Clinical Services

Clinical Services

The Department of Anesthesiology is committed to excellence in clinical service. Our anesthesia care team consists of 60 board-certified anesthesiologists, 54 anesthesiology residents, 6 pain medicine fellows, 1 critical care medicine fellow, and 19 nurse anesthetists. The anesthesia care team is assisted by technical and nursing support services provided by the various clinical venues.

Current clinical venues include:

  • University Hospital
  • Audie L. Murphy Memorial Veterans Administration Hospital
  • Cancer Therapy and Research Center (CTRC)
  • CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital – Northwest
  • Medical Arts and Research Center (MARC)
  • University Center for Pain Medicine
  • University Peri-operative Medicine Clinic (UPOMC)

Types of anesthesia services provided include:

  • Preoperative evaluations
  • General anesthesia
  • Regional anesthesia
  • Trauma anesthesia
  • Cardiac anesthesia
  • Transplant anesthesia
  • Obstetric anesthesia
  • Neuroanesthesia
  • Pediatric anesthesia
  • Critical care medicine
  • Acute pain management
  • Chronic pain management

Anesthesiology clinical services have expanded significantly in recent years, and we anticipate this trend will continue. While the number of operating room anesthetics have remained virtually flat over the past three years (approximately 21,000), the number of remote site anesthetics has increased by 77%. This is a significant statistic because remote site anesthetics require 1:1 coverage, thus requiring a greater number of anesthesiologists on staff. In addition, surgeries and anesthetics have become more complex over the years, and some cases are longer in duration. This also impacts the number of staff required. The Department is continuously and aggressively recruiting board-certified anesthesiologists and certified registered nurse anesthetists to fill these clinical needs.

The Department of Anesthesiology is committed to optimum clinical efficiency while maintaining the highest standard of patient care and safety. Our efforts to improve OR efficiency include analysis of the daily report of efficiency parameters (start times, cut times, etc.) and establishing benchmarks for these parameters. For the 2009 fiscal year to date, our anesthesiologists’ productivity is 1.6 times greater than the MGMA median for academic anesthesiologists. In addition, the Department is participating in a pilot study with the Department of Ophthalmology to determine the efficiency of the dedicated-team approach for some types of surgeries. Under our leadership, we have seen a 200% improvement in patient mortality in the SICU of the Veterans Hospital over a 12-month period.

The Department of Anesthesiology is committed to electronic medical recordkeeping (EMR). In July 2009, we implemented the PICIS anesthesia management database at University Hospital. We have already seen a significant improvement in data capture. We look forward to extracting this data for research endeavors as well as for improving clinical efficiency and patient care and safety.

For more information concerning clinical services provided by the Department of Anesthesiology please contact the following:

Benjamin Wallisch, D.O.
Benjamin Wallisch, D.O.
Medical Director of OR Services
University Hospital
James N. Rogers, M.D.
James N. Rogers, M.D.
Chief of Anesthesiology
Audie L. Murphy Memorial VA Hospital
Maxim Eckmann, M.D.
Maxim Eckmann, M.D.
Director
UT Medicine Pain Consultants
Susan H. Noorily, M.D.
Susan H. Noorily, M.D.
Director
Anesthesiology Preoperative Clinic