Research is one of the many great traditions at the University of Illinois College of Medicine and notably within the Department of Anesthesiology. The Research Division is home to a vigorous and well-funded group of investigators that include both basic scientists and clinician-scientists. The Department of Anesthesiology has extensive basic science laboratory space within the College of Medicine and Jesse Brown VA Hospital while clinical research occurs daily within the University of Illinois hospital, clinics and the Jesse Brown VA Hospital.
The University of Illinois College of Medicine and the University of Illinois West Campus are the center of the Illinois Medical District (www.imdc.org), the largest urban healthcare, education and research campus in the United States. The University of Illinois Hospital is a 419-bed tertiary care center that performs 15,000 adult surgical cases and performs approximately 5,000 pediatric surgery cases annually. The University of Illinois College of Medicine Clinics have approximately 450,000 patient visits per year and includes internationally known centers for sickle cell disease and pulmonary hypertension. The Department of Anesthesiology is an institutional leader in patient safety, OR efficiency, and critical care medicine. Dr. David Schwartz, MD, (Department Head) is Co-Director of the Adult Surgical Intensive Care Units at the University of Illinois Hospital and is also the Vice Dean for Clinical Affairs. Educationally, University of Illinois College of Medicine is one of the few medical schools in the nation where Anesthesiology is a required rotation for medical students. The Chronic Pain Clinic sees approximately 3,500 patient visits per year and is noted for its work with sickle cell patients.
The Departments of Physiology and Pharmacology are home to nationally-ranked basic science programs and share close ties to on going research in the Department of Anesthesiology. Collectively, the University of Illinois College of Medicine provides a rich environment for both patient-based and basic science research. The University of Illinois Department of Anesthesiology houses state of the art basic science laboratories that encompass approximately 12,000 sq. feet with in the College of Medicine and the Jesse Brown VA Hospital that is one block west of the College of Medicine. Our basic science laboratories house an expansive inventory of equipment for molecular analysis of cells using protein biochemistry, multi-array assays, state-of-the art imaging facilities, cell culture laboratories, physiology core labs for isolated organ work including working heart and lung models, extensive animal labs, state of the art pulmonary mechanics measurement systems, ventilators, invasive monitors and surgical equipment, video microscopy for quantifying cerebral blood flow and behavioral analysis equipment. The majority of basic science laboratory space is located in close proximity to each other that fosters collaboration and collegiality between investigators, fellows, residents and students.