Manisha Desai, M.B.B.S.

Academic Role: Clinical Associate Professor and Director of Educational Development
Faculty Appointment(s) and Affiliations:

School of Medicine 




A member of the faculty for about twenty five years, I am interested in resident and medical student education. Until recently, I was a member of the medical school admissions committee, a role I enjoyed thoroughly.

Modern anesthesia has its origins in Boston, and history of anesthesia is of keen interest to me. I conduct tours to history related sites in Massachusetts and Connecticut, and members of our department are very active in research related to history of anesthesia.

Regional anesthesia is one of my clinical interests. Also of interest are mechanisms of local anesthetic action, transfusion medicine, and anesthetic considerations for trauma victims. I have always considered it very important to provide case-related teaching on a daily basis. I incorporate such methods to prepare residents for the written and oral board examinations.

I am a question writer for the Self Education and Evaluation (SEE) program of continuing medical education sponsored by the American Society of Anesthesiologists. Every year, the program publishes two booklets, each containing 100 multiple-choice questions related to recent advances in our specialty. Participants are provided with detailed discussions about each question, the research behind the topic, and references. This program has been extremely successful and has over 5000 subscribers throughout the nation and abroad.

For the last few years, I have been actively involved in the Society for Education in Anesthesia (SEA). I have conducted ‘Teaching and Learning Workshops’ for our faculty and residents. These courses are based on the science and application of teaching and learning theories. The goal is to create depth of knowledge and understand the theoretical aspects of how and why learners learn, allowing for practical applications of educational theory. We explore many techniques for enhancing teaching effectiveness.


Academic Background

M.B.B.S., Baroda Medical College, Baroda, India, 1982



Postdoctoral Training

Baroda Medical College, Baroda, India, Rotating Internship, 1981-82
New England Deaconess Hospital, Residency in Surgery, 1982-84
Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Residency in Anesthesiology, 1985-86
Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Clinical Fellowship in Anesthesiology, 1987-88



Office:  S2-721
Telephone:  508-856-3415

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