There is no doubt that the practice of anesthesiology has dramatically transformed modern medicine. In 1846, history was made at Massachusetts General Hospital when the first successful demonstration of ether anesthesia took place in the hospital’s operating theater, the Ether Dome. Since that monumental day, the Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine at Mass General has continued to foster innovation and shape medical practice. We have our eyes on the future, while also paying homage to our rich history of discovery, one known for its inventions that have radically changed the practice of anesthesia.
The long tradition of groundbreaking discovery from our department is guided by our mission to provide the highest standards of clinical care to our patients in a safe and compassionate environment. We are set apart by our diverse faculty, who provide the very expertise and insights upon which our culture of innovation thrives. Our faculty comprises of specialists from a variety of services in our operating rooms, obstetric suites, pain centers, and surgical and heart center intensive care units.
Our educational offerings for residents and fellows are regarded as world-renowned programs that empower the future leaders of academic anesthesiology. Graduates of our residency and fellowship programs have accomplished professional success and excellence, whether it’s chairing an anesthesia department, spearheading change in medical education or pioneering novel discoveries in research. We remain committed to ensuring that our training programs maximize the full potential of our trainees to become expert clinicians, educators, researchers and leaders in anesthesiology and medicine.
As anesthetist-in-chief, I am proud to lead the Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine as well as to continue our remarkable history of innovation by supporting projects that enhance the care we provide to our patients and community. Our steadfast commitment to our patients, scientific discovery and education is exactly what makes Mass General a remarkable place to train and work.
Seun Johnson-Akeju, MD, assumed the role of anesthetist-in-chief in January 2020, after a career as a clinician and scientist in the department. Throughout 2020 and ongoing, Dr. Johnson-Akeju has been tasked with leading the department through the COVID-19 pandemic.
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The Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine provides high-quality patient care, conducts innovative research and offers comprehensive educational opportunities.