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.
A focused intramural clinical research program is supported within the Department. Members of the department annually present papers at national and international meetings, as well as publish papers in peer-reviewed journals. A Department research committee meets regularly under the direction of Mario Inchiosa, Ph.D. This committee reviews research proposals of both staff and residents and promotes active participation of all staff and residents in research. CA-3 residents especially are encouraged to develop research projects and to publish or present their findings in national forums. It is expected that all residents graduating from the program will complete at least one academic project, and/or publish one paper.
To specifically aid the resident and junior staff in developing research, the Department employs a senior pharmacologist, Mario Inchiosa, Ph.D., whose responsibility is to help in designing and executing research protocols. Dr. Inchiosa is an extremely valuable research resource who is conducting important investigations in a range of areas, including reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndromes, predictive analytics with linear modeling, and coagulation abnormalities in patients undergoing cardiopulmonary bypass.
The NYMC Department of Anesthesiology at NYC Health + Hospitals/Metropolitan Anesthesiology Residency Program spans unique hospitals that serve multi-ethnic, multi-cultural communities. Our core value is to provide care in a sensitive and compassionate manner to maintain human dignity in a variety of settings. Our program is committed to resident education, the promotion of knowledge and skills as well as professional development. Emphasis is on teamwork in providing the highest quality of patient care through teaching and continuous learning.
Peter Panzica, M.D.
Chair and Associate Professor
Director of Anesthesiology at Westchester Medical Center Health Network
Asia Latt, B.S.
Anesthesiology Residency Program Coordinator
Westchester Medical Center - Department of Anesthesiology
Macy Pavilion, Room 2389
Valhalla, NY 10595
Phone: (914) 493-7692
Fax: (914) 493-7927
Regional Anesthesiology and Acute Pain Medicine Fellowship Program Coordinator
Department of Anesthesiology
Westchester Medical Center/New York Medical College
100 Woods Road, Macy Rm 2391
Valhalla, NY 10595