The GBMC Department of Anesthesiology is one of the largest in Maryland and was the first in the area to install Bispectral Index Monitors (BIS) in each operating room to check the level of a patient's consciousness. All physicians are board-certified and many have sub-specialty fellowship training and certification. All anesthesia subspecialties are available including pediatrics, thoracics, bariatrics, regional anesthesia, obstetrics, critical care and acute and chronic pain management.
The medical specialty of anesthesiology is responsible for providing peri-operative medical care (before, during and after your surgery), pain management and improving patient safety.
The major types of anesthesia for surgery include:
- General anesthesia - Various drugs and gases are used to make the patient unconscious for the duration of surgery and to provide pain relief for recovery.
- Regional anesthesia - This causes a section of the body to be numb. Often this is referred to as a "nerve block." Sedation is commonly provided for the patient's comfort and relaxation.
- Monitored anesthesia - The surgeon will usually inject numbing medicine where the surgery is performed. The anesthesia team will monitor and control the patient's condition, providing sedation and pain medicine when needed.
An anesthesiologist is a physician who has received specialized training in the use of anesthesia drugs, techniques, and perioperative medicine. An anesthesiologist may work as part of a team, with a CRNA (certified nurse anesthetist) - a registered nurse who has attended a nurse anesthesia training program and has passed a certification examination.
Anesthesia services at GBMC are provided by American Anesthesiology of MD, P.C. To learn more, click here: aamd.americananesthesiology.com. Chronic Pain Management services are available through individual physicians and pain practices.
Chariman, Department of Anesthesiology
Dr. Kuchar received his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University. He completed his residency in Anesthesiology at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. He is a board certified Anesthesiologist.
Medical Director of Perioperative Services, Greater Baltimore Medical Center
Dr. Kessler received his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University. He completed his residency in Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medical at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. He is a board certified Anesthesiologist.
Director of Pediatric Anesthesiology
Dr. Dominguez received his medical degree from University of Maryland School of Medicine. He completed his residency in anesthesiology at George Washington University Hospital and fellowship in pediatric anesthesiology at Children's National Medical Center. He is board-certified in anesthesiology.