Anesthesiologists are physician specialists and essential members of the surgical team. These physicians ensure comfort and safety during surgery and make informed medical judgments regarding critical life functions, such as breathing, heart rate, and blood. Anesthesiologists also immediately diagnose and treat medical problems that arise during surgery or recovery.
The Departments of Anesthesiology at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center have board-certified anesthesiologists on hand for every surgery. Every anesthesiologist at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital has received extensive training in all areas of anesthesiology, and many staff members have additional expertise and training in providing anesthesia for specific types of surgery, as well as pain control during labor and delivery.
Both Departments have multiple Divisions for addressing specific types of surgery, such as cardiac, orthopaedic, thoracic, vascular, neurological, obstetric, and pediatric surgery. In addition, the Department of Anesthesiology at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia directs the combined Surgical and Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Units, as well as the Recovery Rooms, emphasizing the role of the anesthesiologists throughout the perioperative period.
Within the Departments of Anesthesiology there are anesthesiologists who specialize in pain medicine. Information about their services is on our page dedicated to Pain Medicine.