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

Congratulations to Dr. Dawood Sayed and Dr. John Nachtigal, both named Associate Professor, effective 7/1/2017. A promotion well deserved!

Dawood Sayed, MD and Andy Sack, MD represented our department at the International Neuromodulation Society 13th World Congress, May 27 - June 1, 2017 in Edinburgh, Scotland.  

Oral Presenations:

Dawood Sayed, Talal Khan, Ted Braun, Smith Manion, Andrew Sack
Title: "Treatment of Posterior Thoracic Back Pain with Paresthesia-Independent High Frequency Spinal Stimulation at 10kHz (HF-SCS): A Case Series"

Corey Hunter, Dawood Sayed, Tim Davis
Title: "A Physician-Initiated, Multicenter Retrospective Registry on Dorsal Root Ganglion (DRG) Stimulation - An Analysis on the Impact of Lead Location Compared to the Presentation of Pain"

Poster Presentations:

Dawood Sayed, Leonardo Kapural
Title: "Salvaging patients that failed traditional spinal cord stimulation (t-SCS) with high frequency spinal cord stimulation (HF-SCS) at 10kHz: A multicenter case series"

Andrew Sack, Dawood Sayed
Title: "High frequency spinal cord stimulation at 10 kHz for post-herpetic neuralgia"

On April 27, 2017, representing the Office of International Programs at KUMC, Dr. Anthony Kovac, Professor of Anesthesiology, met with Dra. Zulema Tomas Gonzales, Directora General (CEO) of the Instituto Nacional de Salud del Ninos San Borja (INSN SB - the National Peru Children's Hospital) in Lima, Peru to sign the letter of intent of a cooperative agreement for the exchange of education, research, and culture between the University of Kansas Medical Center and INSN SB - the National Peru Children's Hospital.

At the KU School of Health Professions' Student Recognition Ceremony on May 13th, students of the Class of 2017 selected Bryant Staples, MD for the Anesthesiologist Teaching Award!

Congratulations to all of our residents who participated in the Midwest Anesthesia Residents Conference (MARC). MARC is an annual meeting that is supported by the Association of Midwest Academic Anesthesia Chairs, Inc. (AMAAC). The annual meeting is the largest anesthesia residents conference in North America and in the world. We are proud to have four of our residents place across the categories of Quality Improvement, General, and Airway.

Alyssa Green, DO James Barner, DO
John Williams, DO Nick Kaup, DO

Please join us in welcoming our newest faculty member!

Samuel Lobell, MD joins us from South Denver Anesthesiologists in Colorado. Dr. Lobell received his medical degree from the University of Kansas School of Medicine. He completed his anesthesiology residency at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, followed by a pediatric anesthesiology fellowship at Children's Hospital Colorado.

Please join us in welcoming our newest mid-level providers!

Eric DeGraff, CRNA Kim Privette, CRNA - PRN

Congratulations to Dr. Andrea Nicol on her NIH K23 Award to study CNS Amplification in lumbar failed back surgery!

Dr. Nicol's research will examine potential risk factors and patient characteristics that are linked with and possibly predictive of chronic pain after lumbar spine surgery. The discovery of specific central nervous system pain mechanisms and their potential role in the development of chronic pain after lumbar spine surgery will allow for a new and greater understanding of the condition and lead to further studies on how to lessen the risk or prevent the condition with treatments before, during, and after spine surgery.

In the Media

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

New Implant Can Treat Pain without Prescriptions!

Last modified: Jun 12, 2017
Save the Date

Grand Rounds:
Dr. Csaba Szabo
Friday, June 23rd @ Noon
Sudler Auditorium

Resident Graduation Dinner
Saturday, June 24th
Kansas City Country Club

Grand Rounds:
Dr. Doug Feinstein
Friday, June 30th @ Noon
Sudler Auditorium

Welcome Party for New
Residents & Faculty
Saturday, July 1st
Boulevard Brewery

Grand Rounds:
Dr. Lance McMahon
Friday, July 7th @ Noon
Location TBA

ASA Alumni Cocktail Reception
Saturday, October 21st
Seaport Hotel, Boston, MA

Holiday Party
Saturday, December 16th
Top Golf

Patient Comments

"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."