Harborview Medical Center

Overview of Harborview Anesthesiology

Harborview Medical Center, King County’s public hospital, is staffed by UW faculty.  As the only Level 1 trauma center in the 5-state WWAMI region (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho), Harborview treats trauma and critically ill patients from across the region arriving via ground transport, helicopter and fixed-wing aircraft. 

By the numbers

With over 500 patients beds (including 100 intensive care beds), our highly skilled Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine team provides comprehensive care to specialty medical services including trauma surgery, neurosurgery, orthopedic surgery, the burn center, and medical, neuro, cardiac care, surgical and pediatric intensive care units.  We staff 25 operating rooms and 4 to 6 non-operating room anesthesia (NORA) sites per day. Our Harborview team includes 32 attending anesthesiologists, 24 certified registered nurse anesthetists, 20 residents, and anesthesiology fellows in specialty training programs. 

Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

Not only do we strive for equitable care for all our patients, we also promote diversity and inclusion among our team members. Many of our faculty are experienced anesthesiologists from other countries and bring unique wealth of clinical expertise and perspectives to our training program.

Education and training

Teaching at Harborview is paramount. Residents at Harborview rotate through 22 active operating rooms.  Residents are exposed to complex cases of all kinds including care for trauma patients, neurointerventional procedures, complex orthopedic procedures, and all emergency airway procedures in the Emergency Department and intensive care units. Residents are also trained in regional anesthesia techniques and ultrasound guidance, neuroanesthesia procedures and pain management. The pediatric anesthesia group supports all pediatric trauma and burn patients. Hands on patient care instruction is supplemented with weekly seminars and conferences. Residents are supported and develop self-confidence in their clinical performance.

I am proud to work in a culture that is passionate about achieving our mission to support the healthcare needs of the most vulnerable, and supporting our core values of kindness and compassion for our patients and all members of the Harborview team, including anesthesiology, nursing, surgery and all the support services.

Jeffrey Kirsch, MD, FASA
Jeffrey R. Kirsch, MD Professor & Chief of Service, Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine, Harborview Medical Center