Letter from the Chair

Welcome to the West Virginia University Department of Anesthesiology, a collegial, growing, and dynamic academic department.

WVU Anesthesiology has the largest anesthesia practice in the state, and its only anesthesiology residency training program. The department has more than 100 credentialed clinicians. Major divisions include cardiovascular, pediatric, and ambulatory anesthesia, and pain medicine. The department and institution are growing, and expect to add 20-30 more anesthesia clinicians during the next year.

WVU is a wonderful and exciting place to work and learn. U.S. News & World Report has ranked WVU Hospitals #1 in the state for the last several years.  WVUH is a Level 1 Trauma Center and the premier regional referral center for West Virginia and parts of Pennsylvania and Maryland. A 10-story patient tower will open soon, as will an ambulatory surgery center. Plans are under way for a new free-standing children's hospital.

Morgantown is consistently rated as one of the best small metropolitan areas in the country for both lifestyle and business climate.  The area offers the cultural diversity and amenities of a large city in a safe, family-friendly environment. There is also an excellent school system and an abundance of beautiful homes and recreational activities.

Our department places strong emphasis on our fully accredited ACGME-approved residency program, with innovative educational programs, comprehensive and personalized clinical training and scholarly activity, with the goals of developing competent clinicians and effective leaders in all aspects of anesthesiology. We extensively use a highly-recognized, anesthesiologist-developed simulation center.

As Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology, I welcome you to learn more about our department, its excellent patient care, professional education, scholastic achievements and practice opportunities.  Please contact me or any of our department leaders for more information.

Robert E. Johnstone, MD Professor and Chair