About Edward George, MD, PhD

As the medical director of the Post Anesthesia Care Units (PACU) at MGH, I guide the recovery of post-operative patients. I work to balance varied patient populations and services, and facilitate the stabilization and sorting of patients in the PACU. In conjunction with a staff of 25-30 residents, seven surgical fellows, and 180 perioperative nurses, I oversee the immediate post-operative care of several hundred surgical patients per week, in addition to managing up to four critically ill patients per day. I also direct the anesthetic care of patients undergoing electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) performed in the PACU.

As a former Marine Corps officer, transferred to the Navy Medical Corps, I have had extensive training and operational experience in emergency and disaster management. In 2005, I served as the Dept Head for Anesthesia at the U. S. Military Hospital in Kuwait, where I managed four operating rooms with six trauma surgeons at the base hospital and several clinics in the theater of operation. I am also the national supervising medical officer for anesthesia/critical care for the Dept of Health and Human Service's International Medical and Surgical Emergency Response Team. I led a team in deployments to the World Trade Center on Sept 11, 2001, and to Bam, Iran in 2003 to provide medical care to earthquake victims.

I serve as a Hospital delegate to the Committee on Teaching Hospitals, a forum providing teaching hospitals the opportunity to learn from one another. In the setting of an ever-increasing operational tempo, I have led an initiative to incorporate additional clinical sites into recovery operations. As part of this role, I have collaborated in the design of anew facility that will increase operating room and recovery capabilities by over thirty percent. In addition, I have served as interim director of the Mass General Emergency Airway Service, and as medical director of the Mass General Code Committee.

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Mass General Anesthesia and Pain Medicine
55 Fruit St.
Boston, MA 02114
Phone: 617-726-3030

Medical Education

  • MD, Boston University
  • Residency, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Fellowship, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Fellowship, University of Massachusetts Medical School

American Board Certifications

  • Anesthesiology, American Board of Anesthesiology
  • Critical Care Medicine, American Board of Anesthesiology

Accepted Insurance Plans

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  • Select Publications:

    • Bittner, E., D. Hess, E. George, K. Kumailaisek and U. Schmidt. Effects of supervision by attending intensivists on complications of emergency tracheal intubations. January, SCCM 2008
    • George, E. Evaluation of the trauma patient. In Anesthesiology. 1784-1796: 2008, D. E. Longnecker, D. L. Brown, M. F. Newman and W. M. Zapol editors. McGraw-Hill, New York
    •  Bittner, E., L. Grecu and E. George. Postoperative Complications. In: Anesthesiology. 1700-1715: 2008, D. E. Longnecker, D. L. Brown, M. F. Newman and W. M. Zapol editors. McGraw-Hill, New York
    • Grecu, L., E. Bittner and E. George. Recovery of the healthy patient. In: Anesthesiology., 1688-1699: 2008, D. E. Longnecker, D. L. Brown, M. F. Newman and W. M. Zapol editors. McGraw-Hill, New York
    • Grecu, L., E. Bittner, E. Gettings and E. George. The use of Post Operative Care Units to provide short term clinical care to critically ill patients. ASA October 2007.
    • Gauran, C. and E. George. Hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy. In: Avoiding Common Anesthesia Errors. 179-183: July, 2007. C. Marcucci, N. A. Cohen, D. G. Metro and J. K. Kirsch editors, Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins, Philadelphia.
    • George, E. and D. Greer. Acute Weakness. In: The Critical Care Handbook of the Massachusetts General Hospital. 4th edition, 574-581: 2006 L. Bigatello, editor, Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins, Philadelphia
    • George, E., J. Schnitzer and S. Briggs. International Medical and Surgical Emergency Response Team. January, SCCM 2005

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