Anesthetists (also sometimes called anesthesiologists) are medical doctors who specialize in
anesthesiology, which is the medical science of relieving pain
and managing the body's vital functions, such as breathing, heartbeat, circulation, temperature, and consciousness.
An anesthetist may administer medicine that numbs the area
of the body where a procedure is being performed (regional
anesthesia) or make sure a person is unconscious and
pain-free during a procedure (general anesthesia). An anesthetist may also supervise an anesthesia assistant. Anesthetists can further specialize in areas such as critical care
medicine, pain management, pediatric anesthesia, cardiac anesthesia, or obstetric anesthesia.
Anesthesiologists are certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
Current as of:
November 14, 2014
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Brian D. O'Brien, MD - Internal Medicine & John M. Freedman, MD - Anesthesiology
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