General Anesthesia at Barnes-Jewish Hospital South has one of the largest operative theaters in Missouri. It provides services for more than 30 operating rooms and 10 remote locations that handle over 30,000 anesthetic cases per year.

Our global mission is to:

  • provide excellent, efficient, compassionate patient care;
  • teach the future generation of anesthesiologists to excel in perioperative medicine;
  • provide opportunities for clinical and translational research in order to optimize patient care and education;
  • and to contribute to the overall welfare of our community.

Specialty areas under General Anesthesia include colorectal anesthesia, neuroanesthesia, obstetrical anesthesia, regional anesthesia, and vascular transplant anesthesia.

Physician-scientists & Faculty

Our faculty provide comprehensive clinical anesthesiology services for patients undergoing general surgery, neurosurgery (with intraoperative MRI capabilities), ENT surgery, peripheral and major vascular surgery (open and endovascular), urologic surgery (including robotic surgery), colorectal surgery, gynecological surgery, trauma (Level I center), interventional radiology, transplant surgery, and hepatobiliary surgery.

In addition to their clinical duties, General Anesthesia faculty members are involved in several key departmental and university activities:

  • Clinical Chief of Anesthesiology at Barnes-Jewish Hospital: Ivan Kangrga, MD, PhD
  • Associate Clinical Chief of Anesthesiology at Barnes-Jewish Hospital: Jason Gillihan, MD
  • Director of Resident Education: Anand Lakshminarasimhachar, MD
  • Assistant Program Director for Scholarship, Residency Program: Aaron Norris, MD, PhD
  • Development and implementation of the Perioperative electronic record: Dan Helsten, MD

Featured News

Welcome to the Department, Dr. Ankita Satpute

Welcome to the Department, Dr. Ankita Satpute
We are delighted to announce that Dr. Ankita Satpute joined the Department of Anesthesiology at Washington University in St. Louis on July 1, 2023.  She will have appointments in the Divisions of Regional and Ambulatory Anesthesiology and General Anesthesiology.

Welcome Dr. Wai Chiu

Welcome Dr. Wai Chiu
We want to welcome Dr. Wai Chiu to the Department of Anesthesiology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. He will have an appointment in the General Division as a locum faculty member and will be with us until August 25, 2023.  

Welcome Dr. Charles Baysinger

Welcome Dr. Charles Baysinger
Dr. Charles Baysinger has joined the Divisions of Critical Care Medicine and General Anesthesiology at Washington University as a Voluntary Clinical Instructor of Anesthesiology.