Department History

The Vanderbilt University Medical Center Department of Anesthesiology carries the distinction of being one of the first independent departments of anesthesiology in the United States, having been established on December 12, 1945. After observing that the battlefield-wounded of World War II were more likely to survive if they received immediate, skilled anesthesia care, Vanderbilt physicians advocated that anesthesiology be established as an autonomous department. At that time, few medical schools possessed an academic anesthesiology service of any type.

Select the timeline links in the navigation bar to the left to read more about our department's history and our founding fathers, including our chairmen.


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