Department of Anesthesiology

Chair's Message

Howard B. Gutstein, MD
Peter and Eva Safar Professor and Chair
Department of Anesthesiology

Welcome to our website! We appreciate your interest and are delighted to share all that we have to offer. We have a long history as pioneers in the field, beginning with the exceptional career of our founding chair, Dr. Peter Safar, who is recognized as the father of cardiopulmonary resuscitation. We perform nearly 300,000 cases annually at 17 clinical sites, covering the entire spectrum of anesthetic practice. Our innovative and nationally-recognized educational programs for residents and fellows are second to none.  We are also closely involved in training medical students at the School of Medicine and SRNAs at the School of Nursing. Research opportunities abound, with a cadre of world-class clinical and basic investigators supporting two NIH T-32 fellowship programs to train the next generation of leaders in academic anesthesiology. Pittsburgh, the wonderful city we call home, has spectacular views, a vibrant cultural scene, and some of the best restaurants to be found in the nation, not to mention our local obsession with all types of sports. Discover why our department is the place to be!

Come join us at Pitt – we’re going places!