Skip to main content

Letter from the Chief Residents

Welcome to the University of Kansas Anesthesiology Residency Program! Thank you for your interest in us, and we look forward to meeting you in person or virtually to showcase our amazing program.

The University of Kansas Hospital is an 850-bed tertiary care academic medical center, a Level 1 trauma center, an NCI-designated cancer center, and the region's only major burn center. We perform over a hundred anesthetics per day across multiple clinical sites. Your training will maximize every aspect of our health system's robust clinical volume in caring for a broad spectrum of patients undergoing an equally diverse array of procedures.

During your formal clinical anesthesiology years (CA-1, 2, and 3), our program offers early exposure to subspecialty rotations including pediatrics, obstetrics, cardiac, critical care, regional, solid organ transplant, and neuroanesthesia all by the conclusion of your CA-1 year. Your latter years in residency will be spent further honing your skills at both our main hospital and our affiliated sites, which include our ambulatory surgery centers, Children's Mercy Hospital, AdventHealth Shawnee Mission, and the Kansas City VA. Our graduates enter fellowship or practice well-prepared to care for patients under any circumstance as perioperative consultants.

Our residents also have the opportunity to participate in other electives, including: international rotations in Ghana and Peru; serving as a Policy Research Scholar with the American Society of Anesthesiologists; clinical or bench research; and participating on national committees with the ASA and the ACGME. We offer a strong didactics curriculum including weekly board review and faculty-led lectures on point-of-care ultrasound and TEE. In addition, we provide strong support for resident scholarly activity, including presentations at national meetings throughout the year.

Last but not least, we want to highlight Kansas City! We have consistently been ranked as one of the best and most livable metropolitan areas in the United States. 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. We boast a tight-knit residency that loves to go out and enjoy all that Kansas City has to offer.

We know that choosing a residency program can be a challenging decision, and we are excited to show you everything KU has to offer! Please feel free to reach out to us at with any questions.

Best Regards,

Tara Notarianni Johnny Wei

Tara Notarianni, MD     Johnny Wei, MD
           2021-22 Chief Residents

Last modified: Jul 16, 2021
Residency Program

Residency Program Director
Gina Hendren, MD

Associate Program Directors
Gregory K. Unruh, MD
Haley Goucher Miranda, MD

Senior Residency Coordinator
Heather Gorman, BS, C-TAGME

Residency Coordinator
Britany McFaul

Resident Quotes

"I selected KU for residency because of the family friendly feel I got from the program and past residents. I feel like KU does an excellent job of attracting residents with similar personalities that work well together."

"The clinical experience I receive at KU will prepare me well for handling any scenario that may occur in my future practice. I was looking for a program with broad but in depth training, and my professional goals will be met with a post-graduate education from KU."

"I enjoy living in Kansas City because there is a lot of good bbq and good people."