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Letter from the Chief Residents

Welcome and thank you for visiting us at the University of Kansas Medical Center Department of Anesthesiology. We feel confident that our residency program will meet and exceed your expectations in your training as physician anesthesiologists. The University of Kansas Medical Center continues to expand rapidly as the city's largest tertiary academic institution with many distinguished surgical specialties.

Despite the continued growth of our health system we have a mid-size residency class, which allows ample opportunity to practice anesthesia with a wide variety of complex pathology while maintaining close relationships with all our co-residents. Our program continues to train well-rounded anesthesiologists who graduate to pursue highly coveted fellowships, as well as private and academic faculty positions.

A few highlights of our residency program include early exposure to anesthetics for cardiothoracic surgical cases and organ transplantation in heart, liver, kidney, and pancreas. Pediatric training includes a rotation at Children's Mercy Hospital, a busy pediatric hospital serving the Midwest region. We also rotate at one of the busiest birthing centers in the metro area. Our experience as residents transcends into the perioperative setting with emphasis on acute and chronic pain management, point-of-care ultrasound, and transesophageal echocardiography.

The department has expanded to include many academically driven, fellowship-trained faculty who are dedicated to teaching and training residents. Academic opportunities are never far away with a dedicated anesthesia research group and faculty performing research, allowing residents to attend national and subspecialty conferences. Our didactic program consists of weekly department-wide conferences, level-specific lectures, resident-led ABA keywords and transesophageal echo conference.

Whether you are wanting to teach, perform research, or be the best general anesthesiologist you can be, you will have every opportunity to become a highly capable specialist. The University of Kansas offers its own anesthesiology fellowships in regional, chronic pain, and critical care.

Our residents receive very competitive benefits, and we have an excellent support staff who keeps the department and the residency organized, compliant, and safe. The department and GME sponsor many social outings prioritizing a healthy balance for residents while in training. Many of us have spouses and children in addition to our "work family."

We hope you have a great experience with us no matter the length of your visit. Thank you for your interest, and we welcome any questions you may have as you further explore our great program.


Sajjan Gayam, MD                                  Shaun Stokes, DO

2019-20 Chief Residents

Last modified: Sep 03, 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."