For more than half a century, Montefiore Medical Center has been a national leader in adult and pediatric cardiology. The Montefiore Einstein Center for Heart and Vascular Care is one of our renowned Centers of Excellence, and the Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery was awarded the highest three-star rating by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons.
Montefiore's cardiothoracic team works closely with our anesthesiologists to deliver compassionate and comprehensive care that exceeds conventional standards. Our physicians are highly skilled in caring for patients with complex conditions that require advanced medical care.
Cardiothoracic anesthesiologists are trained specifically in administering anesthesia required for heart or lung surgical procedures to treat common and unique conditions, including congenital heart disease, valve diseases, transplantation and coronary artery disease.
Anesthesiologists are deeply committed to patient safety and understand that all patients, including children, have different needs. As part of the surgical team from the beginning of each case, cardiothoracic anesthesiologists work on customizing the right treatment plan for the individual patient. In the first consultation with all the specialists involved, they review medical histories and preoperative test results, discuss the surgical plan and explain details of the anesthetic care to the patient. They are also involved in the preoperative briefing with all medical personnel who will be present in the operating room. During surgical procedures, the anesthesiologists constantly monitor the patient's vital signs: body temperature, pulse rate, respiration rate and blood pressure.
Cardiovascular medicine has become highly specialized, and treatments once not thought possible can now be performed with new devices or minimally invasive techniques. Our cardiothoracic anesthesiologists use the technologically advanced equipment and techniques in caring for the 1,000 cardiac patients each year whose surgery requires use of the heart-lung machine, as well as for approximately 250 other cardiac and pulmonary surgery patients annually.
Montefiore's exceptionally educated and experienced cardiothoracic anesthesiologists provide the highest quality of care as they work closely with the medical team to ensure the best outcomes possible for each patient.
For further information on our cardiothoracic anesthesiologists, see Meet Our Physicians.