Letter from the Chief Residents

Dr. Thomas Cooke

Dr. John Baer

Welcome to the University of Kansas anesthesiology residency program! We hope to give you some insight into what makes the   University of Kansas Hospital (KU Med) a great place to train. KU Med is among a prestigious group of academic hospitals in the United States nationally ranked in 11 medical and surgical specialties by U.S. News and World Report. KU Med is rapidly expanding as we continue to become a regional powerhouse. With this expansion comes great opportunity for our residency program. The acuity and complexity of our patient population provides the perfect environment for exceptional clinical training. We are a close-knit group of residents, fellows, and faculty who are committed to providing the high level of care that our patients deserve.

Many of our residents pursue fellowships in various fields, from cardiothoracic to critical care and beyond. Over the past several years, we have had residents match into highly coveted pain, critical care, pediatric, and cardiothoracic fellowship programs across the country. Fellowship opportunities are also available  at KU Med in both pain and regional anesthesia, with eyes toward the future of expanding to both a pediatric and cardiothoracic fellowship program as well.

The support we receive from our department is unmatched. Benefits include a yearly book allowance to foster the depth of knowledge required for competency as a consultant in anesthesia. Beginning your CA-2 year, the department also pays for you to attend a yearly academic conference of your choice, further allowing individual tailoring of your particular interests in anesthesiology. We have excellent medical, dental, and vision insurance coverage options for both you and your family. Our support staff is second to none and consistently provides the organization necessary to keep our program compliant and devoid of administrative hassles as we focus on the task of becoming safe and effective physicians.

We hope this has given you an idea of what we have to offer at KU Med. We could not be more excited for the future of our department and our specialty. Whether you pursue a career in academic medicine or in the private sector, training at KU will put you on the path to success. Thank you for your interest in KU Med, and we hope to meet you this interview season!


Thomas Cooke, MD
John Baer, DO

Chief Residents 2016-2017

Last modified: Sep 12, 2016
Residency Program

Residency Program Director
Gina Hendren, MD

Associate Program Directors
Gregory K. Unruh, MD
John Bracken, 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."