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Department of Anesthesiology

Video: The Anesthesiologist’s Role in Managing the Trauma Patient

The Department of Anesthesiology is committed to excellence in clinical service, education, research and faculty development.

In addition to providing services at the Baltimore VA Medical Center, our department has multiple divisions at the University of Maryland Medical Center:

Three divisions are at associated institutions:

Our research division's faculty conducts research in clinical anesthesiology, acute lung injury, neurodegeneration and neuroprotection, human factors, telemedicine, and basic respiratory physiology.

We also collaborate with researchers at UMMC, the R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center and the Baltimore Veterans Affairs Medical Center.


Department News

Laura Niklason

The Department recently hosted the annual Professors Martin Helrich and M. Jane Matjasko Lecture in Anesthsiology, featuring Laura E. Niklason, MD, PhD and titled "Progress and Roadblocks in Cellular Therapeutics". Click here for a video recording and photos of the event.

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Congratulations to recently promoted faculty members: Wei Chao, MD, PhD, FAHA: Awarding of Tenure; Brian Polster, PhD: Awarding of Tenure; Marta Lipinski, PhD: Promotion to Associate Professor; Michael Mazzeffi, MD, MPH: Promotion to Associate Professor; Boris Sabirzhanov, PhD: Promotion to Assistant Professor.

Dr. Rock accepting Patient Safety Award on behalf of the Department of Anesthesiology

The Maryland Medicine Comprehensive Insurance Program (MMCIP) recently awarded their inaugural Patient Safety Award to the Department of Anesthesiology. The award was presented by DePriest Whye, Chief Executive Office of MMCIP. Read more here.

Lin Zou

‌Congratulations to Lin Zou, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, who was recently awarded a prestigous Faculty Research Award from the Shock Society. The award is given in support of a faculty member at his/her early career stage to develop research in the areas related to trauma, shock, and sepsis, and who has the intent to become an outstanding independent investigator.

Kristy Ward

‌‌Kristy Ward, MS, CRNA, was recently awarded the Excellence ‌in Advanced Practice Nursing at the University of Maryland Medical Center's 2017 Nursing Excellence Awards. Kristy has been a member of the CRNA team for more than five years and plays an instrumental role in managing the CRNA schedule for the General OR, Trauma OR, University of Maryland Rehabilitation and Orthopaedic Institute, and UMMC Midtown campus.

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  • 37,000+ anesthetics performed annually
  • Leader in the total number of ECMO procedures performed in the United States
  • 2nd largest liver transplant program in the United States
  • $7.39 million in grant funding, $4.28 million in NIH funding 
  • Ranked 11th for NIH funding in Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research
  • Anesthesia Clinical Registry: 97,235 unique patients with 163,620 total cases
  • 95 Faculty members – Full-time, Part-time, VAMHCS, Volunteer, Emeritus
  • 85 CRNAs
  • 37 Residents
  • 8 Interns
  • 10 Fellows
  • 11 Post Doc Fellows

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