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Welcome from the Program Director

Department Chair PhotoWelcome from the Program Director

Thank you for your interest in the University of Kansas Department of Anesthesia residency program.  Our departmental vision is to be one of the premier academic anesthesiology and perioperative medicine programs in the country. We are constantly striving to deliver the highest quality care during all perioperative phases including the OR's, ICU's and the pain clinics. We place the emphasis of resident education on quality, patient safety, performance improvement, professionalism, wellness, leadership and compassionate care.

The KUMC operating rooms will conduct over 115 cases on most days. The residents benefit from these complex cases including solid organ transplant including kidney, liver and heart transplants. On the main campus our residents and faculty care for high acuity patients on OB, in the neuro and vascular operating rooms as well as managing patients with ECMO and LVAD both perioperatively and in the ICU’s. 

We are committed to training the next generation of leaders in the specialty of Anesthesia at KU.  Through structured didactics, simulation, clinical experience and research our residency program is dynamic and designed to teach our residents to be lifelong learners. Our residents engage in simulation experiences, cadaver ultrasound workshops, ECHO, POCUS and mock oral exams.  We have both written and oral board prep classes in addition to thought provoking journal clubs. Residents participate in many departmental committees and conferences including a monthly QI conference and a new resident run wellness conference. Both our faculty and residents have numerous awards both within the institution as well as nationally recognized work within the field of Anesthesia. 

Our biggest strength lies within the residents who are in the program and the faculty encouraging them to excel. There is a family like atmosphere here at KUMC. Our residents are not only excellent physicians in the hospital but good friends outside of work.  A supportive learning environment, vast clinical experience, strong didactics and a patient centered mission are but a few reasons why the residents at KUMC graduate as consults in Anesthesia, not technicians.

Thank you for your interest in our program and I look forward to meeting with you.

Gina Hendren, MD
Program Director

Associate Program Directors

Jared Staab portrait
Associate Professor, Anesthesiology, Pain and Perioperative Medicine

Gregory Unruh portrait
Professor, Anesthesiology, Pain and Perioperative Medicine

Anesthesia Education Administrative Team

Heather Gorman
Education Programs Manager


Britany McFaul
Residency Coordinator


Seth Tracy
Fellowship Coordinator


KU School of Medicine

University of Kansas Medical Center
Department of Anesthesiology
3901 Rainbow Boulevard
Mailstop 1034
Kansas City, KS 66160