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Department of Anesthesia

Peioneers in education, research and patient care

The Department of Anesthesia at IU School of Medicine provides exceptional patient care and outstanding resident education. With nationally and internationally recognized faculty, strong residency training, and the resources of a large and well-funded research university, the department is poised to offer a robust clinical experience for learners and state of the art care for patients.

The IU School of Medicine Anesthesia department provides the setting for a superb anesthesiology training experience. For residents interested in pursuing an academic career, the department offers research opportunities with established investigators in both basic and clinical science. Research efforts are expanding the boundaries of medical knowledge and department faculty members regularly contribute work to medical journals in basic science, clinical anesthesiology, surgery and critical care.


Faculty educators of the IU School of Medicine Department of Anesthesia train medical students, residents and fellows in a broad range of anesthesia practice. Fellowships are offered in pediatric anesthesia and pediatric cardiac anesthesia.
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The research mission of the Department of Anesthesia at IU School of Medicine is to advance medical science and improve clinical care by conducting state-of-the-art pre-clinical, clinical and translational research.
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Clinical Care

The Department of Anesthesia at IU School of Medicine is a leader in delivering effective patient care. Patients benefit from the research and expertise available at an academic teaching institution.
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26 Residents per Year
89 Full-Time Clinical Faculty
5 Tertiary-Care Teaching Hospitals
2717-Presson, Robert

Robert G. Presson, MD

Chair, Department of Anesthesia

Presson has worked as a pediatric anesthesiologist and intensivist at Riley Children’s Hospital since joining the faculty.

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9073-Stewart, Jennifer

Jennifer L. Stewart, DO

Assistant Professor of Clinical Anesthesia

Dr. Stewart graduated from the IU School of Medicine Anesthesiology Residency program, served as Chief Resident, and was an active member of the various residency committees. She was selected as the residency Program Director in 2018.

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Diverse Clinical Experience

The IU School of Medicine—Indianapolis campus provides a uniquely robust clinical environment for learners in anesthesia, who complete rotations at five tertiary-care hospitals, including IU Health University Hospital, Methodist Hospital, Eskenazi Hospital, the Roudebush VA Medical Center and Riley Hospital for Children. This rich learning environment prepares learners for a wide range of practice by offering broad diversity of illness, unique systems of care, and patients of all socioeconomic groups.

Graduate Medical Education Programs

The Department of Anesthesia offers a large residency program with 26 learners in each of the three Clinical Anesthesia years. Four categorical positions are offered with training in the clinical base year and the three clinical anesthesia years. Residents with advanced positions join the program for three Clinical Anesthesia years after completing a clinical base year with a different program.

The department also offers fellowships in pediatric anesthesia and pediatric cardiac anesthesia at Riley Hospital for Children. In addition, a one-year dental anesthesia fellowship is available for graduates of ADA-accredited dental schools. The department offers an Anesthesiologist Assistant program, in which students work toward a Master of Science in Anesthesia degree.

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