Jina Sinskey, MD

Title(s)Associate Professor, Anesthesia
SchoolSchool of Medicine
Phone415-476-3540
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    Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MAB.S.06/2005Chemistry with minor in Biology
    Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, MAM.D.05/2011Medicine
    University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA06/2015Anesthesia Residency
    Boston Children's Hospital, Boston, MA07/2016Pediatric Anesthesia Fellowship
    University of California, San Francisco, CA2019Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Champion Training
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    UCSF Department of Anesthesia2019Ronald D. Miller Award for Resident Mentorship
    American Society of Anesthesiologists2021Fellow

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    Dr. Jina Sinskey is an Associate Professor of Anesthesia at UCSF specializing in pediatric anesthesia. She is the Vice Chair of Well-Being for the Department of Anesthesia at UCSF and serves as Vice Chair of the American Society of Anesthesiologists Committee on Physician Well-Being. She is a Member of the Board of Directors of the Society for Pediatric Anesthesia and is Secretary/Treasurer of the Society for Pediatric Anesthesia's Women’s Empowerment and Leadership Initiative. She is an Associate Editor for the Pediatric Anesthesia Section of OpenAnesthesia and previously served as the quality improvement lead for the Pediatric Anesthesia Division at UCSF.

    She received her undergraduate degree from MIT and her medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine. She completed her internship and residency in anesthesiology at UCSF and her pediatric anesthesiology fellowship at Boston Children's Hospital.

    Prior to pursuing a career in medicine, she worked as a management consultant specializing in marketing strategy at the Monitor Group (now Monitor Deloitte). Her approach to clinician well-being leverages her experience in management consulting and quality improvement, where she applies concepts of change management, human-centered design, continuous process improvement, and implementation science to create systems approaches to reduce burnout and foster well-being.

    Her research interests include clinician well-being, virtual/augmented reality for pediatric patients, conflict management, fetal anesthesia, and medical education.
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    Training to Enhance Researcher Resilience and Adaptability (TERRA)
    NIH/NIGMS R25GM153811Apr 1, 2024 - Mar 31, 2026
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Description: Biomedical research scientists face unique career challenges that, if unaddressed, hinder the success, well-being, and ultimately retention of this specialized workforce. Curricular support to meet these threats to well-being first requires a comprehensive understanding of the diverse experiences of biomedical research scientists, across specialties and career stages. After conducting interviews with biomedical research program directors, and focus groups with biomedical faculty and research trainees across our institution, we will develop a set of modules to address well-being needs along four tracks: a Foundational track that provides content on the Six Areas of Worklife and how they bear on well-being; a Resilience track that provides evidence-based tools for formulating a personal plan for well-being and navigating the rejection that is inherent to a successful biomedical research career; a Relational Support track that identifies strategies for developing healthy mentorship and sponsorship relationships and techniques for collaborative research success, and a Programmatic Infrastructure track that includes support for navigating differences, identity formation, and building capacity for adaptability. A series of facilitator guides will accompany the modules to allow for consistency in interactive content. Each module will be evaluated for its educational value through mixed-methods investigation, and in consultation with an advisory board composed of graduate education experts, directors of educational assessment, leadership from the UCSF Office of Career and Professional Development, diversity and learner success, student and faculty academic affairs, faculty equity, and a Chief Wellness Officer. A randomized controlled study design will allow for assessment of the impact of training materials on validated well-being, resilience, career self-efficacy and adaptability measures. The training materials will be made freely available and will provide a sustainable set of tools for building well-being, resilience, and adaptability in our biomedical research scientist workforce.
    Investigating Team Flow in Healthcare to Enhance Patient Safety and Clinician Well-Being
    UCSF Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Care Seed Support for Clinical ResearchJan 1, 2023 - Dec 31, 2023
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Description: The purpose of this grant is to provide seed funding support to clinical anesthesia faculty for clinical research projects. I was granted funds to perform a mixed methods study to understand how "team flow", a state of optimal experience described in positive psychology, is characterized in the perioperative clinical setting.
    Pediatric Distraction on Induction of Anesthesia with Virtual Reality (PEDI-VR)
    UCSF Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Care Seed Support for Clinical ResearchJan 1, 2019 - Jan 31, 2019
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Description: The goal of this randomized controlled trial was to determine whether immersive audiovisual distraction with a VR headset during induction of general anesthesia (GA) in pediatric patients reduced preoperative anxiety.
    Comprehensive Anesthesia Research Training
    NIH T32GM008440Jul 1, 1995 - Jun 30, 2022
    Role: Collaborator/ Wellness Liaison; T32 Administrative Supplement for Wellness and Resiliency
    Description: The broad goal of our departmental T32 training grant program is to provide in-depth research training to talented individuals who are committed to pursuing basic, translational or clinical research focused on anesthesiology, critical care medicine and the surgical sciences. In 2021, the T32 training grant program received an Administrative Supplement for Curriculum or Training Activities to Enhance Wellness and Resiliency in the Training Environment (7/1/2021-6/30/2022), for which I serve in a collaborator role.

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    1. Looking Across the Drape: A Novel Quality Improvement Approach to Understanding Surgeon and Anesthesiologist Burnout. Ann Surg. 2024 Feb 20. Sinskey JL, Schwartz R, Boscardin CK, Chang JM, Kumar SB, Lebares CC. PMID: 38375660.
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    2. U.S. Attending Anesthesiologist Burnout in the Postpandemic Era. Anesthesiology. 2024 Jan 01; 140(1):38-51. Afonso AM, Cadwell JB, Staffa SJ, Sinskey JL, Vinson AE. PMID: 37930155; PMCID: PMC10751072.
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    3. Drivers of Well-Being and Burnout in Anesthesiology Residents. J Educ Perioper Med. 2023 Oct-Dec; 25(4):E715. Tan M, Naegle JA, Boscardin CK, Chang DP, Chang JM, Sullivan KR, Sinskey JL. PMID: 38162705; PMCID: PMC10753163.
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    4. Patient Safety and Clinician Well-Being. Anesthesiol Clin. 2023 Dec; 41(4):739-753. Sinskey JL, Chang JM, Lu AC, Pian-Smith MC. PMID: 37838381.
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    5. Quality of Life Improvement: A Novel Framework and Approach to Well-Being. Anesthesiol Clin. 2022 Jun; 40(2):415-432. Sinskey JL, Chang JM, Nicholau D, Gropper MA. PMID: 35659411.
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    6. The Wicked Problem of Physician Well-Being. Anesthesiol Clin. 2022 Jun; 40(2):213-223. Sinskey JL, Margolis RD, Vinson AE. PMID: 35659395; PMCID: PMC9066294.
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    7. The ulnar artery: A site suitable for arterial cannulation in pediatric patients. Paediatr Anaesth. 2021 Dec; 31(12):1357-1363. Roux J, Kohn MA, Sinskey J, Nguyen H, Boor M, Rouine-Rapp K. PMID: 34644423.
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    8. Conflict Management Education for Anesthesiology Residents: Bridging the Gap in Interpersonal and Communication Skills Competency. A A Pract. 2021 Oct 01; 15(10):e01524. Sinskey JL, Chang JM, Thornton KC, Boscardin CK, Sullivan KR. PMID: 34606483.
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    9. Grow and Advance through Intentional Networking: A pilot program to foster connections within the Women's Empowerment and Leadership Initiative in the Society for Pediatric Anesthesia. Paediatr Anaesth. 2021 09; 31(9):944-952. Margolis RD, Berenstain LK, Janosy N, Yanofsky S, Tackett S, Schwartz JM, Lee JK, Deutsch N, Sinskey JL. PMID: 34166544.
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    10. Pediatric Distraction on Induction of Anesthesia With Virtual Reality and Perioperative Anxiolysis: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Anesth Analg. 2021 03 01; 132(3):798-806. Jung MJ, Libaw JS, Ma K, Whitlock EL, Feiner JR, Sinskey JL. PMID: 32618627; PMCID: PMC9387568.
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    11. Design and Implementation of an Innovative, Longitudinal Wellness Curriculum in an Anesthesiology Residency Program. A A Pract. 2021 Feb 05; 15(2):e01387. Thornton KC, Sinskey JL, Boscardin CK, Sullivan KR. PMID: 33560640.
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    12. Challenging the status quo of scientific presentations. Paediatr Anaesth. 2021 02; 31(2):116-122. Chatterjee D, Yaster M, Lockman JL, Glass NL, Schreiner MS, Sinskey JL, Fiadjoe JE. PMID: 33151606.
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    13. Use of Remifentanil for Open in utero Fetal Myelomeningocele Repair Maintains Uterine Relaxation with Reduced Volatile Anesthetic Concentration. Fetal Diagn Ther. 2020; 47(11):810-816. Marsh BJ, Sinskey J, Whitlock EL, Ferschl MB, Rollins MD. PMID: 32911467; PMCID: PMC9367681.
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    14. Addressing Postpandemic Clinician Mental Health : A Narrative Review and Conceptual Framework. Ann Intern Med. 2020 12 15; 173(12):981-988. Schwartz R, Sinskey JL, Anand U, Margolis RD. PMID: 32822206; PMCID: PMC7450528.
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    15. Improvement in perioperative anesthesia documentation for fetal interventions. Paediatr Anaesth. 2020 09; 30(9):1046-1048. Rico Mora DA, Perez KM, Parikh JM, Chatterjee D, George P, O'Reilly-Shah V, Rollins M, Sinskey JL, Patak L. PMID: 32594611.
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    16. Use of Augmented Reality During Inhaled Induction of General Anesthesia in 3 Pediatric Patients: A Case Report. A A Pract. 2020 May; 14(7):e01219. Libaw JS, Sinskey JL. PMID: 32539270.
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    17. OrphanAnesthesia: Anesthesia Recommendations for Infantile Neuroaxonal Dystrophy. 2020. Jina Sinskey, Robert S. Holzman. View Publication.
    18. Applying Conflict Management Strategies to the Pediatric Operating Room. Anesth Analg. 2019 10; 129(4):1109-1117. Sinskey JL, Chang JM, Shibata GS, Infosino AJ, Rouine-Rapp K. PMID: 30633050.
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    19. Intraoperative surfactant administration during neonatal sacrococcygeal teratoma resection. Paediatr Anaesth. 2019 11; 29(11):1148-1150. Au V, Gregory G, Sinskey J. PMID: 31433547.
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    20. A Review of Middle Aortic Syndromes in Pediatric Patients. J Cardiothorac Vasc Anesth. 2020 Apr; 34(4):1042-1050. Forman N, Sinskey J, Shalabi A. PMID: 31412980.
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    21. Benefits of Ultrasound Imaging for Placement of Caudal Epidural Blockade in 3 Pediatric Patients: A Case Report. A A Pract. 2018 Jun 01; 10(11):307-309. Sinskey JL, Vecchione TM, Ekstrom BG, Boretsky K. PMID: 29634564.
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    22. Incidence and Management of Umbilical Artery Flow Abnormalities during Open Fetal Surgery. Fetal Diagn Ther. 2018; 43(4):274-283. Sinskey JL, Rollins MD, Whitlock E, Moon-Grady AJ, Vu L, Feiner JR, Ferschl MB. PMID: 28848121.
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    23. Perioperative considerations in infantile neuroaxonal dystrophy. Paediatr Anaesth. 2017 Mar; 27(3):322-324. Sinskey JL, Holzman RS. PMID: 28177173.
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    24. Assessment of damage in Korean patients with systemic lupus erythematosus. J Rheumatol. 2007 May; 34(5):987-91. Sung YK, Hur NW, Sinskey JL, Park D, Bae SC. PMID: 17361986.
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    25. Transcriptional silencing of a transgene by RNAi in the soma of C. elegans. Genes Dev. 2005 Mar 15; 19(6):683-96. Grishok A, Sinskey JL, Sharp PA. PMID: 15741313; PMCID: PMC1065722.
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