Stories from patients and physician anesthesiologists demonstrate how these medical experts make a difference — saving and changing lives when seconds count. Hear and read how:

  • A mother got a second chance at life after a nearly fatal medical emergency during childbirth.
  • A patient worked with her physician anesthesiologist after suffering with chronic pain despite being on a high dose of opioids.
  • A quick-acting physician anesthesiologist helped save a baby’s life when complications arose during brain surgery.
  • A surgeon’s urgent consultation with a physician anesthesiologist in the operating room saved the life of a 60-year-old man receiving a lung transplant.

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Sadie and her mother

Sadie Grant

Procedure Allows Toddler to Live with Less Pain

Patient talking to camera.

Hunter Jones

Decision To Call Off Surgery Discovers Second Cancer Diagnosis

Patient talking to a doctor.

Kathleen Callahan

Chronic Pain Patient Life Changes After Managing Condition Without Opioids

Jane Fitch, M.D.

Jane Fitch, M.D.

Quest for Knowledge Drives Nurse to Earn Medical Degree

Trauma patient

Trauma Physician Anesthesiologists

The R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center highlights the importance of trauma center physician anesthesiologists

Advocates for Patient and Saves Her Life

Jennifer Leaf, M.D.

Advocates for Patient and Saves Her Life

Shot of a handsome young doctor explaining the situation to a senior patient

Steven Dale Boggs, M.D.

Local Anesthetic and Handholding Help Keep Patient Breathing

Expertise Manages Risky Health Condition During Surgery

Christopher Cook, D.O.

Expertise Manages Risky Health Condition During Surgery

A cute little girl smiling while in her doctor's office as he checks her breathing

Richard Banchs, M.D.

Gave Child with Cancer Second Chance at Life

patient and doctor smiling at camera

Elena Koepke, M.D., M.B.A.

Helped Ensure Transplant Patient Gets Gift of Life

Alley Maneer produced an award-winning painting after her physician anesthesologist gave her back the use of her hand.

Alanna Maneer

Injections Give Artist Back Hand, Life and Passion

Man talking to camera.

Jerome Adams, M.D.

Decisive Action Saves Gunshot Victim

patient talking to doctor

Moltu Guy, M.D.

Tough Call Stops a Surgery, Saves a Life

Doctors talking to a patient.

Jeff Berger, M.D., M.B.A.

Quick Action Saves Three Lives and Earns a Hug

Doctor talking to camera.

Patrick Allaire, M.D.

Patient Calls Physician Anesthesiologist Her ‘Guardian Angel’ After Childbirth Complications

Chris Power talking to camera.

Chris Power

Spinal Cord Stimulator Helps Chronic Pain Patient Return to Normal Life

Patient talking to camera.

Stephanie Arnold

Mother Gets a Second Chance at Life

Doctor talking to patient.

Joel Zivot, M.D.

Buckets of Ice Poured to Protect Seizure Patient

Mary Dale Peterson, M.D.

Mary Dale Peterson, M.D.

Brain Surgery Puts a Baby’s Life in the Balance

Sonya Pease, M.D.

Sonya Pease, M.D.

Expert Diagnosis Saves Auto Accident Victim With Collapsed Lungs

David Krhovsky, M.D.

David Krhovsky, M.D.

Education and Experience Make the Difference for Bleeding Patient