Welcome to UCSF Anesthesia Research

The Research Domain of the UCSF Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Care pursues two basic missions: (1) to advance scientific discovery and innovation in clinically-relevant areas related to anesthesia, perioperative medicine, pain management and critical care medicine, and (2) to train and develop physicians and scientists pursuing careers that involve basic, translational, and/or clinical research on topics related to these broad areas.

I look forward to the opportunity to build on the Department’s rich and extensive history of success as a worldwide leader in cutting edge research.

Michael A. Gropper, MD, PhD
Professor and Acting Chair

The specialty of anesthesia has never been more complex as anesthesiologists stretch their critical role in the treatment of serious health issues for diverse patient populations. Our department has long been a national leader in driving the research that ultimately improves the quality of patient care, consistently ranking at or near number one in NIH funding dollars received among Departments of Anesthesia for the last decade.

Our research program is sustained by the strength of our faculty, which features some of the most internationally-respected names in anesthesia research, and who make it their mission to encourage the development of new faculty into independent investigators positioned to succeed in basic, clinical, and translational research. Major research programs in our department focus on antibody engineering, vascular disease, cerebrovascular malformations and stroke, cognitive outcomes, lung injury, sepsis, anesthetic mechanisms, hypoxia and ischemia, and pain.

We invite you to explore the unique and dynamic research and training opportunities we offer, and welcome further inquiries about them.

Judith Hellman, MD
Professor and Vice Chair for Research
Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Care
Division of Critical Care Medicine
Faculty, Biomedical Sciences and Immunology Programs


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