Arvin Trippensee, DO, FASA

Arvin Trippensee, DOAssistant Professor of Anesthesiology

Contact information

Department of Anesthesiology
College of Medicine, University of Florida
PO Box 100254
1600 SW Archer Road
Gainesville, FL 32610


Administrative Assistant

Nettie Van Wyen
Phone:  (352) 273-8298



Dr. Arvin Trippensee joined the Department in the summer of 2018 as an Assistant Professor in the division of Critical Care Medicine. Before joining us, he worked for a year as a staff anesthesiologist for Greater Florida Anesthesiologists in Tampa, FL. Prior to this, he spent a career in the US Navy spanning 30 years.

Dr. Trippensee began his service in the Navy as a Hospital Corpsman and deployed during Desert Storm as an anesthesia technician for a 500 bed fleet hospital in Saudi Arabia. After earning his medical degree from the College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery at Des Moines University on the Armed Services Health Professions Scholarship, he completed his internship followed by an operational tour as a Naval Flight Surgeon with the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing in Iwakuni, Japan. Dr. Trippensee completed several staff tours after completing his residency in anesthesiology at the Naval Medical Center Portsmouth and continued his education with a fellowship in Critical Care & Transesophageal Echocardiography at Duke University.

Throughout his military career Dr. Trippensee completed numerous operational and clinical assignments and served as an advocate for patient safety and quality improvement. He established himself as an outstanding mentor and role model for trainees, medical students, residents, and staff. He spent his last three years in the military as the Chief of Anesthesia & Operative Services at Tripler Army Medical Center (TAMC) leading a staff of 19 anesthesiologists, 26 nurse anesthetists  and 8 support staff.  TAMC is the largest military medical center in the Pacific supporting over 480,000 DoD beneficiaries. In 2013, Dr. Trippensee served as the Senior Medical Officer for the NATO Role 3 Multinational Medical Unit in Kandahar, Afghanistan.



2010-2011 Critical Care & Transesophageal Echocardiography Fellowship Duke University Durham, NC
2001-2004 Anesthesiology Residency Naval Medical Center Portsmouth Portsmouth, VA
1999 Naval Flight Surgeon Naval Operational Medicine Institute Pensacola, FL
1997-1998 Internship: Internal Medicine Naval Medical Center Portsmouth Portsmouth, VA
1997 Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery, Des Moines University Des Moines, Iowa
1993 BS: Zoology University of Florida Gainesville, FL


Professional Memberships

  • American Society of Anesthesiologists
  • Society of Critical Care Medicine
  • Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists


Awards & Accomplishments

  • Meritorious Service Medal, 2017
  • Navy & Marine Corps Commendation Medal, 2014
  • Meritorious Service Medal, 2013
  • Meritorious Service Medal, 2010
  • Navy & Marine Corps Commendation Medal, 2007
  • Navy & Marine Corps Commendation Medal, 2007
  • Navy & Marine Corps Commendation Medal, 2001