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Peter Francis Dunn, MD

  • Executive Medical Director, Perioperative Administration


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Anesthesia, Critical Care & Pain Medicine

Clinical Interests
  • Vascular anesthesia
  • Operating room administration
  • Critical care
Medical Education
  • MD, George Washington University School of Medicine
  • Residency, George Washington University Hospital|Residency, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Fellowship, Children's National Medical Center|Fellowship, Massachusetts General Hospital
Board Certifications
  • Anesthesiology
  • Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
Insurances Accepted
  • Aetna Health Inc.
  • Beech Street
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Blue Care 65
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Indemnity
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Managed Care
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Partners Plus
  • Centene/Celticare
  • Cigna (PAL #'s)
  • Fallon Community HealthCare
  • Great-West Healthcare (formally One Health Plan)
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - PBO
  • Health Care Value Management (HCVM)
  • Humana/Choice Care PPO
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Medicare - ACD
  • Neighborhood Health Plan - ACD
  • Neighborhood Health Plan - PBO
  • OSW - Maine
  • OSW - New Hampshire
  • OSW - Rhode Island
  • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS)
  • Railroad Medicare
  • Railroad Medicare - ACD
  • Senior Whole Health
  • TriCare
  • Tufts Health Plan
  • Unicare
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - ACD
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - PBO
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The focus of my clinical practice and teaching has been in the area of applied cardiovascular physiology, primarily in the ICU and on Vascular Anesthesia. In addition, I have been a member of the OB Anesthesia team. Since 2002, the majority of my professional activities have been in administrative roles, both in the department and the hospital, as Clinical Director, DACCPM from 2002 until 2006, Executive Medical Director of the Operating Rooms since 2006, and most recently Executive Vice Chair, DACCPM. In the operating room administration, our team focus has been on operations improvement. We have led several multidisciplinary projects which have involved anesthesiologists, surgeons, nurses and members of the hospital administration with the goal of optimizing patient care, creating safer work environments, and improving efficiency. In addition, our team is leading the design and development of the new perioperative floors in B3C which will open with 29 new Operating Rooms in 2011. Also, we are actively involved in the design and development of the New MGH/NSMC ASC that will open on the Northshore in 2009. Our goals for the future include ongoing research in the area of operations improvement in the perioperative environment and OR administration. The need to train anesthesiologists in perioperative administration is also one of our future goals.

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Research & Publications

Research Summary
Along with colleagues from the MIT Sloan School of Management, we are developing tools and methodologies to redesign the provision of patient care in the perioperatve environment.  This unique collaboration is focusing on the utilization of resources throughout the patient care experience, from surgeons' offices to the post operative floor care with the aim of improving the quality, efficiency, and cost of delivering perioperative care to patients. Through the iterative development and subsequent implementation of the findings, we hope to provide new tools and methods for use in other centers, not just in the perioperative environment, but throughout the medical center.

Recent Publications:

Sokal SM, Chang Y, Craft DL, Sandberg WS, Dunn PF, Berger DL.
Surgeon profiling: a key to optimum operating room use.
Arch Surg. 2007 Apr;142(4):365-70.

Dunn PF, Landesberg G.
Perioperative beta-blocker therapy and mortality.
N Engl J Med. 2005 Dec 8;353(23):2513-5; author reply 2513-5. No abstract available.

Riddell JM, Black JH, Brewster DC, Dunn PF.
Endovascular abdominal aortic aneurysm repair.
Int Anesthesiol Clin. 2005 Winter;43(1):79-91. Review. No abstract available.

Lecamwasam HS, Baboolal HA, Dunn PF.
Acute adrenal insufficiency after large-dose glucocorticoids for spinal cord injury.
Anesth Analg. 2004 Dec;99(6):1813-4, table of contents.

Cambria RP, Clouse WD, Davison JK, Dunn PF, Corey M, Dorer D.
Thoracoabdominal aneurysm repair: results with 337 operations performed over a 15-year interval.
Ann Surg. 2002 Oct;236(4):471-9; discussion 479.

Dunn PF, Goulet RL.
Endotracheal tubes and airway appliances.
Int Anesthesiol Clin. 2000 Summer;38(3):65-94. Review. No abstract available.

Dunn PF.
Physiology of the lateral decubitus position and one-lung ventilation.
Int Anesthesiol Clin. 2000 Winter;38(1):25-53. Review.

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News & Events

  • On the move

    After years of planning and preparation, two departments – the Central Sterile Processing and Supply (CSPS) Unit and the Sumner M. Redstone Emergency Department (ED) – celebrated their transition into new spaces in the Lunder Building with ribbon-cutting ceremonies.


Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine
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Boston MA, 02114-2696
Phone: 617-726-7542
Fax: 617-726-6312

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