Last Updated: February 17, 2016

Definition - What does Anesthesiologist mean?

An anesthesiologist is a physician who has undergone additional studies and training to become a specialist in the field of anesthesiology. An anesthesiologist manages the medications and procedures used to reduce or eliminate a patient's ability to feel pain during surgery. The anesthesiologist and anesthesia care team also manage postanesthesia recovery. An anesthesiologist may also be called a physician anesthesiologist.

WorkplaceTesting explains Anesthesiologist

The term anesthesiologist refers to either a medical or osteopathic doctor (M.D. or D.O.) who specializes in anesthesiology. Additional non-physician medical professionals with anesthesiology training include anesthesiologist assistants and nurse anesthetist. The physician anesthesiologist is responsible for the patient's anesthesia-related care before, during, and after surgery. They also supervise any other members of the anesthesia care team. An anesthesiologist will conduct a preoperative review of a patient to determine the best anesthesia methods to employ for that patient. The anesthesiologist will then implement and manage the anesthesia procedures during the surgery and supervise the patient's post-operative anesthesia recovery. An anesthesiologist may also be involved in managing non-surgical pain for patients with chronic conditions or those who require pain management during medical therapies.

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