Join Our Team

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Work For WAAi

A Team of Professionals

Western Anesthesiology Associates, Inc. (“WAAI”) is a collegial and established practice serving a variety of locations throughout the greater St. Louis region. Our organization has provided perioperative care for patients at Mercy Hospital (formerly St. John’s Mercy) in suburban St. Louis for over 50 years.  More recently, we’ve expanded to currently include Mercy Hospital-Washington, Mercy Hospital-Lincoln, several local ambulatory surgery centers, three pain management offices, and numerous office-based practices throughout the area.

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Mercy Hospital-St. Louis is a CMS Five-Star Hospital, a Top 100 Hospital by IBM Watson Health in 2020, a Top 50 Hospital by Newsweek in 2021, & consistently achieves a Straight A grade from The Leapfrog Group; Mercy-Washington has been honored with several of these accolades as well.  We strive for outstanding care using the Care Team model & take pride in consistently being ranked in the top 10% of Anesthesiology groups nationwide in patient satisfaction. We also host several social events annually helping to connect our WAAI community and subgroups. WAAI organizes several committees that offer clinical and administrative leadership opportunities and we’ve developed a mentorship program for new hires. We are an equal opportunity employer with a commitment to seeking diversity in our workplace.

A great Place To work

Join Our Family

The professional group, consisting of doctors, certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs), certified anesthesiologist assistants (CAAs), nurses (RNs), nurse practitioners (NPs), physician assistants (PAs), and other health professionals, emphasizes the team concept when providing medical care. A culture of professionalism and shared mission is why many of our professionals become career-long employees.

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We’re looking for dedicated physicians, CRNAs, and AAs to join our team of over 150 anesthesiology professionals for full-time, part-time, and per diem roles to staff our growing hospitals and ASCs.  Our comprehensive compensation and benefits plan includes 401k with employer contribution, profit sharing, call stipends, CME allowance, HSA, and paid malpractice and disability coverage.  Our group affords scheduling flexibility and case variety, and shareholder track opportunities are available for physicians.

Our talented team provides care encompassing a broad spectrum of adult, pediatric, and obstetric procedures. Specialized programs include: a diverse spectrum of general surgery such as burn reconstruction, bariatric, robotic, and thoracic surgery; pediatric surgery including ENT, plastics, urology, orthopedics, and general surgery; anesthesia for non-OR locations including state-of-the-art I.R. and endoscopy suites; cardiovascular procedures including a structural heart program, valvular and coronary bypass surgery, & open and endovascular aortic surgery; a flourishing regional anesthesia and acute pain service; and our pre-anesthesia consultation clinic (“PACE”).

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Why Move To St. Louis?

The St. Louis region is a vibrant area that offers both an abundance of culinary, cultural, sporting, artistic, and educational opportunities as well as a reasonable cost of living. In 2021, Time Magazine ranked St. Louis among the World’s 100 Greatest Places, and Eater magazine has listed St. Louis among the 13 best places to eat globally.

St. Louis has also recently been ranked one of America’s Best Sports Cities and Best Cities for Young Professionals.

If you are interested in more information, please contact Sue Chrismer, our Recruitment Coordinator by e-mail at Virtual interviews are available for interested parties.

We hope you’ll join our dynamic team!

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Our Practice Values

Excellence in Medical Care


Fiscal Responsibility

Organizational Unity and Improvement

Open Positions