The Department of Anesthesiology believes that in order to provide the most optimal care to our patients, it is necessary to foster an environment in which the highest level of academic excellence is established. This is accomplished through multiple educational endeavors including our programs accredited through Hospital for Special Surgery’s Continuing Medical Education Office: our Grand Rounds Lecture Series, Case Conferences, Journal Clubs, Complications’ Management Conferences, Interdisciplinary Panels, and Research Seminars. In addition to these programs, a weekly teaching conference focusing on case management, regional anesthesia core curriculum topics, or American Board of Anesthesiology Oral Board preparation, is presented to our Fellows and rotating Residents every Friday morning.
In our annual Regional Anesthesia Symposium, "Controversies and Fundamentals in Regional Anesthesia", now in its 15th year, members of our staff share their expertise and experience with others through dynamic presentations and hands-on workshops in both practical and cutting-edge regional anesthesia techniques.
Our Fellowship Program in Regional Anesthesiology and Acute Pain Medicine in the country. is one of the largest in the country. In 2010, more than 85% of the surgical procedures performed at HSS utilized regional anesthetic techniques, and over 11,500 patient interventions were performed by our Acute Pain Service Team. In view of this vast case volume, our Attending Staff of 40+ physicians have considerable expertise in practicing and teaching regional anesthetic techniques. Thus, we are able to offer the most advanced training possible. Fellows are provided with many academic opportunities including moderating conferences, presenting literature reviews, giving Grand Round lectures, writing content for the Department’s website initiative, and participating in ongoing research protocols. They are afforded the opportunity to take part in outreach educational activities, present at national meetings, and participate as faculty in our annual Symposium.
The Department also cooperates with Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital in a Fellowship Program in Pain Medicine, providing Fellows with diverse case experience in the management of patients with chronic pain.
All Departmental academic activities are governed by a Leadership Team comprised of Dr. Gregory Liguori, the Department Director and Anesthesiologist-in-Chief, Dr. David Lee, Medical Director of Education, Ms. Mary Hargett, Administrative Director of Education, Dr. Jonathan Beathe, Director of Training Programs, and Dr. Lauren Turteltaub, Assistant Director of Training Programs. Dr. Richard King, Director of Education from 1997 through 2008, serves as Consultant to the Academic Leadership Team.