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Lauren Berkow - University of Florida. Gainesville, FL, US

Lauren Berkow

Professor/Chief/Director/M.D. | University of Florida

Gainesville, FL, UNITED STATES

Dr. Lauren Berkow is an expert on airway management and neuroanesthesia.


Dr. Lauren Berkow is an expert on airway management and neuroanesthesia. She is the immediate past president of the Society for Airway Management, co-chairs the University of Florida Shands Sustainability Committee, chief of the Division of Neuroanesthesia, director of Anesthesia Supplies and Equipment and professor of anesthesiology in UF's College of Medicine.

Areas of Expertise (3)

Environmental Sustainability in Healthcare


Difficult Airway Management

Media Appearances (2)


News and Notes  online


UF Health Shands was recently honored with the Practice Greenhealth Environmental Excellence Award. The award recognizes the hospital system’s continued commitment to sustainability, its demonstrated efforts to improve environmental performance, and initiatives to build sustainability into the operations of the institution.

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UF Health Shands earns national award for OR environmental innovation

UF Health  online


In recognition of standard-setting innovation and environmental stewardship, UF Health Shands Hospital has earned a 2018 Greening the OR Recognition Award from Practice Greenhealth, an organization dedicated to environmental sustainability in health care.

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Articles (3)

Difficult Airway Management in Adult Coronavirus Disease 2019 Patients: Statement by the Society of Airway Management

Anesthesia and Analgesia

Lorraine Foley, et al.


The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) disease, caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), often results in severe hypoxemia requiring airway management. Because SARS-CoV-2 virus is spread via respiratory droplets, bag-mask ventilation, intubation, and extubation may place health care workers (HCW) at risk. While existing recommendations address airway management in patients with COVID-19, no guidance exists specifically for difficult airway management.

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COVID-19 Putting Patients at Risk of Unplanned Extubation and Airway Providers at Increased Risk of Contamination

Anesthesia and Analgesia

Lauren Berkow and Arthur Kanowitz


Coronavirus 2019 puts patients at increased risk of experiencing unplanned extubation (UE), and both UE and subsequent reintubation put providers at increased risk of viral contamination. The increased patient surge that has occurred during this COVID-19 pandemic and the associated less-than-ideal provider/patient ratios put patients at increased risk for UE. In addition, patient proning, a common procedure in critically ill COVID-19 adult respiratory distress syndrome patients, is a risk factor for UE.

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Alternate airway strategies for the patient with morbid obesity

International Anesthesiology Clinics

Adrian Sultana, et al.


Anesthesiologists are encountering patients with morbid obesity in increasing numbers and as many as one in 3 of the regular caseload may be obese. The specialty of bariatric anesthesiology is emerging as a valuable resource in addressing the physiological problems and metabolic complications of the obese patient. Many institutions have appointed a clinical lead anesthesiologist in this specialty, especially with expertise in airway management of the obese patient.





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