Browse our news, publications and events from the Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital.
08/13/2015: Studies reveal how general anesthesia’s brain effects differ in older adults and in children
A series of papers from MGH researchers is detailing the differences in the way common anesthetics affect the brains of older patients and children, findings that could lead to ways of improving monitoring technology and the safety of general anesthesia for such patients.
David Bartels, MD, and Jamie Rubin, MD, share their unique experiences as residents in the Anesthesia Residency Program at Massachusetts General Hospital.
07/21/2015: #1 in the Nation
U.S. News & World Report has named Massachusetts General Hospital the #1 hospital in the nation based on our quality of care, patient safety and reputation in 16 clinical specialties.
07/07/2015: Mass. General study identifies characteristic EEG pattern of high-dose nitrous oxide anesthesia
A report from MGH investigators finds that EEG patterns of patients receiving high doses of nitrous oxide differ significantly from those of the same patients under ether-based inhaled anesthetics, findings that suggest how nitrous oxide produces its effects and may help explain the failure of the first attempt to demonstrate anesthesia at MGH.
A lightweight, portable system developed by an MGH research team can produce the potentially life-saving gas nitric oxide from the air by means of an electrical spark.
02/06/2015: Brown honored
Emery N. Brown, MD, PhD, director of the Neuroscience Statistic Research Laboratory in the MGH Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering.
An MGH/MIT team has found that that activation of cholinergic neurons – those that release the neurotransmitter acetylcholine – in two brain stem structures can induce REM sleep in an animal model. Better understanding of mechanisms that control different sleep states is essential to improved treatment of sleep disorders.
01/12/2015: Caroline’s cause
Caroline Murray is hoping to make a difference. The 9-year-old has been collecting funds for MGH Alzheimer’s research to help her grandmother and others who suffer from the disease.
Lena Dohlman, MD, MPH, anesthesiologist at Massachusetts General Hospital, has been honored for three decades of global humanitarian service.
11/20/2014: Mass. General-developed system reveals how our brains and bodies change as we fall asleep
MGH investigators have developed a system to accurately track the dynamic process of falling asleep, something has not been possible with existing techniques.
As health care workers across the country prepare for the possibility of treating a patient with Ebola, an MGH research team is working hard to rapidly identify technology-based solutions to support Ebola care.
A study led by MGH investigators has identified what appears to be a molecular switch controlling inflammatory processes involved in conditions ranging from muscle atrophy to Alzheimer’s disease.
10/24/2014: Ether Day applause
Every October, the MGH community celebrates the anniversary of the first successful public demonstration of ether as a surgical anesthetic. In doing so, the hospital also celebrates staff as they reach milestones in their commitment to the hospital.
09/11/2014: Russell Museum Fall Lecture Series
All MGH Russell Museum lectures are open to the public. To register, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stimulating one of two dopamine-producing regions in the brain was able to arouse animals receiving general anesthesia with either isoflurane or propofol.
07/25/2014: Safe delivery
For Dan Drzymalski, MD, Shiqian Shen, MD, and May Pian-Smith, MD, physicians in the MGH Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine, relieving pain is their calling – a calling that recently took them overseas.
07/15/2014: #1 in New England, #2 in the nation
U.S. News & World Report ranks Massachusetts General Hospital among the top hospitals in America based on our quality of care, patient safety and reputation in 16 specialties.
05/16/2014: In General Awards and Honors: May 16, 2014
In General Awards and Honors: May 16, 2014
03/27/2014: Improving Burn Care in Ukraine
A resident in the Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital shares his experience in Ukraine caring for burn patients after receiving a Center for Global Health Travel Award.
02/28/2014: Nurses on the run
Six nurses on the Blake 12 Intensive Care Unit are planning to run the 2014 Boston Marathon – five for charity teams and one as a qualified runner.
The pain caused by a surgical incision may contribute to the risk of postoperative cognitive dysfunction, a sometimes transient impairment in learning and memory that affects a small but significant number of patients in the days following a surgical procedure.
Putting patients with severe head injuries in induced comas requires constant monitoring of brain activity and manual adjustment of drug dosage. Now a computer-controlled system promises to automate the process, making it more precise and efficient and opening the door to more advanced control of anesthesia.
08/02/2013: James Rathmell named first Beecher professor
James P. Rathmell, MD, executive vice chair and chief of the Division of Pain Medicine in the MGH Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine, has been named as the inaugural incumbent of the Henry Knowles Beecher Professorship of Anesthesia.
When Jessica Meir was 5 years old, she drew a picture of what she wanted to be when she grew up. Thirty years later, the PhD and assistant biologist in the MGH Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine recalled that crayon creation when discussing how her dream of becoming an astronaut may now become a reality.
03/05/2013: EEG patterns indicate when patients lose, regain consciousness under propofol anesthesia
MGH investigators have identified specific EEG signatures that indicate when patients lose and regain consciousness under the general anesthetic drug propofol. The findings should lead to better ways of monitoring awareness and tracking other aspects of the brain states of patients under anesthesia.
Two studies in mice suggest that several factors may combine to induce impairments in learning and memory, accompanied by the inflammation of brain tissue, in young mammals receiving general anesthesia and that the offspring of animals that received general anesthesia during pregnancy may show the same effects.
12/21/2012: Toys, toys, toys
MGH departments host annual Toys for Tots competition.
12/07/2012: Enhancing the patient and family experience
Local artist donates prints to the MGH Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU) waiting room.
11/05/2012: MGH/MIT study discovers how brain activity changes when anesthesia induces unconsciousness
Investigators at Massachusetts General Hospital and Massachusetts Institute of Technology have identified for the first time a pattern of brain activity that appears to signal exactly when patients lose consciousness under general anesthesia.
10/16/2012: Drugs used to immobilize patients during surgery raise risk of respiratory complications
MGH researchers have found that medications currently used to immobilize patients during surgery can increase the risk of postoperative respiratory complications.
10/16/2012: Back pain relief from an unlikely place
Christopher Gilligan, MD, medical director of the Center for Pain Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, discusses the benefits of spine cord stimulation.
Two MGH-led research teams and one MGH investigator have received major grants from the National Institutes of Health.
Nearly 5 percent of pregnant women are prescribed drugs to treat high blood pressure, including some drugs that aren’t considered safe for mothers or their babies.
08/17/2012: Team helps treat burn victims in Ukraine
The Doctors Collaborating to Help Children organization recently launched a new telemedicine program allowing MGH and Shriners physicians to provide quick and efficient consultations for acutely ill burn patients in Ukraine.
08/10/2012: In Generals: 08.10.12
In General awards and honors
07/17/2012: Massachusetts General Hospital Ranked #1 in the Nation on U.S. News & World Report Honor Roll
Massachusetts General Hospital has moved into the number one spot on the 2012-13 U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Hospitals” list.
Feng Xue, senior financial analyst in the Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine, was honored June 26 as the first recipient of the Amelia F. Gardner Memorial Service Award in recognition of her “nurturing nature, dedication, selflessness and patience.”
07/13/2012: In General: July 13, 2012
In General: July 13, 2012
06/29/2012: Cemetery tour keeps history alive
Each spring Elliott Miller, MD, brings together a new generation of physicians to learn about their predecessors, a unique occasion in that the students are the teachers – each is tasked with making a presentation – and their classroom is the Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge.
Ersne Eromo, MD, of the Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine, receives scholarship to spend a month teaching anesthesia in a developing country.
05/11/2012: In General 05.11.12
In General awards and honors
The ability of the commonly used stimulant methylphenidate (Ritalin) to speed recovery from general anesthesia appears to apply both to the inhaled gas isoflurane, as previously reported, and to the intravenous drug propofol.
03/01/2012: Study reveals how anesthetic isoflurane induces Alzheimer's-like changes in mammalian brains
The association of the inhaled anesthetic isoflurane with Alzheimer's-disease-like changes in mammalian brains may by caused by the drug's effects on mitochondria, the structures in which most cellular energy is produced.
A distinctive pattern of brain activity associated with conditions including deep anesthesia, coma and congenital brain disorders appears to represent the brain's shift into a protective, low-activity state in response to reduced metabolic energy.
02/10/2012: Department of Anesthesia collaboration aims to improve postoperative care in rural Uganda
IN THE UNITED STATES and other developed nations, caregivers can access to the latest technologies and techniques, allowing them to improve patient outcomes and comfort. Unfortunately, clinicians in developing countries often lack these critical resources.
12/23/2011: Friendly competition brings holiday joy
The battle began brewing at the MGH in the final weeks of November.
10/26/2011: October 20, 2011 in Misrata, Libya:The day the humanitarian imperative, unexpectedly, meets freedom
MGH anesthesiologist Catherine Mullaly shares her account of working as a Durant Fellow at Qasr Ahmed Hospital in Misrata, Libya during the fall of Sirte, the capture of Qaddafi, and the liberation of the Libyan people.
10/20/2011: Mass General's Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine celebrates Ether Day
Massachusetts General Hospital’s Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine honors employees and celebrates Ether Day, the anniversary of the first public demonstration of anesthesia in 1846.
Ronald Minter, MD, of the Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine, is promoted to chief of Anesthesia at Cambridge Health Alliance.
Administration of the commonly used stimulant drug methylphenidate was able to speed recovery from general anesthesia in an animal study conducted at MGH. The report is the first demonstration in mammals of what could be a safe and effective way to induce arousal from general anesthesia.
04/22/2011: SAC meeting
The 64th meeting of the MGH Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) on April 14 celebrated key accomplishments of MGH investigators, past and present, and examined strategies for meeting the challenges currently facing the academic biomedical research community.
ALL MGHERS are invited to attend the 2011 meeting of the MGH Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC), which will commemorate the hospital’s bicentennial with a look back at significant research accomplishments of MGH investigators and examine challenges facing today’s research community.
MGH Hotline 01.14.11 In General awards and honors
Emery Brown, MD, PhD, author of a New England Journal of Medicine review article, lays out a conceptual framework for understanding general anesthesia by discussing its relation to sleep and coma.
08/03/2010: Featured Doctor: Ronald Minter
The Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine spotlights Ronald Minter, MD.
07/16/2010: Future philanthropists support MGHfC
THE YOUNGEST of philanthropists recently demonstrated their support for pediatric patients at MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC).
A study published in the March 2010 issue of the journal Anesthesiology gives researchers new insights in how to better understand and control a severe side effect of hemoglobin-based oxygen carriers, often referred to as "artificial blood."
MGH Hotline 02.19.10 In the late 1990s, the MGH transformed patient intravenous (IV) medication safety by conceptualizing and developing the "smart" drug infusion pump -- an invention that was first deployed at the MGH and has since proven highly useful in clinical care worldwide.
02/12/2010: Featured Doctor: Scott Streckenbach
The Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine spotlights Scott Streckenbach, MD.
12/04/2009: Facing a better future
MGH Hotline 12.04.09 When she looked in the mirror, the long jagged scars running across her cheek reflected back at her, a disturbing reminder of the physical and emotional abuse she suffered at the hands of the father of her children.
MGH Hotline 11/20/2009 AS ONE OF THE LARGEST and most advanced pain centers in the Northeast, the MGH Center for Pain Medicine offers multidisciplinary care for individuals with acute, chronic and cancer-related pain as well as coordinated consultative services for hospitalized and ambulatory patients.
MGH Hotline 11.20.09 As one of the largest and most advanced pain centers in the Northeast, the MGH Center for Pain Medicine offers multidisciplinary care for individuals with acute, chronic and cancer-related pain as well as coordinated consultative services for hospitalized and ambulatory patients.
11/03/2009: Featured Doctor: Aalok Agarwala
The Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine spotlights Aalok Agarwala, MD.
10/23/2009: Brown named to Zapol professorship
MGH Hotline 10.23.09 The Warren M. Zapol Professorship in Anaesthesia, a new endowed chair at Harvard Medical School (HMS), has been established to honor the clinical and research accomplishments of Warren M. Zapol, MD, who served as anesthetist-in-chief in the MGH Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine from 1994 to 2008 and who is now the department's anesthetist-in-chief emeritus.
10/16/2009: A new and improved Post Anesthesia Care Unit
MGH Hotline 10.16.09 A new and improved Post Anesthesia Care Unit Patients recovering from surgery in the MGH Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) now are cared for in a new 20-bed unit nearly double the square footage of the previous facility.
07/24/2009: Featured Doctor: Padma Gulur
The Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine spotlights Padma Gulur, MBBS.
05/20/2009: Featured Doctor: Zhongcong Xie
The Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine spotlights Zhongcong Xie, MD.
A simple and inexpensive method of assessing pain, developed by Massachusetts General Hospital researchers, is better than currently used techniques for distinguishing neuropathic pain – pain caused by damage to the nervous system – from other types of chronic back pain.
The MGH Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care on Jan. 5 launched the Acute Pain Service under the guidance of department chief Jeanine Wiener-Kronish, MD.
02/06/2009: Featured Doctor: Jean Kwo
The Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine spotlights Jean Kwo, MD.
Mass. General researchers and the colleagues add to understanding of the role of the protein COX2 in pain associated with inflammation.
In the first detailed analysis of deaths during expeditions to the summit of Mt. Everest, a research team led by MGH investigators has conducted found that most deaths occur during descents from the summit in the so-called “death zone” above 8,000 meters and identified factors associated with a greater risk of death.
11/11/2008: Featured Doctor: Meredith Albrecht
The Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine spotlights Meredith Albrecht, MD.
09/04/2008: Featured Doctor: Lucy Everett
The Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine spotlights Lucy Everett, MD.
05/01/2014: Critical Care Grand Rounds: Providing Compassionate and Effective Perioperative Palliative Care from Preoperative Clinic through Postoperative ICU
Rebecca A. Aslakson, MD, discusses effective perioperative palliative care and its role in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).
Join Jeanine Wiener-Kronish, MD, Anesthetist-in-Chief, for a peek at how the Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine celebrates its history, its people and embraces the four-part mission of Massachusetts General Hospital – patient care, education, research and community outreach.
Learn more about research in the Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital.