Welcome to the Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine

Provide World-Class Clinical Care, Educate the Next Generation of Leaders and Innovators, Conduct Cutting-Edge Research


Our mission in education at Stanford Anesthesiology is to improve health care and patient outcomes by assessing and enhancing the quality of education in all our programs (community, college, medical school, residency, fellowships, and continuing education).  We aim to be internationally recognized as having premier, innovative, and learner-centered education programs that train the next generation of leaders in Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine.


The research program leverages the strengths of the department and institution to improve human health through discovery. Our faculty are focused on multiple thematic areas to advance the field of anesthesiology, perioperative and pain medicine. These areas of research concentration include, for example, neuroscience relevant to perioperative medicine, basic, translational and clinical pain, precision perioperative medicine, and data science.


Patient Care

At Stanford Medicine, the mission is to care, to educate, to discover with a vision of healing humanity through science and compassion, one patient at a time. The department is committed to excellence in outcomes, experience, and safety for our patients. We develop methodologies to care for the most complex cases, provide the highest level of evidence based care with corresponding metrics, and adopt clinical informatics systems and protocols to use data for continuous improvement of practice. We serve our community by providing outstanding and compassionate care.

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News Spotlight

Researchers Boris Heifets, MD, PhD & Theresa Lii featured in Stanford Medicine News

In the Stanford Medicine article, they dive into a new study that discusses a clever workaround to hide the psychedelic — or dissociative — properties of the anesthetic first developed in 1962.

Discover Dr. Ana Crawford's insights on Global Health Equity

Dr. Ana Crawford's work in our Global Health Equity program has been featured in the Department of Surgery's website.  Explore her dedication to fostering educational exchange and a brighter future in global healthcare in this insightful Q&A.

Ed Mariano, MD, receives ESA Distinguished Service Award in Regional Anesthesia

The award was given "in recognition for outstanding clinical, educational and scientific achievements in anaesthesiology, and for contributions to the increased knowledge and practice of regional anesthesia."

Creating a Culture of Peer Support

Dr. Alexandra Ruan has recently been awarded a grant from the Stanford Teaching & Mentoring Academy to support an innovative educational curriculum program titled “Development of a Longitudinal Peer Support Curriculum for Trainees in Anesthesiology.”

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