Message from the Chair

Randolph H. Steadman, MD, MS
Professor and Chair, Department of Anesthesiology & Critical Care

Welcome to the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care! Houston Methodist Hospital is a major academic medical center which has trained Anesthesiology residents for over a decade. Now, it’s finally time to start our own program. Most days we staff 75-80 anesthetizing locations and coordinate five Critical Care Units through our Center for Critical Care. Our annual operative volume in cardiovascular surgery, thoracic surgery, neurosurgery, as well as other surgical subspecialties rivals that of other academic centers. Houston Methodist is the number one transplant center in Texas, leading the way in cardiac, lung, liver and kidney transplantation. Houston Methodist Hospital is ranked the #1 Hospital in Texas and in the top 20 hospitals nationally by US News and World Report.


Houston Methodist prides itself on leading medicine, providing compassionate and respectful care, and maintaining an emphasis on quality and patient safety. The Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care works closely with institutional leadership in all of these areas. Additionally, the department emphasizes faculty and resident development in a number of domains, including personal well-being and resiliency, innovative educational strategies, research methodology and statistics, and the creation of enduring scholarly works.


We value experiential education, utilizing simulation-based training, post-encounter debriefing, hands-on workshops, and teams-based learning. As a learning institution, we expect to learn from you by listening to you and understanding your needs. An educational steering committee, comprised of resident representatives from each year, will meet regularly with program leadership. We understand that residency is a busy yet rewarding time in one’s professional development. Our goal is to facilitate the experience by creating a supportive community that maximizes your focus on building your professional career.

I encourage you to take a close look at our program, which focuses on preparing you to meet your goals, whether that means a subspecialty fellowship, or a career in private practice or academics.