Saturday, February 24, 2018

Quinton Dunbar Agrees to Contract Extension with Washington Redskins

Since 2005, Dr. Aarohi Ambardekar has served as a partner and consultant anesthesiologist with Southern Maryland Anesthesia Associates, LLC, in Lanham, Maryland. At the office, he maintains responsibility as a compliance officer as well as an Anesthesia EMR representative and OR efficiency committee member. Outside of work, Dr. Aarohi Ambardekar enjoys following NFL football and counts the Washington Redskins as his favorite team. 

Following a somewhat disappointing 2017 season that left the team with a 7-9 record, Washington Redskins fans can look forward to seeing key cornerback Quinton Dunbar on the field for at least the next three seasons. Dunbar, a third-year pro out of the University of Florida, signed a three-year contract extension with the team in early January 2018. 

Since joining the Redskins in 2015, the 6-foot-2 cornerback has played an integral role behind starting cornerback Bashaud Breeland. During the 2017 season, Dunbar pulled down a career-high 28 tackles in 15 games. Four of his 2017 appearances were in the starting role.

With Breeland likely heading into free agency during the 2018 offseason, Dunbar could have the chance to become the Redskins permanent starting cornerback. Although the team did not release the terms of his extension, the contract is worth a reported $10.5 million with a $3 million signing bonus.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Construction of the Indian Tabla

An experienced anesthesiologist, Dr. Aarohi Ambardekar is a partner in Southern Maryland Anesthesia Associates. In his free time, Dr. Aarohi Ambardekar enjoys playing the tabla.

A percussion instrument from the Indian classical tradition, the tabla consists of two drums. The larger is known as the bayan, or big bass drum, and is made of copper with chrome plating. The smaller drum, made of wood, is known as the dayan, though it may also be called “tabla” as an independent instrument.

Both drums feature a closed bottom and an open top over which stretches goatskin leather. A second skin, known as the kani, attaches to the edge of the skin, and the middle features a black circle known as the GAB. Made of iron fillings as well as filler materials like gum, soot, or rice-flour paste, the GAB gives the instrument its unique sound and allows for variations in pitch and timbre.

The musician can tune his or her drums by manipulating the tuning wedges, which attach to the drums with leather straps at the sides. By beating the wedges upward, the musician makes the sound lower, while beating them downward creates a higher sound.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Coldplay's Something Like This Tops Adult Contemporary Chart

Dr. Aarohi Ambardekar draws upon over 12 years of anesthesiology experience in his role as a consultant and partner with Southern Maryland Anesthesia Associates. Outside of his professional responsibilities, Aarohi Ambardekar enjoys listening to Coldplay, which he counts as one of his favorite bands.

Coldplay's collaboration with The Chainsmokers produced the band's second ever No. 1 song on Billboard's Adult Contemporary radio airplay chart. The popular single, "Something Like This," topped the chart dated October 21 and knocked off Ed Sheeran's "Shape of You," which spent 24 weeks at No. 1, marking the second-longest stint at the top in the chart's 56-year history. Uncle Kracker's "Drift Away" was No. 1 for 28 weeks between 2003 and 2004. 

Coldplay's last No. 1 on the Adult Contemporary chart was "Viva La Vida," which topped the chart for one week in 2009. "Something Like This," however, has had similar success on other Billboard charts, specifically the Dance/Mix Show Airplay and Adult Pop Songs charts, where it held the top spot for seven consecutive weeks. The single also held steady at No. 1 for two weeks on the Pop Songs chart and peaked at No. 3 on the Radio Songs chart, which covers all genres.

Friday, May 20, 2016

2016 American Society of Anesthesiologists Annual Meeting in Chicago

For more than 10 years, Dr. Aarohi Ambardekar has practiced as an anesthesiologist and partner at Southern Maryland Anesthesia Associates (SMAA), located in Lanham, Maryland. In an effort to better serve his patients, Dr. Aarohi Ambardekar continues to build on his knowledge and experience through membership with such organizations as the American Society of Anesthesiologists.

The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA), founded in 1905, operates on a three-tiered model that creates resources and opportunities for medical students, residents, and established physicians in each state. Among other efforts, the society endeavors to innovate surgical and palliative care through state-of-the-art research, and it organizes regular gatherings to report and discuss progress in the field.

Between October 22 and 26, ASA will host the Anesthesiology 2016 annual meeting in Chicago, Illinois. Sessions presented by leading researchers and opportunities for continuing medical education credits are among the highlights of the five-day event, which bears the theme “Leading the Future of Health Care.” For registration and travel information, please visit                            

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Tabla - Twin-Drum Instrument of Indian Classical Music

Dr. Aarohi Ambardekar is a respected Lanham, Maryland-based anesthesiologist who practices at Southern Maryland Anesthesia Associates, LLC. With a passion for music, he enjoys pop artists from Modest Mouse to U2. Dr. Aarohi Ambardekar also plays the tabla, an Indian percussive instrument.

Common to North Indian classical music, the tabla is a versatile two-drum combination that has spread to a number of popular music styles. According to legend, the instrument was created in the 18th century, when an angered musician in a drum competition sliced a single-barreled drum in two with a sword. The tabla came into its own with Amir Khusru, who developed a fast, nimble style suited to a new Khayal musical genre. This style is still foundational to modern Indian classical musical renditions.

Learning the tabla has traditionally occurred through a guru-disciple apprenticeship system. This relationship would last many years and end with a ceremony at a Hindu temple, where the teacher passed on ancient, guarded family compositions.

Monday, February 22, 2016

The Four Kinds of Anesthesia

Dr. Aarohi Ambardekar is an anesthesiologist based in Maryland. Depending on the surgery his patients are undergoing, Dr. Aarohi Ambardekar chooses the proper anesthesia for the operation.

There are four different categories of anesthesia. Local anesthesia numbs only one location. This is typically used for dental operations. Sometimes patients are awake for the surgery, but depending on the operation, they can also receive another form of anesthesia – a sedative, to help them sleep.

General anesthesia places the patient in a state of unconsciousness. The patient does not know what is happening during the surgery and does not feel any sensations.

For regional anesthesia, the doctor injects the medication near a group of nerves where the surgery will take place. This gives the patient numbness in just one part of his or her body. Sometimes patients receive a sedative, and other times they stay awake for the operation.

Surgeons and anesthesiologists work together to guarantee that patients receive the anesthesia that is best for them. After receiving anesthesia or sedation, people typically do not remember any details from the operation.