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

Lesley Rao, MD, named Division Chief of Pain Management

Lesley Rao, MD, named Division Chief of Pain Management
Dr. Rao will lead the clinical and educational responsibilities of the Pain Management Division, serve as the clinical section chief of the Washington University Pain Center, and operate as the director of the Pain Management Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

Featured Event

Advice on residency interviews event

Advice on Residency Interviews

October 26 | 6-7 PM CDT
Zoom Event

Join us for a discussion with residents from across the nation who will provide advice for medical students preparing for the upcoming virtual anesthesiology residency interview season.

The panel will also discuss how applicants can evaluate a program’s culture and commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions toward the end of the event.


Train here,
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

Brendon Burke, MD
PGY3 Resident

Nicole Cassell, ACNP
Lead APP at Christian Hospital Northeast

Maggie Litteken
Residency Program Coordinator

Charl de Wet, MBChB
Professor of Anesthesiology and Surgery, and Medical Director, Cardiothroacic ICU

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

Here you’ll find charming neighborhoods, vibrant cultural and culinary scenes, and plenty of fun for nature-lovers and urbanites alike – all packed into an incredibly affordable city.