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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 to balance varied patient populations and services, and facilitate the stabilization and sorting of patients in the PACU. In conjunction with a staff of 25-30 residents, seven surgical fellows, and 180 peri-operative nurses, I oversee the immediate post-operative care of several hundred surgical patients per week, in addition to managing up to four critically ill patients per day. I also direct the anesthetic care of patients undergoing electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) performed in the PACU.As a former Marine Corps officer,transferred to the Navy Medical Corps, I have had extensive training and operational experience in emergency and disaster management. 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 six trauma surgeons at the base hospital and several clinics in the theater of operation. I am also the national supervising medical officer for anesthesia/critical care for the Dept of Health and Human Service's International Medical and Surgical Emergency Response Team. I led a teamin deployments to the World Trade Center on Sept 11, 2001, and to Bam, Iran in 2003 to provide medical care to earthquake victims.I serve as a Hospital delegate to the Committee on Teaching Hospitals, a forum providing teaching hospitals the opportunity to learn from one another. In the setting of an ever-increasing operational tempo, I have led an initiative to incorporate additional clinical sites into recoveryoperations. As part of this role, I have collaborated in the design of anew facility that will increase operating room and recovery capabilities by over thirty percent. In addition, I have 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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