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

52nd Annual Western Anesthesia Resident Conference (WARC)

WARC 2014 Over 400 residents and faculty from the Western United States anesthesia training programs traveled to Los Angeles and presented their work at the WARC. Out of 38 oral presentations and 209 poster presentations, 6 of the 23 UCSF Department of Anesthesia presenters received first-place awards.


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 the last three 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 (NIH-designated Cancer Center), the UCSF Orthopedic Institute, and next year, the brand new Benioff Children's Hospital and Betty Irene Moore Women's Hospital currently under construction 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.

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 Acting Chair


Faculty Recognition

General awards:

Brad Cohn, MD
Exceptional Physician Award

Marisa Morgan, MD
SFGH Julius R. Krevans Award

Claire Brett, MD
Career Achievement Award


Department research grants announced:

Jonathan Pan, MD, PhD
Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research (FAER)

Helene Choquet, PhD
American Heart Association (AHA)

Michael Gropper, MD, PhD
Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

James Marks, MD
National Institutes of Health (NIH)


The Department is pleased to announce the appointments of:

Kerry Apostolo, MD
Health Sciences Clinical Instructor (July 2014)

Jeanie Bhuller, MD
Health Sciences Assistant Clinical Professor (June 2014)

Tony Chang, MD
Health Sciences Clinical Instructor (August 2014)

Anne Donovan, MD
Health Sciences Assistant Professor (August 2014)

Jeffrey Ghassemi, MD
Health Sciences Assistant Clinical Professor (July 2014)

Melissa Haehn, MD
Health Sciences Clinical Instructor and Non-ACGME Quality Improvement Fellow (August 2014)

Jouko Jalonen, MD, PhD
Visiting Professor (August 2014)

Kate Kronish, MD
Health Sciences Clinical Instructor (August 2014)

Laura Lang, MD
Part-time Health Sciences Clinical Instructor (July 2014)

Chee Tiek Lee, MBBS
Health Sciences Assistant Professor (August 2014)

Vincent Lew, MD
Health Sciences Assistant Clinical Professor (July 2014)

Angela Lipshutz, MD
Health Sciences Assistant Professor In Residence (September 2014)

Stephen Long, MD
Per Diem Health Sciences Assistant Clinical Professor (July 2014)

Erin McKay, MD
Health Sciences Assistant Professor (July 2014)

Krishna Parekh, MD
Health Sciences Assistant Clinical Professor (August 2014)

Jonathan Pan, MD, PhD
Health Sciences Assistant Professor (August 2014)

Nichlesh Patel, MD
Health Sciences Assistant Clinical Professor (August 2014)

Gabriel Sarah, MD
Health Sciences Assistant Clinical Professor (August 2014)

Andrew Schober, MD
Health Sciences Assistant Professor (November 2014)

Scott Schulman, MD, MHS
Professor of Clinical X (August 2014)

Thorsten Smul, MD
Visiting Professor (August 2014)

Stephen Weston, MD
Non-ACGME Liver Transplant Fellow (July 2014)

Edward Yap, MD
Health Sciences Clinical Instructor and Non-ACGME Regional Anesthesia Fellow (July 2014)

Wei Zhou, MD, PhD
Health Sciences Clinical Instructor and T32 Postdoctoral Trainee under the Department's Pathway to Scientific Independence (PSI) Program (July 2014)