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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

Dr. Andrea Nicol recently covered by the ASA Daily News!

Find the full article by clicking on the following link:

Doug Wright

Please help us welcome the new Vice Chair of Research, Dr. Doug Wright (pictured at left), to the Department of Anesthesiology.

Dr. Wright is a Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology at the University of Kansas Medical Center. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky and completed postdoctoral studies in the Deparment of Neurology at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. He has been a faculty member in the Department of Anantomy and Cell Biology at KU Medical Center since 1997. Dr. Wright brings to the department leadership in establishing nationally recognized programs of excellence in research, a strong history of external funding, and a track record of mentoring junior scientists and clinicians. Welcome to the team!

Last modified: Oct 18, 2018
Save the Date

Grand Rounds
Resident Presenter: Brandon Valantine, DO
October 23rd, 2018
6:30 - 7:30 am
Wahl Hall West

Periop Forum
October 30th, 2018
6:30 - 7:30 am
Battenfeld Auditorium

Grand Rounds
Fellow Presenter (Pain): Tim Sowder, MD
November 6th, 2018
6:30 - 7:30 am
Wahl Hall West

Case Conference
Faculty Presenter: Michael McCartney, MD
November 20th, 2018
6:30 - 7:30 am
Wahl Hall West

Grand Rounds
Resident Presenter: Hans Tregear, MD
November 27th, 2018
6:30 - 7:30 am
Wahl Hall West

Research News

Congratulations to Dr. Amy Pichoff, Dr. Abah 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."