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Welcome to the Department of Anesthesiology

Steven Venticinque, M.D.
Steven Venticinque, M.D.
Professor / Clinical
& Interim Chair

Welcome to the Department of Anesthesiology at University of Texas Health in San Antonio. As Interim Chair, I could not be more enthusiastic about the present and future of our Department. In meeting our missions of teaching, clinical service, and research, we are training some of the finest anesthesiologists in the world, providing high-quality, patient-centered care and engaging in cutting-edge research.

We currently have 60 residents in our 4-year program. We filled our 2018 entering class on Match Day with 16 outstanding candidates whose average USMLE Part I score is 231 and average Part II score is 246. Our 50+ faculty members are fully committed to providing every learning opportunity for our residents, which is reflected in our statistics. Currently 95% of our graduates are board-certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA). Our core program as well as our fellowships in Pain Medicine and Critical Care Medicine have attained a 10-year resurvey cycle from the ACGME.

University Hospital, our primary teaching facility, is a state-of-the-art tertiary care center that is responsible for both adult and pediatric level 1 trauma for all of South Texas. Last year we provided anesthesia services for over 18,800 cases including cardiothoracic surgery, hepato-biliary transplant, lung transplant, advanced neurosurgical cases, acute stroke interventions, orthopedic joint and trauma, as well as robotic and high risk gynecological surgery. We cover a robust women’s health service that saw almost 3,000 deliveries last year, many involving high risk maternal conditions. University Hospital System is consistently ranked as the best hospital in San Antonio by US News and World Report and is projected to increase services with future expansion plans that include a new 250 bed Women and Children’s tower in 2020.

Our other teaching facility, the Audie L. Murphy Veterans Administration Hospital, is part of the South Texas Veterans Healthcare System which experiences approximately 1.2 million patient visits per year. The Audie L. Murphy Hospital trains 219 residents yearly, which is the 3rd highest in the VA system. The hospital has 11 operating rooms which include two robotic surgery systems and cardiothoracic surgery suites. The VA campus, which is directly adjacent to UT Health is also the home of San Antonio Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center, which is one of only 5 of these centers in the country.

Our outpatient pain practice is affiliated with UT Health, which consists of over 800 providers in South Texas. We oversee an advanced interventional pain service that spans multiple sites within the South Texas Medical Center and the Hill Country.

During the past academic year our department was awarded a Department of Defense grant in order to further the development of limb preservation technology which was invented by UT Health San Antonio Anesthesiology researchers. Other faculty members of ours were awarded UT Health President's Translational and Entrepreneurial Research grants in order to further develop and commercialize medical devices which pertain to patient safety, and airway management. Additional research initiatives include reducing the abuse potential of opioids, radiofrequency ablation technology, and psychological therapy for chronic pain.

Please take a few more minutes to review our pages on this website detailing our programs and initiatives. Whether you are a prospective student, patient, or faculty member, I am sure you will agree with me that the Department of Anesthesiology at the UT Health San Antonio, Texas is a dynamic and progressive contributor to the health of our patients and the field of anesthesiology.