Clinical Anesthetists are integral to our delivery of individualized and quality care and valued members of our anesthesia care team, which is comprised of physician anesthesiologists, Certified Anesthesiologist Assistants (CAAs), and Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs). All team members are in good medical standing and have current Wisconsin licensure. Members of our group are also active in the larger medical community. Some are clinical instructors through Medical College of Wisconsin, while others are involved in hospital leadership, participating in various hospital committees such as the Medical Executive Committee and the Credentialing Committee.
Occasionally, there are also paramedics, respiratory therapists, and medical students involved in patient care as well. Each team member has an important role and all work together to provide you effective and safe care.
Our Anesthesiologists are all ASA members
Every day in hospitals, medical centers, ambulatory surgery centers and physicians’ offices across the nation, physician anesthesiologist members of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA®) provide the highest quality, safest anesthesia care to patients facing surgery or seeking relief from pain.
For more information on the field of anesthesiology, visit the American Society of Anesthesiologists online at asahq.org.
To learn more about how physician anesthesiologists ensure patient safety, visit asahq.org/WhenSecondsCount.
Anesthesiologists are highly skilled medical doctors (M.D or D.O.) who specialize in anesthesia, pain medicine, and critical care medicine. An anesthesiologist is the director of the Anesthesia Care Team and is always readily available in case you experience any complications while under anesthesia. With 12 to 14 years of education and 12,000-16,000 hours of clinical training, our anesthesiologists are the experts in managing operative pain. They closely monitor your anesthesia and vital body functions during the procedure, working alone or with a CRNA. Their extensive education and training prepares them to diagnose and treat complications that can happen suddenly during surgery, as well as chronic conditions such as asthma, diabetes, high blood pressure and heart problems.
Whether in the operating room, procedure room, or intensive care unit, physician anesthesiologists are committed to delivering the safest medical care that every patient deserves before, during, and after surgery.
AHA’s staff of anesthesiologists are highly specialized physicians who are board certified or board eligible by the American Board of Anesthesiology or by the American Osteopathic Board of Anesthesiology.
CRNAs and CAAs
CRNAs are Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists and CAAs are Certified Anesthesiologist Assistants. Both CRNAs and CAAs are health professionals with graduate degrees and many hours of clinical training who provide anesthesia care to patients in multiple settings. They are proficient at many types of anesthesia including general anesthesia, regional anesthesia, and sedation techniques. Along with Anesthesiologists, CRNAs and CAAs are part of our anesthesia team at the Association of Hospital Anesthesiologists.
Our CRNAs are certified through the National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA).
Our CAAs are certified by the National Commission for the Certification of Anesthesiologist Assistants (NCCAA).