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

Laughing Gas Can Relieve Resistant Depression Symptoms

Laughing Gas Can Relieve Resistant Depression Symptoms
While the Record coverage focuses on Drs. Peter Nagele and Charles Conway who conceptualized the study, successfully secured funding, and led the dissemination of our findings, Dr. Palanca took over the project and human studies administration when Dr. Nagele departed from WU, and Palanca also served as a key member of the investigative team. The findings cap off years of and clinical investigations at the School of Medicine, exploring the use of nitrous oxide as a novel treatment for depression.

What Happens When We Sneeze?

What Happens When We Sneeze?
Qin Liu, PhD, associate professor and researcher at the Center for the Study of Itch & Sensory Disorders, recently published findings of specific cells and proteins that control the sneeze reflex that point to treatments capable of slowing the spread of infectious respiratory diseases.

Alumna Whitlock Publishes Impactful Paper in JAMA

Alumna Whitlock Publishes Impactful Paper in JAMA
The Department would like to recognize Elizabeth Whitlock, MD, MSc, assistant professor of anesthesiology and perioperative care at the University of California San Francisco, and alumna of Washington University School of Medicine (MD) and its MSc in clinical investigation program (ICTS TL-1), on the publication of the highly impactful paper “Association of Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting vs Percutaneous Coronary Intervention With Memory Decline in Older Adults Undergoing Coronary Revascularization” in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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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

Gosia Borchardt, CRNA
Department of Anesthesiology

Kayla Hewitt
Administrative Coordinator

Hess Panjeton, MD
Assistant Professor

Andrea Reidy, MD
Director of QA/QI

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.

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