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

Anne DeSchryver, JD, awarded the 2021 Dean’s Distinguished Service Award

Anne DeSchryver, JD, awarded the 2021 Dean’s Distinguished Service Award
This award is the highest form of staff recognition at the School of Medicine, meant to recognize outstanding achievement by a staff member who demonstrates exceptional commitment to the university, exceeding job responsibilities while creating a positive working environment and improving the community.

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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

Nicole Durko, MD
Director of Obstetric Anesthesiology

Yolanda Parsons
Grants Specialist

Peter Szatkowski, MD
CA-2 Resident

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.