Tony Kovac, MD.

Kasumi Arakawa Professor of Anesthesiology

Department of Anesthesiology
University of Kansas Medical Center
3901 Rainbow Boulevard
Mail stop 1034
Kansas City, Kansas 66160

Phone: (913) 588-6670
Fax: (913) 588-3365
E-mail: akovac@kumc.edu

Education

  • 1970-1974: B.A. Chemistry, St. Louis University, St. Louis, MO
  • 1974-1977: M.D. University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, KS
  • 1977-1978: Externship (Family Practice), Gardner Community Hospital, Gardner, KS
  • 1978-1979: Internship Rotating), Mercy Medical Center, Denver, CO
  • 1979-1981: Anesthesiology Residency, Univ. of Kansas Medical. Center, Kansas City, KS

Licensure and Certification

  • Kansas Medical License #04-18409; Missouri Medical License #R2B38
  • Diplomat of the American Board of Anesthesiology 9-30-83 (#11120)
  • American Board of Anesthesiology Recertification 8-15-09 (#11120)

Employment

Dept. of Anesthesiology, University of Kansas Med. Ctr., Kansas City, KS (1981-present)

Honors and Awards

  • Alpha Sigma Nu, 1973, St. Louis University
  • Summa cum Laude, 1974, St. Louis University
  • Chief Resident in Anesthesiology, 1981, University of Kansas Medical Center.
  • AMA Physician Recognition Award: 1987, 1990, 1994, 1997, 2000, 2004
  • Awarded the Kasumi Arakawa Professorship in Anesthesiology, January 1, 2003
  • 2008 Wood Library & Museum Rod Calverley Fellow in History of Anesthesiology, American Society of Anesthesiology, Park Ridge, IL
  • 2010 Eugene Pearce Fellowship in the History of Medicine, Clendening Library and Museum, University Of Kansas Med Ctr., Kansas City, KS

Research Experience

Participation in over 50 sponsored research studies over the past 25 years.

Abstracts, Oral and Poster Presentations
Kovac A. The World War One Military Service of Arthur Guedel. Anesthesiology 2016.
Kovac A. The World War One Military Service of Paul M. Wood.  Anesthesiology 2015; A2249.
Aponte-Feliciano A and Kovac A. Horace Wells Was His Hero. Anesthesiology 2014; A3123.
Kovac A and Bause G. Orval Cunningham: the man, his tank in Kansas City and Cleveland. Anesthesiology 2013; A4099
Kovac A. Gas Injuries at Base Hospital #28 from Kansas City in World War I. Anesthesiology 2013; A4097.
Kovac A and McInnis D. Horace Wells Death Mask: From Connecticut to Kansas. Anesthesiology 2013; A4098.
Ramirez G and Kovac A. Walter Sutton: Physician, Scientist, Inventor. Anesthesiology 2012; A1316.
Kovac A.  Concurrent contributing discoveries and innovations in the development of trauma anesthesia and resuscitation. Anesthesiology 2011: A928.
Kovac A. Horst Otto Stoeckel: clinician, researcher, Administrator, museum collector. Anesthesiology 2011: A929.
Kovac A. Hulston N. Count back from 100: A century of anesthesia at the University of Kansas. Anesthesiology 2011: A933.
Kovac A, Shephard D. Comparison of American anesthesia gas machines used in World War I. Anesthesiology 2010; A557.
Kovac A, Stoeckel H, Strauch R. Comparison of United States (US) vs. German anesthesia during World War I. Anesthesiology 2010; A561.
Kovac A. Anesthesia under canvas: John Shellito MD and the 77th evacuation hospital during World War 2. Anesthesiology 2009; A1355.
Kovac A. The influence of World War I on the development of American anesthesia in the 20th century. Anesthesiology 2009; A1364.
Kovac A.  Anesthesia apparatus and techniques of base hospital #28 from Kansas City during World War I.  Anesthesiology 2009; A1358.
Kovac A.  Treatment of shock during World War One. Anesthesiology 2008; A1365.
Kovac A. Choice of anesthetic technique for surgery at the front during World War I. Anesthesiology 2007; A404
Kovac A. Antiemetic and analgesic use during the Lewis and Clark Expedition 1804-1806. Anesthesiology 2004; 101: A1305.

Manuscript Publications and Submissions
Kovac AL. Horst Otto Stoeckel.  History of Anaesthesia VIII. Proceedings of the 8th International
Symposium of the History of Anaesthesia, Australian Society of Anesthesiologists 2016, pp.760-766.

Kovac AL and Baue GS. Orval Cunningham: The man, his machine and his tank in Kansas City and
Cleveland. History of Anaesthesia VIII. Proceedings of the 8th International Symposium of the History of

Anaesthesia, Australian Society of Anesthesiologists 2016, pp. 401-406.
Kovac AL. Gas-related injuries at Base Hospital #28 during World War I.  History of Anaesthesia VIII.

Proceedings of the 8th International Symposium of the History of Anaesthesia, Australian Society of
Anesthesiologists 2016, pp. 339-245.

Ramirez GJ, Hulston NJ, Kovac AL. Walter Sutton: Physician, Scientist, Inventor. Journal of Anesthesia History 2014; 1 (1): 25-29.

Kovac A, Hulston N, Holmes G, Holmes F. Scottish American Leadership of World War One Base Hospital #28 from  Kansas City.  Proceedings of the History of Anaesthesia Society  2013.

Kovac AL.  The Influence of World War One on the Development of American Anesthesia. History of Anaesthesia VII. Proceedings of the 7th International Symposium of the History of Anaesthesia, Crete University Press, Herakleion, 2012, pp. 217-234.

Kovac AL. Anesthesia Aspects of Base Hospital No. 28: From Kansas City and the University of Kansas in World War One.  History of Anaesthesia VII. Proceedings of the 7th International Symposium of the History of Anaesthesia, Crete University Press, Herakleion, 2012, pp. 235-249.

Kovac A, Hulston N, Holmes G, Holmes F. A brave and gallant company.  A Kansas City hospital in France in the First World War. Kansas History 2009;32: 168-185.

History Interests

I have served as a member (2009-2011) and was chair (2011 to 2012) of the Travel Awards Committee of the American Association for the History of Medicine.

I am Secretary (2013 to 2016) of the Anesthesia History Association (www.ahahq.org) and was Course Director for the 18th Annual Spring Meeting of the Anesthesia History Association held in Kansas City, MO, May 3 to 5, 2012. This meeting was jointly sponsored by the Anesthesia History Association and the KUMC Department of Anesthesiology. Activities for participants included the help of Dawn McInnis and Nancy Hulston who arranged a visit to the Clendening History of Medicine Library and Museum as well as a welcome dinner on Thursday, May 3, 2012.

I enjoy reading, studying and researching World War One history, especially as regards the anesthesia and surgical aspects. I have collaborated with other members of the KUMC History of Medicine (Nancy Hulston, Drs Fred and Grace Holmes) in researching the role of World War One Base Hospital #28 from Kansas City and the University of Kansas. Along with Fred and Grace Holmes, I helped develop the "Medicine in the First World War" web site (www.kumc.edu/wwi).  I helped Jason Gregory, a 3rd year medical student, work on a project entitled "Pathology and Treatment of Gas Injuries during World War One." which he presented at the Western Front Association annual meeting held at Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio in February 2012.

I am interested in studying the history of anesthesia as the specialty developed at the end of the 19th and the first part of the 20th century with the influence of World War One and particularly the early anesthesia pioneers such as Drs. Frederick Hewitt, James Gwathmey, Paluel Flagg, Ralph Waters and Arthur Guedel. I am researching the history of the KUMC Department of Anesthesiology.

On a monthly basis, Dawn McInnis and I give an introduction to the Clendening Library' s anesthesia collection and sampling of rare books for the medical students rotating on Anesthesiology. With the help of Dawn McInnis and Alex Welborn, anesthesia history items are displayed in a special case located in the Anesthesiology Department on 2nd Floor Sudler.

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