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From Anesthesiologist to Health Care Leader: Real-World Perspectives

Nathan, Naveen MD

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doi: 10.1213/ANE.0000000000005855

In this issue of Anesthesia & Analgesia, 3 prominent anesthesiologists offer a narrative perspective on their role as leaders of healthcare systems. Joanne Conroy, David Lubarsky, and Mark Newman are formally trained as anesthesiologists. These 3 accomplished individuals are notable for their roles as senior healthcare executives of their respective hospital systems. They begin their discussion by considering the value of medical training and how it benefits leadership roles in healthcare. They cite how the most successful healthcare systems are in fact led by physicians. The paper also details the clinical skills and cognitive/workflow characteristics of anesthesiologists that make them particularly suitable for leading healthcare teams and large-scale operations. As shown in this infographic, this includes multitasking abilities, communication skills, adaptability to changing circumstances, multidisciplinary collaboration, and systems-level thinking. The importance of foundational training is also considered. This broadly consists of education in business and economics of healthcare delivery as well as deliberate leadership training. Finally, the authors stress the importance of philanthropy as part a self-sustaining model of success in leading hospitals. The reader is encouraged to review the article in its entirety for a full scope of understanding and an appreciation of the depth of the concepts discussed.


1. Conroy J, Lubarsky D, Newman MF. Anesthesiologists as health system leaders: Anesthesiologists as health system leaders: why it works. Anesth Analg. 2022;134:235–240.
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