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A Message from the Chairman

T 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

Andrea Nicol, MD

Amazing Chronic Pain treatment that offers a hope!

Read the full article "An Unlikely Treatment Offers Hope For Chronic Pain Sufferers But Drug Makers See Little Incentive", it highlights the story of Dr. Andrea Nicol's patient that is treated with a low dose of Naltrexone. 

Excellent article by Dr. Amy Pichoff and Dr. Grace Shih regarding the importance of having a good rest!

A Pichoff   G Shih photo

Read the article "Sleep Deprivation and Fatigue - Recognizing the Warnings and Finding Solutions" to find out what role sleep plays in our life, effects of sleep deprivation and much more!

Dr. Julie Christianson

Congratulations to Dr. Julie Christianson on her invitation to serve as Associate Editor for PAIN in the IASP journal!

Dr. Christianson has been recognized a scientist who is making important contributions to the journal, she will serve as an Associate Editor for the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP). Through her role as scientist, mentor, and associate editor she will help to advance the field of pain.

Dawood Sayed, MD

Congratulations to Dr. Dawood Sayed on his new assignment as an Official Advisor for the AMA CPT Committee!

Dr. Sayed will be representing the North American Neuromodulation Society and will be reviewing all potential new codes and coding changes effecting all pain medicine thus working closely with committee members from ASA, ASIPP, AANS, SIS, among others.

Anthony Kovac, MDInteresting article by Dr. Anthony L. Kovac.

Don't miss the full article on Updates in the Management of Postoperative Nausea and Vomiting.

Julie ChristiansonJulie Christianson, Biologist at KU Medical Center, explores how trauma affects pain.

Read the full article "Doctors Look To Childhood Trauma For Roots Of Puzzling Chronic Pain" and find out all the great achievements on this matter!

CRNA’s Holiday Heroes with donations to KVC

holiday heroes photo

There are nearly 5,000 children in foster care in the KC area. KVC (originally Kaw Valley Center and now represents an acronym of Knowledge, Values, and Connection) is an organization who focuses on the family and children in need of many services such as in-home family support, behavioral health, foster care, and adoption.

Holiday Heroes is a program that helps provide gifts and clothing for KVC children in need. Jason Asher heard about Holiday Heroes on the radio and thought it would be a good project for the CRNA group this holiday season. Jason spearheaded the adoption of 10 children for the holidays. They range in age from 7 months to 17 years old. Interested CRNAs were divided into 10 groups; a group for each child. The gifts began to pour in: clothes, skate boards, scooters, footballs, shoes, baking supplies, pet supplies, pajamas, slippers, diapers, wrapping paper and even a drone! There were too many gifts to mention them all, as you can see the bags were overflowing!

Emotional exhaustion among anesthesia providers?

Don't miss this interesting publication with the collaboration of Dr. Abha Shah, Dr. Matt Wyatt, Dr. Grace Shih, and Dr. Martin De Ruyter.
Find the full article "Emotional Exhaustion Among Anesthesia Providers at a Tertiary Care Center Assessed Using the MBI Burnout Survey."

Samuel Lobell

Congratulations to Dr. Samuel Lobell on the article published by Anesthesia and Analgesia!

Find the full article "Informed Consent in Pediatric Anesthesia: A Narrative Review" here. 

Anesthesiology Veterans

In honor of Veterans Day we want to thank all those who have served our country and to the American heroes working among us: Rick Allen, CRNA, Paul Bennetts, CRNA, PhD, Alice Cherry, CRNA, Jeremy Cook, MD, Brynn Delano, Student, Robert Devine, MD, Brooklyn Harvey, Student, Daniel Jacobs, DO, Matthew Jacobs, DO, Douglas Lemons, MD, Michael McCartney, MD, Donna Nyght, CRNA, DNP, Shaun Stokes, DO, MBA, Joseph Weimholt, CRNA.

Take a look to their stories of dedication, sacrifice, and courageous service!

Last modified: Jan 17, 2019
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Research News

Would you like to participate in a study examining the role of characteristics in pain outcomes for people who have low back surgery? View the KU-PALS Study Flyer

Congratulations to Dr. Amy Pichoff, Dr. Abha Shah, Dr. John Baer, and Dr. Jared Staab on their article, Successful Development and Implementation of a Surgical Response Team for Emergent Surgical Cases, in Annals of Surgery.

Congratulations to Dr. John-Paul Pozek and Dr. Martin De Ruyter on their article, Comprehensive Acute Pain Management in the Perioperative Surgical Home, in Anesthesiology Clinics.

Patient Comments

"Anesthesia was very helpful during C-section explaining what was happening and supportive afterwards during panic attack."

"PACU and Pre-Operation great, especially  Anesthesiologist."

"Anesthesia team was amazing."

"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."