Robert 'Denny' Bastron, MD

Professor, Anesthesiology - (Clinical Scholar Track)

Dr. Bastron was born in Red Oak, Iowa and graduated from Wentworth Military Academy. He received his undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Iowa. After internship at the University of Tennessee in Memphis, he completed his residency in anesthesiology (1967) and fellowship at Harvard Medical School (1968). After active duty with the USAF, he began his career at the University of Iowa. Moving to Tucson in 1980, Dr. Bastron was associated with the VA Medical Center, Pima Associates in Anesthesia, and Old Pueblo Anesthesiologists. From 1994 to 2002 he was a Professor of Anesthesiology at the Scott & White Hospital in Temple, Texas and was Professor and Head of the Department of Humanities at Texas A & M from 2000 to 2002. After serving as Clinical Director of Anesthesiology at the Tucson VA Hospital from 2002 to 2006, Dr. Bastron is currently Professor of Anesthesiology at the University of Arizona and director of Anesthesiology at the UPH Ambulatory Surgery Center.   

Research Interests: 

History of Medicine Medical Ethics

Academic / Professional Bio: 

Dr. Bastron was born in Red Oak, Iowa and graduated from Wentworth Military Academy. He received his undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Iowa. After internship at the University of Tennessee in Memphis, he completed his residency in anesthesiology (1967) and fellowship at Harvard Medical School (1968). After active duty with the USAF, he began his career at the University of Iowa. Moving to Tucson in 1980, Dr. Bastron was associated with the VA Medical Center, Pima Associates in Anesthesia, and Old Pueblo Anesthesiologists. From 1994 to 2002 he was a Professor of Anesthesiology at the Scott & White Hospital in Temple, Texas and was Professor and Head of the Department of Humanities at Texas A & M from 2000 to 2002. After serving as Clinical Director of Anesthesiology at the Tucson VA Hospital from 2002 to 2006, Dr. Bastron is currently Professor of Anesthesiology at the University of Arizona and director of Anesthesiology at the UPH Ambulatory Surgery Center.   

Degrees
  • AA: Wentworth Military Academy, 1958
  • BA: University of Iowa, 1960
  • MD: University of Iowa, 1964
Honors and Awards
  • Best Doctor in America, 2003-2015
  • Outstanding Alumnus Award, University of Arizona College of Medicine, Department of Anesthesiology, Tucson 1980
  • Distinguished Military Student, Wentworth Military Academy, Lexington, MO 1958
  • Phi Theta Kappa, Wentworth Military Academy, Lexington, MO 1957
Residency
  • University of Iowa, Anesthesiology, 1965-1967
Internship
  • University of Tennessee, Anesthesiology, 1964-1965
Board Certifications
  • American Board of Anesthesiologists, 1969