WVU Fills Anesthesia Post

Gary E. Loyd, M.D., is Expert in Patient Simulation

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Gary E. Loyd, M.D., M.M.M., who has taught in the medical school at the University of Louisville for the past 15 years, has been appointed chair of the Department of Anesthesia in the WVU School of Medicine.

“Dr. Loyd is widely known as an expert in the most advanced practice of anesthesia, as a teacher and a leader among the faculty,” said John E. Prescott, M.D., WVU dean of medicine. “His background and experience in medical education and practice management will be tremendously helpful in providing leadership for the Department and School.”

Loyd is a pioneer in the use of patient simulators in medical training, and was co-editor of a 2004 medical textbook, “Practical Healthcare Simulations.” He is currently acting assistant dean for education and patient simulation in the University of Louisville School of Medicine, and vice chair for education in the Department of Anesthesiology.

He is a graduate of the University of Louisville School of Medicine and holds a master’s degree in medical management from the Heinz School of Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University.

Loyd currently serves on the active medical staff of four hospitals – the University of Louisville, the Veterans Administration Medical Center, the Louisville Surgery Center and Jewish Hospital. He has been active in regional, national and international medical organizations, and is treasurer of the Society for Education in Anesthesia. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Anesthesiologists.

WVU had earlier announced that David Zvara, M.D., would become chair of anesthesia in June. He withdrew from the post for personal reasons after that announcement. Loyd will join the WVU faculty in August.

Robert Johnstone, M.D., retired from his post as chair of anesthesiology at WVU in late 2004. Stephen Wetmore, M.D., has been serving as interim chair.

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