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Ask for a physician anesthesiologist to lead your anesthesia care. 

If you are reading this, you are probably preparing to have some kind of surgery, which means it is likely you will be given anesthesia to help control your pain.

You may have researched and selected a surgeon to perform the surgery, but have you learned anything about the person who will be administering your anesthesia? If you are like most people, you probably haven’t.

The administration of anesthesia is a vital part of any surgery or procedure and it’s important to make informed decisions about the medical staff who will handle your anesthesia care. A physician anesthesiologist is the medical professional most qualified to deliver your anesthesia and/or lead the Anesthesia Care Team and the only member of the care team who has:

  • A medical degree
  • 12 years to 14 years of education
  • 12,000 hours to 16,000 hours of clinical training
  • The training to evaluate your overall health and decide if you are healthy enough to have the procedure; to perform any medical procedures that may be required; and to manage your medical care before, during and after surgery.

Physician anesthesiologists are highly trained medical specialists who oversee the administration of more than 40 million anesthetic procedures each year.

Despite the many advances in patient safety, each surgery and procedure has risks. When seconds count and a life hangs in the balance—when a medical emergency or complication occurs—physician anesthesiologists draw on their extensive medical education and years of clinical training and experience to make critical decisions.

Whether evaluating if you are well enough to have surgery or stepping in if complications arise, physician anesthesiologists’ advanced training and experience can save lives.

Before you or a loved one goes into surgery, be sure to request that a physician anesthesiologist delivers your anesthesia and/or leads your Anesthesia Care Team.

Follow the links below to learn more about anesthesia and the role of physician anesthesiologists, or hear firsthand accounts of physician anesthesiologists who were there for their patients when seconds counted.