UCSF Residency Tracks

Innovative Residency
Our department is now offering two innovative residency tracks, one focused on Critical Care Medicine and another focused on Research.

UCSF Resident Life

UCSF Resident LifeRead stories about UCSF residents; their reasons for Anesthesia in general, and UCSF in particular.

UCSF Anesthesia News

Osher Mini Med School for the Public Announces "Pain: New Insights and New (and Old) Treatments"

Osher Mini Med School "Chronic pain affects about 100 million American adults—more than the total affected by heart disease, cancer, and diabetes combined. Despite its prevalence, massive financial burden, and widespread association with disability, the effective management of pain remains a modern day challenge. This six-part series will help address the multifaceted aspects of pain management by embracing a historical perspective of analgesic discovery and presenting the scientific basis of pain therapies including: psychological, pharmacologic, neck & back, integrative medicine, and new technologic approaches."

Course Chair:
Mark Schumacher, PhD, MD
Professor and Chief,
Division of Pain Medicine,
Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Care

February 11 - March 17, 2016
UCSF Mission Bay Campus

Click here to register
Download brochure

Matt Aldrich & Jackie Leung Featured in UCSF Science of Caring Article

Leung/Aldrich "UCSF anesthesiologist Jacqueline Leung, who heads the Perioperative Medicine Research Group, has found that in patients over age 65, postoperative delirium can occur anywhere between 10 percent and 60 percent of the time, depending on risk factors..."

"'Approximately one-third of patients under the age of 50 will have cognitive dysfunction at one year similar to moderate traumatic brain injury,' says critical care specialist J. Matthew Aldrich..."

Read full article

2016 SOAP Sol Shnider, M.D. Obstetric Anesthesia Meeting

Kathiriya "This meeting was originally organized by Drs. Hughes and Rosen to honor Dr. Sol Shnider and his important contributions to obstetric anesthesia. The tradition continues with the provision of clinical updates in obstetric anesthesia by the leaders in the specialty. I want to welcome you to the meeting and thank you for your interest. The planning committee and I promise to provide you a superb learning opportunity."

Robert Gaiser, M.D.
SOAP Immediate Past President

March 10-13, 2016
Grand Hyatt Hotel on Union Square
San Francisco

More information on the SOAP site

Irfan Kathiriya Awarded 2016 SPA Young Investigator Research Grant

Kathiriya "The Society for Pediatric Anesthesia is pleased to announce the recipients of the inaugural Young Investigator Research Grants"

Irfan Kathiriya, MD, PhD
University of California, San Francisco
Mechanisms for Ventricular Septation
Mentor: Benoit G. Bruneau, PhD

Nicholas M Dalesio, MD
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Effects of Obesity, OSA, Leptin, and Inflammatory Cytokines on Morphine Pharmacokinetics in Children
Mentor: Robert H Brown, MD, MPH

Rajeev Subramanyam, MD, MS
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
Development and validation of a prediction tool for adverse postanesthetic outcomes in pediatric tonsillectomy
Mentor: Anna M Varughese, MD, MPH...

"These grants for the year 2016 will be funded by the SPA Patient Safety, Education and Research Fund (PSERF). The investigators will present their work at the SPA-AAP Pediatric Anesthesiology 2017 meeting in Austin, TX."

Read More on the SPA Site

Creating The Ronald D. Miller Distinguished Professorship of Anesthesia and Perioperative Care

"For more than half a century, the UCSF Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Care has been making groundbreaking clinical discoveries and training generations of leaders in both academic anesthesia (24 chairpersons to date) and private practice. Much of our department’s success has grown from the vision of our first three chairs: Stuart C. Cullen, William K. Hamilton and Ronald D. Miller..." Read more

To make a gift online, you may visit https://makeagift.ucsf.edu/ronaldmiller.

If you would like to make a gift via check, please make it payable to the UCSF Foundation and note Ron Miller Professorship in the memo line. Please send to:

Olivia Herbert
UCSF Foundation
P.O. Box 45339
San Francisco, CA 94145-0339

Please contact Olivia Herbert with any questions. Olivia may be reached at Olivia.Herbert@ucsf.edu or (415) 476-9878.

Anesthesiology Interest Group Wins Student Chapter Award

The Anesthesiology Interest Group of UCSF has been selected by the Medical Student Component (MSC) of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) as winner of the 2014-2015 Outstanding AIG Student Chapter Award!

Please join us in congratulating Jeff Sall, Marie Lim, and medical students Eric Foo, Josephine Vance, Kiran Sembhi, and Kristen MacKenzie for their leadership and hard work in creating an award winning Anesthesia Interest Group, that exemplifies the mission of the ASA MSC to encourage medical student participation in anesthesiology, provide resources for medical students pursuing careers in anesthesiology and providing leadership, research and education in the field of anesthesiology within UCSF.

Judith Hellman Wins Anesthesia Award to Study Sepsis

Judith Hellman, MD, has won the 2015 Frontiers in Anesthesia Research Award to explore novel ways of understanding and combating sepsis. The award, given by the International Anesthesia Research Society once every three years, comes with $750,000 in funding.

Read UCSF Article

Anesthesia Faculty First Authors of Two NEJM Articles

Niemann CU, Feiner J, Swain S, Bunting S, Friedman M, Crutchfield M, Broglio K, Hirose R, Roberts JP, Malinoski D. Therapeutic Hypothermia in Deceased Organ Donors and Kidney-Graft Function. N Engl J Med. 2015 Jul 30;373(5):405-14.

Chen CL, Gelb AW, Dudley RA. Preoperative Testing in Patients Undergoing Cataract Surgery. N Engl J Med. 2015 Jul 16;373(3):285-6.

Pioneers of Anesthesia Lecture

Severinghaus Inventor of modern blood gas analysis, inventor of the carbon dioxide electrode, and author of over 200 peer reviewed publications in areas of gas exchange/transport, John W. Severinghaus presents "High Altitude Physiology" available to view or download in 12 segments.

View/Download Lecture Segments

Welcome to UCSF Anesthesia

UCSF Anesthesia Chairman Michael GropperThe Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Care at UCSF was established in 1958 by Stuart Cullen MD. Since then, it has risen to become one of the preeminent Departments in the world. We are enormously proud of our tradition of outstanding patient care, research, and education. UCSF has a storied history of innovation in anesthesia, critical care, and pain medicine. For ten of the last eleven years, the Department has been ranked #1 nationally in NIH-funded research. Important discoveries by the Department include the first use of CPAP in premature infants, key contributions to the pharmacology of muscle relaxants and inhaled anesthetics, first demonstration of intraoperative transesophageal echocardiography, and many others. We have robust research programs, spanning the range from ion channel structure and function, to clinical and translational research.

Our trainees have become leaders across the country. We are particularly proud of our residency program, which provides unequalled diversity of experience in a major university medical center (Moffitt-Long Hospital), the San Francisco Veterans Hospital, San Francisco General Hospital (Trauma), Mount Zion Hospital, the UCSF Orthopedic Institute, and the brand new Benioff Children's, Betty Irene Moore Women's and Bakar Cancer (NIH-designated Cancer Center) Hospitals in the Mission Bay neighborhood. We offer ACGME fellowships in Critical Care Medicine, Pain Management, Cardiac Anesthesia, Obstetric Anesthesia, Pediatric Anesthesia, and many additional non-ACGME fellowships. The faculty is dedicated to teaching, nurturing, and mentoring the next generation of leaders.

We provide a bi-annual update about our department's activities in our Anesthesia News publication.

Finally, we are fortunate to be located in San Francisco, in the middle of the most beautiful, diverse, and innovative part of America. We invite you to learn more about the Department.

Michael Gropper, MD, PhD
Professor and Chair

Faculty Recognition

Department research grants announced:

Jacqueline Leung, MD, MPH
NIH/NIA, R21 AG048456, "The Effects of Light vs Deep Anesthesia on Postoperative Cognitive Outcomes"

Judith Hellman, MD
International Anesthesia Research Society, 2015 Frontiers in Anesthesia Research Award, "Endothelial Inflammatory Pathway in Septic Vasculopathy and Organ Injury"

Bin Liu, PhD
Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF), "Translational Development of Novel Antibody-drug Conjugates Against Myeloma"

James Ramsay, MD
Tenax Therapeutics, Inc., Clinical Trial – "A Double-Blind, Randomized, Placebo-Controlled Study of Levosimendan in Patients with Patients with Left Ventricular Systolic Dysfunction Undergoing Cardiac Surgery Requiring Cardiopulmonary Bypass"

Michael Gropper, MD, PhD
Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation grant, "UCSF Task Force Grant"

Jennifer Lucero, MD
UCSF Resource Allocation Program, "Intravenous Nitroglycerin for Prevention of Hysterotomy extension During Cesarean Delivery in the Second Stage of Labor"

Edward Yap, MD
Mount Zion Health Fund grant, "Enhanced Recovery Program for Total Mastectomy Patients"

Lee-lynn Chen, MD
UCSF Center for Healthcare Value, Caring Wisely "Perioperative Surgical Homes"

Wan Zhu, PhD (Mentor: Hua Su, MD)
Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telanglectasia (HHT) Foundation, "An Innovative Gene Therapy by Selective and Regulative Neutralizing VEGF in HHT Associated Brain Arteriovenous Malformation"

Romain Pirracchio, MD, PhD
University of California, Berkeley Subaward, "Semiparametric Casual Inference Methods for Adaptive Statistical Learning in Trauma Patient-Centered Outcomes Research"

Nicole Jackman, MD, PhD
UC President's Sustainability Fellowship, "Efficient Use of Fresh Gas Flow with Inhaled Anesthetics Can Decrease Costs and Impact Medical Greenhouse Gas Emissions at UCSF"

Richard Fidler, CRNA, MSN
UCSF Catalyst Program, "SuperAlarm"

General awards:

Philip E. Bickler, MD, PhD
Elected Member, California Academy of Sciences

Matthew Haight, DO
UCSF School of Medicine Faculty Council Member

The Department is pleased to announce the appointments of:

Vanessa Henke, MD
Health Sciences Assistant Clinical Professor (June 2015)

Robyn Hilles, MD
Health Sciences Clinical Instructor (July 2015)

Lindsey Huddleston, MD
Health Sciences Assistant Clinical Professor (July 2015)

John Markley, MD, PhD
Health Sciences Assistant Clinical Professor (July 2015)

Bradley Randel, MD
Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor (July 2015)

Devon Smith, MD
Health Sciences Assistant Clinical Professor (July 2015)

Jessica Tashjian, MD
Health Sciences Assistant Clinical Professor (July 2015)