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Anesthesiologists unexpectedly found themselves at the forefront of a critical national response. Airway management, along with expertise in critical care, gave them a pivotal role in managing COVID-19.

“Pain is a biological, psychological and social beast. There is no way to separate those components because your experience of pain is very personal and variable,” says Dr. Padma Gulur. Because of that complexity, she and her teams work to approach pain management from a population health perspective.

Our field is one that a lot of people don’t have exposure to early on, so you often find people who go into anesthesiology had a family member in the field,” she says. “I am not one of those people—I’m the first physician in my family.”

Providing state-of-the-art methodology for clinical, basic science and translational research empowers Duke Anesthesiology to explore revolutionary clinical inquiries by using innovative investigation methods.

Through significant research in neuroscience, molecular biology, molecular and human pharmacology endeavors, our team is making crucial advancements for patients worldwide.


Race highlights from the annual ASA-sponsored Run For The Warriors fundraiser.

Duke Anesthesiology hosted its 31st Annual American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) Alumni Event at Lafayette’s Music Room in Orlando, Florida – a local staple for live music – bringing together faculty, trainees, staff, alumni, donors and friends for a night of celebration.

DREAM Campaign

Read all about our 2020 and 2021 DREAM Innovative Grant (DIG) award winners and their ground breaking research.

Global Health

Read about the global outreach to India and blogs from abroad from Dr. Adeyemi Oluflolabi and Dr. Andrew Wong.

Residency Corner
Alumni Notes

When recruited to Duke Anesthesiology in 1993, Dr. Cecil Borel, a renowned anesthesiologist and critical care physician, was an avid sailor who found peace in the power of the wind. Looking back, he best describes his next two decades as a marriage between two disparate ideas that fulfilled two of his life’s passions: building his own sailboat and building a world-class neurocritical care program and Neurosurgical ICU at Duke.

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