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Ranked 6th in NIH Funding

The Department of Anesthesiology returns to “top ten” status; now ranked 6th in the country amongst all Anesthesiology departments for NIH funding

 Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research

According to the latest rankings of NIH funding, the University of Maryland School of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology ranked #6 amongst all US Departments of Anesthesiology.

We are pleased that our Department remains a top ranked Department of Anesthesiology. By way of comparison, only 54 Anesthesiology departments have any NIH funding. Our NIH funding is listed in the Blue Ridge report at $9.87M; the median funding for all US Anesthesiology Departments is ~$2.34M. Our very own, Dr. Junfang Wu, Professor, Center for Shock, Trauma and Anesthesiology Research (STAR), is #6th ranked funded investigator of all Anesthesiology PI's.

Over a number of years, the Department’s funding and ranking have steadily increased. For seven years in a row, since 2016, we have been ranked #11 or higher. In 2019, we were #6 and in 2020 we were ranked #10. That makes 3 top-ten rankings in the past 4 years. 

Our research funding is spread out over many investigators. This means our “bench” is deep and our research portfolio broad. This is an excellent strategy for long-term success and means we are making contributions in a number of important areas. We are also doing well regarding where we stand in terms of overall SOM NIH awards performance. “This represents an noteworthy achievement, one that reflects the long-standing, strong commitment to research by the Department of Anesthesiology” according to Alan Faden, David S. Brown Professor, Center for Shock, Trauma and Anesthesiology Research (STAR) and Associate Dean for Trans-Campus Research Advancement.

Dr. Peter Rock, Chairman, concurs  "Our top ranking represents the hard work of our entire faculty and staff, and is the result of a true team effort. Everyone should take great pride in this success. We take care of the sickest patients in the country, we train terrific anesthesiologists, and we perform research that makes a significant difference to patients here, and elsewhere. These are all reasons why our department is now one of the top Anesthesiology programs in the nation."

For a full listing of all US Departments of Anesthesiology: Blue Ridge Ranking 2022

For a full listing of all US Anesthesiology PI: Blue Ridge PI Ranking 2022


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