Department Leadership

Department Head

Hokuto Nishioka, MD

Interim Head
Section Chief for Critical Care Medicine
Associate Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology
Medical Director to Perioperative Services, UI Hospital

Associate Heads

Bernard Pygon, ‘Bud’, MD

Senior Associate Head
Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology

Katharina Beckmann, MD

Associate Head for Clinical Affairs
Section Chief for Cardiac Anesthesiology
Section Chief for Transplant Anesthesiology
Director of Simulation Education
Associate Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology

Rena Beckerly, MD, MBA

Associate Head for Education
Residency Program Director
Associate Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology

Richard J. Banchs, MD

Associate Head for Quality Improvement
Section Chief for Quality & Safety
Associate Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology

Steven Roth, MD, FARVO

Associate Head for Research
Michael Reese Endowed Professor of Anesthesiology
Associate Head for Faculty Development
Associate Head for Faculty Affairs

Section Chiefs

Katharina Beckmann, MD

Section Chief for Cardiac Anesthesiology
Section Chief for Transplant Anesthesiology
Associate Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology
Associate Head for Clinical Affairs
Director of Simulation Education

Christopher Chiang, MD

Section Chief of Regional Anesthesiology
Associate Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology

Stephan Cohn, MD

Section Chief for Ambulatory Anesthesiology
Medical Director, Perioperative Services Outpatient Surgery Center
Associate Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology

Ulana Leskiw, MD

Section Chief for Perioperative Anesthesiology
Associate Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology
Medical Director, Anesthesia Clinic

Khalid Malik, MD, FRCS, MBA

Section Chief of Pain Medicine
Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology
Medical Director, Interventional Pain Clinic

Hokuto Nishioka, MD

Section Chief for Critical Care Anesthesiology
Associate Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology
Operating Room Medical Director

Heather Nixon, MD

Section Chief of Obstetric Anesthesiology
Section Chief for Simulation, Education, and Training
Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology

Kurosh Takhtechian, MD

Section Chief for Cardiac Anesthesiology

Polina Voronov, MD

Section Chief of Pediatric Anesthesiology
Chief of Service, Anesthesiology, Shriners Hospital for Children – Chicago
Associate Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology

Peggy Wheeler, MD

Section Chief of Neuroanesthesiology
Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology
Associate Director, Residency Program

Residency Program

Rena Beckerly, MD, MBA

Residency Program Director
Associate Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology
Associate Head for Education

Peggy Wheeler, MD

Associate Director, Residency Program
Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology
Section Chief of Neuroanesthesiology

Lisa Adituori, DO

Associate Director, Residency Program
Assistant Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology

Nikki Wilkinson, MD

Associate Director, Residency Program
Assistant Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology

Edina Kim, MD

Director of Medical Student Education in Anesthesiology
Assistant Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology