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Edward Elton George, MD, PhD

Chair, Quality Assurance

Medical Director Post Operative Care Units

  • Phone: 617-726-8904
Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine


  • Critical Care Center
  • Surgical Intensive Care Unit
Clinical Interests
Disaster medicine
Myopathy of critical illness
Anesthesia and critical care
Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
Medical Education
MD, Boston University School of Medicine
PhD, University of Massachusetts Medical School
Residency, Massachusetts General Hospital
Fellowship, Massachusetts General Hospital
Board Certifications
Anesthesiology, American Board of Anesthesiology
Critical Care Medicine, American Board of Anesthesiology
Foreign Languages
Patient Age Group
Accepting New Patients
Accepting New Patients

BiographyAs the medical director of the Post Anesthesia Care Units (PACU) at Mass General, 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 team in 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 recovery operations. As part of this role, I have collaborated in the design of a new 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.

PublicationsRecent Publications:

1. Bittner, E.,  D. Hess, E.  George, K. Kumailaisek and U. Schmidt. Effects of supervision by attending intensivists on complications of emergency tracheal intubations.  January, SCCM 2008
2. George, E.  Evaluation of the trauma patient.  In Anesthesiology. 1784-1796: 2008, D. E. Longnecker, D. L. Brown, M. F. Newman and W. M. Zapol editors. McGraw-Hill, New York
3. Bittner, E., L. Grecu and E.  George.  Postoperative Complications.  In: Anesthesiology.  1700-1715:  2008, D. E. Longnecker, D. L. Brown, M. F. Newman and W. M. Zapol editors. McGraw-Hill, New York
4. Grecu, L., E.  Bittner and E.  George.  Recovery of the healthy patient.  In: Anesthesiology., 1688-1699:  2008, D. E. Longnecker, D. L. Brown, M. F. Newman and W. M. Zapol editors. McGraw-Hill, New York
5. Grecu, L., E. Bittner, E. Gettings and E.  George. The use of Post Operative Care Units to provide short term clinical care to critically ill patients. ASA October 2007.
6. Gauran, C. and E. George.  Hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy.  In: Avoiding Common Anesthesia Errors.  179-183: July, 2007.  C. Marcucci, N. A. Cohen, D. G. Metro and J. K. Kirsch editors, Lippincott,  Williams and Wilkins, Philadelphia.
7. George, E. and D. Greer.  Acute Weakness.  In: The Critical Care Handbook of the Massachusetts General Hospital.  4th edition, 574-581: 2006  L. Bigatello, editor, Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins, Philadelphia
8. George, E.,  J. Schnitzer and S. Briggs.  International Medical and Surgical Emergency Response Team.  January, SCCM 2005

Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine
55 Fruit Street
Boston, MA 02114-2696

Phone: 617-726-8904
Phone 2: 617-726-8918
Fax: 617-726-7536