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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

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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!

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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!

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Dr. Holmgren Receives Health Volunteers Overseas Fellowship Award

The Society for Education in Anesthesia has awarded Dr. Cole Holmgren, third year resident, the Health Volunteers Overseas Fellowship. This will enable Dr. Holmgren to travel to the country of Ghana for a month, to complete his research project in addition to teaching an underserved population. Congratulations Dr. Holmgren!

Last modified: Feb 01, 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

Residency Coordinator
Tracy Fogel

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."