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Rapid scientific advances in a number of fields including neuroscience and genomics are leading to an improved understanding of physiologic and pathophysiologic processes at a basic level and practical alterations in our clinical approach to anesthetic care and pain management. The University of Wisconsin Department of Anesthesiology is pleased to play a part in these exciting developments with an array of basic, translational, and clinical research projects. We offer one and two year fellowships in anesthesia research designed to both train the researchers of tomorrow and continue to advance our specialty as a scientific discipline.

Fellowship opportunities are available in basic, translational, and clinical research. Basic research in the department is wide ranging, among are projects exploring the basis of consciousness (Dr. Robert Sanders, Dr. Matthew Banks), anesthetic effects on brain function (Dr. Robert Pearce), genetic contributions to anesthesia response (Dr. Misha Perouansky and Dr. Kirk Hogan), and molecular interactions that play a role in pain and related pathologies (Dr. Jay Yang). Translational research in the department is focused on innovating new methods of patient monitoring to prevent catastrophic outcomes (Dr. Guelay Bilen-Rosas), assessing new technologies in airway management (Dr. Richard Galgon), and improving practices for pediatric patients (Dr. Benjamin Walker). There are many ongoing clinical research opportunities led by Dr. Alaa Abd-Elsayed, Dr. Elizabeth Wilson, Dr. Kristopher Schroeder, Dr. Hubert Cios and others that implement new technologies and pharmaceuticals to reduce chronic and acute pain, trials which are rapidly changing the way we practice and prescribe medicine. The department is nested within the School of Medicine and Public Health which is world-renowned for translating laboratory science to clinical treatments. Complementing these state-of-the-art facilities is the strong research infrastructure on campus, foundational to the collaborative nature of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The structure of the research fellowship will be individualized to meet the needs and interests of the trainee. The fellowship may include both laboratory and operating room experience, including subspecialty clinical experience for fellows engaged in clinical research training. Courses such as biostatistics and research design are offered as part of the comprehensive NIH funded Clinical Investigator Preparatory Program (headed by Dr. Frank Graziano) and in many basic science departments throughout the Medical School and University. Opportunities for frequent scientific interaction in the form of journal clubs and seminar series are available within the Department and through affiliated Ph.D. programs such as Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology and Neuroscience.

For More Information

Karin Zuegge, MD
Vice Chair for Education
Department of Anesthesiology
University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics
600 Highland Ave, B6/319
Madison, WI 53792-3272
(608) 263-8100

For questions regarding the application process, please contact:

Brandon Russell
Fellowship Coordinator
University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics
600 Highland Ave, B6/319
Madison, WI 53792-3272