The annual C.R. Stephen Lecture honors the first chair of the anesthesiology department at the School of Medicine, C. Ronald Stephen, MD, FFARCS.

2024 Event Details

Topic: Molecular Phenotyping of Critical Illness: Is it Time for Precision Critical Care?
Friday, March 22 | 4-5 p.m. CDT
Eric P. Newman Education Center (EPNEC) Auditorium (in person only)
To register for this event, please contact Maureen Arends at

Featured Speaker

Carolyn S. Calfee, MD, MAS
Professor of Medicine and Anesthesia,
Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, Allergy and Sleep Medicine
University of California, San Francisco

Carolyn S. Calfee, MD, MAS is a Professor of Medicine and Anesthesia at the University of California, San Francisco, where she attends in the intensive care units. She received her medical degree from University of Pennsylvania and completed her residency, chief residency, and fellowship at University of California, San Francisco. 

Her primary academic focus is the pathogenesis and treatment of the acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), with special interest in molecular phenotypes and precision medicine in critical care, the role of environmental exposures in acute lung injury, and novel treatments for ARDS and sepsis.

Event Registration

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About the Annual C.R. Stephen Lecture

Washington University School of Medicine named Dr. Stephen professor and chairman of the Department of Anesthesiology in 1971, at which time he also was named anesthesiologist-in-chief at Barnes-Jewish and St. Louis Children’s hospitals. Following his retirement from academic medicine in 1980, he served as chief of anesthesiology at St. Luke’s Hospital, St. Louis, for five years. Dr. Stephen was known for his devotion to teaching, pioneering two anesthetics — Halothane and Ketamine — and developing inhalers, valves, and vaporizers for more controlled administration of anesthetics. Learn more about Dr. Stephen.

This lecture is partially funded by gifts from Dr. Stephen’s former colleagues, trainees, and friends who generously endowed the C.R. Stephen Lecture Fund.