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SUNY Downstate Medical Center

Department of Anesthesiology

Clinical Sites

University Hospital of Brooklyn

Planned and built as an integral part of SUNY-Downstate Medical Center, this 376 bed facility opened in 1966. As a tertiary care referral center, UHB provides complex care to patients with significant co-morbidities. UHB is well-known for its active renal transplantation service. Other busy surgical services include orthopedic surgery, with a significant volume of spine cases and total joint replacements; robotic surgery for GU and GYN oncologic procedures; pediatric surgery, including neonatal emergencies; cardiac surgery; and out of OR procedures, including GI endoscopy, pediatric MRI, and interventional radiology. In 2014, the Anesthesiology Department performed 7846 anesthetics in OR and out of OR locations, and 1367 anesthetics in labor and delivery.

Kings County Hospital Center

Kings County Hospital Center is undoubtedly one of the best-known municipal hospitals in the United States. Established as a one-room infirmary in 1830, the hospital is operated by the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation. KCHC has an extremely active trauma service. There is a very busy hepatobiliary surgical service, and residents obtain experience in the management of hepatic resections and pancreatic surgery. There is also a strong experience in neurosurgical anesthesia. At KCHC, the senior resident on call serves as a "Team Captain", and acts in the role of a junior attending, although they are supervised by a faculty member at all times. There is also a very busy pain clinic, where residents gain experience in the evaluation and management of chronic pain problems. 6648 anesthetics were administered in the operating room in 2014.

NYU Lutheran Medical Center

NYU Lutheran Medical Center, a Level I trauma center, offers a wide range of clinical services in the culturally diverse Sunset Park area of Brooklyn. Department Chair Lance W. Wagner, M.D. and Clinical Director Curtis Thornhill, M.D. lead an outstanding faculty that provides a broad range of anesthesia services.

SUNY anesthesia residents rotate through basic and subspecialty rotations at Lutheran. Medical Students from both SUNY-Downstate and other medical schools, surgical residents, and dental anesthesia trainees all enjoy educational rotations at LMC. Morning conferences and teleconferenced weekly Grand Rounds provide a strong didactic component to our training.

In addition to trauma and a very busy obstetrical service, Lutheran affords a wealth of experience in neurosurgery, vascular surgery, minimally invasive surgery including bariatric procedures, thoracic surgery, cancer surgery, and orthopedics, including joint replacement and spine surgeries.

GI Endoscopy, lithotripsy, and invasive radiology are other areas in which anesthesia services are regularly provided. The regional anesthesia rotation give residents a focused experience in upper and lower extremity nerve blocks as well as in post-operative pain management. Development of ultrasound technique is strongly emphasized. Advanced airway techniques are often performed in the operating suite. This broad range of clinical opportunity presents a fertile environment for anesthesia education.

Downstate Bay Ridge

The Downstate-Bay Ridge site provides an outstanding experience in the provision of anesthesia to ambulatory patients. Particular attention is paid to maintaining efficient OR throughput, as well as eliminating those factors such as pain, excessive sedation, and nausea that can delay discharge. There is a very busy pediatric ENT service at this site. A large number of orthopedic procedures are performed under regional anesthesia. 3214 anesthetics were administered in 2014.

Staten Island University Hospital

Staten Island University Hospital is a 508 bed community hospital located in the South Beach neighborhood of Staten Island. Residents rotate through SIUH to gain additional experience in anesthesia for cardiac surgery. Residents also participate in the management of patients undergoing major vascular surgery. There is an active ambulatory surgery center where residents perform a large number of peripheral nerve blocks. Transportation costs for residents assigned to SIUH are covered by a stipend provided by the Department of Anesthesiology.

Mount Sinai Medical Center

A one month elective rotation in cardiac anesthesia is available to CA-3 residents who desire additional experience in the management of patients undergoing open heart surgery. A full range of valve replacements and revascularization procedures are performed, under cardiopulmonary bypass as well as off-pump.

Memorial-Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

A one month elective rotation in neurosurgical anesthesiology is available during the CA-3 year at Memorial Hospital, perhaps the most highly regarded hospital in the United States dedicated to the care of patients with cancer. Residents receive an outstanding exposure to intracranial neurosurgery, including awake craniotomies for functional mapping.