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Image - Anesthesiologist Devan Bhagat, MD, and 2016-2017 Fellow Chris Farlinger, MD, set up an anesthetic block

Leading regional anesthesia and
acute pain medicine practice for orthopedics

Anesthesiology for Professionals

Anesthesiology, Critical Care & Pain Management for Professionals

The premiere department in the world for the practice of regional anesthesia for orthopedics.

The Department of Anesthesiology, Critical Care & Pain Management at Hospital for Special Surgery is known for the skill of its expert staff, commitment to innovative research, and emphasis on specialized education. Each member of the team is driven to advance the practice of regional anesthesia for orthopedics.

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Fellowship graduates
practicing in 7 countries
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Articles published
in 2021
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Anesthetic procedures
performed in 2021

In 2019, our expert staff performed over 51,000 anesthetic procedures for patients undergoing a full spectrum of orthopedic procedures. Our exceptional clinical outcomes — including a "99th percentile" ranking for in-patient analgesic satisfaction, New York State’s lowest infection rates, and low incidence of thromboembolic and cardiovascular complications — are due in large part to the skill and training of our anesthesiologists.

To advance our mission to improving anesthesia care for orthopedics, the Department of Anesthesiology, Critical Care & Pain Management offers robust, innovative education to its fellows, residents, and attending staff.

The Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement (QA/PI) Division within the Department of Anesthesiology, Critical Care & Pain Management aims to improve system issues, enhance patient safety and improve the quality of care through research, education, and evidence-based practice improvement.

The QA/PI Division ensures the Department is providing the best care to patients by:

  • Upholding the highest possible standard of patient care
  • Meeting or exceeding all legally mandated requirements
  • Striving to decrease risk to patients and hospital staff
  • Educating staff on the best ways to ensure exemplary care

The QA/PI Division develops and maintains robust databases to track and trend outcomes, maintains all physician/provider profiles for credentialing purposes,  and collaborates with other departments to organize interdisciplinary conferences and develop best practice guidelines.

To keep the department up to date on new policies, processes or any other pertinent information, the QA/PI team distributes a monthly email newsletter to staff anesthesiologists. The QA/PI team is also responsible for orientating all new providers (attendings, fellows, residents, CRNAs, NPs, and PAs) to the QA/PI Division.