The Mount Sinai Department of Anesthesiology
Throughout its history, the Mount Sinai Department of Anesthesiology has played an important role in creating standards of safety for administering anesthesia. From providing specialized training to introducing improved anesthesia breathing equipment and techniques, our focus on the care and safety of our patients has been persistent.
The first professional anesthetists appointed to the staff in 1902 were responsible for administering anesthesia — at that time chloroform or ether — and teaching house staff how to provide it. Since then, the Department has involved itself with national and global efforts to raise safety standards.
Our influence over these efforts is marked by procedure and equipment advances that include the first disposable plastic anesthesia breathing system, nontoxic airways, safe ethylene oxide sterilization, and safe obstetrical anesthesia. Mount Sinai was also among the first facilities to possess a human patient simulator, allowing application of physiologic and pharmacologic principles in a clinical setting. Recognized as innovators and leaders in the field of healthcare simulation, our faculty members are involved in diverse simulation projects. Under the auspices of the HELPS Center Simulation Program, we train healthcare providers from a variety of disciplines and educational levels. Many of the physicians mentored here have gone on to become simulator leaders in other renowned institutions.
Our Department of Anesthesiology encompasses six divisions:
- Liver transplant anesthesiology
- Obstetric anesthesia
- Orthopaedic anesthesia
- Pediatric anesthesia
- Cardiothoracic anesthesia
Quality care and safety is a constant theme in the department's academic programs. Our renowned educators make it the foundation for training in anesthesia, intensive care, and pain management. Residents and fellows carry this message along with the skills of their specialty to future clinical and scientific experiences.
The Mount Sinai Department of Anesthesiology has spent nearly a century ensuring patient safety through education and practice, and we will continue this high level of commitment into the next century.
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