Master of Science in Anesthesia Program Announcement

November 27, 2023

The Department of Anesthesiology, Critical Care, and Pain Medicine is thrilled to announce the Master of Science in Anesthesia Program.  The UTH-MSA program will be the twenty-first program established in the country, housed under the McGovern Medical School, and the first program from a Texas state institution.  This rigorous 28-month program will feature a curriculum encompassing 100 credit hours, 900 hours of didactic and simulation-based learning, and clinical training with over 2,500 patient-contact hours.  The inaugural cohort of students will begin their studies in Fall 2024.  The program’s physical site will be in the UTHealth Houston Professional Building, with development set to start soon.

The department is proud to announce the newly established MSA Program leadership:

  • Program Director – Charlie Phung, CAA
  • Medical Director – Dr. Naveen Vanga
  • Associate Medical Directors – Dr. Rhashedah Ekeoduru (effective 6/1/24), Dr. Rishi Kumar, Dr. Danielle White, Dr. Aubrey Samost-Williams
  • Adjunct Medical Directors – Dr. Stephen Larson, Dr. Maya Suresh
  • Program Manager – Kimesha Webb
  • Webmaster – Toan Tran, CAA

Special thanks to the Program Director and Medical Director search committee members: Dr. Omonele Nwokolo (committee chair), Dr. Stephen Larson (committee chair), Adlai Arandela CAA, Dr. Lauren Brollier, Ben Ferguson CAA, Dr. Sara Guzman-Reyes, Gary Jones CAA, Chaveli Licata CAA, Dr. Travis Markham, Emily Mathuria CAA, Michael Nichols CAA, Dr. Sudipta Sen, Dr. Maya Suresh, Dr. George Williams, Dr. Sam Gumbert, Nina Wen CAA and Dr. Ranu Jain.  The department is incredibly grateful for your time and effort!

Applications are currently being accepted for the 2024 matriculation cycle.  For details, please contact Kimesha Webb ( and visit our webpage for updates at