Major translational research initiatives at Vanderbilt are moving discoveries from the bench to the bedside, and our scientists are working to transform both healthcare and healthcare delivery. In federal fiscal year 2009, the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine ranked 10th among U.S. medical schools for National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding, and VUSM funding from all sources has doubled since 2001. In academic year 2009, faculty across all disciplines received more than $423 million in external funding for research. The Vanderbilt Department of Anesthesiology is a key contributor to the institution’s standing as it is consistently ranked one of the top 10 extramurally-funded research programs in the nation. The Anesthesiology Department is currently ranked 8th in the nation in NIH funding. The department received more than $3.5 million in awarded NIH grants in federal fiscal year 2013.

The department is unique in our field for having a multifaceted approach to research:

  •  We have a strong basic molecular research division focusing on ion channel physiology and pain mechanisms.

  • The Department has a Perioperative Clinical Research Institute which provides all services needed for successful clinical research.

  • We field best-in-class anesthesia and perioperative information systems with complete control of application development and a dedicated team of analysts devoted to making electronic data widely available to investigators and quality improvement teams.

  • The department has several statisticians with expertise in experimental design and complex analyses of large datasets on its faculty.

  • The Center for Research and Innovation in Systems Safety (CRISS) serves as an institution-wide resource for human factors and systems design and improvement in healthcare. Click here for more information on CRISS.  Click here for the CRISS website.

In addition to providing a solid research infrastructure, the Department of Anesthesiology places a strong emphasis on faculty and fellow career development in academic anesthesiology. Active mentoring programs pair young investigators with experienced scientists in both basic and clinical research. For example, the department’s B.H. Robbins Scholars Program provides a mentored research experience that culminates in a two-year clinical fellowship experience. Scholars may request to participate in clinical or basic science fellowship training or pursue additional formal education (e.g., Master of Science in Clinical Investigation, Master of Public Health, or other degree programs) offered at Vanderbilt during the latter part of the program.

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