Program Director Welcome

Program Director Welcome:


The Residency Program in Anesthesiology at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine is designed to prepare physicians-in-training to become successful perioperative physicians. Through a combination of didactic education, clinical rotations in all major subspecialties of anesthesiology, and academic research, our graduates are well-prepared for successful careers in the newly developing models of patient care, both as private or academic practitioners.

Our department consists of three teaching hospitals, St. Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City, Children’s Mercy Kansas City, and Truman Medical Center.  Together, these hospitals offers our residents tremendous clinical learning platforms in cardiovascular, neurosurgical, all aspects of pediatric surgical, critical care medicine, trauma, regional, pain management and obstetric care. The program is based primarily at St. Luke’s Hospital (SLH), the main tertiary care teaching hospital of the Saint Luke’s Health System of greater Kansas City. The department has recently re-organized its teaching and clinical curriculum to better meet the training needs of our residents. For our integrated internship year, now known by the ACGME as the Fundamental Clinical Skills in Medicine year, we have designed rotations that build resident exposure to perioperative medicine; Pain Management, Preoperative Assessment and Enhancement Clinic, Echo Lab and ultrasound guided PICC line clinic, in addition to rotations in Emergency Medicine, Cardiovascular ICU and OR Anesthesia.   We involve residents in simulation training throughout the year and hold specialized workshops in ultrasound guided regional anesthesia and airway management. Our expansive presence in the Mid America Heart Institute of SLH will allow residents to gain experience and proficiency in TEE, and to plan for them being able to qualify for taking the Basic PTEeXAM by the end of their residency if they so wish. Our faculty have completed training at a variety of institutions across the country, with over half have completed fellowship training in subspecialties such as cardiothoracic anesthesiology, pain management, pediatric anesthesiology, critical care medicine, and regional anesthesiology.  All faculty are actively involved in the education of our residents.  Residents have opportunities to be involved in basic science and clinical research, and the Department supports resident travel to present their research and/or presentations.

We believe the current and future era of anesthesia practice is truly exciting, with expanded opportunities for patient care, professional growth and leadership. In anticipation, our aim is to train our residents beyond mastering the intra-operative phase of care, to instead become perioperative physicians. We look forward to hearing from you and hope you will examine our program closely, to see for yourself the extraordinary clinical and leadership learning opportunities our residency program offers.


Johan P. Suyderhoud, M.D.
Interim Program Director

Lisa Young
Residency Coordinator