A Message from the Chairman

Welcome 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

Please join us in welcoming our newest Advanced Practice Providers!

Catherine Janhunen, CRNA         Jacob Kessen, CRNA Taylor Leischman, CRNA (PRN)
Eileen Joyce, CRNA (PRN) Erica McDonald, CRNA (Locum)  Tracy Toombs, CRNA (Locum)

Dr. Braun was recently featured in a KMBC News 9 story, "KU School of Medicine helping students learn to prescribe opioids responsibly."

Happy Physician Anesthesiologist Week! We appreciate you!

 Drs. Lozenski, LacKamp and Nachtigal, as well as Residents Drs. Williams and Tregear, were in attendance on January 26th for Governor Brownback's proclamation of Physician Anesthesiologist Week.

Congratulations to Dr. Dawood Sayed on your new role as Chief of Pain Medicine

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Dr. Sayed played a key role in establishing the Multidisciplinary Pain Fellowship at the University of Kansas Medical Center. In three short years, this fellowship has distinguished itself as one of the top programs in the nation, with applicants from across the country and interest from abroad. Over the past seven years, Dr. Sayed has helped establish the Pain Division as one of the most innovative and advanced in the country. Dr. Sayed has spearheaded programs in Cancer Pain, Center for Neuromodulation, Vertebral Augmentation, and other innovative programs at our institution. His work has been highlighted in several local, regional and national media outlets. In addition to his clinical achievements, he has maintained a presence at the national level, serving as a member on the North American Neuromodulation Society (NANS) Education and Advocacy Committees.

He is the CPT delegate for NANS which advocates for proper coding and billing of pain related therapies with the American Medical Association (AMA). Dr. Sayed regularly lectures on the international and national stage with recent presentations of his clinical work at the International Neuromodulation Society (INS), American Society of Regional Anesthesia (ASRA), and American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP) annual meetings. His clinical interests are in advanced interventional therapies for those suffering from chronic pain. He serves as an investigator for several large multicenter studies in the field of chronic pain and has had his work published in several high profile journals including Neuromodulation, Pain, and Journal of Interventional and Cardiovascular Radiology.


 Congratulations to Lori Myres, CRNA, the 2018 recipient of The University of Kansas Health System's Advanced Practice Provider Excellence Award in the Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist cateogry!

Congratulations to Drew Roberts, Pharm.D., Ph.D., on his KL2 award to study "Patterns and predictors of risky opioid use among breast cancer survivors." Primary mentor: Ed Ellerbeck, M.D.

Drew Roberts, Pharm.D., Ph.D., serves as assistant professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health at the University of Kansas Medical Center. He holds a joint appointment in the Department of Anesthesiology. Dr. Roberts is a pharmacoepidemiologist and pharmaceutical policy researcher who uses large healthcare data sources to investigate clinical and policy interventions for reducing prescription opioid misuse, abuse, overdose, and increasing access to opioid use disorder treatments. He received his Doctor of Pharmacy from Drake University and his Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The KL2, mentored career award program, through Frontiers: University of Kansas Clinical and Translational Science Institute (KU CTSI), is designed to play a key role in addressing the critical need for more clinical and translational researchers in the region. Specifically, the KL2 award is designed to foster the development of new faculty researchers and supports four scholars each for two years.

In the Media

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

New Implant Can Treat Pain without Prescriptions!

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Research News

Congratulations to Drs. Braun, Sack, Sayed, Tollette, Khan, Nicol and Walter Orr, MPH on their publication in Pain Physician, "Reducing Radiation Exposure in Lumbar Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injections with Pulsed Fluoroscopy: A Randomized, Double-blind, Controlled Clinical Trial." http://painphysicianjournal.com/current/pdf?article=NTAwNw%3D%3D

Patient Comments

"The anesthesia staff and their residents did a great job controlling pain during and after surgery."

"Very impressed with all the physicians, especially the Anesthesiology residents."

"The anesthesiologist was phenomenal getting the nerve block set. I would choose this hospital again based on him. He was very kind and patient."

"...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."