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.

We are the only Level One Trauma Center in Southern Arizona with busy trauma services in Acute Care Surgery, Neurosurgery, and Orthopaedics.  Our hospital is also a Transplant Center with active programs for heart, lung, liver, kidney, and pancreas.  We also have active programs with total artificial heart, ventricular assist devices, and ECMO.  Our neurosurgical cases include a wide variety of intracranial procedures as well as spine surgery.  Additionally, we also provide anesthesia for pediatric surgery, including neonatal surgical procedures.  In obstetrics, we are a referral base for numerous maternal-fetal comorbidities. All in all, we have a busy program with a wide variety of tertiary-level cases in multiple surgical and medical specialties.

The Acute Pain Service provides regional anesthesia and consultation for perioperative cases.  Residents quickly become proficient in peripheral and neuraxial blocks for thoracic, abdominal, obstetric, orthopaedic, breast, and vascular cases.  In the outpatient setting, our Pain Medicine physicians practice state of the art chronic pain consultation with busy procedural clinics.  Our Pain Medicine division is also very active in research with two NIH funded clinician scientists working closely with our world-renowned Pharmacology Department.

For pediatrics, we provide anesthesia for a wide variety of pediatric cases, including neonatal surgery as well as pediatric cardiac surgery.  A fair portion of our pediatric patients are anesthetized outside the OR in remote locations.

Residents also rotate in three different ICUs during their CA-2 year: Surgical Trauma ICU, Cardiovascular ICU, and Neurologic ICU.  All ICUs are staffed with anesthesiologists and residents learn invaluable perioperative skills including advanced ventilator management, managing cardiovascular devices, learning vasopressor strategies in complex cardiac disease, and a wide variety of other proficiencies germane to the care of critically ill patients.

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.         

Andrew Hennigan, MD

Grant Swartz, MD

Timothy Ward, MD