Anesthesiology Residency and Fellowships

Leadership Overview

Lee A. Fleisher, MD - Chair of Anesthesiology & Critical Care

Lee Fleisher MD

Dr Fleisher is the Robert D. Dripps Professor and Chair of Anesthesiology and Critical Care and Professor of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and his medical degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, from which he received the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2011. He completed his anesthesiology residency at Yale University and was on the faculty at Yale and Johns Hopkins University prior to returning to the University of Pennsylvania.

His research focuses on perioperative cardiovascular risk assessment and reduction and measurement of quality of care and has received numerous federal, industry and foundation grants related to these subjects. He is President of the Association of University Anesthesiologists. He has edited several books and monographs, including Evidence Based Practice of Anesthesiology and the 5th and 6th editions of Anesthesia and Uncommon Diseases, Perioperative Medicine: Managing to Outcomes, and associate editor of the 7th and 8th editions of Anesthesia. He was the 2009 FAER Honorary Research Lecturer and 2009 NYSSA Rovenstein Lecturer and lectures extensively on issues related to evidence-based anesthesia care and health policy.

He is the Chair of the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology Guidelines on Perioperative Cardiovascular Evaluation before Non-Cardiac Surgery and a member of the Steering Committee of the Surgical Care Improvement Project of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. He was co-Chair of the Patient Outcomes Steering Committee and a member of the Consensus Standards Advisory Committee of the National Quality Forum, Chair of the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) Task Force on Faculty-led innovations and Member of the Administrative Board of the Council of Academic Specialties of the AAMC. In 2007, he was elected to membership of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.

Robert Gaiser, M.D, M.S.Ed - Program Director

Robert Gaiser, MD

Robert Gaiser became the program director in 2001. His undergraduate education was at the University of Pennsylvania, medical education at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and anesthesia residency at Massachusetts General Hospital. He completed a fellowship in obstetric anesthesia at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania where he had the opportunity to work with two of the greatest doctors he has met, Drs. Brett Gutsche and Ted Cheek.

His interests are in medical education and obstetric anesthesia. He is future president of the Society of Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology and a director of the American Board of Anesthesiology. Dr. Gaiser has been recognized by the Foundation for Anestheisa Education and Research as one of the naugural nductees to the newly formed FAER Academy of Education Mentors.

His wife Randi thinks he works too hard while his two children, Matt and Kim, think he doesn’t work enough.

Dr. Gaiser is an avid runner who has completed four marathons. He is also the leader of the Penn Anesthesia Running Team, through which he has encouraged residents to run hundreds of miles with him in various local 5 and 10 K races.