We are a leading clinical and research Anesthesiology department offering a broad range of clinical services and research opportunities. Much of our success stems from the experience and diversity of our faculty. All of our attending physicians are board-certified in Anesthesiology and about a third are also board-certified in other specialties.These include medicine, pediatrics, critical care, and genetics.
The Attending Anesthesiologists have trained and worked at many well known institutions such as Yale, Harvard, University of Michigan, University of California-San Francisco, Emory University, Northwestern, and the Mayo Clinic. Our staff also includes several well-recognized names in anesthesiology research.
At the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System and the Jesse Brown VA, we have clinical divisions in Neuroanesthesia, Cardiac Anesthesia, Pediatric Anesthesia, Critical Care Medicine, Pain Medicine, Liver Transplant Anesthesia, Obstetric Anesthesia, and Regional Anesthesia. We offer fellowships in several of these subspecialties, and were the first program in Illinois to offer a regional anesthesia fellowship.
We take great pride in the research productivity of our residents and faculty. Our multifaceted research division has teams of basic and clinical scientists with backgrounds in medicine, pharmacology, physiology, molecular biology and anatomy. They published over sixty peer-reviewed articles last year and currently have more than $2.3 million in extramural funding. Clinical research projects include studies of new drugs and therapies for the treatment of pain, multiple sclerosis, and Alzheimer’s Disease; EEG monitoring of the level of sedation during general anesthesia; and cyclooxygenase-2 inhibitors for postoperative analgesia following laparoscopic cholecystectomy. Basic research studies include the mechanisms and treatment of cell damage following cerebral ischemia; regulation of cerebral blood flow; pharmacogenetics and pharmacogenomics; mechanisms and treatment of systemic local anesthetic toxicity; treatment and pathophysiology of acute lung injury; pulmonary endothelial permeability; and the potential therapeutic effect of adrenal medullary cells on spinal cord mediated chronic pain.
We hope you’ll click on the links here to see who we are, what we do, and how to apply to our residency program.
David E. Schwartz, MD, FCCP
Ronald F. Albrecht, MD, Professor in Anesthesiology
Head, Department of Anesthesiology
Staff portraits by Sebastian Ruehlmann, M.D. and Simon Ho, M.D.