What is an Anesthesiologist?

An Anesthesiologist is a physician who has completed a four-year College Program, fours years of Medical School and four more years of Anesthesiology Residency.

Anesthesiologists play a central role taking care of patients while they are having surgery in the operating room.

  • Not only does he/she make sure you are comfortable, an anesthesiologist also makes  informed medical judgments to protect you. These include treating and regulating changes in your critical life functions — breathing, heart rate, blood pressure — as they are affected by the surgery being performed.
  • An anesthesiologist serves as an advocate for your safety, comfort and well being at one of your most vulnerable moments.
  • He/she is  the doctor who will immediately diagnose and treat any medical problems that might arise during your surgery or recovery period.

The Role of an anesthesiologist extends far beyond the operating room and recovery room.

  • Anesthesiologists work in intensive care units to help critically ill patients return to a stable condition.
  • In childbirth, anesthesiologists manage the care of two persons; they provide pain relief for the mother while managing the life functions of both the mother and the baby.
  • Anesthesiologists also are experts in pain management, including diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic pain problems.
  • Increasingly, anesthesiologists are asked to care for patients undergoing painful or unpleasant procedures in the endoscopy suite, radiology, cardiac catheterization, emergency room and other areas of the hospital.
  • Anesthesiologists are experts in the placement of single and continuous nerve blocks to enable patients to recover comfortably after surgery.
  • Anesthesiologists are experts in advanced airway management and are involved on code blue teams.
  • Anesthesiologists also lend their expertise in critical care and resuscitation in the care of trauma patients.
  • Because of their central role in the perioperative process, anesthesiologists are integral to the management of operating rooms.

Because of our wide involvement with patient care throughout the hospital, and the opportunity to provide compassionate care wherever we go, anesthesiology is one of the most gratifying specialties in medicine!