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Department Chairs--The Early Years

Biographical and bibliographical information on the university's department chairs from the historical past.

Daniel J. Wooten, MD, Chairman, Anesthesiology, 1973-1996

           (November 25, 1937 - May 19, 2019)
  Dr. Wooten graduated from Meharry Medical College School of Medicine in 1965. His primary area of practice was in anesthesiology, with a secondary area in critical care. Prior to his arrival at Charles R. Drew Postgraduate Medical School, Dr. Wooten served as a U.S. Navy Medical Officer (1964-1968) and, after his honorable discharge as Lieutenant, he was Program Director of the Anesthesiology Residency Training Program at the University of Pittsburgh Health Science Center and UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.
While at Charles R. Drew Postgraduate Medical School, Dr. Wooten was the Anesthesiology Department Chair for 23 years. His other titles included Associate Dean for Medical Education, President/CEO of King/Drew Medical Foundation, President of King/Drew Medical Faculty Practice Plan, Founder and President of the Environmental Health Research Institute.

In 1982, Dr. Wooten sat for an interview for the Artery newsletter published by Charles R. Drew Postgraduate Medical School. Below are screenshots of the piece.


1: Olive KE, Kwasigroch TE, Wooten DJ, Lybrand C, Peeples CR. A Career
Exploration Program: An Effective Alternative to the Traditional Use of Faculty
Advisors. Acad Med. 2016 Nov;91(11):1530-1533. PubMed PMID: 27144992.

2: Wooten DJ, Smith PL. East Tennessee State University James H. Quillen College
of Medicine. Acad Med. 2000 Sep;75(9 Suppl):S352-4. PubMed PMID: 10995706.

3: King HK, Khan AK, Wooten DJ. Translaryngeal guided intubation in the airway of
a patient with acute gastrointestinal hemorrhage. Am J Emerg Med. 1997
May;15(3):324-6. PubMed PMID: 9149002.CDU Library Resource

4: Rothenberg SJ, Williams FA Jr, Delrahim S, Khan F, Kraft M, Lu M, Manalo M,
Sanchez M, Wooten DJ. Blood lead levels in children in south central Los Angeles.
Arch Environ Health. 1996 Sep-Oct;51(5):383-8. Review. PubMed PMID: 8896388.

5: King HK, Wooten DJ. Subarachnoid spread of isobaric tetracaine in adolescents.
Br J Anaesth. 1995 Aug;75(2):245-6. PubMed PMID: 7577257.

6: King HK, Wooten DJ. Effects of drug dose, volume, and concentration on spinal
anesthesia with isobaric tetracaine. Reg Anesth. 1995 Jan-Feb;20(1):45-9. PubMed
PMID: 7727328.

7: King HK, Huntington C, Wooten DJ. Translaryngeal guided intubation in an
uncooperative patient with maxillofacial injury: case report. J Trauma. 1994
Jun;36(6):885-6. PubMed PMID: 8015014.

8: King H, Ashley S, Brathwaite D, Decayette J, Wooten DJ. Adequacy of general
anesthesia for cesarean section. Anesth Analg. 1993 Jul;77(1):84-8. PubMed PMID:

9: King H, Xiao CS, Wooten DJ. Prolongation of epidural bupivacaine analgesia
with glycerin. Can J Anaesth. 1993 May;40(5 Pt 1):431-4. PubMed PMID: 8513522.

10: King HK, Xiao CS, Wooten DJ. [Epidural administration of bupivacaine in
glycerine solution can prolong analgesia]. Ma Zui Xue Za Zhi. 1992
Mar;30(1):27-30. Chinese. PubMed PMID: 1608316.

11: King HK, Wooten DJ, Liao BS. Continuous spinal anesthesia with hyperbaric and
isobaric bupivacaine. Anesth Analg. 1991 Nov;73(5):674-5. PubMed PMID: 1796979.

12: King HK, Wang LF, Khan AK, Wooten DJ. Soft and firm introducers for
translaryngeal guided intubation. Anesth Analg. 1989 Jun;68(6):826. PubMed PMID:

13: King KK, Wang LF, Khan AK, Wooten DJ. Antegrade vs retrograde insertion
introducer for guided intubation in needle laryngostomized patient. Can J
Anaesth. 1989 Mar;36(2):252. PubMed PMID: 2706719.
CDU Library Resource

14: King HK, Wang LF, Khan AK, Wooten DJ. Use of an i.v. "drip" system as an aid
in identification of the epidural space. J Clin Anesth. 1989;1(3):240-1. PubMed
PMID: 2627396.

15: King HK, Chen FM, Khan AK, Wooten DJ. Translaryngeal guided intubation solved
a critical airway problem. J Clin Anesth. 1988;1(2):112-4. PubMed PMID: 3272744.

16: King HK, Huntington CT, Wooten DJ. Results of Allen's tests. Crit Care Med.
1987 Sep;15(9):889. PubMed PMID: 3621968.

17: King HK, Wang LF, Khan AK, Wooten DJ. Translaryngeal guided intubation for
difficult intubation. Crit Care Med. 1987 Sep;15(9):869-71. PubMed PMID: 3621963.