Welcome to the Department of Anesthesiology

The mission of the Department of Anesthesiology is threefold

  1. Achieving excellence in providing patient care
  2. Teaching medical students, interns, residents and fellows
  3. Conducting research

Delivery of anesthesia for adults and children at six different institutions sets the standard of care in southeastern Wisconsin. This also creates an educational environment for housestaff, medical students and anesthesiologist assistant students that utilizes a variety of learning activities. Core training is based on one-on-one instruction with faculty and guided hands-on experience. The didactic educational program of the department consists of case discussions, lectures, journal clubs, and visiting professorships.

The Department also utilizes adult and pediatric patient simulator training, practice-based learning discussions, and oral examinations to prepare residents for the board certification process. Special workshops are offered on an annual basis and include Anesthesia Machine, Trauma, and Airway Management, amongst others. Residents are assigned faculty mentors with whom they meet at least semi-annually to review their performance and obtain guidance for improvement and choice of future career goals. Resident input with the Chairman and Program Director is designed to review the training program and examine areas for potential improvement.

Faculty in the Department of Anesthesiology conduct basic and clinical research. These investigations have been well funded through NIH, VA, American Society of Anesthesiologists, and American Heart Association grants. Our Department ranks fifth in NIH funding among all departments of anesthesiology in the United States. Basic research in cardiovascular, respiratory, neuropathophysiology and pharmacology is conducted in a large number of laboratories housed at the Medical College of Wisconsin and the VA Medical Center.

The Department has received both a NIH Training Grant and a Program Project Grant to study cardioprotection afforded by certain anesthetic drugs against ischemia and reperfusion injury. Additional NIH funds are devoted to exploring mechanisms of chronic pain and unconsciousness. Clinical investigations of cardiovascular disease, the autonomic nervous system, and drugs used to treat patients during anesthesia and in the intensive care unit have provided evidence that has altered the practice of anesthesiology. Faculty of the Department have been leaders in shaping the future of our subspecialty.

David C. Warltier, MD, PhD
John P. Kampine Professor and Chairman
Department of Anesthesiology


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Anesthesiology News

MCW-Green Bay hosts Wisconsin Attorney General for “Dose of Reality” announcement

On Thursday, Sept. 17, MCW-Green Bay hosted Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel for the rolling out of “Dose of Reality,” a statewide public awareness campaign designed to highlight the dangers of prescription drug abuse and encourage people to secure their medications and properly dispose of any unused drugs.

Dr. El-Orbany Finds “High Sniffing” Head Position Produces Better Laryngeal Views

July 20 - Anesthesiology News reports on a study by Dr. Mohammed El-Orbany (Anesthesiology) that found that by elevating a patient’s head to the “high sniffing” position before direct laryngoscopy may substantially increase the likelihood of obtaining a better laryngeal view. Anesthesiology News

Unique NIH Grant Provides Anesthesiology Research Training to Three Physicians

June 23 - Three MCW physicians will receive both clinical training and research support in Anesthesiology under a five-year, $960,651 NIH grant renewal. It is the nation’s only NIH grant that provides both physician training and integrated research. Dr. Judy Kersten (Anesthesiology; Pharmacology & Toxicology) will lead the project. Wauwatosa Now

MCW lands one-of-a-kind anesthesiology training grant

June 16 - Three physicians at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) will receive both clinical training and research support in anesthesiology under a five-year grant renewal from the National Institutes of Health. Offered in the amount of $960,651, it is the only NIH grant in the nation that provides for both physician training and integrated research.

Contact Us

Medical College of Wisconsin
Affiliated Hospitals
Department of Anesthesiology
9200 W. Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53226
(414) 805-6100
(414) 805-6147 - fax

Herodotos Ellinas, MD
Residency Program Director
and Associate Professor
Department of Anesthesiology

Thomas J. Ebert, MD, PhD
Associate Program Director
Vice Chair for Education and Professor
Department of Anesthesiology

Amy Matenaer
Resident Program Coordinator
(414) 805-6102
(414) 805-5916 - fax

Orlando Diaz
Fellowship Program Coordinator
(414) 805-6104
(414) 805-5916 - fax


Upcoming Events

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November 14, 2015
December 6, 2015

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