Anesthesiology Chair's Message

It’s a pleasure to welcome you to Tulane Anesthesiology!  The Department of Anesthesiology at the Tulane School of Medicine has an important place in the rich history of anesthesia practice and that legacy continues.  As many changes in medical practice occur, and as anesthesia practice continues to develop, Tulane Anesthesia is a leading academic department for training residents and teaching medical students.

Anesthesiology is one of the most challenging, most demanding, and most rewarding of all medical specialties. This specialty is challenging because of its involvement with every type of patient, and every imaginable condition. The demands of this specialty are great as extensive knowledge and technical skills must be combined for maximum patient care in a variety of clinical environments.  Anesthesiology is rewarding because of the range of opportunities, the professional development of anesthesiologists, and the great satisfaction that comes with making a tremendous impact on the lives of our patients, our colleagues, our hospitals and students.Read More

No longer is Anesthesiology a specialty limited to the operating room.  While much of the work occurs in the OR, the practice of anesthesiology has expanded into intensive care units, ambulatory care centers, non-OR diagnostic areas, outpatient facilities, clinics, research labs and classrooms. Anesthesiologists are advancing medical care at the local, national, and international level. The specialty of Anesthesiology has been driving patient safety and quality improvement long before they became the popular topics. Tulane Anesthesiology is preparing physicians with the knowledge and skills for today, and the critical thinking and leadership skills that will carry their careers forward.

Our residents and faculty enjoy living and working in one of the most unique cities in America.  Everyone enjoys the richness of living in New Orleans with its world class restaurants, shopping, art galleries and great neighborhoods. The city is famous for the French Quarter, the Garden District, the Warehouse District, trendy Magazine Street, and the Saints. You’re never at a loss for something to do in NOLA!

Tulane Medical Center

The heart of the Tulane Medical Center and the School of Medicine is located in “downtown” New Orleans, just a few blocks from the French Quarter. TMC is comprised of the Tulane University Hospital and Clinic, Tulane–Lakeside Hospital, Tulane Lakeview, Tulane Cancer Center, the Abdominal Transplant at Tulane Medical Center, and Tulane-Lakeside Women’s Center, the Multi specialty Center Metairie, Multi specialty Center uptown, Tulane Multi specialty Center Downtown, and the Tulane Institute for Sports Medicine. Resident training is focused at Tulane University Hospital, Tulane Lakeside Hospital, and Tulane Lakeview hospitals. Residents have options for rotations the New Orleans VA Medical Center, New Orleans Children’s Hospital, and the University Medical Center.

Tulane Anesthesiology

Tulane Anesthesiology focuses on preparing the next generation of anesthesiologist for clinical excellence and leadership.  We recruit the best people and provide them with tools for professional development necessary for the 21st century. Our department is committed to the best care of our patients and to the success of our hospital partners. To do this, we draw on the resources of Tulane University and our international partnerships.

Simulation Based Education

Tulane has an advanced high tech simulation facility in the Tulane Center for Advanced Medical Simulation and Team Training. This is a comprehensive, state-of-the-art facility with simulated operating rooms, emergency rooms, labor and delivery rooms, and patient rooms. The center includes an ultrasound simulator for transesophageal and transthoracic echocardiography training in perioperative cardiac function assessment.

Anesthesia training occurs on a high fidelity simulator that realistically duplicates the anesthesia experience in the OR.

The Combined Anesthesia Residency – A.B. Freeman School of Business MBA Scholarship

In a joint program with the A.B. Freeman School of Business our department offers a 5 year combined, Anesthesia residency and MBA program. Located on the main campus, the A.B. Freeman School is one of the nation’s premier business schools. The opportunity to earn this degree during Anesthesia residency training prepares our anesthesiologists for administrative leadership in medicine.

China Exchange Program

Our department, has a resident exchange program in association with the Tongji Medical University and Union Hospital in Wuhan, China. Located in central China in the Hubei province, Union Hospital is a 7000 bed facility performing 200-300 surgical cases every day. Our residents have a hands-on clinical experience in international medicine like no other.

Innovative Fellowship Programs

Healthcare is changing very rapidly, and our goal is to equip tomorrow’s medical leaders with leadership and management skills. We started one of the first Perioperative Management fellowships in the country and we have now inter gradated them with our MBA option to make this a unique 5 year combined program. This program is for anesthesiologist in training who want the practical knowledge of OR management combined with an MBA from one of the country's premier business schools.

Commitment to Teaching

Our faculty is passionate about teaching and training residents and medical students. They teach actively in the OR and in our structured didactic curriculum.  Residents attend weekly conferences including Grand Rounds by Tulane faculty, and nationally and internationally renowned anesthesiologists. Monthly journal club discussions are held outside the hospital in a relaxed atmosphere.  Our anesthesiologists, residents, and CRNAs engage in weekly conferences, and we have an environment in which every member of the department supports the education of residents in training.

I extend an invitation to you to explore our department website and consider the opportunity to be part of the passion for anesthesia and patient care that is the Tulane Department of Anesthesiology.

Gary R. Haynes, M.D., Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Anesthesiology
Merryl and Sam Israel Chair in Anesthesiology
Professor of Anesthesiology
Tulane University School of Medicine
Medical Director, Anesthesiology
Tulane Medical Center

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