Ambulatory Anesthesiology

Welcome to the UCLA Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine!

Our vision is for UCLA's Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine to become the best in America. Our academic purpose is to create new knowledge that results in better patient care. We're improving control of pain, and reducing the use and abuse of addictive opioid medications. We're teaching future anesthesiologists about reducing risk and improving outcomes. We believe that top-tier research and innovation are the keys to thriving in today's competitive healthcare environment.

UCLA Health includes Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Westwood, UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica, the Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Mattel Children's Hospital, and the UCLA Medical Group with its extensive system of primary-care and specialty-care offices throughout the region. These components make UCLA Health one of the most comprehensive and advanced healthcare systems in the world. Consistently ranked one of the top five hospitals in the nation – and the best in the western United States – by U.S. News and World Report, UCLA is at the leading edge of medical care and biomedical research.

Our program in anesthesiology and perioperative medicine spans multiple clinical and laboratory sites, engaged in research, teaching, and patient care activities across Los Angeles. We care for more than 50,000 patients every year in our operating rooms, interventional procedure rooms, obstetric suites, and intensive care units, covering every surgical subspecialty. With nearly 200 clinical and research faculty members, an educational program that includes over 100 residents and fellows, and a remarkable team of nurse anesthetists, clinical support staff, and administrative staff, ours is a growing and vibrant department that is always looking for the best ways to help our patients, our community, and our world.

I invite you to take a moment to explore the information on this website, and learn more about our department, our clinical specialties, and all the educational programs and research opportunities that we offer. If you are a medical student or a resident considering the next step in your career, we welcome your interest! We are confident that you would have an excellent experience working in the world-class facilities on the UCLA campus, and that you would enjoy exploring our colorful, endlessly interesting "City of Angels".

If you are a prospective patient or a family member, please visit our "For Patients" section. There you'll find information about the different kinds of anesthesia and pain relief available, along with answers to many more questions you might have. Our promise to you is the most up-to-date, evidence-guided, yet personalized anesthesia care, given with compassion, constant vigilance, and respect for your preferences.

Together, we look forward to a great future of patient care, education, innovation, and discovery.


Aman Mahajan, MD, PhD

Professor & Chair