Role of a Physician Anesthesiologist

When Seconds Count™...

Count on physician-led care.

Every day in hospitals, medical centers, ambulatory surgery centers, and doctors’ offices across the nation, physician anesthesiologists diagnose and treat potentially life-threatening medical complications that arise suddenly during surgery or other procedures.

Physician anesthesiologists are highly trained medical specialists who have 12,000 to 16,000 hours of clinical training in anesthesia, pain, and critical care medicine. Their medical education covers the entire human body and all of its systems, preparing them to evaluate, diagnose, treat, and manage a full spectrum of medical conditions and patient needs.

Because of their superior education and training, physician anesthesiologists provide the highest quality patient care before, during, and after surgery. Say “yes” to high-quality patient care. Each surgery and procedure has risks.

When seconds count, when a life hangs in the balance, when medical emergencies or other complications occur, physician anesthesiologists draw upon their extensive medical education, years of clinical training, and experience to make critical decisions that save lives.

Physician anesthesiologists often prevent complications, use their diagnostic skills to evaluate a patient’s overall health, and identify and respond to underlying medical conditions. Physician anesthesiologists deliver anesthesia and/or lead the Anesthesia Care Team, supervising anesthesiology residents, nurse anesthetists, anesthesiologist assistants, and other health care professionals to provide the best possible patient outcomes.

Nurses play an important role on the team, but it’s essential to remember: A nurse cannot replace a physician. It’s too risky to administer anesthesia without the supervision of a physician anesthesiologist.