Cardiac Anesthesia at UMass Memorial Medical Center offers an excellent opportunity for training senior residents in the anesthetic care of patients having cardiac surgery. We provide anesthesia for a wide range of cardiac surgery including valve repair and replacement, myocardial revascularization (CABG), arrhythmia surgery for atrial fibrillation, ventricular restoration for congestive heart failure, repair of acute and chronic thoracic aortic aneurysms and dissections, Extra Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) and mechanical Ventricular Assist Devices (VADs) for patients with acutely failing hearts and lungs. Currently we perform approximately 450 cardiac surgery cases per year.
During the cardiac anesthesia rotation residents will have the opportunity for training in cardiac preoperative evaluation, cardiovascular physiology and pharmacology, invasive monitoring, hemodynamic optimization, transesophageal echocardiography, management of cardiopulmonary bypass, total circulatory arrest, and postoperative care of the patient having cardiac surgery. Our patient population tends to be more high risk and complicated and more vigilance is needed for their care. Our cardiac anesthesia group is dedicated to education and we are also in process of creating a series of web-based lectures.
In 2009 UMass Memorial's cardiac surgery program received the Betsy Lehman Patient Safety Recognition Award. Additionally, UMass Memorial has been awarded the highest rating of three stars from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons for the past six years and is one of only 12% of hospitals receiving the three-star rating. For the fourth consecutive year, data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have shown that UMass Memorial Medical Center is the leading hospital in Massachusetts for surviving a heart attack. We have a great sense of honor and pride for participating in care of these patients.
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