A core mission of our department is to generate new knowledge that will advance the understanding and practice of anesthesiology.

The Department of Anesthesiology is heavily funded by grants and consistently ranks among the top five nationally in NIH funding.

Our research efforts are organized into three primary divisions*: the Division of Basic Research (DBR), the Washington University Pain Center (WUPC), and the Division of Clinical & Translational Research (DoCTR), and two Centers: the Center for the Study of Itch & Sensory Disorders (CSISD), which is in partnership with the Department of Dermatology, and the Center for Clinical Pharmacology (CCP), a collaborative partnership with the University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis.

* Research projects for students, residents, and postdoctoral fellows are currently available in all three divisions and both centers.

Number 3 in NIH Funding among anesthesiology departments
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Division of Basic Research (DBR)

The Division of Basic Research (DBR) explores fundamental scientific questions relevant to medicine and anesthesiology.

Tiffany Osborn, MD, and Shawn Reynolds, Physician's Assistant reviewing data

Division of Clinical and Translational Research (DoCTR)

The Division of Clinical & Translational Research is the home for patient-oriented research in the Department of Anesthesiology.

research lab equipment

Washington University Pain Center (WUPC)

A multidisciplinary center that combines basic research, clinical research, clinical pain management and education in an organized, interactive group of dedicated researchers and clinicians.

Center for Clinical Pharmacology

Center for Clinical Pharmacology

The Department of Anesthesiology and the University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis established this center which is focused on human-oriented research with the goal of improving the use of current and new therapeutics and diagnostics. 

Latest News

New Approach to Classifying Critically Ill Patients

New Approach to Classifying Critically Ill Patients

In a recent study published in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine, Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology, Pratik Sinha, MB ChB, PhD, and his collaborators shed light on the heterogeneity of conditions such as sepsis and acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). The study’s insights may transform the understanding and treatment of clinically ill patients. 
Welcome to the Department, Dr. Melissa Hector-Greene

Welcome to the Department, Dr. Melissa Hector-Greene

Dear Colleagues – We are delighted to announce that Melissa Hector-Greene, MD, PhD, joined the Department of Anesthesiology at Washington University in St. Louis on July 1, 2023. She will have appointments in the Division of Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology and the Division of Basic Research. Dr. Hector-Greene received her medical degrees at Duke University School of […]