Who Is An Anesthesiologist?

Who Is An Anesthesiologist?

When preparing for surgery, many patients think of the anesthesiologist as the “physician behind the mask" who sends them into sleep before the procedure and wakes them when it’s over. What they may not realize is how much the anesthesiologist does between those two points.

Anesthesiologists serve a central role in the operating room, making decisions to protect and regulate your critical life functions. They typically are the first to diagnose and treat any medical problems that may arise during surgery or the recovery period. 

The practice of anesthesiology is broad and transcends the operating room as well.  Anesthesiologists are experts in pain medicine. They help patients with chronic disease live better lives through pain management treatments for everyday.  Additionally, their work in critical care units saves countless lives. Anesthesiologists treat patients with multiple complications from pulmonary and cardiac issue to infection control and advanced life support.

Click on the links below to find out more about the physicians behind the mask:

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Role of the Anesthesiologist

Types of Anesthesia Providers 

Qualifications of an Anesthesiologist 

Anesthesia Care Team 

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