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Welcome to the Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine!

I am delighted to welcome you to the Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) and UMass Memorial Health Care. One of the largest Departments in the Healthcare System by number of clinical providers including over 65 Faculty, 55 CRNAs, 32 Residents and one Critical Care Fellow, our team serves a diverse patient population across 8 distinct areas of care, including 4 hospitals, two ambulatory surgery centers, and two freestanding endoscopy centers. With over 60 anesthetizing locations to start each day, we perform over 37.000 anesthetics annually. Our clinical work spans the full spectrum from high complexity tertiary care services to community and ambulatory anesthesia care.

As a Department we believe in excellence in patient care throughout the entire perioperative journey for each patient: From the pre-anesthesia clinic under the Medical Direction of one of our Faculty members to subspecialty and ambulatory anesthesia, critical care, and the treatment of chronic pain.  

The breadth and depth of our clinical operations makes for an excellent educational platform to train the next generation of caregivers. Our fully integrated Anesthesia Residency is one of the strongest mid-sized training   programs in the region. This is complemented by an outstanding Critical Care Fellowship, and, given our growth in volume and complexity of our Heart and Vascular Surgical Programs we plan on offering a Cardiac Anesthesia Fellowship soon. In addition, we are a desired rotation site for Student Nurse Anesthetists (SRNA) from the region’s Nurse Anesthesia Programs.

As an academic Department, our core mission includes opportunities for professional development and advancement of our Faculty, as this enhances excellence in clinical care, education, research, and professional satisfaction ensuring retention of the outstanding members of our team. In partnership with the UMMS Office of Faculty Affairs, each faculty member is supported to achieve his or her professional goal. Furthermore, leadership development opportunities are offered by the clinical system. Indeed, our faculty serve in key leadership roles beyond our Department thereby providing additional value to the Healthcare System. 

Lastly, I invite you to take a look at our Research activities and participation in Global Health by Faculty, Residents, and CRNAs.

Thank you for your interest in our Department. For those interested in a future career in Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine at UMass Memorial Healthcare please review our list of current job openings. For more specific information on our Residency Program and Critical Care Fellowship please follow the links provided. To our distinguished alumni (Residents, Fellows, and Faculty) I look forward to seeing you in person at one of our future Alumni events at the annual ASA meeting.

With warm regards,

J. Matthias Walz, MD