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Division of Pre-Anesthesia Unit (PAU)

The OU Health Anesthesiology Department operates a referral directed, appointment based, clinic known as the “Perioperative Assessment Unit” or PAU. The mission of the unit is to optimize a patient prior to their surgical/procedural experience so they can achieve the highest quality outcomes.

This is achieved by interacting with our dedicated team of professionals to review each patient’s history and establish a data base that is as complete as possible. From the RNs, Advanced Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistant, and Attending Physician, all are there to review each patients’ comorbidities and current medical status. Often, there are Medical Records that must be obtained from outside providers and facilities.Those records may include “clearance” from Cardiologist, Pulmonologist or another medical subspecialist as necessary. Our staff is dedicated to obtaining the appropriate studies to assure each patients’ preparedness for their operation or procedure. This may include lab studies, EKG, or imaging. The better we can get to know you and your history, the better you can be prepared for your procedure.

The Perioperative Assessment Unit also serves as the initiation point for multiple lines of Enhanced recover after surgery or “ERAS” protocols. This “perioperative surgical home” aspect of the clinics function has been shown to improve outcomes and continues to be the subject of broad research.

Meet the PAU team

Shashank S. Shettar, MD

Shashank S. Shettar, MD

Assistant Professor
Division Chief, Transplant Anesthesiology
Interim Division Chief, Obstetric Anesthesiology

920 Stanton L Young Blvd, WP 1140
Oklahoma City, OK 73104




Medical Education:

M.B.B.S: B.J. Medical College, Pune, India


General Surgery; University of Florida, College of Medicine Jacksonville, Florida


Anesthesiology; University of Florida, College of Medicine Jacksonville, Florida

Anaesthesiology, Lokmanya Tilak Municipal Medical College, Mumbai, India


Solid Organ Transplant & Vascular Anesthesia: Jackson Memorial Hospital and Miller School of Medicine, University of Miami, Miami, Florida

Obstetric Anesthesiology: University of Florida, College of Medicine Jacksonville, Florida

Board Certification(s):

Board Certified, American Board of Anesthesiology

Clinical/Research Interests:

Liver transplant and vascular anesthesia

Obstetric anesthesia

Trauma anesthesia

Transesophageal echocardiography

Residency education

Medical Informatics

Select Honors & Accomplishments:

▪ DeWayne Andrews Excellence in Teaching Award: College of Medicine, University of Oklahoma

▪ Bertram E. Sears Award for Faculty Teaching (2021 and 2019): Dept. of Anesthesiology, University of Oklahoma  

▪ Associate member of Academy of Teaching Scholars (ATS): College of Medicine, University of Oklahoma

▪ Ann Harwood-Nuss Resident Advocate Award: Graduate Medical Education, University of Florida, Jacksonville

▪ Best Research Project in Anesthesiology Award: Dept. of Anesthesiology, University of Florida, Jacksonville

▪ Outstanding Fellow Award: University of Miami and Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami

▪ Outstanding Resident Teacher Award: Society of Teaching Scholars, University of Florida, Gainesville

▪ Intern of the year Award: Dept. of Surgery, University of Florida, Jacksonville

Select Publications:

Dr. Shettar`s publications can be viewed through PubMed