Welcome to the Department of Anesthesiology


The Department of Anesthesiology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis is one of the most successful and innovative anesthesiology programs in the U.S. We have a long and rich history of excellence in the multi-faceted missions of collaborative patient care, education, and research.

Latest News

Kannampallil named inaugural director of acute care innovation research

Kannampallil named inaugural director of acute care innovation research
Dr. Kannampallil will plan, direct, and coordinate research activities related to technology, telemedicine, and innovation within the department. He will also provide population, organizational, and patient-level data, analysis and decision support to advance innovative and technology-related initiatives for the department.

Kerby named inaugural associate vice chair of innovation

Kerby named inaugural associate vice chair of innovation
Paul Kerby, MBBS, has been named the associate vice chair for innovation for the Department of Anesthesiology. In this new role, Kerby will work closely with the Vice Chair for Innovation, Omokhaye Higo, MD, MBA, to plan, direct, coordinate, and oversee activities related to perioperative telemedicine and other innovative initiatives within the department.

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thrive anywhere.®

Our training programs prepare tomorrow’s leaders in clinical and academic medicine.

number 4 in NIH anesthesia funding

Groundbreaking Research

The department is heavily funded by grants from the National Institutes of Health and has ranked among the top five anesthesiology departments in NIH dollars for over 15 years.

Committed to providing exceptional patient care


We work collaboratively with our partners at Washington University School of Medicine and the nationally ranked Barnes-Jewish Hospital system to continuously improve the health and well-being of the people in our community.  We take pride in being leaders in the rapidly-advancing field of anesthesiology – encompassing perioperative medicine, peripartum and critical care, and pain management.


Featured Anesthesiology Department Members

Nicholas C. Curdt, DNAP, CRNA
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist

Brandon
DeClouette, MD

PGY1 Intern Resident

Whitney Payne
Grant Specialist I

Shirley Vaughn
Academic Programs Assistant

Department Updates on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Our department is closely monitoring the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). See the latest departmental updates and resources on the coronavirus page.

Why we love St. Louis

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