The Division of Multispecialty Adult Anesthesiology is the Vanderbilt Anesthesiology Department’s largest division, providing perioperative anesthetic care for more than 15,000 patients annually in 46 operating rooms and procedure suites for a wide variety of surgical services, including General Surgery, Orthopedics, Neurosurgery, Urology, Plastic Surgery, Ophthalmology, Vascular Surgery, Otolaryngology, Hepatobiliary, Renal Transplantation, and Maxillofacial/Oral Surgery. The faculty and staff also provide 24-hour coverage for emergency and trauma surgery for the region. The division is led by Dr. James Berry and has 33 full-time and 13 part-time clinical faculty, most of whom have significant subspecialty training and expertise.
Adult ophthalmologic surgery is performed five days per week in one of the ORs in the Vanderbilt Clinic Building. The division faculty also staff two office-based operating rooms in the ambulatory Cosmetic Surgery Center located in Medical Center East. Division anesthesiologists increasingly provide out-of-OR anesthetic care for a variety of challenging surgical and non-surgical procedures. Additional important division activities include support of the Vanderbilt Preoperative Evaluation Center (VPEC) and the Adult Acute Pain Service which provides all modalities of postoperative pain management, including nerve and plexus blocks, in-dwelling catheters, and neuraxial techniques.
The division faculty provide anesthesiology residents a wide variety of introductory and advanced clinical experiences and make many contributions to the educational programs for medical students, residents, and fellows. Additionally, division faculty teach and supervise residents from other specialties as well as student nurse anesthetists who rotate in the division. Division faculty provide daily teaching conferences, lead departmental conferences, and mentor residents in academic endeavors. Divisional faculty pursue a wide range of academic interests including regional anesthesia, airway management, information technology, perioperative cognitive dysfunction, echocardiography and ultrasound imaging. Numerous investigator-initiated clinical research projects are in progress at any given time.