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

Anesthesia News

John Elliott, caregiver, runs through cognitive test with Joel Kramer, PsyD at UCSF Mission Bay. Photo by Steve Babuljak
March 20, 2019

Postoperative delirium is a serious and debilitating condition affecting millions of older adults in the US every year, yet it is poorly understood.

Photo of a liver transplant surgery at UCSF
February 19, 2019

According to an April 2017 Best Practice and Research Clinical Gastroenterology article by de Haan et al, “Acute kidney injury (AKI) is a common postoperative complication after liver transplantation (LT)” that is

Dr. James Marks pictured on Dr. Greg Winter's slide in his 2018 Nobel Prize in Chemistry Lecture
January 24, 2019

Professor of Anesthesia and Perioperative Care and Chief of Performance Excellence at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, Dr. Jim Marks, was recognized for his ongoing antibody research, at Dr.

test tubes and vials in a lab
November 28, 2018

UC San Francisco is driven by the idea that when the best research, the best education and the best patient care converge, great breakthroughs are achieved.