About the department
The Department of Anesthesiology at VCU School of Medicine provides more than 26,000 anesthetics per year and provides critical care services in cardiothoracic, neuroscience and surgery/trauma ICUs, and at a long-term acute care facility in the community.
For more than 50 years, we’ve trained experts in the field of anesthesiology through research, didactic teaching and complex clinical experiences. Our residency program is set apart from others by our clear vision of the anesthesiologist of the future.
Our department’s focus continues to be on innovative teaching and patient care, with particular emphasis on patient safety, quality improvement and leadership in the Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) movement.
In addition to our core residency program in anesthesiology, our department offers fellowships in adult cardiology anesthesiology, and regional anesthesiology and acute pain. We collaborate with the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in offering a fellowship in chronic pain medicine.
Our faculty are well-connected to the greater community of physicians. Dr. Michael Scott has helped lead the ERAS movement in 15 countries (and counting). Dr. Marc Huntoon is the editor-in-chief of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine. Other members of our faculty are on the editorial boards of Anesthesiology, Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, Anesthesia and Analgesia, and The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery.
Several of our faculty have led or currently serve as leaders of national and statewide medical societies. One member of the department has served as a commissioner for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
Our academic medical center was founded in 1838 as the medical department of Hampden-Sydney College. We were soon renamed the Medical College of Virginia. In 1848, anesthesia was introduced in Virginia by Dr. Charles Bell Gibson, a member of our faculty. MCV first became a state-supported institution in 1860, and we were the only medical school within the Confederacy to remain open throughout the Civil War. In 1968, MCV and Richmond Professional Institute merged to become VCU.
The VCU School of Medicine is now home to roughly 850 medical students, 800 house officers and 600 faculty members. Our department has a long history of training anesthesiology residents, dating back to the 1950s. We have played an integral role through the years in the advancement of patient safety, cardiac transplant, solid organ transplant and neurosurgery, to name a few areas.
About VCU Health
The VCU Health System is an urban, comprehensive academic medical center. We are a Level I Trauma Center and one of the longest established solid organ transplantation programs in the world. We have been ranked either No. 1 or No. 2 among all medical centers in Virginia and consistently No. 1 in the Richmond area.
VCU Department of Anesthesiology Office Address and Contact Information
Phone: (804) 828-9160
Fax: (804) 828-8300
PO Box 980695
Richmond, VA 23298-0695
1200 E. Broad Street
7th Floor, Room 7105