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Michael M. Bottros, M.D.

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Michael M. Bottros, M.D., Associate Chief of the Division of Pain Management, Department of Anesthesiology at Washington University School of Medicine

Dr. Bottros is a graduate of Washington University (BS, MD). He completed his anesthesiology residency in our department (2006-2010), serving as Chief Resident in his final year. As a resident, Michael received the Leo Fabian Award as outstanding CA1 resident and was a FAER Resident Scholar. Following a fellowship in Pain Medicine at Johns Hopkins University and a “mini-fellowship” in regional anesthesia with Mitch Fingerman, Dr. Bottros joined the faculty of the Department of Anesthesiology at Washington University as an Instructor in 2011. He became an Assistant Professor in 2013 and will be promoted to Associate Professor of Anesthesiology this year.

Michael is the founding director of the Adult Acute Pain Service at Barnes–Jewish Hospital (2012) and has built this into an innovative and successful enterprise. Dr Bottros is a dedicated educator and received the Department of Anesthesiology’s Outstanding Teacher Award in 2014 as well as the “Friend of Surgery Resident Award“ in 2015. He has also served as a research mentor for several residents and fellows. His own research has focused on clinical trials in pain management and has been supported by grants from the Barnes-Jewish Foundation and Stanford Medicine X. He has authored 19 peer reviewed publications as well as seven book chapters

Dr Bottros’ contributions to pain management have been widely recognized and he has been a frequently invited speaker locally and nationally as well as the focus of multiple TV, radio and news stories. Dr Bottros is an innovator with strong clinical organizational skills and he has enhanced his administrative skills through completion of the Academic Medical Leadership Program for Physicians & Scientists at Washington University (2015).

Dr. Bottros’ appointment as Associate Chief of Pain Management will be effective immediately. Please join us in congratulating Dr. Bottros on his new role.

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