Our History

The history of anesthesiology in Rhode Island stretches back to the earliest days of the specialty. Almost a century ago, former chairman Meyer Saklad performed research that would yield the ASA Classification system still used around the world.  Since then, our department has grown and constantly transformed to meet the needs of patients with increasingly sophisticated medical needs. Through all the change that has given rise to the present group at Brown Anesthesiology, Dr. Saklad's vision and commitment to furthering the specialty has endured.

Education has been a cornerstone of our department for generations.  Long before joining the Lifespan Physician Group community in 2015, we had been training future leaders in the field at the resident and medical student level.  After assisting in the formal training of hundreds of anesthesiologists over the past half-century, we proudly began our own ACGME-accredited residency program in July of 2018.  With the inaugural residency class of Brown University Anesthesiology, we have focused a great deal of resources towards achieving our vision of a world-class academic program. We have intensified our research endeavors and committed ourselves to making an indelible mark on the greater medical community.

On behalf of the more than 100 physicians, nurse anesthetists, and other professionals of Brown Anesthesiology, we thank you for taking time to learn about our department and our mission. We are embarking on an exciting new frontier, and it gives us enormous pride to be a part of this journey. If you have any questions about our services or educational programs, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Our Mission

Brown anesthesiologists dressed in hospital scrubs

The Brown Department of Anesthesiology is committed to a standard of excellence in education, patient care, research and service to the community.  The department will foster a nurturing and inquisitive environment that emphasizes lifelong learning in the endeavor to advance the practice of anesthesiology.  All patients, independent of background, will be universally treated with compassion and dignity.

As a Lifespan affiliate hospital, the mission of Rhode Island Hospital is "Delivering Health with Care".  Rhode Island Hospital and our department are committed to being at the forefront of patient care by creating, applying and sharing the most advanced knowledge of health care.  One mechanism to achieve this mission is through the commitment to graduate medical education

Academic Aims

The Brown Anesthesiology residency program aims to train the next generation of consultant anesthesiologists to: 1. assess and optimize patients in preparation for surgery and anesthesia; 2. relieve and prevent pain, both acute and chronic; 3. monitor and attempt to maintain normal physiology during surgery and anesthesia; 4. manage critically-ill patients, both in the OR and ICU settings; 5. diagnose and treat acute, chronic, and cancer related pain; 6. manage and teach pulmonary and cardiac resuscitation; 7. conduct clinical science  and/or translational science research; 8. supervise, teach and evaluate performance in both medical and paramedical personnel; 9. demonstrate leadership in the delivery of quality healthcare, especially in the perioperative environment; 10. practice prudent fiscal resource stewardship; and 11. adhere to the highest moral and ethical standards within the practice of medicine.