The UAB Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine is a recognized leader in the fields of clinical anesthesia, graduate and postgraduate education, and scientific inquiry through basic and translational research. The Department employs 80 faculty members involved in the delivery of patient care and research activities, more than 90 residents and fellows, and 60 staff members.
In 2006, Dr. Keith A. Jones was recruited to UAB to serve as the Department Chairman. Dr. Jones earned his medical degree from the UAB School of Medicine before completing residency and postgraduate work at the Mayo Clinic, including a postdoctoral National Institutes of Health fellowship. He joined the Mayo faculty, rising to the rank of professor and program director of Mayo’s Smooth Muscle Physiology Laboratory, before being recruited to UAB. Dr. Jones, who has been principal or co-investigator on numerous federal research grants, is a highly published author of scientific articles, an editorial board member and former associate editor of the Journal of Applied Physiology and associate editor of Anesthesiology.
Clinically, the Department is divided into six divisions based on anesthesiology subspecialty. These include the Anesthesia Services Division, the Cardiothoracic Anesthesia Division, the Division of Community Anesthesia, the Critical Care and Perioperative Medicine Division, the Division of Translational and Molecular Biomedicine, and the Division of Pain Medicine in Anesthesiology. The anesthetizing sites include operating and procedure room locations within the Birmingham Veterans Administration Medical Center, Callahan Eye Foundation Hospital, The Kirklin Clinic, University Hospital, and UAB Highlands Hospital.
The Department consistently ranks in the top clinical departments of anesthesiology in funding from the National Institutes of Health. Key areas of research focus include free radical biology, inflammatory diseases, acute lung injury, cardioprotective effects of alcohol, and mechanisms and treatment of pain.
The Department is responsible for the only anesthesiology residency program in the State of Alabama and trains 54 residents annually. Accredited fellowships are offered in cardiothoracic anesthesia, critical care medicine, and pain management.