Welcome from the Anesthesiology Chief Residents

Welcome to sunny Tucson and the University of Arizona Anesthesiology residency program. Our program has a history of graduating strong residents who are well prepared and qualified to provide excellent care for complicated patients in any setting. Our graduates have secured positions in a variety of competitive fellowships including cardiothoracic, chronic pain, critical care, obstetrics, pediatric, and regional anesthesia. University of Arizona graduates are represented in both academic and private practice groups across the country.

Our anesthesia program serves the city of Tucson and the surrounding region. Our main campus is a 487 bed hospital and the only level-one trauma center in Southern Arizona. Additionally, we experience high turnover cases at our ambulatory surgery center, work with veterans at the Southern Arizona VA, and provide services for our 55 bed South Campus hospital. We provide anesthesia care across a wide variety of disciplines including artificial heart devices; heart; liver, kidney and pancreas transplants; neurosurgery; thoracic (robotic, VATS, and open); obstetrics; and specialized ENT surgery. We recently started ACGME accredited fellowships in both critical care and chronic pain.

The Acute Pain Service provides regional blocks for both intra- and post-op care, including single shot and continuous infusions. Residents quickly become proficient in peripheral and neuraxial blocks for thoracic, abdominal, obstetric, and orthopedic cases. The chronic pain division is staffed by two physician scientists who practice state of the art pain interventions, in addition to their active research programs. Their research interests are in chronic pain and pharmacology, and they work closely with the world-renowned pain pharmacology group at the University of Arizona. Some examples of ongoing research studies include evaluating transient receptor channel pharmacology and cannabinoid pharmacology in both pre-clinical and clinical setting.

The critical care division is staffed by critical care trained anesthesiologists who cover our 20 bed Surgical and Trauma ICU and our 20 bed Cardiothoracic and Vascular ICU. Residents gain excellent training in managing a variety of critically ill patients ranging from traumatic injuries with massive transfusion protocols to patients on ECMO or with ventricular assist devices and total artificial hearts.

Residents interested in research have the opportunity to work on multiple ongoing projects in the department or develop an idea of their own with the help of a faculty member.  Every year we have multiple residents who participate and present at the Western Anesthesia Regional Conference as well as the ASA annual conference.

Our senior residents have the opportunity to experience a unique brand of anesthesia by serving medical missions in foreign countries. Previous locations include Ghana, Panama, Honduras, and the Philippines. The medical missions provide a much-needed service to under-served communities, in addition to being a memorable experience for our residents. While we have no shortage of pediatric or neurosurgical cases, senior electives include rotations at Barrow Neurological Institute and Phoenix Children's Hospital to provide additional exposure in other high-volume specialty hospitals. 

Our program fosters a supportive, collegial environment.  Our residents are a very close-knit group, and we are proud to serve this wonderfully diverse community and honored to care for people of Southern Arizona.         

Marc Cerruti, MD

Masoud Sultani, MD

Soojie Yu, MD