Who are Anesthesiologists?

Anesthesiologists are Medical Doctors with a minimum of 5 years of training in Anesthesia after completing 4 years of Medical School. They champion your safety before, during and after an operation. Anesthesiologists also play key roles in many other parts of the hospital.

Anesthesiologists ensure that you are as prepared as can be for your procedure when they see you in the preoperative clinic. During an operation, they monitor your heart, lungs and other vital systems closely and this care extends into the recovery room after surgery.  Providing care and comfort during labour and delivery by administering epidurals and anesthesia for cesarian sections is another important role. Their unique skillset is an asset in running intensive care units and taking care of critically ill patients. Anesthesiologists can be called to assist with medical emergencies for life saving care. Anesthesia also provides pain management for post surgical patients and manage chronic pain. Anesthesiologists are often involved when patients going through their worst situations.

Anesthesiologists are highly qualified medical specialists.  They are reliable and have a high attention to detail. Anesthesiologists are risk averse and lead the focus on patient care and safety. Their extensive knowledge in physiology and pharmacology allows them to manage complex cases. They also have extensive knowledge of both surgical procedures and medical problems which allows them to tackle any problems that arise while you have your operation. A large part of their role is to anticipate problems before they occur and to have contingency plans for these situations.

During an operation Anesthesiologists not only put you “to sleep”, but make sure you don’t feel any pain or awareness during the procedure. They monitor your vital signs very closely and use a variety of drugs and monitors to keep you alive while surgeons might be performing highly invasive surgeries.

Anesthesiologists are team players who work closely with surgeons, other specialists, nurses and respiratory therapists. This interaction across many groups puts them in an ideal position to be leaders in the perioperative setting.  Anesthesiologists commonly take on hospital administration roles to help ensure that the surgical experience is a smooth one.