Welcome From The Chair

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We are privileged to be part of our department’s long and impressive history of excellence in innovation and collaboration. From the invention of the copper kettle vaporizer by Dr. Lucien Morris to the founding of the world’s first multidisciplinary pain clinic by Dr. John J. Bonica, UW Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine continues to be a national leader in our specialty.

Equity & Inclusion

We believe that a diverse and inclusive team is essential to achieving our mission and creating a supportive and enriching work environment. I am committed to fostering a culture that promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion, and encourages open communication, collaboration, and professional growth among our team members. As you peruse the ongoing work of our Diversity Council, you will see that its members are developing data-driven and collaborative initiatives in patient care, education, and research.

Clinical Care

Our department is comprised of highly skilled and compassionate anesthesiologists and pain medicine specialists who are committed to delivering safe and effective perioperative care and pain management to our patients, whether it be in the operating room, the critical care units, in the pain clinic, or in other clinical settings. Our faculty are leaders in their respective fields and serve in numerous clinical and administrative leadership roles across the entire spectrum of perioperative care and pain management.


As an educational institution, we are dedicated to training the next generation of clinicians. Our educational programs are designed to teach trainee physicians the knowledge, skills and professionalism required for clinical excellence; promote compassionate patient care; inspire a sense of inquiry and life-long learning; and develop physician leaders in anesthesiology, pain medicine, and critical care for the 21st century.


Our department is at the forefront of innovative research in the field of anesthesiology, critical care and pain medicine. Our faculty strive to advance medical science and improve perioperative clinical care by conducting state-of-the art pre-clinical, clinical, translational, and outcomes research. Our highly collaborative research environment encourages and supports our researchers’ pursuit of scholarly activities and professional development. Together, we will continue to advance the science of anesthesiology, pain medicine and critical care medicine.

I am enormously grateful for the exceptional talent in our faculty, trainees, researchers, nurse anesthetists and staff that will enable the Department of Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine to retain and increase its prominent national and international reputation. As we move forward, I encourage each and every one of you to contribute your unique skills, talents, and perspectives to our department’s success. Together, we can make a difference in the lives of our patients, advance our field, and foster a supportive and inclusive work environment that promotes professional growth and fulfillment.

If you haven’t already, please take a moment to explore our brand-new website and consider the many exciting research opportunities and educational programs that we offer, and do not hesitate to contact me or any of our distinguished faculty to learn more about our department and what we stand for.

Thank you for your interest in our department!


G. Burkhard Mackensen, MD, PhD, FASE, FSCAI

Chair, Department of Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine

Allan J. Treuer Endowed Professor of Anesthesiology

Adjunct Professor of Medicine