Anesthesiology Program

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Anesthesia plays a critical role in the treatment and recovery of cancer patients. The Anesthesia Program includes a committed group of physicians, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) and technicians dedicated to providing the best anesthesia care for our patients. Our primary focus is the safety of our patients in the operating room, and we also provide patient care services for a variety of medical and radiographic interventions.

Before surgery, anesthesiologists evaluate the patient’s medical condition and formulate a personalized anesthetic plan. During surgery, advanced technology is used to monitor the body’s functions. Anesthesiologists must interpret these sophisticated monitors to appropriately diagnose, regulate and treat the body’s organ systems while a personalized and delicate balance of anesthetic medications is administered. During recovery from anesthesia, pain control is tailored to each patient’s needs and clinical condition.


Anesthesiologists are medical doctors with a strong background in physics, chemistry, biology and mathematics.  Anesthesiologists undergo four years of post-medical school training (one year of internship and three years in an anesthesiology residency program) to learn the medical specialty of anesthesiology.
During the first year, anesthesiologists must complete training in diagnosis and treatment in other areas of medicine – such as internal medicine, neurology, obstetrics, pediatrics and surgery – or complete a rotating internship with equal amounts of time training in each of the other areas of medicine. Anesthesiologists then spend three intensive years of training in anesthesiology learning the medical and technical aspects of the specialty. In addition, they may further specialize in a subspecialty, such as neurosurgical anesthesiology.  Anesthesiologists take special courses and seminars to stay up to date on new medical advances and anesthetic techniques throughout their careers. They are educated in cardiology, critical care medicine, internal medicine, pharmacology and surgery.

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) administer safe anesthetic care tailored to each patient. CRNAs are supervised by an attending anesthesiologist in a team approach to delivering the highest quality care.

Each CRNA at Moffitt has met the experience and educational requirements: graduation from an accredited school of nurse anesthesia educational program ranging from 24 to 36 months. These programs offer a graduate degree and include clinical training in university-based or large community hospitals. CRNAs must pass a national certification examination after graduation and complete a continuing education and recertification program every two years.

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