Welcome to UCSF Anesthesia Research

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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Help us to advance scientific discovery and innovation and to train physicians and scientists pursuing research careers. Select the “Bill Young Research Endowment” when prompted to direct your gift to a specific area.

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Research News

UCSF medical student studying at the UCSF Kanbar Library
July 25, 2022

The Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Care is co-sponsoring a new medical student research fellowship along with the School of Medicine.

Mervyn Maze, MB ChB
July 25, 2022

We are delighted to announce that Professor Mervyn Maze, MB ChB, former chair and beloved current faculty member in the Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Care, has been named the 2022 recipient of the

From left: John Severinghaus in front of the mural on the second floor of the Medical Sciences building at 513 Parnassus, Odmara Barreto Chang, MD, PhD
July 19, 2022

We are pleased to announce that the department has named Odmara Barreto Chang, MD, PhD, as a Severinghaus assistant professor for academic years 2022-2024.

Upcoming Research Events

Type: Education, Research, CME Event
Date: 12/07/22
Time: 7:00am to 8:00am
Type: Research
Date: 12/09/22
Time: 11:30am to 5:00pm
Room: Mission Bay Conference Center Fisher Banquet Room
Speaker: Joseph P. Mathew, MD
Type: Research
Date: 12/13/22
Time: 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Speaker: Andrew Bishara
Type: Research
Date: 01/10/23
Time: 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Speaker: Karen Boretsky