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- Massachusetts General Hospital neuro-anesthesiologists care for patients undergoing surgical and interventional radiology procedures
- Using the latest advances in neuroscience and anesthesia technology, the team works closely with Mass General neurosurgeons to provide perioperative care for patients
- Throughout 2022, the Mass General Neuroanesthesia team celebrated multiple accomplishments that have been compiled into an in-depth annual report
Neuro-anesthesiologists at Massachusetts General Hospital utilize the latest advances in neuroscience and anesthesia technology to care for patients undergoing surgical and interventional radiology procedures.
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Our experienced team works closely with Mass General neurosurgeons to provide perioperative care for patients with conditions such as intracranial lesions and bleeding, head trauma, stoke, epilepsy, intracranial aneurysms, and vascular malformations. They also provide intraoperative neurophysiology monitoring and early detection of reversible neurophysiological dysfunction during surgery, which allows prompt intervention to prevent permanent damage.
2022 Highlights and Accomplishments
Enhanced Craniotomy Pathway—Mass General neuro-anesthesiologists participated in a multidisciplinary effort involving anesthesia, surgery, perioperative administration and post-anesthesia care unit, and inpatient nursing to allow a selected group of neurosurgical patients to bypass the intensive care unit (ICU) post-operatively. This effort has led to reduced overall length-of-stay as well as a reduction in ICU utilization.
Improved Intraoperative Magnetic Resonance Imaging (iMRI) Safety—The team, led by Michele Szabo, MD, the new departmental lead for iMRI cases, has launched new initiatives to improve medication labeling and staff communication. In 2023, Mass General neuro-anesthesiologists are actively engaged with the biomedical engineering, perioperative administration, and iMRI ancillary teams to implement Vocera access in the iMRI rooms in a way that ensures patient safety and addresses perceived technological limitations.
Expanded the Team—The division welcomed new staff to the neurosurgical service, including chief residents and accomplished clinician-scientists. Their presence ensures that the practice remains up to date with cutting-edge, constantly evolving methodology and literature.
View our 2022 Annual Report
Learn more about our anesthesia research programs, recent publications, and well-awarded grants in 2022