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

Dr. Cantuarias and Dr. Kovac
Dr. Cantuarias &
Dr. Kovac

First Anesthesiology International Resident Observer

Dr. Delia Cantuarias of Lima, Peru was the first recepient of the "Kovac International Observership Award." 

Delia graduated from the Anesthesiology residency program at the National Peru Cancer Hospital in June of this year and is now on staff at the National Peru Cancer Hospital and the National Peru Children's Hospital, both in Lima, Peru.

During a two week rotation, Delia spent time observing all of the anesthesia areas at KUMC. Delia also give a presentation about Peru and on anesthesia at the National Peru Cancer Hospital.

Dr. Nicol Achieves Great Honors

Dr. Nicol

Congratulations to Dr. Andrea Nicol who has been confirmed as the 2019 American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, Fall Pain Medicine Meeting Chair! Also, in recognition of her excellent efforts to review and enhance the quality of the publication, Dr. Nicol has been promoted to Associate Editor of the journal Anesthesia & Analgesia, one of the premier journals of our specialty. Thank you for your tremendous efforts Dr. Nicol!

Dr. Beck Appointed Chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology

Dr. BeckCongratulations to Dr. Chris Beck who has been appointed as Chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology. Dr. Beck completed a cardiothoracic fellowship at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He has been employed at the University of Kansas Medical Center, Department of Anesthesiology since July, 2006 and serves on several committees. In years 2008 and 2011 Dr. Beck was recognized as Anesthesiology Faculty of the Year by the residents and has done an admirable job over the last year as Associate Director of the division. 

Welcome to the Team


Barta, Brent DO Chandra, Sneha MD Dr. Fandre Dr. Goucher Dr. Leslie

Brent Barta, DO

Sneha Chandra, MD

Sarah Fandre, MD

Haley Goucher, MD

Sheldon Leslie, MD

Dr. Mujica

Dr. Sack

Dr. Staab

Dr. Stoops Dr. Walters

Fernando Mujica, MD

Andrew Sack, MD

Jared Staab, DO

Shea Stoops, DO

Robin Walters, MD

Please welcome our seven new faculty members; Dr. Barta, returned to KU after finishing a Cardiothoracic fellowship at the Clevdland Clinic, Dr. Chandra joins us after completing a Regional Anesthesia and Acute Pain Fellowship at the University of Utah Health Sciences Center. Dr. Goucher, joins us after completing a Critical Care Fellowship at Duke University and Dr. Sack joins our faculty after completing a Chronic Pain Fellowship at KU. Dr. Staab returned to KU after completeting a Critical Care fellowship at the University of Nebraska. Dr. Stoops, joins the faculty after completing the Residency program at KU, and Dr. Walters joins us from Saint Vincent's Medical Center. They are a great addition to our team!


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Garrett Bendure Mary-Kate Beyer Sydney Crowell Heather Hoelscher
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In the Media

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Emotional Intelligence  

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Patient Comments

"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."

"The Anesthesiologist provided me exceptional care and services during my stay."

"This was my first surgery ever and I want to make sure I give a big thank you to the Anesthesiologists. They really helped me with the anxiety I was feeling."

"Anesthesia was great! They came quickly when paged when my pain was not well controlled... I felt that they all put my needs first, and they were readily available."

"The anesthesiologist and their staff did not rush, appeared and came across as caring, concerned and interested in the patient. I give this staff an A+."

"The anesthesiologist visited with my wife and I prior to and after the procedure and updated her on my condition. We were very impressed and grateful."

"My two anesthesiologists were very aware of my medical history and acted accordingly with my sedation medication. I felt comfortable in their care and had no problems during or after the procedure."

"Anesthesiologist listened to my concerns and involved me and the surgeon in the pretreatment plan. I never thought surgery would be a pleasant experience but it actually was!"

"Calm, caring, kind, good eye-contact, explained things well and good sense of humor!"