Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center

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The UCSF Department of Anesthesia at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital (ZSFG) is comprised of specialist clinicians who have a shared passion for the care of the injured patient, combined with a desire to care for the underserved members of our community by working at a premier safety net hospital.

Our Department is involved in the care of patients from all major surgical sub-specialties (excluding cardiac and transplant surgery).

The Division of Trauma Anesthesia is involved in both pre-clinical and clinical research, as well as global health initiatives. We have also developed advanced skills in tailored coagulation management, point of care testing, and massive blood transfusion.

ZSFG admits over 5000 trauma patients a year, many of whom require support and care from the Department of Anesthesia.


For Patients/Family

Injury as the result of trauma can be one of the most challenging times for you and your family. It is our desire to help understand, assess and help in any way we can.

Anesthesiologists, specialist doctors, provide care throughout the entire journey of an injured patient.

  • We are present in the Emergency Department.
  • We provide anesthesia for immediately life threatening injuries, as well as any additional surgeries that may be required throughout recovery.
  • Many of our Anesthesiologists work in the Intensive Care Unit where our most severely injured patients are cared for.
  • We also assist in the management of pain – both as a result of the injury and any subsequent surgeries.

If you or your loved one has been a victim of violent crime, we strongly recommend you contact The Wraparound Project @ UCSF. They provide an amazing resource to help recover from this terrible life event.

If your loved one is a patient of the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) you may find it useful to read some of this information about the types of treatments that our ICU provides (link to ICU page)

Pain following some types of injury or surgery can be best managed through the placement of an Epidural (e.g. broken ribs) – if you would like to find out more about how epidurals work then please follow this link (link to epidural education page)

If you have any questions about the care of yourself or your loved one, please contact your care team or the Patient Advocate


For Providers

Care of the traumatically injured patient is complex and dynamic. It requires significant skill and flexibility in approach to maximize the likelihood of a positive outcome. Where possible these guidelines are based upon current best evidence and reviewed on a regular basis. In the absence of high quality evidence our protocols are based on decades of experience in the care of complex trauma and the unique needs of our patient population. Use of these guidelines does not substitute the need for an experienced clinician

Trauma Education

The Division of Trauma Anesthesia in the UCSF Department of Anesthesia at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital provides all the trauma based education for one of the leading Anesthesia Residencies in the country. In additional to traditional journal club and Grand Round teaching events, the Division hosts an educational dinner five times a year, hands on skills workshops, simulation, and a fellowship program.

Trauma & Acute Care Surgery Anesthesia Fellowship

Trauma & Acute Care Surgery Anesthesia Fellowship

Due to COVID19 there will be no recruitment for the 2021/22 academic year.

Due to COVID19 the Department is reviewing the structure of all fellowship programs. Current immigration restrictions imposed by the State Department will also prevent us from offering positions to those do not have legal working status in the USA at this time. We will be delaying the application process to better understand the needs of our community and applicants. Thank you for your patience and understanding during these unprecedented times.​

Program Director: Benn Lancman MBBS MHumFac FANZCA
Description: The Trauma Anesthesiology Fellowship curriculum provides in-depth training in all anesthesia relevant aspects of trauma and acute care surgery. It is a one-year non-ACGME program intended for physicians that have completed their residency in anesthesiology. The goal is to reach a level of competency and governance in trauma and emergency acute care surgery that enables the graduates to take on a leadership role in the respective field. For more information, please view the fellowship information sheet.

Clinical: Fellows will work as a clinical attending on average 2 days per week, with the additional 3 days per week devoted to the fellowship program much of which will involve clinical care.  Fellows will take on average two nights of call per month. This will provide salary support during the clinical year.

Candidate qualifications: Completion of residency/board eligible in anesthesiology for US applicants, Board certification (foreign equivalence) for international applicants. Eligible for CA medical license, DEA certification. Eligible for Clinical Credentials at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital.

Application: Applications are accepted until May 1st one year prior to the anticipated fellowship start date. Applications must include a CV, a letter of intent, and 3 references or 3 letters of recommendation.  For more information, please contact the program director, Benn Lancman at [email protected]

Trauma Research

The Division of Trauma Anesthesia is actively involved in research to improve the care of the injured patient. We participate in both clinical and non-clinical research, with many of our faculty running laboratories in basic sciences research.


Current Projects

1. Forces applied by direct versus video laryngoscopy with manual in-line cervical spine stabilization - pending IRB approval - Primary Investigator - B Lancman

2. The impact of video laryngoscopy in code bags on time to best practice airway management in non-routine intubating locations - in progress - Primary Investigator B Lancman, K Klinger

3. The routine use of checklists in the OR. Compliance and comparison between paper and electronic formats - data analysis - Primary Investigator J Krombach

Trauma Anesthesiology Society


The Trauma Anesthesiology Society (TAS) is an international society of clinicans who are advancing the care of the critically injured through the application of the art and science of trauma anesthesia.

Many of our senior staff have been instrumental in the success of the organization and continue to be involved today. We highly recommend those who are interested in the care of the trauma patient consider joining the Society and interacting with the leaders in their fields.

The TAS Website contains educational content, latest news, and links to meetings & events. Visit them here.




Preop Clinic

ZSFG Anesthesia Preoperative Clinic

If you are scheduled for surgery, you will have a clinic visit scheduled to address questions about anesthesia and pain control. The goal at the Anesthesia Preoperative Clinic is to provide patients all the information you need to set your mind at ease about the safety of anesthesia and relief of post-surgical pain.

When you visit us, we will obtain a detailed medical history and physical exam as well as review your past and current test results and medications.  You will be informed of the anesthesia care plan personalized to your unique health needs.  We will coordinate indicated tests or consultations if needed prior to your surgery.  We provide written instructions for preparing for surgery and onsite phlebotomy services.

Our clinic team consists of dedicated nurse practitioners, anesthesiologists, nurses and medical assistants.

1001 Potrero Avenue, 4M
San Francisco, CA 94110
Phone: (415) 206-5693
Fax: (415) 206-5811

Hours of Operation:
Monday through Friday, 8am-12pm and 1pm-5pm.
We close in observation of DPH Holidays



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