About Us

As perioperative physicians who provide pain-management care to patients before, during and after surgery, we work with doctors in a variety of clinical specialties and with patients undergoing a wide range of procedures. The Department of Anesthesiology offers the following services:

Clinical Sections

The Ambulatory Anesthesia team covers 10 operating rooms in Yale-New Haven Hospital plus several additional operating areas at the Temple Medical Center. Anesthesiologists, along with C.R.N.A.s and a few anesthesiology residents, care for out-patients who are released to go home immediately after their surgery. The care is designed to be efficient for patients and surgeons and safe enough for patients to avoid overnight hospitalization.


Our research program encompasses clinical, translational and basic areas of investigation. It ranges from neuroscience and cellular and molecular biology and tissue engineering to clinical and translational research. Under the direction of Dr. Laura Niklason, vice chair for research, this program offers an ideal platform for training the next generation of physician scholars in anesthesiology.

The section’s research activities focus on the development of new technologies to improve patient safety and reduce the fost of perioperative care. Projects include:

  • Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation for neuropathic pain
  • Electroanalgesia for musculoskeletal pain and post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Sub-Anesthetic IV Infusions of NMDA Antagonists for complex regional pain syndrome
  • Cognitive-Behavior Therapy for diabetic peripheral neuropathic pain


We have 57 residents in our training program, headed by Dr. Jeffrey Schwartz. Dr. Shamsuddin Akhtar heads the program that provides medical students with a two-week rotation during their third year. There is also an anesthesia elective for interested fourth-year medical students.

We offer fellowships in ambulatory, cardiac, pediatrics, obstetrics, regional, intensive care and pain management and participate in the Yale Resident Scholar’s Program, which enables residents to pursue a research career during their residency training.

Residents participate in patient care at both Yale-New Haven Hospital and the VA Connecticut Healthcare System in West Haven. We’ve enhanced our resident curriculum with a simulator-based educational exercise and workshops in airway management, line placement and regional anesthesia.