History was made at Massachusetts General Hospital in 1846 when the first successful demonstration of ether anesthesia occurred in the hospital's Ether Dome. Since then, the Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine (DACCPM) at Mass General has remained at the forefront of innovation.

Every year, the DACCPM team provides anesthetic care for more than 50,000 procedures in 66 ORs and approximately 25 other locations across Mass General campuses. As innovators in clinical care, research, and education, the DACCPM plays a critical role in advancing anesthesiology, medicine, and science.

The role of anesthesiology continues to grow in critical care medicine and a unique area of focus for the DACCPM team is the impact of anesthesiology intensivists, especially when it comes to cardiac care.

“Cardiac critical care medicine is a subspecialty of intensive care that has transitioned from elective post-operative cardiac surgery and post-STEMI care to the multidisciplinary, highly complex...

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