History of AAKC

Anesthesia Associates of Kansas City (AAKC) has been around since the mid 1960s. Our organization has grown and evolved over the years to become the largest anesthesiology practice in the greater Kansas City region.


Anesthesia Associates of Kansas City (AAKC) began as a partnership of physicians working at Research Medical Center in the mid-1960’s.


AAKC cultivated a reputation for providing quality care and solid business management which led to additional opportunities over time.


In 1980, AAKC began providing pediatric anesthesiology services at Children’s Mercy Hospital. In 1985, AAKC recruited the first pediatric intensivist to work at Children’s Mercy Hospital’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. AAKC was asked to provide anesthesia coverage for Belton Regional Medical Center when it was first built in 1984. AAKC also began offering pain management specialists on a full-time basis in the mid-1980’s and opened the first multidisciplinary inpatient pain management center at Research Medical Center.


In 1994, AAKC merged with Anesthesiology Services, Inc. and another small anesthesia and pain management practice and began providing services at Menorah Medical Center and Lee’s Summit Medical Center.


The hospitals covered by AAKC continued growing organically and AAKC additionally began covering new locations including the South Kansas City Surgery Center, Research Medical Center–Brookside and Overland Park Regional Medical Center in the early 2000’s. As Menorah and Overland Park Regional built surgery centers on their campuses we began providing services at those facilities as well. In 2001, we opened our first KC Pain Centers (South) office-based pain management clinic. We opened a second KC Pain Centers (East) in 2003.


In 2011, we entered into an agreement with HCA to provide services at Centerpoint Medical Center and Centerpoint Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC). In 2012, AAKC began providing services at the Surgicenter of Johnson County. In 2013 AAKC began providing services in dental offices through a new venture called Mobile Anesthesia Care. In 2014, the anesthesia teams at Heart of America Surgery Center and Kansas City Orthopaedic Institute, a physician-owned hospital, joined AAKC. In 2016, AAKC opened Midwest Pain Management Center with HCA to provide comprehensive pain management services through ASC.