Dr. Charles Bernard PittingerCharles Bernard Pittinger, MD, was chosen by Vanderbilt to become Chairman of the Department of Anesthesiology beginning July 1, 1962

During Dr. Pittinger’s tenure as chairman of the department, eighteen residents were trained in anesthesiology and the faculty was expanded from five to seven full time members. In addition, resident anesthesiologists were routinely trained at the Veterans’ Administration Hospital under Basil M. Mixon, Jr., MD. Ildefonso A. Alcantara, MD. was added to the teaching faculty of the university although stationed at Nashville General Hospital. 

Professor Pittinger stepped down from the chairmanship of the department on July 1, 1968, and Yilmaz Eryasa, MD, Associate Professor of Anesthesiology, became acting chairman of the department from July 1, 1968 through June 30, 1969.