The Department of Anesthesiology is committed to excellence in clinical care, education, research, and all other academic pursuits. Although our residents spend the majority of the 36-month continuum in clinical anesthesiology at Westchester Medical Center, they also rotate to Danbury Hospital and Metropolitan Hospital Center. This multifaceted experience exposes our residents to academic, inner-city, and community hospitals, with all the varied learning opportunities inherent in these venues. Moreover, our state-of-the-art Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital on the beautiful Westchester campus provides unexcelled experience in advanced neonatal and pediatric anesthesia care.
Our patients are culturally diverse and medically challenging, and they undergo such complex procedures as cardiac transplantation, liver transplantation, and aortic arch reconstruction. With more than 75 full-time faculty members, the department offers impressive depth and breadth in its educational programs and in its clinical opportunities. A majority of the faculty are fellowship trained.
During their training, in addition to providing their patients with analgesia or anesthesia, residents learn to maintain, or restore, a stable hemodynamic and respiratory state during and after surgery, obstetric delivery, or diagnostic procedures. They are also involved in acute, chronic, and cancer pain management, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and treatment of assorted fluid, electrolyte, and metabolic disturbances. In recent years, more than 50% of our graduates have pursued fellowship training in such subspecialties as cardiothoracic, pediatric, regional, or obstetric anesthesia, as well as pain management and critical care. Institutions that have welcomed our graduates for fellowship training have included Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Yale, Johns Hopkins, Mount Sinai Medical Center in Manhattan, Tufts, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, and Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center.
We are extremely proud of our exemplary faculty, residents, and administrative staff. With their vision and support, the department is well positioned to meet the challenges and opportunities that are intrinsic to the practice of contemporary medicine.
Peter Panzica, M.D.
Chair and Associate Professor
Department of Anesthesiology