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Through NIH funding, multicenter trials, and the appointment of two endowed scholars, the UTSW Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Management resides in the upper echelon of Anesthesiology NIH Funding nationwide.  

The Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Management at UT Southwestern (UTSW) is home to a wide variety of basic, translational, and clinical research. Our research spans many areas relevant to our specialty. Some examples include epidemiology, informatics, neuroscience, optics, end organ protection, pain (acute and chronic), perioperative monitoring, monitoring device development and patient safety. We have ongoing clinical trials funded by industry, and we also have federally funded (NIH and DoD) clinical trials, observational studies, translational and basic science research. In 2022 we ranked 23rd in the nation for anesthesiology departments with NIH research funding, with over 3.2 million dollars.  

Our department has a dedicated team of clinical research staff who assist our faculty with clinical research. We also have a dedicated team of grants and contracts specialists who help our faculty PIs to submit grants and to monitor grant progress reports and renewals. The CTSA program at UTSW provides significant training support for residents, fellows and faculty to apply successfully for NIH K series and R series awards. Finally, we have high quality statistical support with faculty from UTSW and graduate students (PhD candidates in biostatistics) from Southern Methodist University. 

Despite the financial and clinical constraints of the global pandemic these past three years, our research continues to thrive, reaching 90+ active IRB-approved research protocols. At UTSW we pride ourselves on our research, from medical students to tenured Professors, we stress the importance of Basic, Clinical, Translational and Quality Improvement research projects. Please do not hesitate to contact us about our department’s research if you have questions or would like to learn more.