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Dear Applicants,

Welcome to the University of Kansas Medical Center’s anesthesiology residency program! Thank you for your interest in our program!

The University of Kansas Hospital is a 900-bed tertiary care academic medical center, a Level 1 trauma center, an NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center and the region’s only complex burn center. We perform nearly three hundred anesthetics per day across several clinical sites. Our clinical training incorporates every component of the hospital’s robust case-mix and allows residents to care for a broad spectrum of diverse patients undergoing an equally diverse array of procedures. 

Our residency training begins with a categorical internship year in the Internal Medicine department, where PGY-1 residents are exposed to various areas of clinical medicine integral to anesthesiology; including cardiology, pulmonology, general medicine wards, critical care, emergency medicine and more, as well as elective weeks in acute pain anesthesia, pediatric anesthesia and ENT/laryngology. The perennial highlight of intern year, “anesthesia bootcamp,” occurs at the end of the academic year where PGY-1 residents are paired up with a senior resident in the OR, the labor and delivery unit and perioperative services. Daily lectures from faculty and senior residents on the fundamentals of anesthesia provide our interns with the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed as a new CA-1 starting in July.

During our clinical anesthesiology years (CA-1, 2, and 3), our program offers early exposure to subspecialty rotations, including pediatrics, obstetrics, cardiac, critical care, regional, transplant and neuroanesthesia, each by the conclusion of our CA-1 year. Our residents identify their subspecialty interests early enough to prepare their applications for fellowship training. Our CA-2 and 3 years are spent further honing skills at the main hospital and our affiliated clinical sites, including our ambulatory surgery centers (Indian Creek and KU Med West), Children’s Mercy Hospital, Advent Health Shawnee Mission (private practice OB), and the Kansas City VA. We offer a robust academic curriculum, including weekly lectures on diagnostic point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS - Mondays), case conferences (Tuesdays), transesophageal echocardiography (TEE - Wednesdays), pertinent board review topics (Keywords - Thursdays) and class-specific lectures (Fridays). Our residents are consistently competitive candidates for jobs and fellowship programs and enter their careers and post-graduate training well-prepared to serve as perioperative consultants.

Our department strongly encourages residents to seek out other academic interests. Elective rotations pursued by previous residents have included: international anesthesia rotations in Ghana and Peru, serving as a Policy Research Scholar with the American Society of Anesthesiologists, participating in funded clinical or bench research and participating on national committees with the ASA and the ACGME. In addition, we provide strong institutional support for resident scholarly activity, including presentations at several national meetings throughout the year and peer-reviewed scientific journal publications. Please head over to the Research section of our website to learn more about our current research opportunities and recent publications.

Last, but not least, we must highlight beautiful Kansas City! Our city has consistently been ranked as one of the best and most livable metropolitan areas in the United States. You will find that the cost of living in Kansas City is incomparable in the U.S. and in the Midwest specifically. Our city offers fantastic fine and casual dining, world-class professional and collegiate athletics and a variety of arts and entertainment options for all ages. With top-notch school systems, we are constantly ranked as one of the top five cities to start and raise a family. We boast a tight-knit residency program that loves to spend time together outside of work and enjoy all that Kansas City has to offer. Please check out the rest of our website to learn more about the fun activities our residents have been enjoying recently. Every month, our residents get together outside of work for a program-sponsored social event.

Choosing the right residency program for you is an important decision, and we are excited to show you the incredible training and community that KU provides! Please feel free to contact us directly at with any questions.

Best Regards,

Mark Wise, DO & Ryan Zwick, MD
Chief Residents, Department of Anesthesiology
University of Kansas School of Medicine

Chief Residents

Mark Wise, D.O.

Hometown: Indianapolis, Indiana
College: Indiana University
Medical school: Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine

I will always be grateful for the opportunity to complete my residency training at KU. The anesthesiology department is truly committed to the well-being and success of its residents. Our clinical training is challenging and comprehensive, preparing us to excel in any fellowship program and any clinical practice setting. We have access to countless mentored research projects and scholarly activities. However, the most rewarding aspect of residency has been the lifelong friendships that I have made with my co-residents and the professional relationships I have shared with our faculty and staff.

I was born and raised in the suburbs of Indianapolis, Indiana. I earned my undergraduate degree in Microbiology from Indiana University, where I discovered my lifelong passion for Hoosier basketball. Then, I earned my medical degree from Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine, where I was lucky to meet my fiancée Sophia. We participated in the couples match together and could not be happier that we matched in Kansas City. She is a graduate from the pediatric residency program at Children’s Mercy Hospital and works there now as a hospitalist.

Outside of work, I relax by going for walks in nearby Loose Park with our chihuahua, Bruno, especially when followed by a stop at Andy’s Frozen Custard - the Blackberry Waffle Jack is my favorite! I have enjoyed exploring the outstanding food and beverage scene in Kansas City, so feel free to ask me about my favorite spots. When I’m not out trying new restaurants, I am cooking new recipes at home with Sophia. I am constantly discovering new music and artists or spinning vinyl records (thanks for the record player, Ben). I am particularly excited about attending live concerts again this year because we have great indoor and outdoor venues in Kansas City. Following residency graduation, I plan to pursue general anesthesia practice.

-Mark Wise, DO

Ryan Zwick, M.D.

Hometown: Wichita, Kansas
College: Kansas State University
Medical school: University of Kansas School of Medicine

I am essentially a Kansan through and through. Most of my early childhood was spent moving around small-town western Kansas, before settling in Wichita, KS. I attended Kansas State University and graduated with a degree in Economics. Then I attended the University of Kansas for medical school (although I bleed purple!).

During my time in medical school, the anesthesia residents always stood out to me. They were knowledgeable, proficient, hardworking, and seemed genuinely happy. These residents and the anesthesia program at KU are a large reason why I pursued a career in anesthesiology.

Another key reason I chose this program was the early exposure to complex intraoperative and perioperative care. This is coupled with great comradery amongst the residents and staff. I feel very fortunate to wake up every morning excited to come into work.

My goal after completing residency is to pursue a chronic pain fellowship. Outside of work, I love spending time with my wife, Cabrini, and two young daughters Ellie and Zuzu. Prior to having children, we appreciated all Kansas City had to offer a newly married couple like great sport teams, breweries, diverse restaurants, and fun events. Now we are loving exploring the family friendly side of Kansas City – great parks, pools, and museums. 

- Ryan Zwick, MD

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