OAG’s anesthesiologists are committed to providing the best possible care, value and expertise to patients, partners and the community.
We build upon already-exceptional credentials by pursuing additional specialty training, exploring medical innovations and contributing through volunteer and mission work around the world.
Anesthesia Specialty Requires Years of Training
Anesthesiologists are licensed medical doctors who specialize in anesthesiology, the use of anesthetics for the relief of pain and the total care of the surgical patient, before, during and after surgery.
Our training extends over twelve years or more and requires a four-year college degree followed by four years of medical school and another four years of training in the specialty of anesthesiology. Many OAG anesthesiologists have further subspecialty training in areas such as pediatrics, obstetrical, cardiac, critical care and pain medicine as well as special expertise in regional anesthesia, outpatient surgery, and bloodless procedures.
A Central Role in Patient Care
Anesthesiologists serve a central role in the operating room, making decisions to keep patients comfortable and protect and regulate critical life functions—breathing, heart rate, blood pressure—that are affected by the surgery being performed. Anesthesiologist typically are the first to diagnose and treat any medical problems that may arise during surgery or the recovery period.
As specialty doctors, we need a wide range of knowledge about medications, internal medicine, how the human body works, and its responses to the stress of surgery. Our role requires the highest levels of decision making, vigilance, and technical skills balanced with a keen ability to prioritize and perform under pressure.
Expertise in Emergency, Pain and Critical Care
Anesthesiologists also possess the medical knowledge and technical expertise to deal with many emergency and trauma situations. We provide airway management, cardiac and pulmonary resuscitation, advanced life support and pain control. As consultants, we play an active role in stabilizing and preparing the patient for emergency surgery
In a critical care unit or intensive care unit, the anesthesiologist provides medical assessment and diagnosis, respiratory and cardiovascular support and infection control.
Because anesthesiologists are experts in pain medicine, we also help patients with chronic disease through pain management treatments for everyday.
Operating Room Management
In addition to providing patient care, the anesthesiologist often is responsible for managing the resources of the operating suite, including the efficient use of operating rooms, supplies, equipment and personnel. OAG anesthesiologists work in the operating suite almost every day. Our continuous presence, along with our understanding of the needs of surgeons and other physicians who perform procedures requiring anesthesia, uniquely qualifies us for leadership positions in operating room administration and management.
Note: The above includes information from the American Society of Anesthesiology.