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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

Congratulations to the following award winners, announced at Resident Graduation last week:

Cole Holmgren was the resident recipient of  both the Dean Crist Professionalism award and Deanna Fox Patient Advocacy Award.

Dr. Molly Cason was the faculty recipient of Deanna Fox Advocacy award.

Dr. Peter Hild received the Faculty Teaching award Dr. Daniel Haines received the Resident Research award.

Congratulations to Dr. Karl E. Becker for his appointment as Professor Emeritus in the Department of Anesthesiology beginning July 1, 2018. His years of service to the department and University are appreciated.

Please join us in celebrating our 5-star CRNAs for the 3rd quarter. Here at the University of Kansas Health System, we focus on providing the highest level of service and safe care to our patients. Our 5-start performance is about issues related to service, quality, people, cost, and growth.

Service People Quality Growth
Shrunjal Patel
Sydney Crowell
Katie Boydstun
Kara Manning
David Wright
Jamin Tenbrink
Lauren Welsh
Maegan Gerhardt
Nicole Knutson
Kelsey Horton
Elizabeth Soto
Rick Allen
Tiffany Taylor
Debbie Stennes
Holly O'Brien
Mary Kate Beyer
Alex Doyle
Nanci Aylor

Please join us in recognizing the following faculty members for their commitment to the Medical Center and Health System:

10 Years of Service 15 Years of Service 30 Years of Service

Malik Hamid, MD
Gina Hendren, MD
John Nachtigal, MD
Talal Khan, MD
Jana Goldsich, MD
James Kindscher, MD
Ronald Torline, MD

Click here to read about Dr. Brigid Flynn's most recent publication about preventing unplanned intubations during lung resection surgery in the Journal fo Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia!

India Medical Mission Trip

Josie Bell, CRNA, recently returned from Bhopal, India. Josie was a member of the Medical Missions Foundation group that completed 130 surgeries over the course of 4.5 days. She reports that "The people of Bhopal were the most sincerely humble, grateful, and genuinely kind outward-looking people I have ever had the pleasure of providing care for. As with most missions, you get more than you give and learn more than you teach. Such is the case with this trip. I have already committed to next year."

Ecuador Medical Mission Trip
Nicki Hamilton, CRNA, recently returned from Quito, Ecuador. In Ecuador, Nicki was part of a group from the organization, Long Island Jewish, NorthShore Group and Healing the Childen, that saw OMFS and Plastics (cleft lip, cleft palate, syndactyly repair) patients over the course of one week.

In the Media

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Save the Date

Case Conference
Dr. Mirsad Dupanovic
July 17th, 2018
6:30 - 7:30 am
Wahl Hall West

2018 Anesthesiology Department Summer Event 
July 28th, 2018
6:00 pm 
Kansas City T-Bones Baseball Stadium
1800 Village W Pkwy, Kansas City, KS 66111  RSVP by July 20th

Case Conference
Guest speaker: Dr. Doug Wright
July 31st, 2018
6:30 - 7:30 am
Wahl Hall West

Bohan Distinguished Speaker Series
Dr. Robert Sladen
August 16th, 2018
12:00 - 1:00 pm
Clendening Auditorium - 2004 Robinson

Research News

Congratulations to Dr. John-Paul Pozek and Dr. Martin De Ruyter on their article, Comprehensive Acute Pain Management in the Perioperative Surgical Home, in Anesthesiology Clinics.

Congratulations to Dr. Cheen Alkhatib on her case report in the Journal of Atrial Fibrillation.

Patient Comments

"PACU and Pre-Operation great, especially  Anesthesiologist."

"Anesthesia team was amazing."

"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."