Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care

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Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of Anesthesia at the University of Pennsylvania is to practice excellence in the clinical care of patients, to educate physicians to become superior in all aspects of anesthesia practice, and to define the forefront of research relevant to the specialty.

The department, as an integral component of Penn Medicine, manifests its commitment to advancing the specialty through its clinical, educational and research endeavors.

Above all, our purpose is to nurture current and future leaders in anesthesia whose professionalism will bring imagination, commitment and compassion to the medical, scientific, social, and ethical challenges of our society.

Core Values

In order to meet our mission, members of the Department of Anesthesia will be committed to a set of core values that will guide our efforts. These include:

  • We will recognize the unique contributions of each member to the overall success of our department.
  • We will foster diversity and respect the right of all to express their views in our deliberations.
  • We will be devoted to learning and innovation, and will apply our knowledge and ideas to enhance patient care, education, and research.
  • We will recruit, develop and retain excellent people by creating an inspiring work environment.
  • We will respect our colleagues throughout the Health System and work collaboratively with them to achieve our common goals.
  • We will practice responsible stewardship of departmental and institutional resources.


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