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The Department of Anesthesiology is part of The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, and is recognized as one of the nation’s top hospitals by U.S. News & World Report. Ohio State's Wexner Medical Center is undergoing a new $1 billion expansion project that will significantly advance the medical center’s education, research programs and improve patient care.

Anesthesiology training programs

The Department of Anesthesiology core residency training program provides the opportunity for outstanding clinical Anesthesiology training in a large academic medical center comprised of a Level 1 trauma center, Level 1 burn center, heart, cancer, and brain/spine subspecialty hospitals. We also offer subspecialty training in the full gamut of ACGME and non-ACGME accredited fellowship programs, as well as an innovative specialty training in dental anesthesiology. Divisions and Services

Divisions and Services

Anesthesia Services at Cancer Hospital Research Institute (CHRI)

Provides comprehensive anesthesia services for all oncologic procedures, as well as most postoperative pain management techniques as requested by the operative surgeon.

Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia

Cardiothoracic and vascular anesthesiologists manage the anesthesia for patients who are undergoing heart surgery involving coronary artery bypass, valve replacements or repairs, mechanical assist devices and heart transplant; thoracic surgery involving lung resection and esophageal surgery and vascular surgery involving repair of the aorta and major blood vessels.

Michael J. Andritsos, MD

Director, Cardiothoracic and Vascular Services

Galina T. Dimitrova, MD
Director, Cardiothoracic Anesthesia Fellowship

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs)

Nurse anesthesia is an advanced clinical nursing specialty. CRNAs work in a number of settings and provide anesthesia throughout the patient care services at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.

Charles E. Martin, CRNA
Chief CRNA

Susan Harper, MD

Critical Care Medicine

With a mission of providing patient-centered, evidenced-based, innovative care, the Department of Anesthesiology was a leader in opening the first Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU) at Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center in 1979. The faculty is one of the largest sections in the department and remain key in the hospital’s critical care medicine services.  Anesthesiology-trained intensivists care for patients in the University Hospital SICU and the James Cancer Hospital SICU with a diverse population, including post-acute care and trauma surgery, surgical oncology, abdominal transplant, urology, orthopedics, colorectal, and thoracic surgery patients.

Our team also directs care in the cardiovascular surgery intensive care unit (CIVCU). The CVICU is a 30-bed unit that cares for perioperative patients from cardiac, vascular, and thoracic services with over 1,000 surgical admissions per year.  The CVICU is also the medical center’s unit for the high-volume ECLS/ECMO and end-stage cardiopulmonary failure program, including a growing number of temporary and long-term left ventricular assist devices (LVAD) and heart/lung transplants.  We share faculty with cardiovascular anesthesiology, transplant anesthesiology, and many of our faculty have advanced TEE certifications. 

Outside of the clinical arena, the critical care faculty play an integral role throughout the medical center and university.  Our team actively leads several medical center administrative and quality initiatives, including committee chairs and medical directorships.  Our faculty also has leadership roles within the College of Medicine and residency/fellowship program and committed to providing an exceptional educational experience for medical students, residents, and fellows.  Faculty members have an emerging role in critical care clinical research, with multiple active IRBs in place and a growing national reputation.  We are active members of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, Society of Critical Care Medicine, and American Association of Respiratory Care with faculty serving on key committees throughout these organizations.

Ravi Tripathi, MD
Director, Critical Care Service

S. Veena Satyapriya, MD
Program Director, Critical Care Fellowship

Liver Transplant Anesthesia

Anesthesiologists provide anesthesia during an increasing number of kidney, pancreas, liver and combined transplant procedures at Ohio State's Wexner Medical Center.

Antolin Flores, MD
Director, Liver Transplant Anesthesia


Neurosurgical anesthesia deals with the perioperative management of patients with neurological diseases, or those at risk for neurological injury as a result of surgery. The neuroanesthesiologist is also involved in the management techniques for raised intracranial pressure, barbiturate-induced coma and cerebral vasospasm.

Sergio D. Bergese, MD 
Director, Neurosurgical Services
Director, Neuroanesthesia Fellowship Program Director

Obstetrical Anesthesia

At Ohio State's Wexner Medical Center, our obstetrical anesthesiologists are involved in the care of patients during vaginal and cesarean deliveries. Other anesthetics are performed for tubal ligations, removal of retained placenta and cerclage for incompetent cervix. We also have expertise in intrauterine fetal surgeries, such as extrauterine intrapartum (EXIT) procedures and twin to twin transfusion syndrome.

John Coffman, MD
Director, Obstetrical Anesthesiology Fellowship Program
Section Director, High Risk Obstetrical Anesthesia

Robert Small, MD
Director, Obstetrical Anesthesia

Off-Site Anesthesia Services

Providing anesthesia care for off-site (out of operating room) locations is an increasingly important part of the healthcare delivery system.

Qian Fleming, MD
Director, Off-Site Anesthesia

Ohio State University Hospital East Anesthesia Services

Providing anesthesiology services at OSU East.

Peter DeSocio, DO
Director, Clinical Operations OSU East

Pain Medicine Services

Pain Medicine Services provides care for patients with pain due to cancer or chronic non-cancer conditions. It also manages spasticity of central nervous system etiology. 

The OSU Comprehensive Spine Center at CarePoint East provides evaluation and management, invasive procedural and operative surgical services for patients who are experiencing pain due to spinal and non-spinal conditions or who are experiencing muscle spasticity due to central nervous system injury or diseases.

Steven A. Severyn, MD, MBA
Director, Pain Management

Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU)

Patients who are recovering from anesthesia after surgery receive care in the Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) or recovery room.

Thomas J. Smith, MD
Director, PACU
Section Director, Regional Anesthesia, University Hospital

Regional Anesthesiology

The Division of Regional Anesthesiology plays an integral role in the management of acute pain related to surgery. Our regional anesthesiologists work at multiple sites within the health system and perform numerous nerve-blocking procedures to help with pain control.

Michael Kushelev, MD

Director, Regional Anesthesiology Fellowship Program
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