Department of
Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine

Message from the Program Director

Dave Metro

David G. Metro, MD, FASA
Professor of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine
Vice Chair for Education
Residency Program Director 

It is truly a privilege to hold the position of Program Director for one of the top anesthesiology residency programs in the country. The University of Pittsburgh’s program emphasizes creating leaders in the field of anesthesiology. While our diverse case load (over 300,000 cases to choose from each year) and comprehensive didactic series (with protected time to guarantee attendance) are core features of our program, these features are not enough to create leaders. Faculty experts in every field of anesthesiology will serve as your mentors. These experts will help you explore areas beyond the operating room environment and facilitate your involvement in academic projects and leadership roles of your choosing. Our residents regularly present their work at national meetings, including the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA), the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA), the Society for Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology (SOAP), and the Society for Pediatric Anesthesia (SPA). During the 2018–2019 academic year alone, our residents made 70 presentations at regional, national, or international meetings.

We also feel it is important to foster leadership skills during residency by encouraging resident participation on departmental, hospital, and national committees. Our residents are awarded stipends annually as Foundation for Anesthesiology Education and Research Scholars to attend special programs at the ASA's annual meeting, and we have resident representation within the leadership of the ASA, the American Medical Association (AMA), and the Pennsylvania Society of Anesthesiologists (PSA). Since the primary focus of the residency is not utilizing residents as the sole operating room workforce, we are able to allot the time and resources needed for these activities. Residents also hold important roles in departmental, hospital, and system groups such as the Patient Safety and Graduate Medical Education Committees.

I am a native Pittsburgher and am fully committed to maintaining and expanding the outstanding traditions we have in this department. Drs. Phillip Adams and Elizabeth Ungerman (Associate Program Directors) and I, along with over 50 faculty members on the resident education committee, are given full support by our department chair. We strive for excellence in every facet of resident training, from the operating room to the classroom; to our world-class ASA-certified simulation center; and to local, national, and international stages.