Anesthesia, Critical Care & Pain Medicine

Centers & Specialties

MassGeneral Hospital for Children

Clinical Interests
  • Global health
  • Pediatric anesthesia
  • Humanitarian disaster relief
  • High altitude physiology
  • Sickle Cell Disease
  • Anesthesiology
Medical Education
  • MBChB, University of Cape Town
  • Residency, Edendale Hospital|Residency, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Fellowship, Tufts Medical Center
Board Certifications
  • Anesthesiology
  • Pediatric Anesthesiology
Foreign Languages
  • French
  • Zulu
  • Boston: Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
  • Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
Insurances Accepted
  • Aetna Health Inc.
  • AllWays Health (NHP) - ACD
  • AllWays Health (NHP) - PBO
  • 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
  • BMC HealthNet Mass Health MCO/ACO
  • Cigna (PAL #'s)
  • Commonwealth Care Alliance
  • 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
  • Maine Community Health Options (MCHO)
  • MassHealth
  • Medicare
  • OSW - Connecticut
  • OSW - Maine
  • OSW - New Hampshire
  • OSW - Rhode Island
  • OSW - Vermont
  • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS)
  • Railroad Medicare
  • Senior Whole Health
  • TriCare
  • Tufts Health Plan
  • Unicare
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - ACD
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - PBO
  • Well Sense Pediatrics

Note: This provider may accept more insurance plans than shown; please call the practice to find out if your plan is accepted.

Patient Age Group
Adult and Pediatric
Provider Gender


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 & Publications

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.


View my most recent publications at PubMed

News & Events

  • Shackleton expedition surgeons completed hazardous procedure 100 years ago

    Amputation completed in extreme environment posed hazards – some then unknown – to both patient and surgical team.

  • 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.

  • Celebrating citizenship

    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.”

  • Research team explores causes of death on Mount Everest

    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.



Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine
55 Fruit Street
Boston, MA 02114-2696
Phone 1: 617-726-3030
Phone 2: 617-724-2130