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Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine

Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine

A brief history of the department

In 1966, a group of physicians, including Dr. Hamilton S. Davis, founded the School of Medicine at the University of California, Davis. Dr. Davis was given the additional responsibility of establishing the Department of Anesthesiology and was appointed as its first chair. He served as chair until his retirement in 1982. From 1982 until his death he continued as an active member of the department, providing clinical services and continuing his research.

Dr. John H. Eisele, Jr. succeeded Dr. Davis as chair of the department in 1983. Under Dr. Eisele the Department of Anesthesiology established the Pain Management Clinic at the UC Davis Medical Center to provide services to patients suffering from chronic and acute pain. In conjunction with implementing the Pain Management Clinic the department established its pain management fellowship-training program. Dr. Eisele stepped down as chair in 1992 and served as director of the Pain Management Clinic until 1994. He retired in 1994, however he continues to see patients in clinic.

Upon Dr. Eisele’s retirement as chair, Dr. Dennis L. Fung served as chair from 1992-1993 and Dr. Gerald A. Gronert served as chair from 1993-1994. Drs. Fung and Gronert continued to emphasis the academic mission of the department.

Dr. Carol L. Lake was appointed chair of the department in 1994. Dr. Lake presided over the strengthening of the residency program, developing the pain management clinic into a stand-alone facility and revising the departmental research programs. Most citizens of the Sacramento Valley receive their health care through an HMO and Dr. Lake successfully combined the academic missions and goals of the department within the parameters of the HMO health care plans.

In 1995, Dr. Lake left to pursue her Masters of Business Administration. Dr. Peter Moore served as acting chair until 1996, and was appointed as permanent chair of the department the same year. Under Dr. Moore, the department has continued its commitment to the academic mission of the university and is embracing new technological advances and methodologies in teaching. Didactic teaching methods have been combined with the problem based leaning method, providing residents with unique opportunities for participatory learning. Residents are responsible for planning case conferences held on Tuesday mornings and play an active role in journal club.

In 1999, in recognition of the contributions and support of Drs. Davis and Eisele, the name of the department was changed to “The Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine” and the Division of Pain Medicine was established. Dr. Scott M. Fishman was appointed to serve as the first Director and continues in that role today.

The Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine continues to support the academic mission and goals set forth by Dr. Davis and promote the specialty of anesthesiology. We are proud of the fact that the American Council for Graduate Medical Education first granted accreditation to our residency training program in 1968 and we are an accredited training program. Our program is currently accredited for 42 residents, two pediatric anesthesia fellows, one cardiothoracic fellow and five pain management fellows. We sponsor Continuing Medical Education (CME) conferences, engage in clinical and basic science research to benefit future and current patients, provide medical students with an interactive operating room experience and provide input to state and national health care organizations. We are committed to providing UC Davis Health System patients with superior anesthetic care, training outstanding residents and fellows and pursuing research that provides long term health care benefits and solutions.