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

Happy CRNA Appreciation Week to our CRNAs! We appreciate you!

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.

Please join us in welcoming our newest Advanced Practice Providers!

Julie Castagno, CRNA Nicki Hamilton, CRNA Matthew Hatfield, CRNA Jared Lungren, CRNA

The inaugural Regional Anesthesia Ultrasound Resident Workshop Collaboration was held Saturday, December 2, 2017. This event was a combined educational course, taught by faculty from both the St. Luke's/UMKC and KUMC. Approximately 40 residents and 12 faculty from both programs participated. It was held at the ZIEL Practice Lab in the new Health Education Building. This state of the art facility provided a terrific teaching and learning environment.

Lecture session that proceeded the hands-on workshop.

Dr. McCartney illustrating landmarks for supraclavical blocks.

Congratulations to Daniel Jacobs, DO, on his recent oral presentation at ASRA, "Single Center Prospective Clinical Series evaluating targeted-Radiofrequency Ablation (t-RFA) in the Treatment of Painful Spine Metastases."

Dr. Grace (Yuexian) Xu recently returned from a visit to Hunan Children's Hospital, in Hunan Province, China. Dr. Xu was invited to visit the largest children's hospital in the province to share her experience in pediatric anesthesia with their anesthesiologists and residents. While there, she gave a seminar in the area of airway management!


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Case Conference
Molly Cason, MD
January 30, 2018
6:30 - 7:30am
Wahl Hall West

Guest Speaker
Dr. Franklin Dexter
February 6, 2018
6:30 - 7:30am
Wahl Hall West

Case Conference
Jared Staab, DO
February 20, 2018
6:30 - 7:30am
Wahl Hall West

Grand Rounds
Daniel Jacobs, DO
February 27, 2018
6:30 - 7:30am
Wahl Hall West

Research News

KU Anesthesiology was well represented at the International Neuromodulation Society 13th World Congress, May 27 - Jun 1, 2017 in Edinburgh, Scotland with two poster and 2 oral presentations!

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."