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Anesthesiologist job description

An anesthesiologist is a medical doctor specialized in administering anesthesia to patients for surgeries. They are responsible for monitoring and evaluating patient care throughout the surgical process, ensuring their safety and providing continuous assessment before, during, and after the procedure.

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What is an anesthesiologist?

An anesthesiologist is a medical professional who specializes in administering anesthesia to patients before, during, and after surgical procedures. They ensure patient safety and comfort by monitoring vital signs, managing pain, and adjusting anesthesia levels as needed. Anesthesiologists play a crucial role in evaluating patients prior to surgery, creating anesthesia plans, and collaborating with other healthcare professionals to provide optimal patient care.

What does an anesthesiologist do?

An anesthesiologist administers anesthesia to patients, monitors their vital signs during surgery, manages any medical issues that may arise, and ensures a smooth and safe recovery post-surgery. They make critical decisions regarding anesthesia dosage, pain management, and patient readiness for discharge. Anesthesiologists work closely with surgeons, nurses, and other healthcare providers to coordinate and deliver comprehensive care throughout the surgical process.

Anesthesiologist responsibilities include:

  • Examining patients, reviewing medical history and reviewing tests before surgery
  • Fully sedating or numbing parts of a patient’s body in preparation for surgical procedures
  • Creating anesthesia plans for each patient

Job brief

We are looking for an Anesthesiologist to join our team. This person will provide patients with high-quality and painless care during surgical procedures. Anesthesiologists play a key role in taking care of patients and ensuring patients receive the care they need throughout a procedure.

Anesthesiologist responsibilities include administering and managing anesthesia as part of the process before, during and after surgery. They also evaluate patients and their medical history prior to surgery, including prescription medicine, over-the-counter medicine and herbal supplements.

Ultimately, you will administer, monitor and record the type and amount of anesthesia used during the procedure. You will collaborate with other physicians for patients that require at-home pain management.


  • Examine patients to ensure they are prepared for surgery
  • Monitor vital signs during surgery
  • Manage medical problems if they occur during surgery
  • Making cooperative decisions that are in the best interests of the patient
  • Monitor recovery
  • Determine when a patient has recovered from the effects of anesthesia 
  • Create recovery plans 
  • Consult with other doctors on patient care
  • Decide when a patient is ready to be discharged or be moved to a specific room

Requirements and skills

  • Proven work experience as an Anesthesiologist or similar role
  • MD or DO qualification
  • Board Certified/Board Eligible
  • Be able to stand for long periods of time, walking long distances, lifting, climbing, stooping, pulling and pushing

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