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

Faculty Members to be Promoted in 2016
We are pleased to announce the following faculty will be promoted as of July 1st, 2016.
  Dr. Grace Shih, Professor
  Dr. Abha Shah, Associate Professor
  Dr. Smith Manion, Associate Professor
  Dr. Gina Hendren, Associate Professor
  Dr. Katherine Palmieri, Associate Professor
We deeply value all of our staff efforts, and congratulate those whose work has led to promotion this year.

Dr. Flynn



Dr. Flynn Appointed as Director of the Division of Critical Care Medicine
Dr. Brigid Flynn was recently appointed as Director of the Division of Critical Care Medicine, Department of Anesthesiology. Dr. Flynn earned a Bachelor's degree from Kansas State University and her Medical degree from the University of Kansas School of Medicine. She completed her anesthesiology residency at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA and then a critical care fellowship at Columbia University Hospital in New York City. Dr. Flynn is a Board Certified Anesthesiologist with a subspecialty certification in Critical Care Medicine, that works as part of a team in the ICU's with a multi-disciplinary group of providers to ensure the best care possible for each patient. Dr. Flynn is a member of the Critical Care Grand Round Lecture Series planning committee, the Patient Safety committee, a reviewer for several journals and a clinical researcher. Congratulations Dr. Flynn!

Dr. Nicol

Dr. Nicol Assistant Editor for a Premier Medical Journal
Dr. Nicol has been invited to be Assistant Editor for "Anesthesia and Analgesia"; one of the premier medical journals in the field of anesthesiology, pain, critical care, and perioperative medicine in the world. Congratulations Dr. Nicol!


Dr. Brouillette Receives Health Volunteers Overseas Fellowship Award
The Society for Education in Anesthesia has awarded Dr. Brouillette, second year resident, the Health Volunteers Overseas Fellowship. This will enable Dr. Brouillete to travel to the country of Ghana for a month, to complete his research project in addition to teaching an under-served population. Congratulations Dr. Brouillette!


Dr. Williams Accepted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society
Dr. John Williams has been accepted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society. The Gold Humanism Honor Society recognizes those who set the standard of quality for humanistic patient care, and who can serve as role models as well as mentors and leaders in medicine. Congratulations Dr. Williams!

Resident FM

Dr. Monroe Nominated for the Excellence in Residency Award
Dr. Forrest Monroe is a nominee for the Excellence in Residency Award. This award honors a resident who demonstrates exceptional mentoring, while consistently exhibiting the attributes of altruism, accountability, excellence, service, integrity and respect for others. Congratulations Dr. Monroe!

New Hires

Jordan Schmidt, CRNA

Jordan will be joining us on February 29th. She is from Minnesota, and a recent graduate of the Minneapolis School of Anesthesia. Welcome Jordan!

Shannon Stigall, APRN

Shannon is a Kansas native and recently received her Masters of Science in Nursing. She will be joining our team in the NEICU this March. Welcome Shannon!


Dr. Amy Pichoff Dr. Amy Pichoff featured in the ASA Newsletter

 Emotional Intelligence  

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

 Star procedure




Last modified: Apr 06, 2016
Save the Date

Resident and Fellow Graduation Ceremony
June 17, 2016

Welcome Dinner
July 8, 2016

Patient Comments

"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."

"My Anesthesiologist was amazing. She ended up being the one to get my IV going after 3 nurses were unable to."

"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!"