The members of the Cardiac Anesthesia Section have risen to the task of providing an exemplary level of care in the face of the present day challenges of academic medicine. As always, they have functioned as a unified group, unselfishly supporting one another's efforts to maintain clinical, teaching and research productivity.
Teaching on the Cardiac Anesthesia Service is designed to produce fully-trained clinicians, capable of providing state-of-the-art anesthesia for patients with cardiac and vascular disease. The pathophysiology and perioperative implications of cardiac and vascular disease are emphasized along with the principles of cardiopulmonary bypass, myocardial preservation, intra-aortic balloon counterpulsation and transesophageal echocardiography.
Transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) at AUBMC is an important resource for cardiac anesthesiologists and cardiac surgeons. The use of intraoperative TEE has gained wide acceptance within our cardiac surgical community, and the cardiac surgeons have come to rely on TEE to test the adequacy of repair and prosthetic function in cardiac valve operations and in the correction of congenital cardiac defects in adult patients. The evolution of TEE technology leading to improved image resolution and multi-plane imaging
as well as the availability of support personnel have contributed to the routine use of diagnostic TEE during cardiac surgery. TEE during major vascular and other noncardiac surgery has been recently implemented.