- Centers & Specialties
- Clinical Interests
- Global health
- Pediatric anesthesia
- Humanitarian disaster relief
- High altitude physiology
- Sickle Cell Disease
- Medical Education
- MBChB, University of Cape Town
- Residency, Edendale Hospital|Residency, Massachusetts General Hospital
- Fellowship, Tufts Medical Center
- Board Certifications
- Pediatric Anesthesiology
- Foreign Languages
- Boston: Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
- 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 - other
- Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - PBO
- Health Care Value Management (HCVM)
- Humana/Choice Care PPO
- Neighborhood Health Plan - ACD
- Neighborhood Health Plan - PBO
- OSW - Maine
- OSW - New Hampshire
- OSW - Rhode Island
- Private Health Care Systems (PHCS)
- Railroad Medicare
- Senior Whole Health
- Tufts Health Plan
- United Healthcare (non-HMO) - ACD
- United Healthcare (non-HMO) - PBO
- Patient Age Group
- Adult and Pediatric
Dr Paul Firth is a Board Certified Pediatric Anesthesiologist. He received his medical degree from the University of Cape Town, South Africa. He completed his residency in Anesthesia at the Massachusetts General Hospital, followed by a Pediatric Anesthesia Fellowship at Tufts-NEMC. After working as a Specialist Registrar at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, UK, he joined the Anesthesia Staff at the MGH.
Dr Firth is head of the Division of Community and Global Health in the Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine. He serves on the Executive Committee of the MGH Center for Global Health. His clinical, education and research work is focused on collaborations in Mbarara, Uganda.
- Research Summary
Dr Firth is head of the Division of Community and Global Health in the Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine. His clinical, education and research work is focused on collaborations in Mbarara, Uganda. Currently he is working on developing a surgical outcome database at Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital. The database is supported by funding from the GE Foundation, the Milton Foundation and the MGH Center for Global Health. He also is active in a variety of anesthesia partnerships between the MGH and Mbarara, including education initiatives, ultrasound guided regional anesthesia, and pain management.
Dr Firth's other published work involves pediatric anesthetic clinical practice. He has written extensively on sickle cell disease. Expedition leader of the 2004 Norwegian-American North Everest Expedition, he is interested in high altitude physiology.
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.
THANKS TO a new collaborative workforce development program between the Partners Human Resources and Community Health departments, the Jewish Vocational Service (JVS), and The Fish Family Foundation, several MGH staff can now officially call the United States "home."
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.
The Elephant in the (Operating) Room: Surgery, Anesthesia and Critical Care
Haiti photos by Dr. Paul Firth
Dr. Paul Firth, a physician in the Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine, participated in the Haiti relief effort on the hospital ship USNS Comfort as part of Project HOPE.
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