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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 with training on par with other top-tier institutions throughout the nation. To meet the needs of the region, the University of Kansas Medical Center continues to expand rapidly, most recently with the opening of an additional hospital tower next to our main building.

Despite the continued growth of our health system we maintain a mid-size residency class, which allows ample opportunity to practice anesthesia with a wide variety of complex pathology. Our small size also affords the opportunity to maintain close relationships with all our classmates. We maintain that our program continues to train anesthesiologists of the highest caliber, with every opportunity to expand into more specialization if desired after residency. For residents wishing to pursue additional training, we offer regional and pain fellowships as well as a strong track record of placing residents in highly coveted fellowships across the country.  

Our clinical base year of training provides exposure to the management of complex medical diseases in several areas including cardiology, nephrology, general inpatient medicine, and critical care. Time is divided between the University of Kansas Medical Center, which has 750+ beds, and the Kansas City Veterans Affairs hospital, a 157-bed regional medical center for the VA.

The CA1 to CA3 years of training at KUMC are busy and well-rounded with an average day consisting of between 80 and 130 anesthetics. The transplant program at KUMC is very strong, averaging more than 100 liver transplants per year. Additionally, we routinely perform kidney and pancreas transplants. In 2017, KUMC started a heart transplant program, which is currently running strong. Two months of our training are spent at Children's Mercy Hospital, a busy pediatric hospital serving the Midwest region. We also spend six weeks gaining valuable private practice experience within one of the busiest birthing centers in the metro area.

Perioperative rotations include both acute and chronic pain management, post-anesthesia care, regional anesthesia, airway, and transesophageal echocardiogram. Because of the continued expansion of the hospital system our department has also grown. We have added many fellowship-trained faculty in recent years who come from prestigious programs throughout the country, thus providing an eclectic learning environment that is second to none. You will also receive critical care exposure while working in the medical ICU as well as the anesthesia-run cardiothoracic and neurosurgical ICUs.

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 in whatever arena you choose. Academic opportunities are never far away with faculty actively performing research within all perioperative subspecialties, critical care, OB, pediatrics and cardiothoracic anesthesia.

Our didactic program consists of weekly department-wide conferences, level-specific lectures, resident-led ABA keywords and transesophageal echo conference.

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; either of us welcome any questions you may have as you further explore our great program.  

Alyssa Green, DO                                                        John Williams, DO

Alyssa Green, DO                                                                John Williams, DO

Chief Residents, 2018-19

Last modified: Sep 28, 2018
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."