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Welcome from the Residency Program Director

Thank you for your interest in the University of Kansas Department of Anesthesia residency program. Gina Hendren, MDOur departmental vision is to be one of the premier academic anesthesiology and perioperative medicine programs in the country. We are constantly striving to deliver the highest quality care during all perioperative phases including the OR's, ICU's and the pain clinics. We place the emphasis of resident education on quality, patient safety, performance improvement, professionalism and compassionate care.

We are committed to training the next generation of leaders in the specialty of Anesthesia at KU. Our residency program is dynamic and designed to teach our residents to be life long learners.  The KUMC operating rooms will conduct over 115 cases on most days. The residents benefit from these complex cases but their experience is not limited to OR work alone. Our program has a robust didactic curriculum in aspects of anesthesiology starting in the clinical base year.

The didactics is only one component of learning here at KU. Our residents engage in simulation experiences, cadaver ultrasound workshops, ECHO reading and mock oral exams. We have both written and oral board prep classes in addition to thought provoking journal clubs as well as resident participation in many departmental committees and conferences. Both our faculty and residents have numerous awards both within the institution as well as nationally recognized work within the field of Anesthesia. 

Our biggest strength lies within the residents who are in the program and the faculty encouraging them to excel. There is a family like atmosphere here at KUMC. Our residents are not only excellent physicians in the hospital but good friends outside of work.  A supportive learning environment, vast clinical experience, strong didactics and a patient centered mission are but a few reasons why the residents at KUMC graduate as consults in Anesthesia, not technicians.

Thank you for your interest in our program and I look forward to meeting with you.

Gina Hendren, MD
Program Director


News & Announcements

Please help us congratulate the following CA1 residents and faculty mentors who brought home awards this year:

MARC 2019

MariaElena Williams / Heather Mitzel Levy - 1st place in Airway
Steve Palmieri / Joel Grigsby - 1st place in Critical Care
Brian Kim / Gina Hendren - 2nd place in General
Danny Neuman / Grace Shih - 2nd place in OB

2019 KU RPF Research Forum

Matt Jacobs, DO - 1st place Poster Presentation

2019 Research Award

Outstanding Resident in Research - Hilary Sheridan, MD
Outstanding Faculty in Research - Dawood Sayed, MD

MARC 2019


Dr. Daniel Haines

Dr. Haines Appointed to ASA Committee

Dr. Daniel Haines, CA2, was recently appointed to a two-year term with the ASA committee on cardiothoracic and vascular surgery, a very rare honor for a resident. Congratulations Dr. Haines!


Upcoming Graduates Match with Fellowships

Dr. Alyssa Green



Dr. Alyssa Green, Cardiac Anesthesia, University of Nebraska

Dr. Daniel Jacobs



Dr. Daniel Jacobs, Pain Medicine, Brooke Army Medical Center, San Antonio, TX

Dr. Laura Levine



Dr. Laura Levine, Pediatric Anesthesia, Children's Mercy Hospital, Kansas City, MO

Last modified: May 29, 2019
Residency Program

Residency Program Director
Gina Hendren, MD

Associate Program Directors
Gregory K. Unruh, MD
Haley Goucher Miranda, MD

Assistant Program Director
Cheen Alkhatib, MD

Clinical Educators
Jennifer K. Hansen, MD
Samuel Lobell, MD
Erin Plaza, MD
John-Paul Pozek, MD
Jessica Sweeney, MD

Senior Residency Coordinator
Heather Gorman, BS, C-TAGME

Residency Coordinator
Tracy Fogel, BS

Resident Quotes

"I selected KU for residency because of the family friendly feel I got from the program and past residents. I feel like KU does an excellent job of attracting residents with similar personalities that work well together."

"The clinical experience I receive at KU will prepare me well for handling any scenario that may occur in my future practice. I was looking for a program with broad but in depth training, and my professional goals will be met with a post-graduate education from KU."

"I enjoy living in Kansas City because there is a lot of good bbq and good people."

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