Anesthesia and Perioperative Medicine Residency/ Fellowship Training

Resident Training

Residents rotate at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in the Anesthesiology, Thoracic and Neuroanesthesia departments for one month as CA-III after completing three years of residency.

The residency programs affiliated with MD Anderson are The University of Texas Health Science Center, University of Texas Medical Branch, Baylor College of Medicine, Tulane University and Wilford Hall Medical Center.

The goals and objectives for MD Anderson Cancer Center residents are as follows:


  • Functional anatomy and physiology of the human airway
  • Recognition and classification of the difficulty, analysis, explanation and application of the American Society of Anesthesiologists Difficult Airway Algorithm
  • Different airway techniques
  • Difficult airway situations, case examples and analysis

Thoracic Surgery

  • Preoperative evaluation
  • Pulmonary function testing
  • Intraoperative monitoring
  • Physiology of one-lung ventilation and lateral decubitus position
  • Methods of lung separation
  • Management of one-lung ventilation
  • Choice of anesthesia
  • Anesthesia for diagnostic procedures
    • Bronchoscopy (FOB/rigid)
    • Mediastinoscopy
  • Anesthesia for special situations
    • High-frequency ventilation
    • Bronchopleural fistula
    • Tracheal resection
    • Bronchopulmonary lavage
    • Myasthenia gravis
  • Thoracic epidural technique
  • TEE (basic intermediate and advance level)
  • Postoperative management and complications
  • Placement of arterial line, central venous access and pulmonary artery catheter

Anesthesia for Neurosurgery

  • Anatomy, physiology and pharmacology
  • Special positioning
  • Special monitoring (SSEP, EMG, EEG and Doppler)
  • Intracranial and extracranial procedures that include:
    • Awake craniotomy
    • Brain stem procedure
    • Spine instrumentation
  • Interpretation of
    • MRI
    • CT scan
    • Angiogram

Contact Information

Dilip Thakar, M.D.
Professor of Anesthesiology and Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery
Residency Coordinator
Phone: 713-745-1191
Fax: 713-794-4590

Fellowship Training

Fellowship Education in Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine

Our department provides fellowship education in both cancer anesthesia and pain medicine that will allow firm establishment of an academic career in either of these rewarding subspecialties. Currently, we offer both fellowships in a clinical model. For selected competitive fellowship candidates, an additional year of research will be funded by our department to allow a truly sound foundation for an academic career.


Cancer Anesthesia Fellowship

The Fellowship Program in Cancer Anesthesia is a unique program that is offered for the first time in the U.S. The Fellowship program is based in an institution with a rich tradition of providing comprehensive anesthetic care to surgical and non-surgical cancer patients.  Our training mission is to inspire and to aid future leaders to advance their current education through developing advanced knowledge and skills in cancer anesthesia while practicing excellent patient care and participating in a stimulating learning and research environment. 


This is an advanced fifth-year level program of one-year duration. Each year, one to two new fellows are selected to begin training in July.  To be considered for the MD Anderson Cancer Anesthesia fellowship, all candidates must have completed an accredited Anesthesiology residency program in either the United States or Canada, and be board certified or board-eligible.  International candidates with equivalent foreign training will be considered. In addition to the application documents for all candidates, international candidates will also need to have the following: An appropriate visa which allows for work/training (either a J-1 or H-1B), ECFMG certification (this is also a requirement for the visa), certified translations for all documents that are not in English, a credentials evaluation which states that their foreign medical degree is comparable to ones that are issued by an accredited US medical school, and a Physician-in-Training (PIT) permit of full medical license from the Texas Medical Board.

Successful completion of fellowship training results in an institutional certification by The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.  In order to be qualified for certification, the fellow must complete 12 months of training within the department, perform in a satisfactory manner, present at least four (4) oral presentations including a Grand Rounds presentation and prepare an article suitable for publication.

Fellowship Curriculum

Suggested rotation scheme (can be modified with Program Director’s approval to meet applicant needs):


Surgical Oncology (Hepato-biliary, Colo-rectal and Hyperthermic chemo-perfusion)8 weeks
Difficult airway  (complex Head & Neck)4 weeks
Urology (including atrio- caval thrombectomy)4 weeks
Brain & Complex Spine8 weeks
Thoracic (including atrio- caval thrombectomy, Pneumonectomies and tracheal resections)8 weeks
Acute Pain4 weeks
Pulmonary Lab4 weeks
Echo Lab4 weeks
Pacemaker Clinic4 weeks


Other educational activities/opportunities

  • Trainees have the resources of Scientific Publications Office and Research Medical Library to enhance their skills at scientific writing and literature search and review
  • Fellows attend the institutional GME competency and Oncology core curriculum lecture series
  • Fellows have the opportunity to participate in the workshops/conferences sponsored by the department for national audience
  • Fellows are strongly encouraged to attend the educational sessions for Fellows in Surgical Oncology, Neurosurgery and Thoracic Surgery
  • It is anticipated that the Fellow upon completion of the training will be eligible and ready to enter into the i-TEE certification program

Contact Information

All applications materials should be addressed to:

Vijaya Gottumukkala, M.B;B.S, M.D (Anes), F.R.C.A
Clinical Director and Deputy Chairman
Cancer Anesthesia Fellowship Program Director
Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine-Unit 409
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
1515 Holcombe Blvd.
Houston, Texas 77030
Tel: 713-7941398

Pain Management Fellowship

Our program goals and objectives are designed to provide advanced training in the assessment and management of pain. Training experiences are based on direct involvement in patient care under the direct faculty supervision and instruction. Our fellows benefit from active interaction with all medical disciplines involved in the care and treatment of pain patients.

The primary objective or outcome of the fellowship program is that the fellow should be competent to serve as a consultant for problems related to pain management. This includes the management of straightforward and complex pain syndromes in ambulatory and hospitalized patients. Fellows should be able to manage such problems, even when complicated by the presence of other symptoms, complex medical illness and psychological distress. For more detailed fellowship information click here.

Contact Information

Basem Hamid, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Pain Fellowship Program Director
Phone: 713-745-7246
Fax: 713-745-0177

Related Research

Research in Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine