The Department of Anesthesiology at Women & Infants Hospital is one of the first departments in the country to provide in-house coverage for all patients, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Our team of providers has years of experience and a unique focus on women.
The department is also unique in that physician anesthesiologists, certified nurse anesthetists and nurses specially trained in anesthesia work closely together to provide specialized services for all patients. All physician anesthesiologists are board-certified. The Anesthesiology Department provides care for the following services:
Types of Anesthesia
This type of anesthesia will make you relaxed and sleepy. The medicines will be given through an intravenous (IV) placed in a vein in your arm or hand. Your surgeon will also give you numbing medicine (local anesthetic) in the area of the procedure so that you do not experience pain.
This type of anesthesia will put you into a deep sleep so that you do not experience pain. Initially, the medications will be given through an intravenous placed in a vein in your arm or hand. Once you are asleep, you will also breathe a medication to help keep you asleep. During this time the anesthesia provider will be closely monitoring your heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, oxygenation and temperature. The anesthesia provider will also constantly check to make sure that you are in a deep sleep. You will be awake as soon as the surgery is finished.
Regional Anesthesia (Epidural, Spinal, Combined Spinal-Epidural)
This type of anesthesia will make part of your body numb by giving you a numbing medicine (local anesthetic) so that you do not have pain. The medicine is given into the spinal or epidural space. This type of anesthesia is often combined with sedation. The numbing feeling will wear off after the surgery is finished.
Having a Baby
Preparing for Surgery
Can I meet with an anesthesia provider prior to my surgery or delivery?Patients having any type of surgery, including a cesarean section, should contact the OR booking office to schedule an appointment, (401) 277-3771. Patients having a vaginal delivery should contact the Anesthesia Department to schedule an appointment, (401) 274-1122, ext. 41288 or 41289.
Can I eat or drink on the day of my surgery?
You should not eat or drink anything after midnight prior to the day of your surgery.
Can I take my medicines on the day of my surgery?
Please discuss this with your surgeon, family physician or internist. Any medicines taken on the morning of surgery should only be with a small sip of water.
What type of anesthesia will I receive for my surgery?
The type of anesthesia that you will need depends on many factors, including the surgical procedure. Often times you will have a choice of anesthesia type, and your anesthesia provider will discuss them with you prior to your surgery.
I am concerned about having nausea, vomiting and pain associated with my surgery.All patients will receive medications and other therapies to help minimize the chance of developing these symptoms from having surgery.
Meet the Team
- Kue Choi, MD, Chief, Department of Anesthesiology
- Doris Costello, MD
- Calin Drimbarean, MD
- Elizabeth Gamble, MD, Vice Chief, Department of Anesthesiology
- Peter Gravallese, MD
- Donna Griffith, MD
- Sung-Hee Lee, MD
- Dhhananjay Mehta, MD
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists
- Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists Louise Amalfetano, CRNA
- Bruce Bennett, CRNA
- Michelle Brodeaur, CRNA
- Nancy Calenda, CRNA
- Paul Costigan, CRNA
- Lynn Curran, CRNA
- Carol Donabedian, CRNA
- Thomas Donovan, CRNA
- Thomas Kerwin, CRNA
- Laurie Laverty, CRNA
- Mark McMullen, CRNA
- David Olszewski, CRNA
- Peter Rudden, CRNA
- Christine Schwab-Boudreau, CRNA
- Joseph Tong, CRNA
- Sandy Wright, CRNA