A Note from the Chiefs

Thanks for your interest in the UCLA Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine! We'd like to share why we've enjoyed training here and why it might be a great fit for you as well.

Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center can consistently be found in the top five "Best Hospitals Honor Roll" by U.S. News & World Report, which is why it has been called the "Best in the West." We care for complex patients undergoing cardiac and liver transplantation, mechanical circulatory support device placement, and a multitude of other procedures for adult, obstetric, and pediatric patient populations. During our residency, we have the opportunity to rotate at hospitals within and outside of Los Angeles, including Santa Monica UCLA Orthopedic Hospital, Olive View Medical Center, Children's Hospital Los Angeles, West Los Angeles Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, in order to gain experience with a broad range of patient populations.

Residents have the opportunity to work closely with accomplished faculty to conduct basic science, clinical, translational, quality improvement, and informatics research projects. Many of us regularly attend and present our projects at the Western Anesthesia Residents Conference, the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) Annual Meeting, and other subspecialty conferences. We utilize a state-of-the-art simulation center to learn crisis management, transthoracic and transesophageal echocardiography, and fiberoptic bronchoscopy. Recent graduates have participated in international electives in Asia and pursued a Master of Business Administration degree during residency. We are well supported by our faculty, which includes past and current presidents of the California Society of Anesthesiologists and ASA as well as board examiners for the American Board of Anesthesiology. We offer fellowships in Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology, Critical Care Medicine, Liver Transplantation Anesthesiology, Neurosurgical Anesthesiology, Obstetric Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine, Pediatric Anesthesiology, Perioperative Medicine, Regional Anesthesiology, and Thoracic Anesthesiology as well as training in Advanced Transesophageal Echocardiography and Basic Science and Clinical Research. Graduates have had successful careers in both academics and private practice.

Outside of the operating room, we enjoy all that Southern California has to offer. Critically acclaimed restaurants, concerts, museums, stores, sporting events, outdoor movies, parks, mountains, beaches, and so much more are within walking a short drive away. And our weather is second to none! At lunchtime at the hospital, the outdoor dining tables are boisterous with residents, fellows, and attendings catching up about their weekends or exchanging stories of interesting cases. As demanding as residency can be, we love getting together as often as we can to celebrate birthdays, weddings, holidays, golden weekends, and just to enjoy each other’s company!

Please feel free to contact us with any questions about our program.

Thanks again for considering joining the UCLA anesthesiology family!


Chester Chan, M.D., M.S., Brian Denton, M.D., and Jarrod Larson, M.D.

2016-2017 Chief Residents
UCLA Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine