Dr. Ramsay is chairman of the department of anesthesiology and pain management at Baylor University Medical Center, a position that he has held since 1989. He is also co-medical director of OR services. He serves as a member of the Baylor University Medical Center Board of Trustees and is past president of the International Liver Transplantation Society. In addition, Dr. Ramsay is the developer of the Ramsay Sedation Scale, a measurement designed for interpreting the depth of sedation for patients in the critical care unit. This scale has been adopted around the world. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles and numerous chapters in text books. He is a member of the Sedation Analgesia Guidelines Task Force of the Society of Critical Care Medicine.
As President of Baylor Research Institute (BRI), he leads clinically relevant research efforts for Baylor Health Care System (BHCS). Since joining the organization, Dr. Ramsay has developed a successful infrastructure that has increased the number of clinical trials from 250 to more than 900 active trials today. He is currently involved in a number of clinical research projects for which he is the principal investigator.