Our mission in the Anesthesiology, Critical Care and Pain Medicine division is to provide state-of-the-art anesthesia care, pain management and life support for cancer patients in intensive care units.
We provide comprehensive patient care starting with an initial evaluation in the Perioperative Evaluation and Management (POEM) center. Patients undergo surgery in the operating room and receive care in the post-anesthesia and intensive care units.
In the intensive care unit, a team of critical care specialists, nurses and respiratory care practitioners provide state-of-the-art life-supporting treatments for all of MD Anderson’s critically ill patients. Our clinicians also offer pain management services to postoperative patients and cancer patients with various pain conditions related to cancer and its treatment. Care is provided on the inpatient services and in our Pain Management Center.
The Anesthesiology, Critical Care and Pain Medicine division was formed in 1997, combining the departments of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine with Critical Care. In 2009, a third department was formed from the Section of Pain Medicine and the division is now composed of three departments; Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine, Critical Care and Pain Medicine.
The division and its departments have developed extensive teaching programs in anesthesiology, critical care and cancer pain management. Currently, we train anesthesia residents from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Baylor College of Medicine, the United States Air Force and the Tulane University School of Medicine.
In Critical Care, we train residents and students from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and Baylor College of Medicine. We have an ACGME-approved fellowship training program in pain management.
The division is composed of faculty members whose primary medical specialties include anesthesiology, pulmonary medicine, physical medicine and rehabilitation, neurology and psychology. There are also over 230 support staff including nurses, respiratory therapists, as well as technical and administrative staff.
Anesthesiology, Critical Care and Pain Medicine Division
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
1400 Holcombe Blvd., Unit 409
Houston, Texas 77030