Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine
It is my pleasure to introduce you to the Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Our Department is known for providing superb clinical care, exciting and innovative research, and outstanding training programs in a warm, friendly, and supportive environment. We offer a wide variety of clinical experiences, including anesthesia for diverse procedures from complex cardiovascular reconstructions to community office-based practice, a busy regional program, a large obstetric service, and superlative training in critical care and pain management. The faculty takes pride in providing an outstanding educational experience, with an emphasis on personal mentoring, strong didactics, and innovative use of simulation.
Our research interests range from basic science- such as pain mechanisms and neural encoding, pulmonary mechanics, and vascular biology; to clinical- innovative treatment of migraine headaches, ventilator management in acute lung injury, efficacy of tight glucose control in vascular surgery patients, and the use of real-time 3-D echocardiography in cardiac surgery; to health services and safety- the effect of team training on outcomes in labor and delivery. We run several engaging, cutting-edge national and international CME courses, including a novel echocardiography preceptorship in which participants spend up to a week one-on-one with our faculty in the OR and lab learning advanced TEE techniques. Our innovative "Faculty Hour" program, in which we delay the start of the operating room by a half hour each Tuesday, provides a unique infrastructure and protected time for anesthesiologists, surgeons, nurses, and other colleagues to meet to work collaboratively on front-line motivated projects to improve care, efficiency, patient experience, safety, and teamwork.
As Chairman, I can personally attest to the unique collaborative environment here in the Department, in the operating rooms, and throughout the Medical Center- it is truly "Harvard with a heart." We have many exciting new programs including a categorical internship, increased opportunities for resident involvement in research, and innovative ways to introduce new educational methods. Please take the opportunity to learn about our Department through our website and contact us with any questions or comments.
Brett A. Simon, MD, PhD
Professor and Chair
Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Harvard Medical School