Dr. Berend Mets, Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology, is seen in at work an operating room in May 2018. A close-up view of his face is seen, wearing a surgical hat and mask; his reflection is visible to one side.

Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine

Anesthesiology at Penn State College of Medicine

The mission of the Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine is to be patient and student advocates and to excel in education, patient safety and the alleviation of suffering from surgery and pain.

Welcome to the Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine at Penn State College of Medicine. The department has a proud tradition of growth, education, research and outstanding clinical care provision.

The Department of Anesthesiology was founded in 1970, and the name was extended to include Perioperative Medicine in 2016 to realize the progress that the specialty has already made and will continue to make in the future.

The department prides itself in the foremost delivery of clinical care in the broadening field of anesthesiology and perioperative medicine, which also incorporates acute and chronic pain medicine as well as intensive care medicine in the many specialty units of Penn State Health.

Berend Mets, MBChB, PhD, FRCA, FFA(SA), is Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine at Penn State College of Medicine. He is pictured in a dress shirt, bowtie and suit coat against a blue background.
Berend Mets, MBChB, PhD, FRCA, FFA(SA), Chair, Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine

The department's core contribution to postgraduate medical education is exemplary, with more than 70 resident physicians in the ACGME-accredited anesthesiology residency and fellowships in critical care medicine, chronic pain medicine, cardiovascular anesthesiology and pediatric anesthesiology.

Continuing medical education is at the cutting edge for all staff, as the department holds a number of nationally recognized events for simulation, regional anesthesia and perioperative echocardiography training.

Departmental research and scholarship is internationally recognized for its substantial contributions to basic, translational and clinical sciences.

Berend Mets, MBChB, PhD, FRCA, FFA(SA)
Professor and Eric A. Walker Chair
Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine
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Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine Education

Education in the Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine provides training at all levels of practice.

Medical students can take part in a number of clerkships, electives and acting internships that help them build a strong foundation in clinical anesthesiology.

The four-year ACGME-accredited anesthesiology residency includes not only techniques for anesthetic administration, but also training in the judgment and skills needed to care for complex patients and interact with physicians and other health care providers to ensure excellent care of patients in and outside the operating room environment, with expanded exposure and experience in perioperative medicine.

For practitioners, a variety of anesthesiology, perioperative medicine and pain management continuing education programs are held throughout the year.

Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine Research

Faculty in the Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine are active in basic, clinical and simulation/education research.

The dedicated anesthesia clinical research team offers our patients the opportunity to participate in clinical trials within the fields of anesthesiology, perioperative medicine, critical care and pain management.

Topics being studied include:

  • Post-operative nausea and vomiting
  • Perioperative genomics
  • Prevention of acute renal failure
  • Post-operative pain management
  • Airway management
  • Chronic pain
  • Evaluation of new airway management techniques and devices
  • Obstetric anesthesia
  • Sleep apnea and anesthesia
  • Use of music for stress reduction to complement anesthesia
  • Pediatric pain detection and management

The research group also has an extensive body of published work in simulation and other research topics.

Anesthesiology Clinical Care

The Department of Anesthesiology is an integral part of Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, specializing in providing anesthesia services to patients undergoing surgical and medical procedures in the medical center, in addition to seeing patients in chronic pain management and pre-anesthesia clinics. The department is also involved in pediatric anesthesia through Penn State Children's Hospital.

The department has more than 150 staff members, more than 15 anesthesia specialty areas and more than 60 anesthesiologists.

The Chronic Pain Management Center addresses, in addition to general pain complaints, cancer pain, sympathetically maintained pain, musculoskeletal pain and persistent pain from any cause.

Jobs in Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine

Information on jobs that may be available in the Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine can be found at psu.jobs (for non-clinical positions) or careers.pennstatehealth.org (for clinical positions). All applications must be made through those sites.