Why Anesthesiologists Could be Ideal OR Directors

According to Steve Boggs, MD, chief of the anesthesia service and director of the operating room at the James J. Peters VA Medical Center in New York, discusses why anesthesiologists can be ideal candidates to serve as operating room directors.

In his article, which initially appeared on PhySynergy's AnesthesiaReviews Blog and was republished in an Anesthesia Business consultants blog post, Dr. Boggs argues that anesthesiologists would make good OR directors because they work in all areas of the operating suite — that is, every subspecialty of surgery and with all ages of patients. Also, as surgery moves out of the operating room to offsite areas such as cardiology labs and interventional suites, it is anesthesiologists who have adapted to these different environments.

The article also notes, however, that anesthesiologists who would like to step into the role of the OR director must also be willing to learn about areas not typically in his/her arena. The anesthesiologist who is an OR director must also have his door open at all times to listen to the staff about their concerns and complaints.

"On a personal note, the most important thing that I have discovered being an OR director is that it is like being a coach. You have to support your staff, encourage them and advocate for them," writes Dr. Boggs.

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