Research

research simulators and lab

Thank you for taking an interest in the Research Division of the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Florida.

You have found your way here to learn about us, and for that we are grateful. The department has a long history of dedication to the advancement of anesthesiology as an academic discipline, beginning in the 1950s and 60s with Drs. J.S. Gravenstein and Jerome Modell. Both saw the growth of our specialty as a progression supporting the exploding knowledge base in surgical critical care and many other aspects of the new medical school here in Gainesville. They reached out to find multidisciplinary specialists in chemistry, engineering, hyperbarics, and beyond. The results of such liberal thinking was that advances were made in pulmonary support/ventilation and pharmacology.  Shortly thereafter, other farsighted leaders created a center in simulation that still leads nationally and internationally.

Basic work in anesthetic mechanisms has led to investigative enlightenment with regard to the effects of anesthetics upon the developing brain and potentially epigenetic phenomenon not thought of 10 years ago. Recently, the department has again reinvested itself with an influx of researchers specializing in critical oxygen delivery, blood transfusion, trauma, and cardiopulmonary bypass. These people join those already here who are investigating and trying to understand oxidative stress, hemoglobin toxicity, stroke, and brain injury.

Presently, the department has over 70 clinical faculty and 7 PhD research scientists. The publication history is extensive (over 4500 peer-reviewed manuscripts) since its inception, with over 125 published last year alone. The interests and expertise contained within the faculty is enormous and not limited to what is described historically above.

Leadership roles for UF Anesthesiology in the Perioperative Surgical Home, Pain Management, form further areas of expertise and investigation. The department is right now grappling with where it wishes to be in 5 years or longer. There is no doubt that our goals in research are to be internationally valued as preeminent through providing vital new knowledge that assists a wide range of patient encounters. We will do that through publicly publishing our endeavors be they single case reports, case series, clinical randomized trials/investigations, or laboratory-based pre-clinical models of medical problems/physiology.

We invite you now to learn of our breadth and depth. We strive to always update and improve the website with new projects as well as with links between our work and important collaborators. Please feel free to contact individual clinicians, scientists and PIs. For more overall departmental information, as Associate Chair of Anesthesiology for Research, I welcome your emails, questions, and requests.

Bruce D. Spiess, MD, FAHA

Professor and Associate Chair for Research