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
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
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Medical School News
Paul Picton, M.B., Ch.B., MRCP, FRCA, appointed interim chair of Department of Anesthesiology
Paul Picton, M.B., Ch.B., MRCP, FRCA, has been appointed interim chair of the Department of Anesthesiology in the Medical School, effective May 1. The provost has provided interim approval of his appointment, and it will be reported at the May Board of Regents meeting
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Health Lab Podcast
Study Shows Medical Marijuana Use Decreased in States with Legalized Recreational Use
The number of patients using cannabis for medical purposes has increased more than 600 percent since 2016.
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Health Lab
Data shows medical marijuana use decreased in states where recreational use became legal 
Data on medical cannabis use found that enrollment in medical cannabis programs increased overall between 2016 and 2022, but enrollment in states where nonmedical use of cannabis became legal saw a decrease in enrollment
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Medical School News
Six receive Graduate Medical Education Awards for 2024
Four faculty and two staff members from the departments of Anesthesiology, Neurology, Radiology and Surgery, and the Office of Graduate Medical Education (GME), are recipients of GME Awards for 2024
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Department News
Nine residents place at annual Midwest Anesthesia Residents Conference
University of Michigan Medical School Department of Anesthesiology residents present at the 2024 Midwest Anesthesia Residents Conference (MARC).
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News Release
George Mashour, M.D., Ph.D. appointed senior associate dean for faculty and faculty development
George A. Mashour, M.D., Ph.D., has been appointed senior associate dean for faculty and faculty development of the University of Michigan Medical School by the U-M Board of Regents, effective May 1, 2024.