About the Medical College of Wisconsin Department of Anesthesiology

MCW's Department of Anesthesiology was established in 1957 as a division of the Department of Surgery. By 1965, Anesthesiology had become an independent department. Since then, the scope of Resident and Fellowship training, research and patient care have continually increased. Approximately 100 Interns, Residents and Fellows are involved in training annually. Both clinical and research faculty pursue clinical and scientific research.

MCW's Anesthesiology Residency Program is the only anesthesiology training program in Southeast Wisconsin. Our residents receive an exclusive opportunity to learn and to participate in patient care at several outstanding, affiliated area hospitals. The broad diversity and sheer number of anesthetic cases allow MCW residents the opportunity to care for a variety of patients and to train in a full range of surgical procedures.

ACGME approved Fellowships are available in Critical Care, Pain Management, Cardiothoracic, and Pediatric Anesthesia; the Department also offers fellowships in Neurosurgical and Obstetric Anesthesia.

 Chairman's Welcome

The mission of the Department of Anesthesiology is threefold:

  • achieving excellence in providing patient care
  • teaching medical students, interns, residents and fellows
  • 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 and medical 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.

David Waltier, MD, PhDThe 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

Froedtert Hospital, Milwaukee, WI

Froedtert Hospital(FH)

Number of Beds: 469
Anesthetics administered annually: 14,609

Principal affiliate of the Medical College of Wisconsin, FH attracts patients from Wisconsin, Northern Illinois and Upper Michigan. This tertiary care hospital has the only Level 1 Trauma Center in Eastern Wisconsin. Anesthesia experience encompasses the entire spectrum of elective and emergent surgical procedures, including complex cardiothoracic and neurologic cases, as well as solid organ, heart, and lung transplantation. FH also serves as the primary site for critical care training and pain management. Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin Women's Health Center, located within Children's Hospital of Wisconsin is a birth center with more than 1,200 births annually.

Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

Children's Hospital of Wisconsin(CHW)

Number of Beds: 222
Anesthetics administered annually: 12,000

Children's Hospital of Wisconsin is the 16th pediatric hospital to be established in the United States. The new building was opened in 1988 to replace an aging complex of buildings in downtown Milwaukee. Admissions average more than 19,000 per year - the second highest of any pediatric hospital in the U.S. About 180,000 children per year are seen in the hospital's more than 80 specialty clinics. CHW is home to the largest regional pediatric program for the repair of congenital heart defects and is Wisconsin's only regional pediatric trauma referral center. In addition to the wide variety of pediatric anesthetic cases, residents and fellows are involved with an active pediatric pain management program.

Clement J. Zablocki Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Milwaukee, WI

Clement J. Zablocki Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC)

Number of Beds 182
Anesthetics administered annually: 3,148

The Clement J. Zablocki VAMC delivers primary, secondary and tertiary medical care. It is also one of the leading telemedicine sites for the Department of Veterans Affairs. The VAMC is located in the heart of the Milwaukee metroplex, and just four miles from the Medical College of Wisconsin, FH and CHW. One of the busiest VAMCs in the country, this hospital is one of the regional cardiac and specialized surgery centers for the VA in the midwest. The VAMC also serves as a site for an acute and chronic pain service and critical care training.

Clement J. Zablocki Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Milwaukee,WI

St. Joseph's Medical Center

Number of Beds: 713
Obstetric anesthetics administered annually: 2,619

St. Joseph's Hospital is a general acute care teaching facility located on Milwaukee's northwest side. It is the department's primary site for obstetric anesthesiology experience.

The Wisconsin Heart Hospital

The Wisconsin Heart Hospital (TWHH)

The Wisconsin Heart Hospital opened in January 2004 as a joint venture affiliate with Covenant Healthcare and investors ranging from cardiovascular physicians, primary care physicians, other specialists and members of the community. TWHH is the first stand-alone, cardiovascular hospital in the state to partner with an integrated health care system.

Community Memorial Hospital of Menomonee Falls, WI

Community Memorial Hospital of Menomonee Falls

Community Memorial Hospital of Menomonee Falls is a resource for our residents to obtain more experience in cardiac anesthesia.

 Best Doctors® 2014

Best Doctors 2014

A total of 446 Medical College of Wisconsin faculty physicians, representing 63
specialties, are listed on the Best Doctors® in America list for 2014. The information, compiled by Best Doctors, Inc., includes more physicians from the Medical College than any other group practice or institution in Wisconsin.

Medical College physicians account for over 44% of the 1,015 Wisconsin physicians listed as Best Doctors. More Best Doctors® practice at two of the Medical College’s major teaching hospital affiliates, Froedtert Hospital and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, than at any other hospitals in the state.

The following physicians from the Department of Anesthesiology were recently listed among The Best Doctors in America®.

David C. Warltier, MD, PhD
Chairman of Anesthesiology; Professor of
Anesthesiology, Pharmacology, and Medicine

Stephen E. Abram, MD
Professor of Anesthesiology

Richard J. Berens, MD
Professor of Anesthesiology

Lourdes G. Burgos, MD
Associate Professor of Anesthesiology

Steven Butz, MD
Associate Professor of Anesthesiology

Lois A. Connolly, MD
Professor of Anesthesiology;

Sylvia Y. Dolinski, MD
Professor of Anesthesiology

Thomas J. Ebert, MD, PhD
Professor of Anesthesiology

George M. Hoffman, MD
Professor of Anesthesiology

William G. Hope, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology

Iqbal Zafar, MD
Associate Professor of Anesthesiology

Olga Y. Kaslow, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Anesthesiology

Judy Kersten, MD
Professor and Senior Vice Chair of Anesthesiology

Karin Madson (Drescher), MD
Associate Professor of Anesthesiology

Jutta Novalija, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Anesthesiology

Paul Pagel, MD, PhD
Professor of Anesthesiology

Christopher J. Plambeck, MD
Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology

Robert Scholosser, MD
Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology

Tatyana Strong, MD
Associate Professor of Anesthesiology

Eckehard Stuth, MD
Professor of Anesthesiology;
Director of Cardiac Anesthesia

Todd Troshynski, MD
Associate Professor of Anesthesiology

Jaya L. Varadarajan, MBBS, MD
Associate Professor of Anesthesiology

Steven J. Weisman, MD
Professor of Anesthesiology and Pediatrics

Harvey Woehlck, MD

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Milwaukee, WI 53226
(414) 805-6100
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