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SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University

University Hospital of Brooklyn

Department of Anesthesiology

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Audrée A. Bendo M.D., M.S., FASA
Distinguished Service Professor & Chair
(718) 270-3764 • (718) 245-8018

Using the most modern techniques, machines and instruments, faculty in the Department of Anesthesiology render comprehensive perioperative care to all surgical patients to ensure patient safety. In addition, our fellowship-trained anesthesiologists work closely with the surgeon to provide specialty care for cardiothoracic, pediatric, obstetric and renal transplant patients. Ambulatory surgical care is provided and outpatients should be scheduled to receive Anesthesiology consultation prior to surgery during regular office hours. Perioperative pain services and critical care fellowship-trained Anesthesiologists are available for perioperative consultations and care for both inpatients and outpatients.


Elie Fried, M.D.
(718) 270-1931 / 1934

The Ambulatory Surgery Unit is directed by the Department of Anesthesiology and comprises nearly 70% of all elective surgical procedures. Patients scheduled for ambulatory surgery and day of surgery admission are given the opportunity to discuss the anesthetic plan with the Anesthesiologist and staff in Pre-Anesthetic Clinic during their presurgical testing appointment.


Alexandru Apostol, M.D.
(718) 270-2530 / 1934

Anesthesiology services, both general and regional, and consultation are available 24 hours a day at SUNY Downstate’s University Hospital. Anesthesiology staff (resident and attending) provide 24/7 in-house coverage. Pre-admission evaluations are encouraged. Appropriate monitoring is available for high-risk patients. Postoperative care, including critical care management, is available for all patients. We offer post-surgical analgesia with options for multimodal pain management.


Marina Svyatets, M.D.
(718) 270-8793 / 2882 / 1934

The Division of Cardiac Anesthesiology provides anesthetic care for cardiothoracic surgery in adult patients on a 24/7 basis. Consultation is provided for perioperative management of all cardiothoracic patients.


Ivan Velickovic, M.D., FASA
(718) 270-8762 / 1934

The Division of Obstetric Anesthesiology provides 24 hour in-house coverage at SUNY Downstate. Consultation is available for both inpatients and outpatients. We offer post-Cesarean section analgesia. We also assist in the critical care management of obstetric patients. We encourage patients who have questions about obstetric anesthesia to contact one of the members of the division.


Margarita De la Pena, M.D.
(718) 270-8793 / 2882 / 1934

The Division of Pediatric Anesthesiology practices in concordance with the Division of Pediatric Surgery as well as other surgical subspecialties with pediatric populations. General anesthesia as well as regional techniques are provided for intraoperative and postoperative care on both routine and emergency cases 24 hours a day. Ambulatory surgery and postoperative pain management are also available to our pediatric patients.


Samrat Worah, M.D.
(718) 270-2677

The Division of Transplant Anesthesiology provides anesthetic care for both renal transplant surgery and non-transplant surgery for patients with end-stage-renal diseases in both the adult and pediatric populations. Consultation is provided in the perioperative management of all transplant surgical patients.


Samrat Worah, M.D.
(718) 270-2677

Attending coverage for both supervision and patient care is provided in-house on 24/7 basis at SUNY Downstate MSICU. Care is provided for patients who have critical illness such as septic shock, ARDS and/or organ failure. Specialized care is provided for cardiothoracic, neurosurgical, neuro-interventional, and obstetrical patients. In addition to patient care, residents, fellows and attendings are involved in education, research and administrative activities related to critical care.


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