A Message from the Chairman

Welcome to the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Kansas Medical Center.

The dynamic specialty of anesthesiology has witnessed unprecedented growth and change since the administration of ether in 1846. Today the field has evolved into a continuum of perioperative care beginning with the presurgical assessment and education of the patient through intraoperative management to the postoperative phase.

The field of anesthesiology continues to grow with the evolution of multiple subspecialties. The anesthesiologist of the 21st century is called upon not only for the perioperative care of the surgical patient but also provides his or her expertise in the intensive care setting, the management of pain, high-risk obstetrics surgery, pediatric care, organ transplant, cardiothoracic cases and a variety of other challenging clinical settings. Read more:

The Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Kansas Medical Center is committed to training physicians to become outstanding, competent, and compassionate anesthesiologists. The structure of our training program encourages the development of our residents in a supportive environment allowing them to incorporate the skills and knowledge needed to provide the best possible care to their patients. Our extraordinary faculty has great breadth in their variety of interests and depth in their specific areas of focus. We strive to create an engaging and challenging experience with the incorporation of didactic lectures, hands-on experience in a wide range of clinical settings along with cutting-edge simulator based education.

I would encourage you to take some time to fully explore our website. If you require further information please do not hesitate to call us. We are very proud of the program and have a lot to share.

Once again on behalf of the Department of Anesthesiology I welcome you to our website!

Talal W. Khan, MD

News & Announcements

Please join us in welcoming our new Advanced Practice Providers! 

Alicia Chong, CRNA

Amy Dreiling, CRNA

Please join us in welcoming our newest faculty members!

Justin Daniels, MD, received his medical degree from the University of Missouri School of Medicine - Columbia and completed his anesthesiology residency at Loma Linda University Medical Center. He joins our team following the completion of his critical care fellowship at Loma Linda University Medical Center.

Nayema Khan, MD, received her medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. She joins our team following the completion of her anesthesiology residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard Medical School.

Timothy Walsh, MD, received his medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine. He joins us following the completion of his residency at the University of California Los Angeles. 

John-Paul Pozek, MD, received his medical degree from Ponce School of Medicine (Ponce, PR). He completed his internship and residency at Mt. Sinai-St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York, NY. He completed his Regional Anesthesia and Acute Pain Management Fellowship at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA and he has been practicing there since 2015.

Congratulations to Andrea Nicol, MD! Dr. Nicol (center) received the Rising Star Award at the 2017 Women in Medicine and Science Annual Awards Dinner for her accomplishments as a role model, her demonstration of leadership, and for professional excellence early in her career.

Congratulations to Dr. Dawood Sayed and Dr. John Nachtigal, both named Associate Professor, effective 7/1/2017. A promotion well deserved!

Dawood Sayed, MD and Andy Sack, MD represented our department at the International Neuromodulation Society 13th World Congress, May 27 - June 1, 2017 in Edinburgh, Scotland.  

Oral Presenations:

Dawood Sayed, Talal Khan, Ted Braun, Smith Manion, Andrew Sack
Title: "Treatment of Posterior Thoracic Back Pain with Paresthesia-Independent High Frequency Spinal Stimulation at 10kHz (HF-SCS): A Case Series"

Corey Hunter, Dawood Sayed, Tim Davis
Title: "A Physician-Initiated, Multicenter Retrospective Registry on Dorsal Root Ganglion (DRG) Stimulation - An Analysis on the Impact of Lead Location Compared to the Presentation of Pain"

Poster Presentations:

Dawood Sayed, Leonardo Kapural
Title: "Salvaging patients that failed traditional spinal cord stimulation (t-SCS) with high frequency spinal cord stimulation (HF-SCS) at 10kHz: A multicenter case series"

Andrew Sack, Dawood Sayed
Title: "High frequency spinal cord stimulation at 10 kHz for post-herpetic neuralgia"

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KU Anesthesiology was well represented at the International Neuromodulation Society 13th World Congress, May 27 - Jun 1, 2017 in Edinburgh, Scotland with two poster and 2 oral presentations!

Patient Comments

"The anesthesia staff and their residents did a great job controlling pain during and after surgery."

"Very impressed with all the physicians, especially the Anesthesiology residents."

"The anesthesiologist was phenomenal getting the nerve block set. I would choose this hospital again based on him. He was very kind and patient."

"...the anesthesiologists...the entire CT-ICU staff...all were awesome!!"

"...and the anesthesiologist were helpful, comforting and explained the procedures; as well as fielding and answering questions."

"I really appreciated how quickly the anesthesia team was able to place my epidural after I requested it."

"Nurse anesthetist...provided exceptional care. I really appreciate the time she spent with me."

"Anesthesiologists were great. Spent more than adequate time explaining epidural, answering questions; provided epidural laying down due to fainting risk."

"The Anesthesiologist and his nurse were wonderful. Explained everything and how I would feel and were very concerned that I was comfortable during and after c-section delivery."