About Our Research

Anesthesiology has been undergoing major changes globally, expanding roles beyond the operating room in offering high-quality personalized services in peri-operative health, pain management, critical care, and other medical disciplines. Research has been a major factor underlining these changes and will continue to be an essential force driving the evolution of the specialty.
Stanford Anesthesia research includes a wide spectrum of programs in basic, translational, clinical, health service, and medical education areas. Project fields range from subcellular mechanisms of anesthesia, pain, and opioid addiction, tissue/organ injury, novel anesthesia agents, techniques and devices, treatment effectiveness, epidemiology, patient safety, health economics, and other areas. Interdisciplinary collaborations are increasingly a feature. Our department has been among the top five NIH funded anesthesia departments since 2011, with current external research grants and contracts totaling $17 million annually.

Stanford Anesthesia pays special attention to research training for the next generation of anesthesiologists and has established a research-training continuum bridging between medical student and faculty stages. We place special emphasis on supporting the residency-fellowship-junior faculty period. A key part of this support is the Fellowship in Anesthesia Research and Medicine (FARM) program and our two NIH supported T32 training grants.

Research Programs

Basic Science

Visit our basic science page to learn more about our ongoing research. 

Clinical and Translational Science

Visit our clinical and translational science page to learn more about our ongoing research. 

Data Science

Visit our data science page to learn more about our ongoing research. 

Anesthesia T32 Research fellowship

Visit our research fellowship to learn more about our NIH funded opportunities for residents and postdoctoral fellows. 

News Spotlight

Dr. Martin Angst Receives Notice of Award from the Knight Initiative for Brain Resilience

September, 2023

Martin Angst, principal investigator, and Igor Feinstein, project director, have just received the Notice of Award from the Knight Initiative for Brain Resilience, which is governed by the Wu Tsai Neuroscience Institute. This is a significant milestone in their mission to explore the resilience of the human brain. The pioneering endeavor, titled "Biological Determinants of Brain Resilience in Cardiac Surgery," seeks to unravel the enigmatic biology that underpins our enduring strength and vulnerability when confronted with a typical health hazard

Dr. Pervez Sultan Receives R01 Award from NHLBI

August, 2023

Dr. Pervez Sultan has received an R01 grant award from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) for his project titled "Development and validation of a PROMIS-based measure to assess postpartum sleep."

Congratulations Dr. Sultan!

2023 Early Research Grants Awardees

August 2023

We are thrilled to announce the recipients of the Early Research Grants for 2023. The Early Research Grants awardees are:

  • Jessica Brodt
  • Brice Gaudilliere
  • Eric Gross
  • Kazuo Ando

These grants are designed to support pilot research initiatives and foster collaboration among researchers within the department.


Dr. Jennifer Hah Receives NOA for Nida-Sponsored Grant

August 9, 2023

Dr. Jennifer Hah has received an R01 grant for her project titled "Integrating Tailored Postoperative Opioid Tapering and Pain Management Support for Patients on Long-Term Opioid Use Presenting for Spine Surgery (MIRHIQL)." This prestigious grant, sponsored by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) through the HEAL Research Program, marks a significant step forward in advancing personalized pain management strategies. Congratulations Dr. Hah!

Dr. Creed Stary publishes ground breaking paper in Science Journal

July 20, 2023

Post-doctoral scholar Anqi Zhang and Lijun Xu, working together in the laboratory of Dr. Creed Stary and in collaboration with researchers from Harvard University, this month published in the journal Science a brain-surgery–free method to probe neural function in the rat brain. 

Dr. QiLiang Chen awarded FAER Mentored Research Training Grant

June 9, 2023

Congratulations to Dr. QiLiang Chen on receiving the prestigious FAER Mentored Research Training Grant. This grant provides invaluable support to physician-investigators like Dr. Chen, enabling them to develop essential skills, gather preliminary data for future grant applications, and publish their research findings.