Headshot photo of Alan J. Kovar, M.D.

Alan J. Kovar, M.D.

  • Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine, School of Medicine
  • Program Director - Anesthesia Critical Care Fellowship, Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine, School of Medicine
  • Co-Chair All-Hill Critical Care Conference Committee, Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine, School of Medicine


Dr. Kovar provides expertise and attending supervision within the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit of the Knight Cardiovascular Center.  He has special interests in point of care ultrasound in the operating room and ICU, hemodynamic monitoring and goal-directed therapy in resuscitation as well as a long-standing emphasis quality assurance and process improvement.  

He also seeks to constantly improve patient and interdisciplinary communication as well as patient experience in both the critical care and perioperative portions of their care. 

Education and training

    • M.D., 2010, University of Kansas School of Medicine
  • Residency

    • Anesthesiology, University of Kansas School of Medicine, 2014
  • Fellowship

    • Critical Care Medicine, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, 2015
  • Certifications

    • American Board of Anesthesiology
    • American Board of Anesthesiology- Critical Care

Memberships and associations:

  • ASA
  • SCCM
  • OSA

Areas of interest

  • Simulation
  • Point of care ultrasound
  • Mechanical Circulatory Support
  • Ethics and End-of-Life Care
  • Shock

Honors and awards

  • Gold Humanism Honor Society Member


Elsevier pure profile

Selected publications

  • Chapter 14: Neurotrauma: Geriatric neurotrauma, Alan J. Kovar, MD and Abhijit Lele, MD, Essentials of Geriatric Neuroanesthesia 1st Edition Hemanshu Prabhakar, Charu Mahajan, Indu Kapoor CRC Press Published July 19, 2019 Reference - 316 Pages - 25 Color & 30 B/W Illustrations ISBN 9781138486119 - CAT# K349436
  • J Cardiothorac Vasc Anesth. 2020 Jan;34(1):35-38. doi: 10.1053/j.jvca.2019.08.020. Epub 2019 Aug 20.The Cardiovascular Effects of Subclinical Thyroid Dysfunction.Davis JD1, Kovar AJ1.


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