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Residents at 2015 ASA Leg Conference in Washington DC

Residents at 2015 ASA Leg Conference in Washington DC

Chief Residents' Welcome

Welcome to the Emory University Department of Anesthesiology! We are pleased you are considering continuing your training with us and are excited to share why we take immense pride in our residency program. Our program has a rich history that stretches back to the earliest days of the specialty. As the only anesthesiology program in Atlanta, we enjoy an abundant caseload from a diverse patient population.

Clinical Experience

The cornerstone of our program is the clinical experience. We see an amazing range of case diversity, patient populations, and care environments due to the clinical sites where we rotate - Emory University Hospital, an academic medical center, and Grady Memorial Hospital, Atlanta's public hospital and level I trauma center. Residents also rotate at Emory University Hospital Midtown, Emory Ambulatory Surgery Center, Atlanta's VA Medical Center, Emory Orthopedic and Spine Center at Executive Park, and Egleston Children's Hospital, all within a 10-mile radius. Even with so many hospitals available to us, Emory has limited each class to 16 residents to ensure that residents have their pick of cases each day. There are also multiple opportunities for basic science, clinical, and quality research.


In addition to the individualized intraoperative teaching between faculty and residents, conferences occur Tuesday-Thursday and are a mix of case presentations, mock oral boards, keywords, and subspecialty lectures. Grand Rounds occur every Tuesday afternoon from September through June and include guest lecturers, journal club, and a professionalism series to prepare residents for their career after residency. Residents also practice managing rare cases in the simulation lab, which are scheduled throughout the year. Since the start of the Basic Exam at the end of the CA-1 year, Emory has implemented a separate year-long CA-1 lecture series. These lectures are given by our outstanding faculty to ensure residents feel confident by their test day in June.

Global Health

Emory has a very active global health program. Our residents and faculty travel to Bolivia, Haiti, and Ethiopia with medical missions through the Department of Anesthesiology or with the Emory Global Health Residency Scholars Program.

Life in Atlanta

Atlanta is a young, eclectic, fast-growing city. With a reasonable cost of living, we are a major US city with multiple professional sports teams, museums, food, festivals, nightlife, and music. When you need a trip home or away, Atlanta is home to Hartsfield-Jackson airport, the busiest airport in the world. Thank you again for your interest. We look forward to meeting you during your interview day and please feel free to contact us with any questions!

Thomas Kessinger, MD

Krupa Patel, MD

Michelle Romej, MD, MBA

Chief Residents, 2016-2017

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chief residents

From left to right: Krupa Patel, Thomas Kessinger, Michelle Romej

Contact Us

Department of Anesthesiology
3B South Emory University Hospital
1364 Clifton Road, NE
Atlanta, GA 30322

Phone: 1-800-711-5444
Fax: 404-778-5405 marked "Attn: Judy Rabern"


2017 Class Fellowship Match

Congratulations to our graduating class of 2017.  All 13 residents who applied for fellowships matched: 

Regional Anesthesiology:
Jeff Mills: University of Florida 

Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology:
Blaine Farmer: Wake Forest 
Stephanie Opusunju: Johns Hopkins
Thomas Kessinger: Emory
Krupa Patel: Emory

Obstetric Anesthesiology:
Nely Dhariwal: Cedars Sinai
Paul Macias: Stanford 

Pain Management:
Kai-Ling Hsu: UVA
Gary Kao: St Luke’s-Roosevelt (Mount Sinai)

Pediatric Anesthesiology:
Michael Evans: Northwestern
Ashley Hamilton: Emory
Matt Rabito: Vanderbilt
Michael Smith: Johns Hopkins