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 vascular disease, cognitive outcomes, hypoxia and ischemia, pain, cerebrovascular malformations and stroke, lung injury, sepsis, antibody engineering, and anesthetic mechanisms.

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

Research News

Dr. Odmara Barreto Chang
May 21, 2020

Odmara Barreto Chang is an Assistant Professor in Residence in the Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Care at UCSF.

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May 20, 2020

May 2020 - We’re pleased to announce that the Arun Prakash Lab has been awarded a REAC grant from the UCSF School of Medicine, to investig

UCSF White Coat and Stethoscope
February 20, 2020

Through the analysis of the Health and Retirement Study (HRS), a large, multi-year study of older adults in the US (funded by the National Institutes on Aging of the National Institutes of Health), Assistant Professor in Residence El

Upcoming Research Events

Type: Research
Audience: All Department
Date: 11/13/20
Time: 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Room: Virtual
Type: Education, Patient Care, Research, CME Event
Audience: Faculty, Fellow, CA-4 Resident, CA-3 Resident, CA-2 Resident, CA-1 Resident, Intern, Respiratory Care Practitioner, Nurse Practitioner, CRNA
Date: 01/06/21
Time: 7:00am to 8:00am
Room: Zoom Only - Link TBA
Speaker: Moderator: Lundy Campbell, MD
Type: Education, Patient Care, Research, CME Event
Audience: Faculty, Fellow, CA-4 Resident, CA-3 Resident, CA-2 Resident, CA-1 Resident, Intern, Respiratory Care Practitioner, Nurse Practitioner, CRNA, Non-Faculty Academic
Date: 01/13/21
Time: 7:00am to 8:00am
Room: Zoom Only - Link TBA
Speaker: Moderator: Jeremy Lieberman, MD
Type: Education, Patient Care, Research, CME Event
Audience: Faculty, Fellow, CA-4 Resident, CA-3 Resident, CA-2 Resident, CA-1 Resident, Intern, Respiratory Care Practitioner, Nurse Practitioner, CRNA, Non-Faculty Academic
Date: 02/03/21
Time: 7:00am to 8:00am
Room: Zoom Only - Link TBA
Speaker: Moderator: Michael Bokoch, MD, PhD