KU has one of the busiest and most comprehensive cardiology and cardiothoracic surgery practices in the Kansas City metro area. This anesthesia resident training experience provides a greater number and variety of cases for teaching. Six anesthesia staff members with specialty training and/or interest in cardiovascular anesthesia provide supervision for all CV and thoracic cases. New operating rooms with the latest monitoring and anesthesia equipment have been provided and are utilized on a daily basis.
Adult cardiac cases cover the gamut of cardiac surgical care, including coronary artery bypass grafting, both on and off bypass, and transmyocardial laser revascularization. Valvular heart disease and congestive heart failure are also surgically treated here. Major aortic and other vascular operations are performed open, with robots and percutaneously, providing the resident the opportunity to utilize all types of invasive monitoring and learning cardiopulmonary physiology and pharmacology firsthand. The knowledge gained in this rotation can be used in many other areas of anesthetic practice.