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Department of Anesthesiology + Perioperative Medicine

Pioneering discoveries and advancing employee equality have run through the Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine’s veins since our establishment in 1947. It’s this drive to make a difference that has significantly grown our patient volume to over 25,000 anesthesia cases and 10,000 calls for perioperative care annually.
Fiona Wu and Megan Pursley, both SRNA Anesthesiologists, prep and comfort patient before daVinci surgery.

Advancing anesthesia + perioperative care for all patients

To our anesthesiologists and pain management specialists: You make comfortable care possible for all patients. Our department is woven into the fabric of daily hospital life, collaborating with almost every specialty. Colleagues across Tufts Medicine count on us to help them at any point in a patient’s care journey, including:

  • 24/7 emergency airway support
  • Cardiac catheterization
  • Center for preoperative assessment (CPA)
  • Electrophysiology lab
  • Gastrointestinal endoscopy
  • Intensive care units (neonatal, pediatric, medical, surgical, cardiac, neuro)
  • Interventional radiology
  • Labor and delivery
  • MRI, CT and PET scans
  • Operating room (OR)
  • Pain management center
  • Post-anesthesia care unit (PACU)
Contact info
Department of Anesthesiology + Perioperative Medicine
Tufts Medical Center
800 Washington St., #298
Ziskind Building, 6th Floor
Boston, MA 02111

Department research

We’re always in pursuit of what’s next in anesthesiology and perioperative medicine. Because when we work together, we can redefine what’s possible in research, innovation and patient care. That's why, in the spring of 2017, we inaugurated the Tufts Anesthesia Research Center (TARC) under the leadership of Iwona Bonney, PhD. 

Dr. Bonney is supported by TARC-RC, or a research consortium, consisting of hands-on faculty members who evaluate project proposals and offer assessments for residents’ research rotations. Nearly every trainee and faculty member participates in some form of data collection, analysis and research that meets the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)’s requirements for academic projects.

These resources are made possible by the Tufts Clinical and Translational Research Science Institute funded through the NIH R01GM987654 (CTSI). The CTSI also provides an online research educational series.

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Research focus areas

We understand that advancements require action to make real change. That's why TARC's mission is to empower its researchers with the support and resources needed to move the needle of progress forward. By aligning the Department of Anesthesiology's academic work with research priorities, we can thoroughly explore focus areas like:

  • Basic science
  • Cardiac anesthesia
  • Patient-centered care
  • Geriatric anesthesia
  • Obesity and anesthesia
  • Pain medicine
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Training + education

Excelling in anesthesiology requires a wealth of knowledge and the technical skills to put your education into practice. It also calls for people skills — warmth, compassion, patience and the poise to make the right decision in an urgent situation. 

Our residency and fellowship programs are designed to teach you all of that and more. We also offer clerkships for medical students and a comprehensive training program for student nurse anesthetists.

Anesthesiology Residency at Tufts Medical Center
Residents, attendings and faculty explain what makes our programs a special place to learn and grow.
This is a family here, and you feel like you're a part of it from day 1. I think it's the size that makes that possible, but also the people. … The focus is on the individual and their experiences and training. That’s something you can’t really replicate in other places.
Taylor Micheroni, MD
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Anesthesiologist doctor anesthetized a surgical patient in hospital.

Our leadership

Our leadership team gives us the guidance and support we need to ensure that the clinical, research and training goals of the department are met.

  • Department Chair, Vice Chair for Critical Care and Director of Cardiovascular Critical Care: John Adam Reich, MD
  • Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs: Penny Liu, MD
  • Vice Chair for Education / Residency Program Director: Maurice Joyce, MD, EdM
  • Vice Chair for Perioperative Services: Konstantin Balonov, MD
  • Vice Chair for Faculty Affairs, Director, Pediatric Anesthesiology: Aman Kalra, MD
  • Director, Adult Cardiac Anesthesiology: Frederick C. Cobey, MD, MPH
  • Director, Chronic Pain Management: Wilfred L. Hynes, MD
  • Director, OB/GYN Anesthesiology: Dan Drzymalski, MD
  • Director, Post Anesthesiology Care Unit (PACU): Monique M. Marin-Santoni, MD
  • Director, Center for Perioperative Assessment: Mark S. Lewis, MD
  • Director, Quincy Pain Management: Benjamin Moor, MD

Find like-minded specialists

Whether your anesthesia interests lie within critical care management or neurosurgery, you'll find like-minded experts here who share your passion for what's next. Our expertise extends across all aspects of anesthesia and perioperative medicine, including:

  • Acute, chronic and cancer-related pain management
  • Adult and pediatric cardiothoracic anesthesia 
  • Cardiac anesthesia
  • Critical care medicine
  • Neurosurgical anesthesia 
  • Obstetric anesthesia 
  • Pediatric anesthesia
  • Preoperative evaluation and risk assessment
  • Post-operative management
  • Regional anesthesia
  • Transesophageal echocardiography 
  • Trauma care and emergency airway interventions

Our department is also home to Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs), who provide anesthetics to patients in almost every practice setting and for every type of surgery or procedure.

Anesthesiologist Megan Pursley, SRNA comforting patient before surgery.
Our locations

Our specialists and care team members across Tufts Medicine deliver unmatched healthcare with a personalized touch.

Dr. Sharma Joseph, Attending Anesthesiology Physician, talking to and preparing patient for endoscopy procedure.
Our doctors + care team

Our specialists and care team members across Tufts Medicine deliver unmatched healthcare with a personalized touch.

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