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

Acute pain management in the PACU
November 10, 2021

We’re thrilled to announce that Drs. Marc Buren and Solmaz Manuel have been selected as the Patricia Sander Research Awardees for 2021 – 2023!

left to right: Catherine Chen, MD, MPH, Elizabeth Whitlock, MD, MS, and others at UCSF Anesthesia and Perioprattive Care Research Day
September 17, 2021

Physician-scientists face unique challenges as they navigate careers that include a substantial time commitment to research, high intensity clinical work, and expectations of roles in mentoring, education, and service.

Matthieu Legrand, MD, PhD
September 09, 2021

We are pleased to announce that the department has named Matthieu Legrand, MD, PhD as the inaugural Director of Clinical Research effective November 1, 2021.

Upcoming Research Events

Type: CCR, Research
Date: 01/25/22
Time: 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Speaker: Peipei Pan, PhD
Type: Research
Date: 02/01/22
Time: 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Speaker: Odmara Barreto Chang, MD
Type: Research
Date: 02/08/22
Time: 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Speaker: Jacqueline Leung, MD, MPH
Type: Research
Date: 03/01/22
Time: 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Speaker: Won Lee, MD
Type: Research
Date: 03/08/22
Time: 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Speaker: Paul Su, MD