Papers, Journals and Manuscripts
From 2001 to 2007, staff members from the division generated more than 200 peer-reviewed abstracts and more than 100 papers per year. The division has been the number-one producer of peer-reviewed abstracts presented at the American Society of Anesthesiologists meeting in four out of the last seven years.
Accomplishments in Anesthesiology
- Pioneered the use of sodium nitroprusside for controlling high blood pressure during and after cardiac surgery and its use in elective hypotensive anesthesia in 1960.
- First use of intravenous nitroglycerin in coronary artery bypass surgery.
- Founded the first specialized department for cardiac anesthesia.
- First to test all modern potent opioids and most of the modern muscle relaxants, making anesthesia practice safer and more effective.
- Built the largest pain management center, serving over 116,000 patients yearly.
- Hosts the largest accredited fellowship pain management training program.
- Championed clinical engineering advances, including continuous cardiac output monitoring and the development of practical patient transport monitoring.
- First program to offer certification for TEE to all cardiac fellows and all residents.
- Developed new medical equipment leading to more than two dozen U.S. and multiple foreign patents and several commercialized devices.
- Only division in anesthesia anywhere once led by a chair who has authored three New York Times #1 bestsellers.
- First anesthesia division with a department of Outcomes Research.
- Developed a web-based preoperative, postoperative and pain assessment program that fine-tunes itself to each patient's individual characteristics and develops an accurate evaluation report.
- Responsible for:
- Care of 200,000 patients yearly undergoing operative or other procedures requiring anesthesia.
- 44,000 plus critical care days in more than 124 critical care beds.
- 116,000 plus pain management visits.
- Division staff have developed major insights into temperature and oxygen control to reduce perioperative infection. More than ten major New England Journal of Medicine and Lancet articles.
- Division staff responsible for 24 drugs now in new drug application process with the FDA.