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As a cardiac anesthesiologist, my clinical care for patients revolves around employing the best collective understanding and data supporting intraoperative management strategies to provide the best care possible. I think about the data and studies behind each of these decisions and interventions often, and as a researcher I aim to better inform clinicians on the impact of their intraoperative care on postoperative outcomes, complications, costs, and the patient experience.
Studying the impact of various intraoperative exposures on postoperative outcomes after cardiac and non-cardiac surgery is very interesting to me, and my goal as a clinician-researcher is to shed light on how intraoperative decisions and events impact postoperative complications and outcomes. Additionally, to merge these clinical interests with my interest in health economics, I am interested in studying how various intraoperative exposures relate to cost and patient-centered outcomes.
Practically, I aim to better inform the everyday decisions anesthesiologists make intraoperatively by employing large multicenter databases such as MPOG, cardiac and thoracic surgery databases, and administrative data in observational studies and in future pragmatic clinical trials to address unresolved clinical questions, optimal patient-specific management strategies, and the implications of our intraoperative decisions beyond the operating room.