Robert Lee, M.D.
Academic Role: Assistant Professor
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Nothing in medicine has satisfied me as much as giving a safe and efficient anesthetic. What I like most about anesthesiology is building a conceptual model of physiology and then testing it with practical applications. Giving anesthesia requires a craft-like technical component, along with theoretical know-how. Attempting to give patients great anesthetic care gives me a goal to reach for each time I go into the OR. Teaching residents and medical students gives me a chance to refine and perfect my own conceptual model while attempting to help someone else build theirs, and to try to pass on the technical elements that I have learned.
As an anesthesiologist, I enjoy caring for patients across all age groups, ranging from healthy to critically ill, undergoing a wide variety of surgical or procedural cases. As a regular member of of the acute pain service, I especially like performing and teaching regional anesthesia, and consulting on patients with difficult to control pain. Recently, I have become interested in process improvement across the entire perioperative environment, and how system issues impact the quality of care we deliver to individual patients.
M.D., St. George’s University, 2004
University of Massachusetts, Residency in Anesthesiology, 2005-2008