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Edward Elton George, MD, PhD

  • Chair, Quality Assurance
  • Medical Director Post Operative Care Units (


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Anesthesia, Critical Care & Pain Medicine

Clinical Interests
  • Disaster medicine
  • Anesthesiology
Medical Education
  • MD, Boston University School of Medicine
  • PhD, UMASS Medical School
  • Residency, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Fellowship, Massachusetts General Hospital
Board Certifications
  • Anesthesiology
  • Critical Care Medicine
Foreign Languages
  • Armenian
  • French
  • 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
  • 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
  • MassHealth
  • Medicare
  • Medicare - ACD
  • Neighborhood Health Plan - ACD
  • Neighborhood Health Plan - PBO
  • OSW - Connecticut
  • OSW - Maine
  • OSW - New Hampshire
  • OSW - Rhode Island
  • OSW - Vermont
  • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS)
  • Railroad Medicare
  • Senior Whole Health
  • TriCare
  • Tufts Health Plan
  • Unicare
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - ACD
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - PBO

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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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Research & 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

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Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine
55 Fruit Street
Boston MA, 02114-2696
Phone 1: 617-726-8904
Phone 2: 617-726-8918
Fax: 617-726-7536

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