The anesthesiology residency is a partnership between three nationally ranked institutions:  Washington University in Saint Louis, Barnes-Jewish Hospital (BJH), and Saint Louis Children’s Hospital (SLCH).

We are located on a single campus at the east end of Forest Park in Saint Louis, Missouri. The complex is one of the largest medical complexes in the country, and a tertiary care referral center with an enormous catchment area. In total the complex has: an adult hospital with 1,400 beds, 78 operating suites, over 100 anesthetizing locations, and multiple intensive care units staffed by anesthesiologists including the surgical ICU and cardiothoracic ICU.  The children’s hospital has 390 beds with approximately 16,000 anesthetics administered each year, 15 operating suites, a 125-bed neonatal ICU, 41-bed PICU, and 38 bed cardiac center.  To put it simply, the breadth and depth of clinical experience our residency offers is second to none.

Like our patients, our faculty and residents come here from all walks of life and all corners of the United States and the globe. They come for the clinical and research opportunities that abound here; they stay because they find a welcoming environment that is supportive of their goals.

In addition to the standard anesthesiology residency track we offer an additional unique training program, the Academic Scholars Advancement Program (ASAP). This track is an intense five-year long program consisting of an abbreviated internship, abbreviated residency, a fellowship of the resident’s choosing, and lastly dedicated research time. Non-ASAP residents are eligible to apply for up to six months of dedicated research time in their CA3 year.

What sets us apart from the other elite training programs is our location. Saint Louis is the 20th largest metropolitan area of the country. It offers most of the large metropolitan opportunities (sorry NFL fans), but at an extremely affordable cost of living. A significant number of our residents own their homes; our CA3 class could field a baseball team with their children. There is ample opportunity for exploring: four seasons of outdoor activities, free admission to the St Louis Zoo and various world-class museums, visiting the picturesque Missouri Botanical Garden, or cheering on one of our professional sports teams.

We hope we have piqued your interest, and look forward to meeting you shortly.

Hawa Abubakar, MBBS
Bruno Maranhao, MD, PhD
Dean Thorsen, DO, PhD

Chief Residents, Department of Anesthesiology
Washington University in Saint Louis, School of Medicine