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|Left to right: John Downing, MD; Sarah Starr, MD; Jill Boyle, MD; Curtis Baysinger, MD; Ray Paschall, MD; and Michael Richardson, MD.|
The Division of Obstetric Anesthesiology provides dedicated 24-hour in-house obstetric care for approximately 4,800 deliveries annually, half of which are considered high risk. The team also provides anesthesia services for approximately 2,500 gynecologic and other surgical procedures for primarily women in a separate operating room suite of three operating rooms. In addition to offering the full complement of techniques for labor analgesia, the division provides consultation and critical care management services for high risk obstetric patients. The division also provides specialized anesthesia care for fetal surgery.
Our trainees, including both residents (three each month) and fellows (one per year), receive extensive experience in the care of clinically challenging patients. The Division of Obstetric Anesthesiology also has a number of on-going clinical research projects, including studies on various anesthetic techniques on patient outcomes. Research projects concerning transversus abdominis block for the relief of pain following Cesarean delivery, factors affecting the choice of pain relief during labor, and the effects of low-molecular-weight heparin on thromboelastographic measurements are ongoing.
The Division of Obstetric Anesthesiology is directed by Dr. Curtis Baysinger and includes six other faculty members, two CRNAs, and one administrative assistant. The division’s faculty members are fellowship-trained and have extensive experience in obstetric care, regional anesthesia, and acute pain management.