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.

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WashU, pharmacy scientists alter fentanyl, aim to make it less lethal, less addictive (Links to an external site)

WashU, pharmacy scientists alter fentanyl, aim to make it less lethal, less addictive
A research team, led by scientists at the Center for Clinical Pharmacology at Washington University School of Medicine and the University of Health Sciences & Pharmacy in St. Louis, have altered the chemical properties of fentanyl and the way that it binds to opioid receptors on nerve cells. The goal is to improve the drug’s safety profile without eliminating its ability to alleviate pain.

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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

Oluwafunmilayo Adebayo-Adonis, MD
Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology; Division of Critical Care Medicine

Mallory Hawksworth, MD
CA-2 Resident

Meredith McLaughlin
Executive Secretary; Pediatric Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine

Julia Merlo, CRNA, DNAP
Certified Nurse Anesthetist

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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