MD '88, (1ST TERM 201-2020)
Dr. Ethan A. Nicholls received his A.B. from Harvard University, his M.D. from Stanford University and completed his Anesthesia residency and fellowship in Pain Management at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).
He joined the Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group in March 2015 where he currently serves as Chair of the Department of Anesthesia, Alameda Division. Previously, he was a senior partner and served as President of Northern California Anesthesia Associates (2004-2015). After completing his residency and fellowship training, Dr. Nicholls held the position of Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Pain Management at the University of California, San Francisco before leaving for private practice and working at El Camino Hospital, and later Washington Hospital.
In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Nicholls has served in numerous other roles. Most recently on the Board of Trustees, Castilleja School in Palo Alto (2011-2017). He served as a Delegate, District 4, California Society of Anesthesiology (2001-2007) and previously held multiple staff and committee positions at El Camino Hospital including Chief, Department of Anesthesiology.
Dr. Nicholls has two daughters, is a Stanford Women’s Basketball season ticket holder and enjoys traveling and attending the theatre and SF Opera.