Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care

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Lee A. Fleisher, MD, FACC
Robert D. Dripps Professor
Chair, Anesthesiology and Critical Care

The Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care at the University of Pennsylvania is steeped in a long tradition of patient care, education, and research. Founded over 50 years ago by Robert Dunning Dripps, the department has always striven to create leaders for the future, and alumni of the residency are at the top of their field throughout the country.

This focus on leadership with an eye to the future is a core component of the department's mission. The department is committed to providing an environment in which each individual, whether faculty or resident, can achieve their potential.

Our goal is to develop leaders in the care of the patient undergoing surgery (both intraoperatively and in the intensive care units), labor and delivery, palliative care, and those with chronic pain syndromes. We develop and foster this leadership through discovery, translational research, translating evidence into practice, and dissemination of knowledge. We strive to provide consistently safe care of the highest quality to all patients, irrespective of background, identity, or means. To accomplish this mission, we teach and learn from each other in an environment of mutual respect, open discourse, and honest self-reflection.

We provide our residents with the best possible training at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, so that we can provide our patients with the best possible clinical care. Our educational program encompasses didactic and Socratic methods of teaching, with a focus on evidence-based care. Our research endeavors go from the bench to the bedside to policy implications, and are clearly outlined on the research section of our web site.

Given the department's long tradition within the specialty and our ongoing commitment to excellence, we will continue to be at the forefront of the field in defining our roles as anesthesiologists, intensivists, and pain physicians. We will also continue to develop new and innovative methods to train future generations to provide the best care for their patients.


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