Robert 'Denny' Bastron, MD

Medical Director, Pre Anesthesia Clinic

Professor, Anesthesiology



(520) 626-6295
Medical School: 
MD: 1964, University of Iowa, College of Medicine, Iowa City, Iowa
1964-1965: University of Tennessee, College of Medicine, Memphis, Tennessee
1965-1967: Anesthesiology, University of Iowa, College of Medicine, Iowa City, Iowa
1967-1968: Anesthesiology, Harvard University Medical School, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Dr. Bastron was born in Red Oak, Iowa and graduated from Wentworth Military Academy. He received his undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Iowa. After internship at the University of Tennessee in Memphis, he completed his residency in anesthesiology (1967) and fellowship at Harvard Medical School (1968). After active duty with the USAF, he began his career at the University of Iowa. Moving to Tucson in 1980, Dr. Bastron was associated with the VA Medical Center, Pima Associates in Anesthesia, and Old Pueblo Anesthesiologists. From 1994 to 2002 he was a Professor of Anesthesiology at the Scott & White Hospital in Temple, Texas and was Professor and Head of the Department of Humanities at Texas A & M from 2000 to 2002. After serving as Clinical Director of Anesthesiology at the Tucson VA Hospital from 2002 to 2006, Dr. Bastron is currently Professor of Anesthesiology at the University of Arizona and director of Anesthesiology at the UPH Ambulatory Surgery Center.   

Research Interests: 

History of Medicine, Medical Ethics

View publications on PubMed


Bastron RD: Ethical concerns in anesthetic care for patients with do-not-resuscitate orders. Anesthesiology 85:1190-1193, 1996.

Bastron RD, McCullough LB:  What goes around, comes around: John Gregory, MD, and the profession of medicine.  Baylor University Medical Center Proceedings 20:18-21, 2007

Bastron RD:  Albert Heircy Miller: Anesthesiology Pioneer.  American Society of Anesthesiologists Newsletter 69(10): 16-18, 2005.

Bastron RD:  On Heroes and Hero Worship; Sir William Osler; a Worthy Medical Hero.  The Oslerian 6(3): 3-5, Nov 2005. Bastron RD:  Sir William Osler.  Harmony. 2005-2006. AHSC. P 26.