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As the medical director of the Post Anesthesia Care Units(PACU) at MGH, I guide the recovery of post-operative patients. I work tobalance varied patient populations and services, and facilitate thestabilization and sorting of patients in the PACU. In conjunction with a staffof 25-30 residents, seven surgical fellows, and 180 peri-operative nurses, Ioversee the immediate post-operative care of several hundred surgical patientsper week, in addition to managing up to four critically ill patients per day. Ialso direct the anesthetic care of patients undergoing electroconvulsivetherapy (ECT) performed in the PACU.As a former Marine Corps officer, transferred to the Navy Medical Corps, I havehad extensive training and operational experience in emergency and disastermanagement. In 2005, I served as the Dept Head for Anesthesia at the U. S.Military Hospital in Kuwait, where I managed four operating rooms with sixtrauma surgeons at the base hospital and several clinics in the theater ofoperation. I am also the national supervising medical officer foranesthesia/critical care for the Dept of Health and Human Service'sInternational Medical and Surgical Emergency Response Team. I led a team indeployments to the World Trade Center on Sept 11, 2001, and to Bam, Iran in2003 to provide medical care to earthquake victims.I serve as a Hospital delegate to the Committee on Teaching Hospitals, a forumproviding teaching hospitals the opportunity to learn from one another. In thesetting of an ever-increasing operational tempo, I have led an initiative toincorporate additional clinical sites into recovery operations. As part of thisrole, I have collaborated in the design of anew facility that will increaseoperating room and recovery capabilities by over thirty percent. In addition, Ihave served as interim director of the Mass General Emergency Airway Service,and as medical director of the Mass General Code Committee.
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