Welcome to UCSF Anesthesia Research

T32 Research Fellowship Opportunity: We are accepting applications for a 2024 NIH T32 funded research fellowship to prepare anesthesiologists and related specialists for academic research careers. Learn more.


The specialty of anesthesia has never been more complex as anesthesiologists stretch their critical role in the treatment of serious perioperative 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. In fact, we are among the top departments for NIH research funding in anesthesia in the United States. The Research Domain of the Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Care pursues two basic missions:

To advance scientific discovery and innovation in clinically-relevant areas related to anesthesia, perioperative medicine, pain management, and critical care medicine: Our research program is driven by the strength of our faculty, which features some of the most internationally-respected names in anesthesia research. Major research programs in our department focus on anesthetic mechanisms, cognitive outcomes, hypoxia and ischemia, pain, vascular disease, cerebrovascular malformations and stroke, lung injury, sepsis, antibody engineering, data science and bioinformatics, and health equity.

To train and develop physicians and scientists pursuing careers that involve basic, translational, and/or clinical research on topics related to these broad areas: Creation of new knowledge is vital to the future of biomedicine, and our specialty in particular. The department is committed to helping residents, fellows, and junior faculty succeed in identifying and pursuing important research questions. This commitment to scholarship in research runs deep, both historically and in the present, supported wholeheartedly by our Chair, Dr. Gropper, and the entire faculty.

Judith Hellman, MD
Professor and Vice Chair for Research

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Research News

Woman working in an Anesthesia lab
March 28, 2024

Our department is strongly committed to supporting basic, translational, and clinically oriented research in a variety of topics related to anesthesia and perioperative care.

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February 07, 2024

Our T32 offers rigorous training in research fundamentals and techniques in areas of concern to anesthesiologists & the practice of medicine in a supportive and inclusive learning environment where trainee well-being is prioritized. 

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January 05, 2024

Our faculty, researchers and trainees work passionately to advance knowledge, in pursuit of scientific breakthroughs that benefit life and health worldwide. We're pleased to present a selection of recent department publications, spanning a wide range of topics.

UCSF Gladstone Building
November 28, 2023

The gene-editing technology CRISPR shows early promise as a therapeutic strategy for the aggressive and difficult-to-treat brain cancer known as primary glioblastoma, according to findings of a new study from Gladstone Institutes.