Distance & International Education, Learning and Science

The  Department of Anesthesiology at the Keck School of Medicine of USC is building on a rich history of anesthesiology and critical care innovation by establishing its Vladimir Zelman, MD, PhD Center for Distance Education, Learning and Science.  The Department’s foundation is based at the Los Angeles County + University of Southern California Medical Center (LAC+USC MC) where anesthetics were administered from 1878 onwards with no formal regulation until the Department was established in approximately 1917 with the first appointment of an Anesthesiologist in Charge in 1924.

The Department is home to Dr. Arthur Guedel (clinical stages of ether anesthesia), Dr. Harry Low (closed circuit anesthesia), Sim One (the first anesthesia simulator), and the Aerojet General Corporation (an early aerospace pioneer). The LAC+USC MC is legitimately the home of Critical Care Medicine. Many world-known clinical scientists in critical care worked here, such as Dr. William Shoemaker, Dr. Max Harry Weil.  The previous Department Chair, Dr. Philip Lumb, was Editor-in Chief for the Journal of Critical Care  for over 10 years. The Department continues to innovate and train residents of the highest caliber while serving the patients of Los Angeles County.


Our primary goal is to reach out to overseas medical students and physicians, providing them with evidence-based medicine discussions, lectures and mentorship.

The Center of Distance Learning provides lectures from and live discussions with USC physicians/educators at the following institutions:


  • Education for Medical Student and Residents
  • Collaboration in Clinical Research and Science
  • Case Discussions with Anesthesia Faculty
  • Mentorship for Masters Theses and Medical Student Research Projects

The USC KSOM Department of Anesthesiology Center for Distance Learning welcomes international partners to foster international collaboration and educational initiatives that further global health and provide a platform for medical diplomacy.

If you are interested, please contact us.


Vladimir Zelman, MD, PhD (vzelman@med.usc.edu)

Ksenia Ershova, MD, MSc (ksenia.ershova@med.usc.edu)

Center for Distance Learning Faculty:

Philip Lumb, MD
Janak Chandrasoma, MD
Itamar Grunstein, MD
Rajesh Patel, MD, MSEd
Eugenia Ayrian, MD