What is an anesthesiologist?
An anesthesiologist is a physician that has undergone specialized training in the field of anesthesiology. The administration of anesthesia is complex and technically demanding. Like all physicians, an anesthesiologist graduated from medical school, where he or she studied all aspects of medicine. After choosing to specialize in anesthesiology, he or she then proceeds to a four-year residency-training program.
Some anesthesiologists choose to obtain subspecialized fellowship training, such as pediatric, obstetric, or cardiothoracic anesthesia. This amounts to an extensive medical education (around 12-14 years) and clinical training (around 12,000 to 16,000 hours).
Other types of anesthesia providers exist such as nurse anesthetists and anesthesia assistants. However, Matrix Anesthesia almost exclusively uses physician anesthesiologists as the sole providers at the facilities they staff. If a nurse anesthetist is involved in your care, be assured that a board certified anesthesiologist is overseeing all aspects of your anesthetic care. For further information, refer to the link below.
Physician Anesthesiologists: The Anesthesia, Pain, and Critical Care Specialists