About Us : History


The Department of Anesthesiology was founded at Jackson Memorial Hospital by Dr. J. Gerard Converse in 1958. For 28 years, from 1972 to 2001, Dr. N.W. Brian Craythorne served as chairman of the department. In November of 2001 Dr. David A. Lubarsky took the reigns and is steering the department and residency program into the future. Many new and exciting projects are underway including a human simulation lab and a Palm© based learning application, just to name a few. Today the Graduate Medical Education Program in Anesthesiology at Jackson Memorial Hospital is poised to be the premier anesthesia training program in the country. We strive to not only be the biggest program but the best!

Diverse learning environments are provided as clinical education is conducted in seven sites that will prepare our residents for practice opportunities ranging from a posh private hospital to a tertiary-care community hospital like JMH. Training sites include Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami Children’s Hospital, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, Mount Sinai Medical Center, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, Ryder Trauma Center, and the Veterans Administration Hospital.

One of the department’s greatest assets is its residency staff, who are committed to doing everything possible to make our residents successful. A hallmark of that commitment is our willingness to listen and incorporate your suggestions in the program.

The department prides itself on an unparalleled esprit de corps. More than 70 faculty anesthesiologists oversee the largest residency training program in the country (>125 interns, residents, and fellows). Current fellowship programs include pediatric, pain, cardiac, ICU, obstetric, and liver transplant anesthesia. Approximately 50,000 anesthetics are delivered primarily by subspecialty teams, much of it for complicated tertiary surgical care.

The department’s daily focus is on the educational program; innovative and educational technology projects are actively encouraged and funded. The department is committed to advancing its reputation as the finest, most technologically advanced teaching program in the world. Miami Center for Patient Safety, Simulation, and Clinical Improvement is a new multi-million dollar entity housed in a new 5,000 sq ft facility funded jointly by the department, University, and JMH. It is destined for world-wide acclaim. The Center for Informatics and Perioperative Management makes use of one of the largest anesthesia information system installations (PICIS); it will soon be connected to the largest Center Millennium enterprise-wide EMR in the world. Opportunities for clinical research include transplantation, spine surgery, high risk obstetrics, intensive care and trauma. Research is supported by a team of research nurses and statistical personnel. Basic lab space is available for competitively funded investigators. Animal labs run by our faculty – one investigating neuropathic pain mechanisms in rats, the other novel resuscitation strategies following blunt trauma in large pigs – provide great career opportunities. Mentorship can also be found at the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, where basic neuroscience research abounds.