The cardiothoracic anesthesiologist provides anesthesia to surgical cases involving the heart, lungs and other operations of the human chest, including bypass surgery and other procedures ranging from minimally invasive surgery, robotic surgery, complex multi-stage aortic surgery. The cardiothoracic anesthesiologist is often responsible for supervision of the bypass heart-lung machine. He or she will also monitor a patient's physical condition through use of invasive monitors, in addition to keeping an eye on the patient's bodily reactions to drugs needed during a surgical procedure.. These specialized anesthesiologists also work with non-cardiac procedures like esophageal resection and all types of video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery.
- Requirement for cardiothoracic anesthesia services required for open heart surgical procedures.
- Anesthesiologist may insert special tubes (catheters) in arteries, large veins near the heart, or in the artery leading from the heart to the lungs (pulmonary artery catheter).
- Will monitor patients using a echocardiography (ultrasound of the heart) using a special probe that is place in your esophagus (swallowing tube) after you are under general anesthesia.
- Anesthesiologist may choose to use a regional anesthesia technique either during surgery or after surgery to provide pain relief (analgesia).
Educational and Skills Requirements
Education and Licenses:
- Shall be licensed in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth of the United States or District of Columbia and meet the professional qualifications criteria of the Department of Veteran Affairs. All licenses held by personnel working shall be full and unrestricted licenses
- Degree of doctor of medicine or an equivalent degree resulting from a course of education in medicine or osteopathic medicine
- Services to be performed will be in accordance with VA policies, and procedures, and regulations of the medical staff by-laws of the facility.