UW School of Medicine recruits Dr. Kelly McQueen as new Chair, Department of Anesthesiology

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UW School of Medicine recruits Dr. Kelly McQueen as new Chair, Department of Anesthesiology

10 Jun, 2019


Dr. Kelly McQueen - newly recruited Chair of Anesthesiology at UW School of Medicine
Dr. Kelly McQueen, newly recruited Chair of Anesthesiology at UW-Madison School of Medicine

University of Wisconsin School of Medicine recruits Dr. Kelly McQueen as new Chair, Department of Anesthesiology
Dr. Kelly McQueen, a professor of anesthesiology at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, Tennessee, will head up the department beginning Oct. 1, the UW School of Medicine and Public Health said Monday.

McQueen directs Vanderbilt Anesthesia Global Health and Development, and the Vanderbilt Global Anesthesia Fellowship. She earned her medical degree from the University of Vermont College of Medicine and a Master of Public Health degree from the Harvard School of Public Health. She completed her anesthesiology residency at the University of Arizona and the Mayo Clinic, and an obstetrical anesthesia fellowship at Mayo Clinic.

About UW-Madison Department of Anesthesiology
Founded in 1927 as the first academic program in anesthesiology in the country under the guidance of Dr. Ralph M. Waters, our department has a proud tradition. Now, 84 years later, we remain committed to Dr. Waters’ guiding principles of providing outstanding patient care, educating the next generation of clinicians and leaders, and advancing the scientific foundation of our discipline.

We are fortunate to be part of a world-class university, a thriving medical center, and a wonderful community. The University of Wisconsin-Madison is recognized as one of the premier institutions in the country, both for its educational programs and for its cutting-edge research. The University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics is frequently cited in publications listing the nation’s best health care providers. And Madison, the state capitol, provides a high quality of life, with excellent schools, a wide variety of arts and entertainment, and ready access to nature and recreation.

Bio of Kelly McQueen, MD, MPH

  • Professor Anesthesiology and Surgery
  • Director Vanderbilt Anesthesia Global Health & Development
  • Global Health Topic(s): Education and Training (Building Capacity)Global Health Systems/Delivery, Monitoring and Evaluation, Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs) Trauma and Injury (Surgery and Anesthesiology)
  • Research Interests: Global Surgery and Anesthesia Assessment and Evaluation
  • Country(ies): Ethiopia, Mozambique, Kenya

Kelly McQueen is a Professor at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in the Department of Anesthesiology and Surgery, affiliate faculty at the Vanderbilt Institute for the Global Health (VIGH), the Director of Vanderbilt Anesthesia Global Health and Development, and the Director of the Vanderbilt Global Anesthesia Fellowship. Dr. McQueen is the Past-President of the Arizona Society of Anesthesiologists, and the past chair of the ASA Committee on Global Humanitarian Outreach. Kelly is the Immediate Past-President of the Alliance for Surgery and Anesthesia Presence, an integrated society of the International Surgical Society, which is committed to improving global anesthesia and surgical safety, as well as prioritizing surgical access, delivery and outcomes evaluation. She is the Founder and President of The Global Surgical Consortium, a public charity committed to improving safe anesthesia and surgery in low income countries.

Kelly has had a career long commitment to disaster response and humanitarian aid. She has volunteered for more than 25 years for a number of humanitarian organizations including the American Society of Anesthesiology’s Overseas Teaching Program, Operation Smile and Doctors without Borders. She currently conducts research in low income countries assessing anesthesia and surgical infrastructure, global pain burden, access to trauma intervention and preoperative mortality rates. In 2005,Colorado College honored Dr. McQueen with the Benezet Lifetime Achievement Award for her humanitarian work. In 2010, the International College of Surgeons presented her with the Surgical Volunteerism and Humanitarian Award. In 2011, she received the Arizona Medical Association Humanitarian of the Year Award. In 2016, Kelly was honored by the University of Vermont with the Service to Medicine and Community Award.

M.D., University of Vermont College of Medicine
M.P.H., Harvard School of Public Health







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