The Cardiac Anesthesia Division in the Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital provides comprehensive, quality treatment for patients undergoing care through the Corrigan Minehan Heart Center.

Cardiac Anesthesia Division

Attending Anesthesiologist Michael Andrawes, MD (left), and Stephen Wilkins, MD, cardiac anesthesia fellow (center), perform a transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE) exam on a patient weaning from a cardiopulmonary bypass procedure.

Attending Anesthesiologist Michael Andrawes, MD (left), and Stephen Wilkins, MD, cardiac anesthesia fellow (center), perform a transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE) exam on a patient weaning from a cardiopulmonary bypass procedure.

A Collaborative Approach to Patient-centered Care

The Cardiac Anesthesia Division at Massachusetts General Hospital provides safe, specialized perioperative care to patients with cardiovascular needs. We work with clinicians in the Department of Surgery and the Corrigan Minehan Heart Center to recommend the best anesthetic services for patients undergoing all types of cardiac procedures.

Our highly skilled anesthesiologists are trained in the specialty of cardiac anesthesiology and echocardiography. Our team cares for patients presenting for surgical care or for complicated procedures requiring anesthesia in the Electrophysiology Laboratory, Knight Center for Interventional Cardiovascular Therapy and the Echocardiography Suite.

Procedures for which our experts provide anesthesia services include:

  • Revascularization
  • Valve repair and replacement
  • Major thoracic aorta procedures
  • Heart transplantation
  • Lung transplantation
  • Combined thoracic transplantation
  • Ventricular assist device placement
  • Procedures to treat adult congenital heart disease

Additionally, we provide anesthesia for electrophysiology studies and therapies such as pulmonary vein isolation and ablation of ventricular arrhythmias. We provide support in the cardiac catheterization suite for percutaneous closures of atrial and ventricular septal defects, transcatheter aortic valve replacements, stenting or aortic coarctations and management of mitral regurgitation with the mitral clip device. Support for transesophageal echocardiography is also provided.

Cardiac surgery is considered to be generally complex, requiring advanced anesthetic care. Our anesthetists are part of a patient’s integrated care team and collaborate with care providers from all areas of the hospital to identify solutions to challenging cases, providing a high level of skill and knowledge to guide a patient safely through surgery.

Investing in Future Leaders

Attending Anesthesiologist Eric Pierce, MD, PhD (right), discusses drug therapy with a cardiac anesthesia fellow.

Attending Anesthesiologist Eric Pierce, MD, PhD (right), discusses drug therapy with a cardiac anesthesia fellow. 

Our anesthesiologists conduct innovative research on anesthesia and perioperative care, and serve in leadership positions at relevant medical societies such as the Society of Cardiac Anesthesiologists (SCA) and the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA).

Our experts lecture at national and international conferences, publish frequently in major journals and teach courses on anesthesia and cardiopulmonary bypass including our own Mass General Heart Center Fundamentals of Cardiopulmonary Bypass Course.

The Cardiac Anesthesia Division provides opportunities for fellows and residents to study under our leading experts. Through complex cases, hands-on training and strong didactics, fellows and residents develop skills centered on innovative patient care. Learn more about the Cardiothoracic Anesthesia Fellowship

The Patient Experience

All patients have the opportunity to ask questions of their care team on the day of their surgery. Our expert team of anesthesiologists follows you before, during and after your procedure to ensure your comfort at all stages of treatment.

If you have experienced complications with anesthesia or pain management during previous procedures, our specialists will review your medical history and discuss appropriate treatment options. We will work with you and your care team to develop a personalized treatment plan to meet your specific needs. See frequently asked questions about cardiac anesthesia

Our patients may have the opportunity to participate in a clinical research study. If you are interested in participating in a study, your doctor can help determine whether or not you qualify, and will provide you with detailed information to review.

Mass General Difference

Mass General is consistently ranked among the best hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report. Our ranking is based on our quality of care, patient safety and reputation in more than a dozen different specialties. Our commitment to excellence means that we work to ensure that you receive the best care at all points during your visit. Our patients benefit from shared expertise, leading research, and our commitment to quality and excellence.