The Division of Cardiothoracic Anesthesia provides anesthesia services for cardiac and thoracic cases in 10 anesthetizing locations.

The anesthetizing sites including operating and procedure room locations within the Birmingham Veterans Administration Medical Center and University Hospital. The UAB Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine is the exclusive anesthesia provider in each of these locations.

Greater than 3,000 cardiac and thoracic cases are performed annually with approximately 600 additional anesthetics performed for pediatric catheterizations. The cases include an extensive amount of thoracic surgery, pediatric congenital surgery, and valve repairs. A significant number of aortic surgeries that employ circulatory arrest or partial left heart bypass are done. Also, a full range of transplants services are offered including anesthesia for left ventricular assist devices as well as adult and pediatric heart and lung transplantation.

State-of-the-art equipment and advanced monitors, including transesophageal echocardiography (TEE), cerebral oximetry, and pulmonary artery catheters, are utilized by the division. TEE is performed for the majority of cardiac surgeries.

Clinical interests of the cardiac anesthesia faculty include TEE, thoracic anesthesia, and pediatric anesthesia. Research interests include coagulation, clinical drug trials, and carbon dioxide as it relates to post-operative cognitive function.

All of the clinical faculty members of the division are certified as diplomates of the American Board of Anesthesiology. The anesthesia care team approach is utilized in the majority of the intra-operative anesthesia care provided by the division through the use of anesthesiology residents and/or certified registered nurse anesthetists.


Tuck Ben sqcrBenjamin Tuck, M.D.
Associate Professor 
Interim Vice Chair and Director, Division of Cardiothoracic Anesthesia