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Anesthesiologists Support Red Hot Gala and Sim Lab

Among supporters of Cooper’s Simulation Laboratory, the Department of Anesthesiology has shown tremendous commitment. Four doctors recently elected to become sponsors of the Cooper Red Hot Gala, benefitting the Sim Lab.

Dr. Amed Awad has, over time, built a reputation for himself in cardiac anesthesiology. After earning his degree in medicine from Ain Shams University School of Medicine in Cairo, Egypt, he completed his internship at Saint Barnabas Hospital and Medical Center in Livingston, New Jersey. He completed a residency in anesthesiology and a fellowship in cardiac anesthesiology at New York University School of Medicine.

With a collaboration of NYU cardiac surgeons, he helped start a new cardiac surgery program at Atlantic City Medical Center in 2001. Dr. Awad was Chief of Cardiovascular Anesthesia at Cooper in 2004, was appointed Vice Chief, Department of Anesthesia, Jersey City Medical Center in 2007, and came back to Cooper in 2008.

Dr. Awad is board certified in anesthesia and is also certified in Perioperative Transophageal Echocardiogram. He is a Diplomat of the American Board of Anesthesiologists.

No matter the distance from which they come to Cooper, physicians like Dr. Ludmil Mitrev prove time and time again their dedication to the work they do.

Dr. Mitrev received his medical degree from the University of Oslo, in Norway. He served as House Officer in various departments at hospitals in Skien, Austevoll District, and Trondheim in Norway before coming to the United States. Dr. Mitrev completed a residency in anesthesiology at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York City and a fellowship in cardiothoracic anesthesiology at Columbia University in New York City. He currently serves as a cardiothoracic anesthesiologist for Cooper and an instructor in anesthesiology at UMDNJ in Camden.

Dr. Mitrev holds medical licenses to practice in New Jersey, New York, California, Delaware, and Indiana in the United States; as well as the United Kingdom, Norway, and Bulgaria.

You could call Dr. John Safaryn a real Jersey Boy. Born in Bayonne and raised in Roselle, he spent his formative years in the state. As a young adult, Dr. Safaryn received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Virginia and his Master’s Degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He then returned to New Jersey to attend medical school at UMDNJ in Newark.

He completed his anesthesia residency at New York University Medical Center in Manhattan in 1994. Following his residency, he accepted a position as Clinical Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia. Dr. Safaryn returned again to New Jersey in 1998 when he came on staff at Cooper, and currently serves as Clinical Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Among his special areas of interest are Cardiothoracic Anesthesia, Obstetric Anesthesia, and Ambulatory Anesthesia.

Excellent physicians from all over the world come here to Cooper. Dr. Magdy Takla is one of them. Dr. Takla was born and raised in Alexandria, Egypt, and when he made the decision to become a doctor, he received his medical degree from Alexandria University Medical School.

Prior to moving to the U.S., Dr. Takla spent time south of the equator, working as a Registrar Attending in Obstetrics and Gynecology in the Republic of Zambia. He completed his residency in anesthesiology at Brookdale University Hospital in Brooklyn, New York.

Dr. Takla is board certified in anesthesia and is a member of the American Society of Anesthesiology and the International Anesthesia Research Society. His primary clinical interest is in Obstetrics Anesthesia. Serving as an Attending Physician in the Department of Anesthesia, he instructs residents and medical students in all manner of clinical issues.


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