Anthony L. Kovac, M.D.

Dr. Anthony Kovac ANTHONY L. KOVAC, M.D.

The Kasumi Arakawa Professor, Department of Anesthesiology
and Department of Nurse Anesthesia Education
Director of Clinical Research, Department of Anesthesiology
Adjunct Professor, Department of History
and Philosophy of Medicine.
University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, Kansas

Dr. Kovac received his Bachelor’s degree from St. Louis University and his Medical degree and Anesthesiology Residency training at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas, after an internship at Mercy Medical Center in Denver, Colorado.

His research interests have centered around the clinical pharmacology of several anesthetic adjuvant drugs. He has published reports involving sugammadex, nicardipine, esmolol, methohexitol, etomidate and remifentanil. However, he has achieved national and international stature by leading multi-institutional trials and careful effectiveness studies of numerous antiemetics, including ondansetron, dolasetron and palonosetron. He has become a leading authority in postoperative nausea and vomiting.

Dr. Kovac also has interests in patient safety, monitoring and anesthesia equipment. He has been Chair of the Subcommittee on Equipment Monitoring and Engineering Technology for the American Society of Anesthesiologists, as well as served on the Committee on Scientific Papers. He also serves as an editorial reviewer for several medical journals.

A sampling of the anesthesia history related topics which he can present include:

The Influence of World War One on the Development of American Anesthesia

Choice of Anesthetic Technique for Surgery during World War One

Pathology and Treatment of Gas Injuries during World War One

Medical Aspects of the Lewis and Clark Expedition: 1804 – 1806

Orval Cunningham: The Man, His Machine, His Tank in Kansas City and Cleveland

Walter Sutton (1877 – 1916): Physician, Scientist, Inventor