Department of
Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine


We are a strong, renowned leader in innovative and cutting-edge research and consistently ranked nationally as one of the top anesthesiology departments in NIH funding. As one of the largest anesthesiology departments in the US, we currently over 20 clinical sites, typically manage about 300,000 cases a year, and have a portfolio of active grant support that includes over $46 million in overall external research funding, over $44 million of which is from the NIH. Our investigators generate about 180 peer-reviewed publications a year, with many papers published in leading anesthesiology journals and high-impact journals such as Annals of SurgeryLancet, and Nature Reviews Neurology.

Our robust team of basic scientists and clinical/translational researchers collaborate to make discoveries that positively impact the world’s healthcare. We foster important collaborations with scientists from other departments at the University, including Bioengineering, Biomedical InformaticsPharmacology and Chemical Biology, PsychiatryNeurobiology, and Structural Biology. Additionally, our investigators collaborate with UPMC Enterprises, the UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute, and the Pitt/UPMC Vascular Medicine Institute.

Our researchers have access to the University of Pittsburgh’s state-of-the-art facilities, including a $200 million, 10-story Biomedical Research Tower, offering access to sophisticated NMR equipment and various high-tech services such as imaging, simulation, and peptide synthesis.



Basic Research

Our current basic research focuses on topics such as mechanisms of anesthesia, pain, and neuronal injury and protection; alcoholism; and ventilator-induced lung injury.


Industry-Sponsored Clinical Research

We maintain our own Industry-Sponsored Clinical Research Program, providing all the services necessary for faculty members, as both principal and sub-investigators, to fully execute clinical investigations.

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Clinical & Translational Research

Our current clinical & translational research spans an extensive range of subject areas, including acute and chronic pain, practice management, blood transfusion and coagulation, critical care medicine, neuroscience, enhanced recovery, and cardiac, OB, pediatric, and transplant anesthesiology.

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Research Programs

We are affiliated with programs such as the SCRR, PCPR, and WISER.

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Research Training

We offer research opportunities for undergraduates, pre- and post-doctoral  trainees, medical students, residents, and fellows.

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Clinical and Translational Research Center (CTRC)

Our CTRC supports the development of successful, innovative, clinical and translational research in support of our department’s academic goals and fosters the development of young research faculty in our department.

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Core Research Facilities

A robust collection of core facilities supports the research conducted within our department.

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Funding Opportunities

Funding support is available through federal sources and private foundations, as well as via departmental seed grants and other University funding opportunities.

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Research Administration

Our research administrative staff provides management support and financial oversight related to department proposals and awards in accordance with all applicable laws, policies and regulations.

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Research Participation Opportunities

Looking to take part in a study as a research subject? Read more.