Dr. Wong named new Chair of Anesthesia

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Cynthia Wong, MD, as the new Chair and Departmental Executive Officer of the Department of Anesthesia, effective Nov. 15, 2015.

As Chair and DEO of Anesthesia, Dr. Wong will focus on recruiting and mentoring world class faculty, and developing clinical, research, and academic programs of excellence. We look forward to Dr. Wong’s commitment to building on the strong foundations already in place in the department, and to striving for increased research funding and department rankings by developing strong leadership at all levels in the department as well as focusing on academic depth for physician-scientists, clinician scholars, and trainees.

Prior to coming to Iowa, Dr. Wong was Professor and Vice Chair of the Department of Anesthesia and Chief of the Section on Obstetric Anesthesia, at Northwestern University. She earned an undergraduate degree in biology and chemistry, with distinction, from Indiana University and completed a fellowship in immunobiology and immunochemistry at the University of Würzburg, Germany, before obtaining her medical degree from the Pritzker School of Medicine at the University of Chicago. She is a member of many national professional and scientific societies, including the American Medical Women's Association and the American Society of Anesthesiologists. She also currently serves as a section editor of the journal Obstetric Anesthesiology and on the editorial boards of the International Journal of Obstetric Anesthesia, Obstetric Anesthesia Digest, Anesthesia & Analgesia Case Reports, and the British Journal of Anesthesia. In the course of her career, she has been primary or coauthor on many papers and other publications, has received several prestigious awards, and has served on many review panels, all to further the field of anesthesia.


Our sincere thanks to the search committee headed by Christopher Cooper, MD, FAAP, and Bruce Gantz, MD, FACS, for their work in recruiting and evaluating excellent candidates for this leadership position.


Please join us in welcoming Dr. Wong to the University of Iowa’s health sciences campus. Under her leadership, we are confident the Department of Anesthesia will continue to grow as a world class department with clinical, scientific, and academic distinction.