Following a competitive process in which qualified and enthusiastic candidates were encouraged to apply, Allison Mitchell, MD, has been selected to serve as the next Program Director for our Anesthesiology Residency, effective immediately.
As Program Director, Dr. Mitchell will oversee the recruitment and training of a diverse and clinically excellent group of residents to become leaders in the field. She will work closely with the newly appointed Vice-Chair for Education, Dr. Douglas Thompson, to elevate the educational environment of the department. Alongside our stellar residency leadership team, she will continuously assess and improve our residency program, and will be instrumental in the development of new initiatives focused on enhancing the training of our residents.
Dr. Mitchell is a matriculant of the prestigious UT Health Sciences Center in San Antonio. As a graduate of our anesthesiology program who also served as a chief resident, Dr. Mitchell brings rich perspectives and insights to the robust residency program leadership. After she completed her Obstetric Anesthesiology fellowship at Washington University School of Medicine, we were fortunate to recruit Dr. Mitchell as a faculty member, and she quickly established herself as an excellent clinician and leader. She developed her passion for resident education, working with and leading the didactics curriculum for residents on their Obstetric rotation. In March 2020, Dr. Mitchell was appointed as the inaugural Associate Program Director, where she spearheaded multiple wellness initiatives for residents and worked with our Assistant Program Director for Residency Affairs, Dr. Kendall Smith, to initiate our Resilience, Career Development and Leadership curriculum. Earlier this year, Dr. Mitchell also participated in the launch event for Raising Anesthesiology Diversity and Anti-Racism (RADAR), a national initiative aimed at increasing diversity and advancing anti-racism in academic anesthesiology. She looks forward to continuing her work in both these areas.
Please join us in congratulating Dr. Mitchell. We are delighted she has accepted this position, and we look forward to working with her in her new role.
Douglas R. Thompson, MD
Vice-Chair for Education
Michael S. Avidan, MBBCh, FCASA
Dr. Seymour and Rose T. Brown Professor of Anesthesiology
Head of the Department of Anesthesiology
Anesthesiologist-in-Chief, Barnes-Jewish Hospital