Steven Waldman, M.D., J.D.

Professor, Vice Dean - Strategic Initiatives,
Department(s) of Medical Humanities and Bioethics, Anesthesiology
UMKC School of Medicine
Education and Background

M.D. - University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine
Residency and Internship - Anesthesiology, Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Medicine, Rochester, Minnesota
M.B.A. - Health Care Administration, City University, Bellevue, Washington
J.D. - University of Kansas School of Law, Lawrence, Kansas

Meet Steven Waldman
What was your first job while growing up?

I sold plumbing supplies in Kansas City, Kansas. This is where I met a customer who later ended up being my docent, Bill Sirridge (one of the School of Medicine’s three founding docents).

What prompted you to get involved in research?

I was curious about what worked and what didn't. One of the fun things about a new specialty is that you aren't burdened by the conventional wisdom of the specialty. You get to make it up as you go along. Research was critical as new approaches to the management of pain evolved. It required a more disciplined approach to clarify efficacy and safety, and to separate fact from fiction.

What are your favorites hobbies/hidden talents outside of work?

I spend time with my family, reading and listening to music. I love playing the piano and keyboard. I have absolutely no talent, but I love picking up a fake book and playing away. Again, no talent, so that's why it's a hidden talent!


Steven D. Waldman, M.D., J.D serves as Vice Dean – Strategic Initiatives and Chair of the Department Medical Humanities and Bioethics at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine.   He holds joint academic appointments as Clinical Professor of Anesthesiology and Professor of Medical Humanities and Bioethics.  The author of 35 textbooks and numerous academic articles on the specialty of interventional pain management, ultrasound, and medical education, Dr. Waldman also continues his clinical work as an interventional pain management physician as well as an active member of the medical staff at Truman Medical Center.

Specialties and Research/Medical Interests

Anesthesiology, Pain management

Research Focus

An expert in pain management, Waldman focuses on process outcomes research for interventional pain management procedures. He is heavily involved in new procedure development for interventional pain management procedures and device development.