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Message from the Chair

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Welcome to the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Founded in 1927 as the first academic program in anesthesiology in the country under the guidance of Dr. Ralph M. Waters, our department has a proud tradition. Now, 84 years later, we remain committed to Dr. Waters' guiding principles of providing outstanding patient care, educating the next generation of clinicians and leaders, and advancing the scientific foundation of our discipline.

We are fortunate to be part of a world-class university, a thriving medical center, and a wonderful community. The University of Wisconsin-Madison is recognized as one of the premier institutions in the country, both for its educational programs and for its cutting-edge research. The University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics is frequently cited in publications listing the nation's best health care providers. And Madison, the state capitol, provides a high quality of life, with excellent schools, a wide variety of arts and entertainment, and ready access to nature and recreation.

I encourage you to learn about the different facets of our department by exploring this website. You will learn about our strong commitment to resident and continuing medical education, with a level-specific core curriculum, a visiting professor program that brings in nationally recognized experts on a monthly basis, a weekly case conference series, and opportunities to participate in a range of specialized clinical programs as well as research. You will learn about our state-of-the-art Human Simulation Center, and about opportunities for medical student rotations and fellowship training. And, you will learn about the broad range of clinical, educational, and research activities in which we engage.

As a faculty member at the University of Wisconsin for more than 20 years I have come to appreciate the unique blend of professional and personal opportunities that our department and city offers. I look forward to contributing to our continuing success, and I invite you to become a part of it.

Robert Pearce, MD, PhD
Ralph M. Waters, MD, Distinguished Chair of Anesthesiology