Professional Background
The APA Philosophy
Patient safety is our first and foremost concern. We are your advocates during your surgical experience.

Anesthesiology is a medical specialty. Following medical school, anesthesiologists receive one year of general medical training (typically, a "Rotating" or "Flex" Internship) followed by three years of specialty training in Anesthesia and Critical Care Medicine. Some anesthesiologists sub-specialize in areas like Pediatrics, Cardiac, Critical Care, Obstetrics, and Chronic Pain Management. All anesthesiologists receive extensive training in all these areas during the three years of specialty training. Further training, called a Fellowship, typically involves one or two years of clinical and/or laboratory work in a given area with recognized experts overseeing the training.

Every anesthesiologist leaves the certified training program (after four years) as a "Board Eligible" anesthesiologist. This means that he is eligible to sit for his Board Certification Examinations. The certification process involves passing a written examination and an oral board examination. Once an eligible physician passes both exams he is then labeled "Board Certified." We are proud to say that all of our physicians are Board Certified by the American Board of Anesthesiologists. This recognition lets other physicians and patients know that the standards set by the ABA have been met by such a physician, and that he or she should be capable of meeting the expectations of patients, surgeons and other physicians and nurses.

Anesthesiologists at North Memorial work side by side with Certified Nurse Anesthetists during the administration of all surgical anesthetics. What this means from a practical standpoint is that a highly trained physician is overseeing the administration of all the drugs required during and after an anesthetic, while a specially trained nurse is at the patient's side continuously throughout the case.

Typically the patient will meet his or her anesthesiologist 30-60 minutes prior to surgery. During that interview, the anesthesiologist will review your medical history, the medications you take on a regular basis, allergies, problems that have arisen during previous surgical cases, post-operative problems, etc. An anesthetic plan that both you and your anesthesiologist are comfortable with will be established. When the time comes to go to the operating room, the nursing staff from the OR will come and meet you. They too will review your medical record, discuss with you your planned procedure, problems you may have with skin conditions, soaps and disinfectants, and then take you on a cart into your surgical suite or operating room.