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Q&A with Stanford Anesthesia's Residency Director

February 2012

2011 was a great year for Stanford Anesthesia research funding

At the beginning of a new year it is nice to go back and review the previous year. Research is crucial to the Stanford Anesthesia mission and 2011 was a great year for funding. Stanford has moved into third place in the annual rankings of anesthesiology departments in terms of NIH funding. Last year the department received $30 million in new grants!

Leading the way with as far as I know the largest grant the department has obtained
is Sean Mackeyís P01(Stanford Complementary and Alternative Medicine Center for Chronic Back Pain).

Other 2011 awards include Gary Peltz's R01 (Human Pharmacogenetics and Human Liver Regeneration), Larry Chu's R01 (5HT3 Antagonists to Treat Opioid Withdrawal and to Prevent the Progression of Physical Dependence), David Clarkís R01 (Inflammasome Activation in Complex Regional Pain Syndrome), and Bruce MacIverís R01(Anesthetic Actions on GABA-A Fast, Slow, Tonic and GABA-B Receptors).

Also impressive are the very good awards to Jerry Ingrande K23 (Adiponectin Polymorphisms, Insulin Resistance and Pharmacokinetics in Obesity), Kevin Johnson K23 (Research Training Using Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation to Study Pain Processing in Long-Term Opioid Use), and Eric Gross K99-R00 (Role of the TRPV1 Channel in Myocardial Salvage from Ischemia- Reperfusion Injury). These awards serve as excellent examples of the types of awards junior faculty can receive, and are an outstanding role model for residents focused on research careers. Certainly, innovation in the lab and at the bedside serves all the housestaff well to know the their faculty is leading in intellectual discovery.

And at the resident level our growing Fellowship in Anesthesia Research and Medicine (FARM) program serves as a springboard for residents interested in academic anesthesia careers. For more information please see our website:

Having a healthy research program requires a village. Three individuals who deserve credit include Michael Helms, PhD, MBA, Director of Strategic Research Development, Rona Giffard, PhD MD, Professor and Vice-Chair for Research, and Ronald Pearl, MD, PhD, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Anesthesia.

Lastly, overall Stanford Medical School is #1 in the nation in NIH dollars per faculty member.

Best wishes for 2012,

Announcing the Stanford Anesthesia Fellowship in Global Health

I wanted to let you know about the new Stanford Anesthesia Fellowship in Global Health.

This postgraduate Fellowship after residency is tailored to the individual physician's background and goals but has several core components:
1) Up to 12 weeks working in a medically underserved low or middle income country.
2) Scholarship project in global health focused on improving infrastructure through improvements in medical education or by forming and answering an appropriate research question.
3) A core curriculum including lectures and seminars throughout the year available via Stanford's Center for Innovation in Global Health(
4) Clinical work as an anesthesiology attending in the Stanford Operating Room suite one day a week with 1-2 calls per month to gain additional clinical experience.
5) Attendance at Global Health Outreach conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia or Kampala, Uganda addressing the challenges of administering anesthetics in austere environments.

If interested in applying please contact Fellowship Director Dr. Ana Crawford at: Please note a California medical license is required. More information about Stanford Anesthesia Global Health is also available at

Thank you,

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