Arriving in October 2019 as the new chair of the Department of Anesthesiology, Dr. Kelly McQueen brought with her a 25-year commitment to addressing the global anesthesia crisis. Her influence has led us to strengthen our tradition of caring for the underserved at home and abroad. The department, in partnership with the UW School of Medicine and Public Health’s Department of Surgery and other educational partners, is making a sustainable commitment to serving communities in low- and middle-income countries.
As part of our commitment to the Wisconsin Idea and global outreach, the Department of Anesthesiology recently created the Global Anesthesia Program and established a new fund to support overseas service, education, and research. Dr. Deborah Rusy will serve as its inaugural director.
The global program will build on initiatives over the years that have offered short-term service opportunities and visiting educator programs for faculty and residents around the world. Often coordinated with our surgical colleagues, these opportunities have had a positive impact on our junior faculty, residents, students and staff. The global program hopes to offer sustained opportunities to this same group of individuals, with the added benefit of creating long-term education programs and opportunities for research.