BiographyI am a clinical and administrative anesthesiologist in the Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital. My primary interests involve patient safety, operating room efficiency, staff satisfaction and resident teaching and education.
As Clinical Director of the Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine (DACCPM), I oversee the clinical activities of 135 anesthesia staff (80 FTEs) and 16 CRNAs working in our operating rooms. Our department is highly sub-specialized with each specialty run by a team leader. These team leaders compose the DACCPM Clinical Practice, Policy and Safety Committee (CPPSC), a committee that I chair. This group is critical to ensure safe clinical practice of anesthesia in our ORs, to review policy and set new policies. Currently, my focus with the CPPSC is to improve patient safety during the perioperative period.
My research focuses on the application of technology for enhancement of intra-OR patient safety. Currently, we are working to improve patient safety by creating a drug vial scanner/label printer to produce point-of-care syringe labels in the operating room. These labels will contain all pertinent information for drug use. It is our belief that such a solution will not only ensure full compliance with national regulations and standards but also improve patient safety by adding additional visual and audible feedback during drug preparation and administration.
Clinically, I am active on the vascular anesthesia service and was active in the Best Practice Pilot Pod, a multi-disciplinary group of ORs working to define best practice in the perioperative environment. I was previously active clinically in the thoracic, OB and liver transplant surgical services. I also spend clinical time working in the OR of the Future and I devote a great deal of clinical time and effort on daily bi-directional feedback with students and residents.
Publications1. Levine WC, Lee JJ, Black JH, Cambria RP, Davison JK. Thoracoabdominal aneurysm repair: anesthetic management. Int Anesthesiol Clin. 2005;43 (1):39-60.
2. Mashour GA, Levine WC, Ortiz V. Intra-operative Harlequin Syndrome. Anesthesia and Analgesia. 2006; 102:655.
3. Levine, WC. Mis-placed Pulmonary Artery Catheter. Anesthesia and Analgesia. 2006; accepted for publication.
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