ:
    Effects of post circulatory arrest life support on neurological
    recovery in monkeys. Crit Care Med 8 153-156, 1980

    Sassano JJ, Safer P, Eshel G, Moossy J, Ashmead J:
    Hyperthermic cardiac arrest in monkeys. Crit Car Med 9:409-410,
    1981

    Bleyaert AL, Safar P. Nemoto EM, Moossy J, Sassano JJ:
    Treatment of encephalopathy after cardiac arrest (RUS).
    Anestheziologiia I Reanimatologiia 1:34-38, 1981

    Sassano JJ, Slade A, Franklin RH, Guntupapalli KK: Management
    of hemorrhagic shock with hydroxyethyl starch, total-dose
    Imferon infusion and mass spectrophotometry. Crit Car Med
    10:484-485, 1982

    Freilich JD, Sassano JJ: Orotracheal intubation using modified
    Seldinger techniques in an adult patient with tracheal stenosis,
    a case report, Anesthesiology Rev 1:25-28, 1982

    Sassano JJ, Eshel G, Safar P: Hyperthermia with cardiac arrest,
    CPR, and irreversible shock in monkeys. Disaster Med 1:274, 1983

    Marquez J, Martin D, Virgi M, Kang Y, Warty V, Shaw B,
    Sassano JJ: Cardiovascular depression secondary to ionic hypocalcemia during hepatic transplantation in humans.
    Anesthesiology 65:457-461, 1986

    Eshel G, Safar P, Sassano JJ, Stezoki W: Hyperthermia-induced
    arrest in dogs and monkeys. Resuscitation 20:129-143, 1990

Competitive Abstracts

    Sassano JJ, Safar P, Eshel G, Stezoski W, Barbati R: Hyperthermic
    Cardiac shock in monkeys. Anesthesiology 53:S203, 1980

    Bleyaert A, Safar P, Nemoto E, Moossy J, Sassano JJ, Stezoski W:
    Effects of CPR advanced life support variables on neurologic
    recovery in animals. Med Instrumentation 14:54, 1980

    Gisvold S, Safar P, Alexander H, Stezoski W, Sassano JJ:
    Cardiovascular and cerebral effects of thiopental (TH) loading in monkeys. Circulation 62:III-21, 1980

    Sassano JJ, Eshel G, Safar P, Stezoski W: Lethal hyperthermic
    shock in monkeys. Circulatory Shock 7:220, 1980

    Sassano JJ, Safar P, Barbarati R, Stezoski W, Eshel G, Moossy J,
    Ashmean J: An Animal model of lethal hyperthermia. Crit Car Med 8:243, 1980

    Eshel G, Safa P, Sassano JJ, Stezoski W, Barbati R: Reversibility
    of hyperthermia in monkeys. Crit Car Med 8:244, 1980

    Grisvold S, Safar P, Sassano JJ, Bleyaert A, Alexander H, Stezoski
    W, Thompson M: Cardiovascular depression by thiopental (TH) loading for brain resuscitation in monkeys.
    Crit Car Med 9:247, 1981

    Marquez JM, Sassano JJ, Winter PM, Waterman P: A double- lumen right heart catheter for open heart surgery.
    Anesthesiology 58:394, 1983

    Sassano JJ, Waterman PM, Marquez J, Winter PM: Limitations of conventional transfusion systems.
    Anesthesiology 63:A152, 1985

Papers and Lectures

    Lethal hyperthermia monkey model. Second Resuscitation
    Research Seminar, University of Pittsburgh, PA, April 1979

    Natural course of hyperthermia with spontaneous breathing until Death, Invited Speaker, Western Pennsylvania Society of Anesthesiologists, Pittsburgh, PA, April 1979

    Brain resuscitation, Invited Speaker, Western Pennsylvania Association of Recovery Room Nurses,
    Pittsburgh, PA, February 1981

    Rapid infusion device and long-term organ preservation, Invited Speaker, BioMedicus,
    Minneapolis, MN, November 1983

    Rapid venous infusion of blood products for massive transfusion, Invited Speaker, Sarns, Inc.,
    Ann Arbor, MI, April 1983

    A new device for rapid infusion of blood products. Mini
    Symposium in Hepatic Transplantation, University of Pittsburgh Health Center, Pittsburgh, PA, May 1983

    Rapid venous infusion of blood products for massive transfusion.
    Invited Speaker, Haemonetics, Braintree, MA, August 1983

    Liver transplants, Invited Speaker, Association of University People,
    University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, September 1983

    Massive fluid replacement, Invited Speaker, Center for Emergency Medicine, University of Pittsburgh Health Center,
    Pittsburgh, PA April 1984

    Auto-transfusion using Cell Saver 4, Speaker, Presbyterian University
    Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA, August 1984

    Anesthesia for liver transplantation, session moderator and Anesthesia and liver transplantation, panel discussion,
    University of Pittsburgh Health Center Conference, Pittsburg, PA, September 1984

    Managing hypovolemic shock in liver transplantation with a rapid Infusion system and autologous blood, Invited Speaker,
    Tulane University Department of Anesthesiology, New Orleans, LA October 1984

    The Rapid Infusion System, Research Seminar, Department Of Anesthesiology, Division of Critical Care Medicine,
    University Health Center, Pittsburgh, PA, August 1985

    Massive Transfusion, Surgical Grand Rounds, University Healthc Center of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, December 1987

    Massive Blood loss, invasive transfusion and rapid infusion Techniques and Cardiovascular hemodynamics,
    Tulane University Medical Center, New Orleans, LA, February 1988

    Anesthesia for NMR procedures, Anesthesia Grand Rounds, University Health Center of Pittsburgh, Pittsburg, PA, May 1989

    History of Massive blood transfusion, National Business Meeting, Haemonetics, Braintree, MA, January 1990

    Developing biomedical technology, Speaker, Biotechnology Promotion, Department of Surgery, University of Pittsburgh
    School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA, March 1990

    Shock trauma and Anesthesia for special procedures, Speaker, Pennsylvania Association of Nurse Anesthetists,
    Warrendale, PA, November 1990

    Fluid resuscitation during “Operation Desert Storm”, Speaker, Haemonetics Corporation, Braintree, MA, January 1991

    Hypovolemic shock, Speaker, Post-Anesthesia Recovery Room Nurses, Presbyterian University Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA, 1991

    Research design for rapid transfusion, Speaker, Haemonetics Corporation, Braintree, MA, August 1991

    Endpoints in resuscitation, 6th Annual Surgery for Trauma Conference, Department of Surgery, Uniformed Services
    University of the Health Sciences, Washington, DC, August 1991

    Rapid Infusion System, Speaker, Presbyterian University Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA, June 1994

    Rapid Infusion System Update, Speaker, Presbyterian University Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA, August 1994

    Failed Neck Surgery Syndrome, Montefiore Hospital, University of Pittsburg School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA,
    November 1997

    Interventional Pain Management Techniques, Presbyterian University of Pittsburgh school of Medicine,
    Pittsburgh, PA, November 1998

    Cervical Stenosis and Failed Neck Surgery Syndrome, University Medical Center, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX,
    November 1999

    Interventional Pain Management, Shands Hospital, University Of Florida school of Medicine, Gainesville, FL May 2002

Contracts and Grants

    Sassano JJ, (principal investigator): Royalties: Haemonetics Corporation, $1,000,000.00

Patents and Copyrights

    Sassano JJ, The Rapid Venous Infusion System, US Letters #4, 747,826, May 1998

Creative Works

  • Sassano JJ, Winter PM, Martin DJ, Schertz D: Anesthesia for the uncommon surgical challenge. Rainbow Productions,
    Chicago, IL, Educational Video, 1983

 

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