The University of Utah Hospital is designated a Level 1 Trauma Center, and is a regional referral center for the western United States. The Hospitals’ Clinical Neurosciences Center has five operating rooms and a state of the art interventional neuroradiology suite. One of the operating rooms has intraoperative magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) capabilities. This allows the surgeons to obtain an MRI during the middle of an operative procedure, and is a modality frequently used with pediatric patients. Over 1800 neurosurgical procedures are performed each year in the operating rooms of the Clinical Neurosciences Center.
The division of neuroanesthesiology is comprised of nine faculty anesthesiologist members, who provide care for a large variety of complex intracranial and spinal procedures. These cases include, but are not limited to: craniotomy for tumor and vascular abnormalities, trauma, awake craniotomy, transphenoidal pituitary tumor resection, epilepsy surgeries, deep brain and spinal cord stimulator surgeries, carotid endarterectomy, spinal cord tumor resection, and a variety of other spine surgeries.
Although the primary goal of our division is to provide expert clinical care to our patient’s, education is also of great importance. In addition to the two or three anesthesiology residents who rotate on our service each month, we also host anesthesiology assistant students, and are frequently teaching medical students in the operating rooms.