Welcome to the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care at the University of Pennsylvania. Our department has a prominent national and international reputation for excellence in patient care, education and research. It is a great privilege to succeed Lee Fleisher, MD as Chair of this esteemed department. A special thank you to Dr. Fleisher for leading this department for more than 16 years and to Dr. Hanson for his heroic efforts in maintaining stability and excellence within the department during this transitionary period while establishing a system that allowed Penn Medicine to care for the growth in ICU patients presenting to the health care system in the setting of the COVID 19 pandemic. As Chair, I will continue to maintain an emphasis on excellence in patient care, education, research, diversity, equity and inclusion while highlighting the importance of departmental wellness as we move to HUP East later in the year. Perhaps most importantly, I have great appreciation for the faculty, CRNAs, trainees, nurses, and staff that make the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care a wonderful place to work.
Deborah J. Culley, MD
Chair, Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care