Areas of Research

The University of Arizona Medical Center anesthesiology faculty, residents and staff conduct research on inhalation anesthesia, obstetric anesthesia, mechanisms of anesthesia, resuscitation, cardiopulmonary monitoring and pain management.

General Anesthesiology

  • Development of ultrasound techniques to assess endotracheal tube position
  • Evaluation of inhalation anesthetics
    • pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics
    • biotransformation
    • potential toxicity
  • Evaluation of new intravenous anesthetics
  • Evaluation of antiemetic agents for post anesthesia nausea and vomiting
  • Studies evaluating intravenous anesthetic antagonists
  • Efficacy and application of neuromuscular relaxant agents

Obstetric Anesthesia

  • Decreasing labor pain to facilitate labor epidural placement
  • Influence of regional anesthetic techniques on maternal analgesia
  • Evaluation of opioid/local anesthetic combination and dose on maternal analgesia
  • Cardiovascular effects of regional anesthesia in pregnancy

Acute Pain Management Service

  • Management of coordinated service including peripheral nerve blocks, continuous peripheral nerve catheters and neuraxial blockades with minimal complications

Critical Care Medicine

  • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation

Chronic Pain Management

  • Management of chronic pain with the use of implantable devices
  • Evaluation of the efficacy of new pharmacologic agents for the treatment of chronic pain

Engineering Section

  • Evaluation of monitoring devices for oxygen delivery of cardiovascular function
  • Investigation of new modalities to determine depth of anesthesia/awareness

Molecular mechanism of anesthetic gas molecules

  • Transcranial Ultrasound ('TUS') effects on traumatic brain injury and post-operative cognitive dysfunction Quantum mechanics and consciousness