A Message From Our Chair

Welcome to Columbia University Medical Center’s Department of Anesthesiology. Our core values are collaboration, compassion, resourcefulness, and participation. NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center is one of the leading academic medical centers in the world. Every day, we strive for excellence in four areas that unite our health-care family: patient care, teaching, discovery, and leadership.

Dr. Ansgar Brambrink
Ansgar Brambrink, MD, PhD, E.M. Papper Professor of Anesthesiology; Chair, Department of Anesthesiology

Patient Care

Our faculty attend at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center, Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, the Allen Hospital, and our new Pain Medicine Center in Midtown. We collaborate to deliver the best patient care and compassionately advocate for patients who undergo surgery or diagnostic interventions. Our team administers more than 50,000 anesthetics annually, directs three surgical and cardiothoracic intensive care units, and treats adults and children who have acute and chronic pain.


I believe in an innovative and modern education that encourages participation of all learners via simulation, technology, flipped classrooms, and activities that promote learner-oriented inquiry. Our educational mission is to train the next generation of experts and leaders in perioperative medicine. We do this via the resourcefulness of talented educators and clinicians and the new world-class Margaret Wood Center for Simulation and Education to teach 104 residents (four-year categorical residency), 36 clinical fellows (all ACGME-accredited fellowship programs are offered, as well as fellowships in transplant, regional,and neuroanesthesia), and 2-3 Virginia Apgar Scholars in each class (unique research/academic track with a commitment for two years of research or one year of clinical fellowship and an additional year as fellow in either basic or clinical research under the guidance of a faculty mentorship team). We are also the recipient of an NIH NRSA Training Grant (T-32) for the development of clinician-scientists in the field of anesthesia research (participants can devote 80 percent of their time to research while progressing to an attending level of clinical responsibilities).


We are discovering new ways to further improve perioperative treatments. Our research program is nationally prominent (6th in NIH funding over six years), strongly diverse, and ranges from clinical research to whole-animal physiology to cellular and molecular biology to population and health-services research. Most recently, our collaborations have included outcomes research in anesthesia and critical care; electronic medical data acquisition and medical informatics; pharmacogenetics of organ dysfunction and exposure to anesthetics and vasopressors; neurotoxic effects of anesthetics; organ ischemia/reperfusion; biology and pathophysiology of various organ systems; ion channel electrophysiology; and the biology of pain and addiction.


Members of our department participate in editorial boards, organize international academic meetings, educate the public, and contribute to our specialty as thought leaders. We are committed to leading the institution, the specialty, and the community by innovative advances in patient care, research, and medical education as we develop new pathways in teaching and medicine. We believe that the future starts today, and we welcome the challenges of a changing landscape of health-care delivery as an opportunity for improvement.

Our department provides a home to compassionately care for patients, resources to teach with innovation, an environment of collaborative discovery, and an opportunity to participate and lead. I welcome you to explore our website and learn more about our team and vision.

Ansgar M. Brambrink, MD, PhD
Emanuel M. Papper Professor and Chair