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James D. Kindscher, M.D., F.A.S.A

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Professor, Anesthesiology, Pain and Perioperative Medicine

Professional Background

James D. Kindscher, M.D. FASA is a Tenured Professor of Anesthesiology at Kansas University. He has authored numerous journal articles and book chapters. His primary areas of interest are Operating Room Management, liver transplantation, blood transfusion, simulation education and development of new medications in anesthesia. Dr. Kindscher is an educator, teaching medical students, anesthesiology residents, nurse anesthetists and paramedic students for over 35 years. Dr.Kindscher has had significant service to the specialty of anesthesiology, serving on the American Society of Anesthesiologists Board of Directors, as a Senior Examiner for the American Board of Anesthesiology, President of the Kansas Society of Anesthesiologists, President of the Kansas City Society of Anesthesiologists, President of the American Association of Clinical Directors and President of the Academy of Anesthesiology. His committee work for the American Society of Anesthesiologists include the Finance Committee (Chair), Transplant Committee, Problem-based Learning Committee, Communications Committee, Expert Witness Testimony Review Committee and Budget Committee. He served as Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology at Kansas University Health System Hospital, where he quadrupled the size of the department, created the Division of Critical Care Anesthesiology, partnered with the hospital in forming the Comprehensive Spine Center, and grew the anesthesiology residency program. Dr. Kindscher was part of the team that started liver transplantation at KU and served as Director of the Transplantation Center. His compassion for simulation education and financial contributions led to the development of the ZEIL Simulation center at KU.

Education and Training
  • BS, Graceland Col.
  • MD, Univ. of Kansas-Medical Ctr.
  • Residency, Anesthesiology , Kansas University Hospital