A Message from the Chairman

Dr. KhanWelcome to the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Kansas Medical Center.

The dynamic specialty of anesthesiology has witnessed unprecedented growth and change since the administration of ether in 1846. Today the field has evolved into a continuum of perioperative care beginning with the presurgical assessment and education of the patient through intraoperative management to the postoperative phase.

The field of anesthesiology continues to grow with the evolution of multiple subspecialties. The anesthesiologist of the 21st century is called upon not only for the perioperative care of the surgical patient but also provides his or her expertise in the intensive care setting, the management of pain, high-risk obstetrics surgery, pediatric care, organ transplant, cardiothoracic cases and a variety of other challenging clinical settings. Read more:

The Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Kansas Medical Center is committed to training physicians to become outstanding, competent, and compassionate anesthesiologists. The structure of our training program encourages the development of our residents in a supportive environment allowing them to incorporate the skills and knowledge needed to provide the best possible care to their patients. Our extraordinary faculty has great breadth in their variety of interests and depth in their specific areas of focus. We strive to create an engaging and challenging experience with the incorporation of didactic lectures, hands-on experience in a wide range of clinical settings along with cutting-edge simulator based education.

I would encourage you to take some time to fully explore our website. If you require further information please do not hesitate to call us. We are very proud of the program and have a lot to share.

Once again on behalf of the Department of Anesthesiology I welcome you to our website!

Talal W. Khan, MD

News & Announcements

Everyday our Certified Registered Nurse Anesthesists (CRNAs) are committed to providing the highest quality of care to patients in The University of Kansas Health System. We are proud to recognize our outstanding CRNAs during National CRNA Week, January 22nd - 28th! Thank you for your continued committment to excellent healthcare!

Additionally, we are proud to announce that the Advanced Practice Provider Council has selected David Pennington to receive the first-ever CRNA Excellence Award! David will be recognized during the Annual Advanced Practice Provider Symposium on November 3, 2017. 

Please welcome our new providers!

Jamie Scogland


Nancy Fiscus

Dr. Andrea Nicol's recently published Journal of Pain article, "The Association Between a History of Lifetime Traumatic Events and Pain Severity, Physical Function, and Affective Distress in Patients With Chronic Pain," has been selected as an Editor's pick and as Paper of the Week at the Pain Research Forum. Congratulations to Dr. Nicol and associated authors! To read the publication, click here.

Dr. Nicol was recently interviewed and her research highlighted in Practical Pain Managment. Click here to read more!

Faculty ACE Society Leadership Announcements

Dr. John Bracken, Assistant Professor,
named an Assistant Director of the Delp Society.
Dr. Jim Kindscher, Professor,
named an Assistant Director of the Major Society.
Dr. Katherine Stiles, Assistant Professor,
named an Assistant Director of the Wescoe Society.

In the Media

Dr. Amy Pichoff Dr. Amy Pichoff featured in the ASA Newsletter

Emotional Intelligence  

Dr. Sayed Dr. Dawood Sayed featured on KMBC 9 news

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Save the Date

Grand Rounds:
"Financial and Physiologic Implications of Optimizing Acute Pain Management"
Dr. Jerry Jones
February 21, 2017
6:30 - 7:30am
Sudler Auditorium

67th Annual Postgraduate Symposium on Anesthesiology
InterContinental Kansas City at the Plaza
Kansas City, Missouri
April 28-30, 2017
Register Here

Patient Comments

"...the anesthesiologists...the entire CT-ICU staff...all were awesome!!"

"...and the anesthesiologist were helpful, comforting and explained the procedures; as well as fielding and answering questions."

"I really appreciated how quickly the anesthesia team was able to place my epidural after I requested it."

"Nurse anesthetist...provided exceptional care. I really appreciate the time she spent with me."

"Anesthesiologists were great. Spent more than adequate time explaining epidural, answering questions; provided epidural laying down due to fainting risk."

"The Anesthesiologist and his nurse were wonderful. Explained everything and how I would feel and were very concerned that I was comfortable during and after c-section delivery."