After graduating from St. Matthew's University in 2000, Dr. W. Christopher Croley completed his residency in Anesthesiology at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois where he served as Chief Resident. He received the Robert D. Dripps Memorial Award for outstanding academic performance.
Dr. Croley was a Critical Care Fellow at Northwestern University in Chicago where he was very active and involved in many projects, including the development of a critical care clerkship for fourth year medical students. He actively participated on the RUSL Steering Committee, developing new simulation curricula for the anesthesia residency program and helping other programs to do the same. As the medical director of Simulation for the American College of Chest Physicians, Dr. Croley provided representation for Rush on a national level.
Dr. Croley is also an active member in the American Society of Anesthesiologists and has participated in numerous meetings with legislators in Washington, DC to discuss issues important to the specialty of Anesthesiology as well as medical education. While completing his fellowship, Dr. Croley worked in a part-time capacity as an Attending Anesthesiologist and Instructor at Rush University Medical Center. Most recently, Dr. Croley was appointed as the Associate Director of Residency Education for the Rush Department of Anesthesiology. He is also Co-Medical Director of the Rush University Simulation Laboratory (RUSL) where he is accountable for overall simulation management through University Affairs and was appointed to the Department of Anesthesiology as Medical Director of the Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU).
Dr. Croley has published multiple manuscripts and abstracts related to critical care and medical education. In February 2006, he received recognition from the American College of Chest Physicians for his role as Co-Director of an International Medical Simulation Workshop in Montreal.