Anesthesiology program ranks among nation’s best

Washington University in St. Louis Medical Campus

The anesthesiology residency program at WashU continues to rank among the very best in the U.S., ranking 6th for “Best Anesthesiology Programs” by U.S. News & World Report.

Pratik Sinha, MBChB, PhD, joins department

Pratik Sinha

In addition to pursuing his research, Dr. Sinha will be working clinically and educating residents and fellows in the Barnes-Jewish Hospital ICUs.

Dr. Tom Cox retiring after 21 years of service at WashU

Tom Cox, MD

It is with a mixture of sadness, nostalgia, and gratitude that we announce the retirement of the Rudolph L. and Mary Frances Wise Professor of Anesthesiology, Dr. Tom Cox. This will be effective in the new academic year.

Finding the silver lining


COVID-19 has affected us in many different ways, but we have found many silver linings in the strength of grassroots efforts, the power of simple acts of kindness, and the resilient spirits of our community.

Maker Task Force works to protect front-line health-care workers

Maker Task Force works to protect front-line health-care workers

The COVID-19 WashU/BJC Maker Task Force has emerged as a hub for St. Louis-area makers to help health-care workers stay safe as they care for COVID-19 patients. The multidisciplinary group is developing everything from isolation gowns to ventilator replacement parts.

Chief Residents Announced for 2020-2021

Anesthesiology Chief Residents 20-21

We are excited to announce the Anesthesiology Chief Residents for the next 2020-2021 academic year will be Ben French, MD, Jason Han, MD, and Megan Para, MD.

Department ranks 4th in country in NIH funding

Washington University in St. Louis Medical Campus

The department received more than $13.2 million from the NIH, and seven faculty ranked in the top 100 for total NIH funding to individual anesthesia principal investigators.

Michael Bottros, MD, stepping down as Associate Chief of Pain Management

Michael Bottros, MD

Dr. Bottros recently accepted the position of Chief of Pain Medicine at the University of Southern California (USC). At USC, he will oversee all acute and chronic pain services at Keck Hospital, Los Angeles County Hospitals, and affiliated satellite clinics in southern California.

Revving up immune system may help treat eczema

Brian S. Kim, MD, examining eczema patient

Brian S. Kim, MD, has found that boosting the number of natural killer cells in the blood is a possible treatment strategy for the skin condition, eczema, and also may help with related health problems, such as asthma.

Barnes-Jewish, Washington University concert hits high note

Brad Fritz and Sarah Dowling singing

For the past nine years, performers from both institutions have been partnering to present a free concert in the lobby of the Center for Advanced Medicine (CAM). The event is sponsored by the Arts & Healthcare Program at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and organized by Sarah Colby, the program’s coordinator, and Bradley Fritz, MD, clinical fellow in the Washington University Department of Anesthesiology.

Five faculty members accepted into Academic Medical Leadership Program

School of Medicine campus

The program is focused on equipping physician executives and academic medical faculty members to take on expanding leadership roles in academic medicine and is a joint venture between the School of Medicine, the Olin Business School, and BJC HealthCare.

Omokhaye Higo, MD, accepts POD 5 Leader role

Omokhaye Higo, MD

Dr. Higo will help provide clinical guidance in one of the busiest and highest acuity surgical PODs on the BJH campus. He will collaborate with our surgical and BJH partners and support our clinical staff in promoting patient safety and quality, and efficiency of perioperative care.

David Eisenbath, CRNA, appointed Director for CRNA Activities

David Eisenbath, CRNA

In this position, David will prioritize the delivery of outstanding clinical care and the careers of our CRNAs. He will lead strategic planning and goal setting for the CRNAs throughout our department and will also prioritize CRNA recruitment and retention, as well as the mentorship of SRNAs and early stage CRNAs.

Erin Herrera, CRNA, named Assistant Director for CRNA Activities

Erin Herrera, CRNA

Erin will work closely with departmental leaders to provide leadership to the CRNA workforce and engage in strategic planning. She will help with CRNA recruitment, retention, career development, and day-to-day clinical operations.

Department celebrates CRNA Class of 2019

CRNA Class of 2019

The Nurse Anesthesia program at the Goldfarb School of Nursing celebrated its Commencement on Saturday, December 14, 2019, at the Powell Symphony Hall in St. Louis. Seven students received their certification, five of whom will be staying on as CRNAs in the Washington University Department of Anesthesiology.

Halting opioid abuse aim of several grants from NIH, CDC

syringe with needle and white powder representing opioid drug epidemic

School of Medicine researchers received grants totaling more than $10 million from the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The grants are part of a nationwide push to fund research targeting the opioid epidemic.

Andrea Reidy, MD, appointed Director of QA/QI

Andrea Reidy, MD

Dr. Reidy will help develop and oversee the strategic direction for quality assessment and improvement. This includes patient safety, patient satisfaction, and related performance improvement activities.