Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine
The Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine at The George Washington University Hospital provides medical evaluation prior to surgery, consultation with the surgical team, pain control and support of life functions during surgery, supervisory care immediately following surgery and medical discharge for the patient from the recovery unit.
These physicians are either board-certified or board-eligible and have completed extensive training in their specialty and subspecialty areas. The team provides a wide range of anesthesia services from basic inpatient and outpatient services, to the subspecialties of cardiac, obstetrical, ambulatory and neurosurgical anesthesia, in addition to acute and chronic pain management.
The Critical Care Division of the Department of Anesthesiology contributes to the overall continuity of care for patients who require the expertise of an intensivist.
Departmental Services Areas
The George Washington University Anesthesiology team is a pioneer in the field of ambulatory anesthesia and has been caring for ambulatory surgical patients for over a quarter of a century. Today, the majority of the surgical procedures are performed on an ambulatory, or outpatient, basis. Our highly qualified team combines technologically advanced anesthesia techniques with convenience, professionalism and compassion to allow our patients to return to their usual activities in as short a time as possible.
The anethesiologist provides clinical anesthesia for obstetrical cases, including high-risk deliveries, vaginal deliveries and Cesarean sections (C-sections). Because many patients are classified as high risk, close consultation and cooperation are maintained with the obstetrics department. A variety of regional analgesia services are available for women in labor including epidural, spinal, combined spinal epidural and patient-controlled epidural.
Neuroanesthesiologists have extensive experience in all forms of neurological surgery from operations typically performed in the community hospital, to advanced techniques being employed in the world today. Patients with neurological disease must be evaluated carefully and have their anesthetic management tailored to their particular conditions and the procedures being performed. The neurophysiologic monitoring team uses electroencephalograms (EEGs) and other monitoring technologies to continuously assess the function of various central and peripheral nerve pathways to detect injury. Because the needs of the neurosurgical patient are unique, the coordination between the surgeon, the anesthesiologist, the electrophysiologist and the operative team is both crucial and complex.
The pain management team at The George Washington University Hospital performs inpatient and outpatient consultation for acute and chronic pain disorders. Services include epidural, patient-controlled analgesia for postoperative pain, medication management, therapeutic/diagnostic blocks and implanted devices.
The team of cardiovascular anesthesiologists is well-versed in complex thoraco-abdominal aortic reconstruction and aortic arch surgery involving hypothermic arrest, as well as in routine cardiac, thoracic and major vascular surgical cases. These procedures employ advanced techniques in monitoring and management, including the use of transcranial doppler, EEG and transesophageal echocardiography.
Critical Care Medicine
The Critical Care Medicine division is responsible for patient care in an 18-bed medical-surgical ICU. Anesthesiologists and critical care physicians provide multidisciplinary care for all types of medical and surgical patients, including postoperative open heart and trauma cases. The Critical Care Division has been in existence for 25 years and is internationally known for its expertise in clinical care and outcomes research.