MEET OUR TEAM


Michael Stout, EdD, CAA

Michael Stout, EdD, CAA

Assistant Professor and Program Director
mistout@mcw.edu

Anesthesia Provider since 2006

Clinical Instructor since 2006
Faculty since 2008

Teaching Philosophy

“Providing Anesthesiologist Assistant students with opportunities to explore their academic interests fosters greater understanding. In this way, both instructors and students shape the classroom and operating room learning experiences. Lectures should be grounded in the most current evidence while remaining fun, inspiring, and at times, humorous.”

Interests and Background

Michael Stout describes his interest in anesthesia as first occurring while serving in the U.S. Army Reserves as a Respiratory Specialist. In 2006, he completed his Anesthesiologist Assistant education at Emory University and returned to Florida to become the first Anesthesiologist Assistant appointed has been the first CAA credentialed at three hospital systems. In 2008, Michael Stout was appointed as Assistant Professor at Nova Southeastern University where he taught ECG, anesthesia monitoring, and anesthesia simulation until becoming program director in 2011. While serving as director, Professor Stout completed his Doctor of Education at the University of Miami with a focus in higher education administration and health care diversity.

In 2015, Mr. Stout was appointed Assistant Professor at the Medical College of Wisconsin and program director of the Master of Science in Anesthesia program. As a member of the program’s founding faculty, he credits the program’s early success to a dedicated and talented faculty and highly accomplished administrative staff. Mr. Stout has served on several administrative committees for the American Academy of Anesthesiologist Assistants and the Association of Anesthesiologist Assistant Program Directors.

Professional Memberships

  • American Society of Anesthesiologists member since 2008
  • American Academy of Anesthesiologist Assistants member since 2008
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  Education and Training

Doctor of Education (EdD) - University of Miami Master of Medical Science (MMSc) - Emory University
Respiratory Specialist - US Army Medical Department Center and School Combat Medic - US Army Medical Department Center and School

 

Certifications
National Commission for Certification of Anesthesiologist Assistants American Heart Association – ACLS Instructor, BLS Instructor

  Clinical and Research

Patient Care Experience
Trauma Anesthesia
Pediatric and Neonatal Anesthesia
Obstetric Anesthesia
Thoracic Anesthesia 
Neuro Anesthesia 
Regional Anesthesia

 

Research Interests
Anesthesia Simulation Health Care Diversity

 

Publications
Stout, Michael D., "The Aspiration-Attainment Gap of Black Students in the Health Professions" (2015). Open Access Dissertations. Paper 1530

David Howard MMSc, CAA

David Howard MMSc, CAA
Assistant Director of Curriculum
dahoward@mcw.edu

Anesthesia Provider since 2010
Teaching since 2012
Clinical Instructor since 2010

Teaching Philosophy
“All medical technologies in anesthesia can be wonderful tools for patient care. However, it is how well they are understood by the anesthetist that determines their true benefit.”

Professional Memberships
American Academy of Anesthesiologists
American Society of Anesthesiologist
Wisconsin Academy of Anesthesiologist Assistants
Society for Education in Anesthesia

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  Education and Training

Master of Medical Science (MMSc) - South University                                     2010
Bachelor of Science in Biology (BS) - Case Western Reserve University        2001

 

Certifications
National Commission for Certification of Anesthesiologist Assistants 
Basic Life Support
Advance Cardiac Life Support
Pediatric Advanced Life Support

  Clinical and Research

Research
Mechanosensory Cues of Antennae in Posture Adjustment 
of the Cockroach Blaberus discoidalis
                                                2003

 

Acute Electrolytic Lesions of the Fan Shaped Body and their effect 
on Transitional Behaviors in the Cockroach Blaberus discoidalis 
       2004

 

Patient Care Experience
Trauma Anesthesia
Pediatric and Neonatal Anesthesia 
Obstetric Anesthesia 
Cardiac and Thoracic Anesthesia 
Neuro Anesthesia 
Regional Anesthesia

 

Interests and Background
Professor Howard began his higher education at Case Western Reserve University in biomedical engineering before switching to biology.  His undergraduate research involved the study of neuromechanics in rainforest cockroaches which was then utilized by engineering labs to create robots, some of which weighed over 200 pounds.  Professor Howard began classroom and lab instruction for anesthesiologist assistant students in 2012 and discovered a passion for teaching.  Physics for anesthesia, anesthesia machines, and anesthesia technology are the main topics he teaches as well as participating in simulations, laboratories, and clinical instruction.

Jennifer Barker, MSA, CAA

Jennifer Barker, MSA, CAA
Assistant Director of Clinical Education
jbarker@mcw.edu

Anesthesia Provider since 2003
Clinical Instructor since 2003
Faculty since 2015

Teaching Philosophy
“A disciplined yet approachable anesthesia learning environment develops life-long learners who continue to challenge themselves throughout their careers. By encouraging independent thinking through support and guidance, Anesthesiologist Assistant students become our profession’s future leaders and part of the team caring for the people in our communities.”

Interests and Background

Professor Barker has spent her clinical career in both the adult and pediatric clinical practices. In her role as a pediatric anesthetist, she strives to make her time with her patients as comforting and relaxing as possible by taking her own kids’ interests and using that connection to spark fun conversations that help alleviate some anxiety that her patients may have prior to their procedure. She appreciates and respects the delicate balance that every child brings to even the most routine anesthetic and strives to be an efficient and proficient member of the Anesthesia Care Team. In her time away from patient care, Professor Barker enjoys sailing, gardening, and traveling to anywhere there is sand and sun.

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  Education and Training

Master of Science in Anesthesia (MSA) – Case Western Reserve University      2003
Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biology (BS) – University of Wisconsin           1999

 

  Clinical and Research

Patient Care Experience
Pediatric Anesthesia
Ambulatory Anesthesia
General Surgery Anesthesia
Neuro Anesthesia
Cardiac Anesthesia

 

Certifications
National Commission for Certification of Anesthesiologist Assistants
Pediatric Advanced Life Support

 

Leadership Positions
President – Wisconsin Academy of Anesthesiologist Assistants                 2014-2015
Officer-elect – Wisconsin Academy of Anesthesiologist Assistants                      2013

Professional Accolades
Nominee for 2016 Advanced Practice Providers Award for Excellence


Publications
Barker, Jennifer L., “Wisconsin Advances: MCW to open AA program” (Third Quarter 2015) (PDF).  American Academy of Anesthesiologist Assistants Anesthesia Record

Lois Connolly, MD

Lois Connolly, MD
Professor and Chief of Anesthesiology
Medical Director
connolly@mcw.edu

Teaching Philosophy
My teaching philosophy is to guide by providing access to information. The student/resident will search for knowledge as they learn. Students need the opportunity to discover for themselves and practice skills in authentic situations. Additionally, I believe in integrative learning to solidify the knowledge obtained. Problem Based Learning Discussions is active learning led by the students. This method challenges the student to incorporate knowledge gained with integrative subjects as well as encourages discussion and interactive teaching to their peers.

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  Education and Training

Doctor of Medicine Degree – Medical College of Wisconsin
Residency, Anesthesiology – Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals
Certificate in Medical Management – Carnegie Mellon University

 

Certifications
American Board of Anesthesiologists

  Clinical and Research

Clinical Specialties

Neuroanesthesia

Liver transplant

 

Publications

 

Referred Journal Publication/Original Papers:

 

  1. Connolly LA: "Anesthetic management of obstructive sleep apnea patients."  J Clin Anes 3(11,12):461-469, 1991.   
  2. *Yonker-Sell A, Connolly LA.  “Twelve hours anesthesia in a patient with epidermolysis bullosa.”  Can J Anaesth   42(8):1-5, 1995.
  3. *Yonker-Sell A, Connolly LA.  "Mortality during transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt placement."  Anesthesiology 84(1):231-233, 1996.
  4. Lauer K, Connolly LA, Schmeling W.  "Opioid sedation does not alter intracranial pressure in head injured patients."  Can J Anaesth 44(9):1-5,1997.
  5. Woehlck, H.J., Dunning, M.B., Connolly, L.A.  "Reduction in the incidence of carbon monoxide exposures in humans undergoing general anesthesia."  Anesthesiology 87(2):228-234, 1997
  6. Woodson, B.T., Feroah, T., Connolly, L.A., Toohill, R.J.  “A method to evaluate upper airway mechanics following intervention in snorers.”  American Journal of Otolaryngology 18(5):306-14,1997.
  7. Woehlck, H.J., Connolly, L.A., Cinquegrani, M.P., Dunning, M.B.  “Acute smoking increases ST depression in humans during general anesthesia.” Anesthesia and Analgesia 89:856-60, 1999.
  8. Woehlck, H, Otterson, MF, Yun, H, Connolly, LA, , et al  “Acetazolamide Reduces Referred Postoperative Pain after Laparoscopy Surgery with Carbon Dioxide Insufflation”, Anesthesiology 99:924-8, 2003
  9. Sakai, EM, Connolly, L.A., Klauck, JA “ Inhalation anesthesiology and volatile liquid anesthetics: Focus on isoflurane, desflurane and sevoflurane” Pharmacotherapy 25(12):1773-88, 2005.
  10. *Stucke, AG, Riess, ML, Connolly, LA. “Hemoglobin M (Milwaukee) affects arterial oxygen saturation and makes pulse oximetry unreliable.”  Anesthesiology,:104:887-8, 2006
  11. El-Orbany, M, Connolly, LA. “Rapid Sequence Induction and Intubation: Current Controversy.” Anesthesia and Analgesia ,110:1318-1325, 2010

 

Book Chapters & Reviews:

 

  1. Lauer K, Connolly LA.  "Anesthesia for minimally invasive surgery."  Laparoscopic and Thoracoscopic Surgery   Mosby,1994.
  2. Connolly, L.A.  "Unstable C-spine, Atlanto-axial Subluxation"  Complications in Anesthesia   Atlee editor W.B. Saunders Company, 1998.
  3. Connolly, L.A.  "Unstable C-spine, Atlanto-axial Subluxation"  Complications in Anesthesia   Atlee editor W.B. Saunders Company, 2005
  4. *Linn, KA, Connolly, L.A. “Preoperative Evaluation and Anesthetic Considerations”  Clinical  Review of Bariatric Surgery Goldblatt editor Catalyst Publishers, 2011
  5. Gollapudy, S, Connolly, L.A.  "Unstable C-spine"  Complications in Anesthesia Fleisher editor,   Elsevier, in progress 2015
  6. Gollapudy, S, Connolly, L.A.  “Intracranial Aneurysms: Rebleeding” Complications in Anesthesia Fleisher editor,   Elsevier, in progress 2016

Amy Homel, MS

Amy Homel, MS
Program Manager
ahomel@mcw.edu

Student Support Philosophy
“Striving for excellence in program organization is what motivates me and is a critical component to a successful and thriving educational program; guiding students on their path to success, helping them grow, and fostering a positive and encouraging learning environment  are my areas of focus.”

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  Education and Experience

Master of Science in Management (MSM) – Cardinal Stritch University      2015
Bachelor of Arts in Communication (BA) Wisconsin Lutheran College        2001

 

Experience in medical education program coordination at the Medical College of Wisconsin, 2001-present.

  Research and Achievements

Publications
Rentea, R, Lewis, B, Leisten, A, Treat, R, Redlich, P. Influence of Clerkship Sites on NBME Surgery Subject Exam Performance.  Am J Surg. 2015 Aug;210(2):396-400. doi: 10.1016/j.amjsurg.2014.12.035.

 

Lewis BD, Leisten AJ, Arteaga D, Treat R, Brasel K, Redlich PR. Does the Current Surgical Clerkship Meet the Needs of Practicing Primary Care Physicians? Wisconsin Medical Journal. 2009; 108(8):398-402.

 

Honors/Achievements
Association for Surgical Education Clerkship Coordinator Award, 2015 – Given annually to one surgical student program administrator nationally.


T. Michael Bolger Standing Ovation Award, 2014 – In recognition of excellence in service to Medical College of Wisconsin students.


Learning Resources Fund Innovative Educational Project Award, 2014 – Received for team project “Development of a Clinical Breast Exam Web-Based Module Useful throughout Medical School Curriculum.”

Abby Haak, MA

Teaching since 2012
Supporting students since 2010

Abby Haak, MA
Education Assistant
ahaak@mcw.edu    

Student Support Philosophy:
“As the Education Assistant for the MSA Program, I understand the need to support the varied and complex journeys of students as they work to become Certified Anesthesiologist Assistants. Effective academic support is a crucial factor that contributes to both student and program success and guides the experiences of student learning. By connecting students with the wide range of support services MCW provides and ensuring transparency through clear communication of policies and procedural guidelines, I believe our students will be well equipped during their academic career at MCW.”

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  Education and Experience

Master of Arts in Gender and Women’s Studies (MA) - Minnesota State University, Mankato
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (BA) - Ripon College

 

  Research and Achievements

Publications
Haak, Abby Marie, "The Embodiment of Masculinity among Trans* Identified Men" (2014). All Theses, Dissertations, and Other Capstone Projects. Paper 296.

 

Honors/Achievements
Women of Courage and Vision Award- Minnesota State University, Mankato- 2013, 2014

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