In recent years the Department of Anesthesiology has seen the retirement of several distinguished professors who have made substantial contributions to the Department. Collectively, they represent hundreds of years of service to the University of Virginia.
William P. Arnold, M.D.
Dr. Arnold first came to the University of Virginia in 1973 as a resident in anesthesia, after earning his medical degree from the University of Rochester. After completing his anesthesia residency, Dr. Arnold worked as a Fellow in Medicine and Anesthesiology before his appointment to the faculty of the Department of Anesthesiology. Dr. Arnold has been active in the American Society of Anesthesiologists and the Virginia Society of Anesthesiologists, serving for nearly 20 years as a member of the House of Delegates for the national society. He is nationally and internationally recognized for his expertise on chemical dependency, particularly as it relates to physician impairment.
Robert F. Bedford, M.D.
Dr. Bedford received his medical degree at Cornell University and completed an anesthesia residency at the University of Pennsylvania. He was appointed to the faculty at UVa in 1977. In addition to his work here, he held appointments as the Chair of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, at Cornell, and at the Federal Drug Administration. More recently, he divided his time between UVA and the University of South Florida until his retirement in 2008.
Frederic A. Berry, M.D.
Dr. Berry completed his undergraduate degree at UVA and entered the School of Medicine in 1955. Trained both as a pediatrician and an anesthesiologist, Dr. Berry joined the faculty of the Department of Anesthesiology upon completing his residency in 1966. He taught at UVA for 43 years, until his retirement in 2009. Active nationally and internationally as a sought-after speaker, Dr. Berry has traveled to six continents, authored two textbooks and dozens of chapters and professional papers.
Cosmo A. DiFazio, M.D., Ph.D.
Dr. DiFazio earned his Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Biochemistry from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. After earning his M.D. from that institution, he came to the University of Virginia for his residency in anesthesia and was appointed to the faculty in 1964, when he graduated from the residency. The Cosmo A. DiFazio Professorship in Anesthesiology was created to honor his many contributions. John C. Rowlingson, M.D., has occupied the chair since 2005.
Dr. Ross and Dr. DiFazio in 2005
Robert M. Epstein, M.D.
Dr. Epstein came to the University of Virginia from Columbia University in 1972, when he was appointed professor and chair of the department. During the 24 years he held this position, the department experienced tremendous growth in size and reputation, clinically and academically. Dr. Epstein was appointed to the Harold Carron Professorship in Anesthesiology in 1996 and occupied this chair until his retirement in 2002. In honor of his service to the department, the Robert M. Epstein Professorship in Anesthesiology was created. Zhiyi Zuo, M.D., Ph.D., currently occupies the Epstein chair.
Thomas J. Gal, M.D.
Dr. Gal received his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College and completed a residency in anesthesia and a post-doctoral research fellowship from the University of Pennsylvania. He came to UVA in 1975 and taught in the Department of Anesthesiology for 33 years. For over 20 years, he served on the Editorial Board for the journal Anesthesia and Analgesia. The majority of Dr. Gal’s practice was in the areas of cardiac and thoracic anesthesia. He is recognized nationally and internationally for his expertise in respiratory and pulmonary physiology.
William T. Ross, M.D., MBA
Dr. Ross received his medical degree from the University of Virginia and subsequently completed an anesthesia residency in our department. In 1971, upon graduation from the residency, he was appointed to the faculty and taught for 37 years until his retirement in 2008. In 2000, he received an MBA from William and Mary. Dr. Ross was the founding Medical Director of the Virginia Ambulatory Surgery Center, now known as the UVA Outpatient Surgery Center.
Julianne J. Sando, Ph.D.
Dr. Julianne Sando received her Ph.D. in Pharmacology from the University of Michigan and was a research fellow at the NIH National Cancer Institute. She joined the faculty at the University of Virginia in 1982, moving from the Department of Pharmacology to the Department of Anesthesiology in 2000. The focus of Dr. Sando's research has been protein kinase C signaling systems, and she authored or co-authored over 70 research papers and book chapters. She reviewed and edited widely for a number of scholarly journals and served as mentor to many students, fellows, and younger faculty members. In retirement, she continues these mentoring activities through Sando Science Editing.