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Anthony L. Kovac Jr, M.D.

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Professor, Anesthesiology, Pain and Perioperative Medicine

Professional Background

Anthony L. Kovac, MD is a Professor in the Departments of Anesthesiology and Nurse Anesthesia Education and an Affiliate Professor in the Department of History and Philosophy of Medicine at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas, USA.

He earned his MD degree from the University of Kansas Medical Center and completed an externship in family practice at Gardner Community Hospital in Gardner, Kansas. Dr. Kovac interned at Mercy Medical Center, Denver, Colorado, before returning to the University of Kansas Medical Center for his anesthesiology residency training. He has been on staff at the University of Kansas Medical Center since 1981.

His professional affiliations include membership in the American Society of Anesthesiologists, Kansas Society of Anesthesiologists, American Medical Association, American Burn Association and the Anesthesia History Association. Dr. Kovac has served as an editorial reviewer for the Journal of Clinical Anesthesia, Journal of Pharmacy and Therapeutics, Drugs, Anesthesia and Analgesia, Journal of Pediatrics, Burns and Trauma, Indian Journal of Anaesthesiology, Saudi Arabian Journal of Anesthesiology, Archives of Medicine and Surgery, BMC Anesthesiology and the Journal of Anesthesia History.

Education and Training
  • BA, Medicine, St. Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri
  • MD, Doctor of Medicine, University of Kansas Medical Center
  • Internship, Medicine, Mercy Medical Center, Denver, Colorado
  • Residency, Anesthesiology, Kansas University Medical Center, Kansas City, Kansas
Professional Affiliations
  • Anesthesia History Association, Anesthesia History Association, Council member, 2019 - 2021
  • Society for Simulation in Healthcare, Member, 2015 - 2018
  • American Burn Association, Member, 2014 - Present
  • Anesthesia History Association, Anesthesia History Association, Secretary, 2014 - 2019
  • American Association for the History of Medicine, Member, 2007 - 2012
  • Anesthesia History Association, Member, 2007 - Present
  • European Society of Anaesthesiology, Affiliate Member, 1985 - 2010



He has been the principal investigator or subinvestigator for more than 50 clinical trials. Dr. Kovac has published 107 articles (86 peer-reviewed, 15 non-peer reviewed, 6 book chapters) and 105 abstracts that have been presented at national and international meetings. He has contributed chapters to the textbooks Antiemetic Therapy (ed, J. Donnerer, Karger, 2003) and Postoperative Nausea and Vomiting: A Practical Guide (ed. TJ Gan and AS Habib, Cambridge University Press 2016).

Dr. Kovac has been secretary and now is a council member of the Anesthesia History Association.

In 2003, Dr. Kovac was awarded the Kasumi Arakawa Professorship Award in Anesthesiology.

In 2008, Dr. Kovac received the Wood Library and Museum Rod Calverly Fellowship in the History of Anesthesiology, American Society of Anesthesiology, Park Ridge, IL.

In 2010, Dr. Kovac received the Eugene Pearce Fellowship in the History of Medicine, Clendening Library and Museum, KU Medical Center, Kansas City, KS.

In 2016, Dr. Kovac initiated the “Kovac International Observership Award” to sponsor the international bidirectional exchange of education, research and culture by anesthesiology residents, nurse anesthesia students and medical students observing medical systems and practice in Peru and Ghana.

In February 2020, Dr Kovac was chosen to be a member of the Fulbright Specialist Roster for a three-year term. The Fulbright Specialist Program was established in 2001 by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Dr. Kovac is eligible to be matched with approved projects from over 150 countries and other areas.