The hospitals of Partners HealthCare retain a rich history in the science of Anesthesia that range from the first public demonstration of ether anesthesia in 1846 to the discovery and use of nitric oxide gas for the treatment of PPHN newborns, the introduction of smart drug infusion pumps and the more recent work that addresses neural blockades, pain management and preemptive analgesia. The mission of this research is to understand the mechanisms of disease that underlay the causes and conditions during and after surgical anesthesia and other operative procedures, and to apply this understanding to develop new and better treatments and thus to advance the clinical practice of anesthesia.
The Anesthesia departments are focused to support dozens of deals each year in areas including: Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine. Additionally, this team focuses on the research topics of biomedical engineering, Epidemiology, mechanisms of general anesthesia, quality and safety, and simulation.
In several research projects, successful efforts have supported collaborations between industry and departmental investigators. These activities have not only brought additional resources to the department and the hospital but have also facilitated a strong translational pathway for the development of new drugs and procedures.