Clinical Trials

The Division of Clinical and Translational Research (DoCTR) is the home for patient-oriented research in the Department of Anesthesiology. Numerous translational and clinical research projects are currently led by faculty members in the division, in a wide variety of research areas. These include drug disposition, pharmacogenomics, perioperative myocardial infarction, intraoperative awareness, postoperative cognitive dysfunction, biomarkers, cardiovascular monitoring, coagulation, and functional brain imaging. All investigators have clinical research programs, and some also have laboratory-based translational programs.

Improving Health and Healthcare

Volunteering for a Clinical Study Washington University School of Medicine and Barnes-Jewish Hospital are international leaders in providing excellent health care. We are also recognized as pioneers in creating medical advances and discovering cures, thereby improving healthcare for millions of people. We are proud of our treatment advancements, such as:

  • The first U.S. surgery to restore voice to a patient with an artificial larynx.
  • Innovative treatments for spinal cord injury, stroke, and traumatic brain injury.
  • One of the world’s leading lung transplant programs, with more than 860 transplants, including the world’s first double-lung transplant.
  • New heart operations such as beating heart surgery, and the Cox-MAZE procedure for atrial fibrillation.
  • The world’s first removal of a kidney by noninvasive laparoscopic (“keyhole”) surgery.
  • The mini-incision technique for kidney transplants, which benefits both the kidney donor and the recipient.

How do we improve patient health and the healthcare process?

We do clinical studies. Clinical studies are the basis for all improvements in health care. Patients are our partners in clinical studies. We partner with people who are healthy and with patients who have medical conditions, from every ethnic and age group. The treatment of illness improves every year because of advancing science and research. But we cannot succeed without patients as partners. We hope that you will consider helping us to help others, by volunteering to be in a clinical study.