Anesthesiology Research
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Advancing Science, Improving Patient Care

Join the next generation of researchers in our quest to be the preeminent academic anesthesiology department in the world.

A culture of research and discovery

The U-M Medical School Department of Anesthesiology is at the forefront of addressing key questions in outcomes, neuroscience, and pain and opioids research. Our research is supported by National Institutes of Health funding, as well as a wide array of foundation, state, and industry funding.

Our work spans the translational spectrum, from computational in silico modeling, to animal experimentation, to prospective observational or interventional clinical research, to large-scale epidemiology.

We focus on three areas of research in nationally and internationally recognized centers:

In addition to generating some of the most influential work within the field of anesthesiology, we have rich and productive interdisciplinary connections to basic science, public health, engineering, and even philosophy and the arts.

Our faculty serve major research leadership roles across the university and nationally, in fields that transcend the traditional boundaries of anesthesiology, including genomics, precision health, drug discovery, and translational science. 

We are committed to making a major impact in anesthesiology as well as science, medicine, and society through our discoveries shared through widely-published research and commentaries. We also are focused on shaping a more diverse and inclusive future for academic anesthesiology, both within our department and across the country.

Research Areas
Neuroscience Research

Leading the research of the neuroscientific mechanisms of anesthesia affecting memory, awareness, consciousness and pain.

Outcomes Research

Standing at the forefront of research to better understand the care we provide and the decisions made by clinicians in perioperative practice.

Pain & Opioids Research

Driving efforts to understand pain and how we can improve care and outcomes for patients with acute and chronic pain.

Student Research

Offering a range of opportunities for students to engage in scholarly work across our research domains.

Developing the Next Generation

Career development starts from our internship, with a unique research training month, then progresses to our research resident track, the C-STAR program. We are also one of 16 departments in the country to host an NIH T32 postdoctoral training program.

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Research Leadership
Chad Brummett Chad M Brummett, MD
Bert N LaDu Professor of Anesthesiology Research
Professor of Anesthesiology
Associate Chair for Research
Department of Anesthesiology
Amy Bohnert Amy SB Bohnert, PhD, MHS
Professor of Anesthesiology
Professor of Psychiatry
Executive Director, Pain and Opioid Research
Anesthesiology
Associate Professor of Epidemiology
Daniel J Clauw MD Daniel J Clauw, MD
Professor of Anesthesiology
Professor of Internal Medicine
Professor of Psychiatry and Executive Director
Pain and Opioid Research
Translational Research
Department of Anesthesiology
labcoat Anthony G Hudetz, DBM, PhD
Professor of Anesthesiology and Executive Director
Neuroscience Research
Center for Consciousness Science
profile-phillip-vlisides-2019 Phillip E Vlisides, MD
Associate Professor of Anesthesiology
Executive Director, Neuroscience Research
Profile-SachinKheterphal-2023 Sachin Kheterpal, MD, MBA
Research Professor
Professor of Anesthesiology
Associate Chair for Strategy and Technology
Program Director
Outcomes Research
Associate Dean for Research Information Technology
Featured News & Stories See all news 88% Reduction in GHG Emissions
Department News
Green Anesthesia Initiative exceeds lofty goals for reduction in emissions
The Department of Anesthesiology’s Green Anesthesia Initiative (GAIA) has taken an ambitious approach to environmental sustainability resulting in an 88% reduction of inhaled anesthetic greenhouse gas emissions.
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Long COVID-19 is linked to chronic pain conditions
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Daniel Clauw, MD, receives NIH HEAL Initiative Director’s Award for Mentorship
Daniel Clauw, M.D., has been recognized by the Helping to End Addiction Long-term Initiative, or NIH HEAL Initiative, for his impact through mentorship in the field of pain research.
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George Mashour, MD, PhD, featured on the StarTalk Podcast
George Mashour, MD, PhD at the University of Michigan Department of Anesthesiology featured on the StarTalk Podcast.
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Michael Burns, MD, PhD, publishes Detroit News opinion piece
Michael Burns, MD, PhD, in the U-M Department of Anesthesiology publishes Detroit News opinion piece on the role of anesthesiologists in integrating artificial intelligence into healthcare.
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