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

Discover Louise Sun's Big Data Approach for Cardiac Anesthesia Progress

Our Chief of Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology, Louise Sun, discusses how she's using big data sets to shape the future of cardiac anesthesiology. Read about her work to improve patient outcomes and the role gender equity plays in that mission:

Stanford Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine Ranks First Nationwide in 2023 NIH Funding

Join us in celebrating the exceptional milestone of Stanford's Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative, and Pain Medicine being ranked first in the nation for 2023 NIH funding and discover why we've achieved this recognition.

Dr. James McAvoy as the new Director of Critical Care Ultrasonography

We are delighted to announce that Dr. James McAvoy has been appointed as the new Director of Critical Care Ultrasonography. Dr. McAvoy serves as a Clinical Assistant Professor within the Division of Anesthesia Critical Care Medicine.


Dr. Nguyen receives the Stanford Human Artificial Intelligence - AI in Medical Imaging Partnership Grant

Dr. Teresa Nguyen, a CA-3 at Stanford Anesthesia, recently received the Stanford AI in Medicine & Imaging - Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence Partnership Grant. Dr. Nguyen is deeply committed to research at the nexus of AI and medicine.

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