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Department of Anesthesiology

Welcome to the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Utah School of Medicine.  We are an academic practice focused on the traditional triad of missions of a university based department.  We seek to serve humanity through world‐class clinical care, innovative training, and impactful research in anesthesiology, perioperative & pain medicine.  We endeavor to put the patient first in the clinic, classroom, and laboratory.

The Department makes important contributions to the high quality and safe care for which University of Utah Health is well known.  Our clinical and research activities are especially remarkable for excellence in total intravenous anesthesia, ultrasound guided regional anesthesia, perioperative echocardiography, and pain management.  The Department also has a substantial track record in entrepreneurially oriented research, with numerous successful spinoff companies marketing products domestically and internationally.  Our residency and fellowship programs produce highly sought after medical professionals who elevate the practice wherever they land.

The Department’s footprint extends across the University of Utah campus and beyond.  Our clinical, training, and research activities on campus take place at the University of Utah Hospital, the Clinical Neuroscience Center, the Huntsman Cancer Hospital, the Orthopaedic Center, the Moran Eye Center, and Primary Children’s Hospital.  We also provide services at two multispecialty clinics with ambulatory surgery centers in South Jordan and Farmington, Utah.  The Salt Lake City Veterans Administration Hospital and the Shriners Hospital for Children are other venues at which our teams practice, train, and conduct research.  We deliver anesthetics for nearly 50,000 surgical cases and 5000 deliveries per year.

We invite you to explore our website to learn more about the Department and its people.  Our faculty, residents, and staff underpin all of our success.  We are working tirelessly to make anesthesia, perioperative care, and pain management better for everyone, every day.

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Harriet Hopf, MD publishes “‘The Adjunct Faculty Are Our Lifeblood': An Institution’s Response to Deliver Value to Volunteer Community Faculty” in Family Medicine
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Feb 11, 2021

Harriet Hopf, MD publishes “‘The Adjunct Faculty Are Our Lifeblood': An Institution’s Response to Deliver Value to Volunteer Community Faculty” in Family Medicine

Dr. Harriet Hopf et al. recently published an article regarding the importance of adjunct faculty and how institutions can improve recruitment, training, and retention of these faculty. The study concluded that including community faculty voices to inform action is a worthwhile investment towards maximizing support and engagement from adjunct faculty. ... Read More

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Daisy Feng, intern, publishes study on inflammatory markers of cognitive decline in mice titled “Blocking Kv1.3 potassium channels prevents postoperative neuroinflammation and cognitive decline without impairing wound healing in mice”
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Feb 03, 2021

Daisy Feng, intern, publishes study on inflammatory markers of cognitive decline in mice titled “Blocking Kv1.3 potassium channels prevents postoperative neuroinflammation and cognitive decline without impairing wound healing in mice”

Daisy Feng et al., intern, published a study that determined that Kv1.3 blockers, currently undergoing clinical trials for other conditions, may represent an effective and safe intervention to prevent postoperative cognitive decline.... Read More

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Daisy Feng, intern, publishes study on post-operative delirium titled “Dexmedetomidine for prevention of postoperative delirium in older adults undergoing oesophagectomy with total intravenous anaesthesia”
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Feb 03, 2021

Daisy Feng, intern, publishes study on post-operative delirium titled “Dexmedetomidine for prevention of postoperative delirium in older adults undergoing oesophagectomy with total intravenous anaesthesia”

Daisy Feng et al., intern, published a study regarding the use of dexmedetomidine. They concluded that "adding peri-operative dexmedetomidine to a total intravenous anaesthetic safely reduces POD and emergence agitation in elderly patients undergoing open transthoracic oesophagectomy. These benefits were associated with a postoperative reduction in circulating levels of the proinflammatory cytokine IL-6 and stabilisation of the haemodynamic profile."... Read More

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