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New Anesthetist-in-Chief Joins Mass General’s Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine

Dr. Jeanine Wiener-KronishIn April, Dr. Jeanine Wiener-Kronish joined Mass General’s Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine as Chief of the Department. She will be the Henry Isaiah Dorr Professor of Research and Teaching in Anaesthetics and Anaesthesia.

Previously, Dr. Wiener-Kronish was Professor of Anesthesia and Medicine and Vice-Chairman of the Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Care at the University of California at San Francisco.  She obtained her BA from UCLA and her MD from UCSF.  She completed residency in Internal Medicine, a Pulmonary Clinical and Research Fellowship at the Cardiovascular Research Institute, and then then completed a residency in Anesthesia, all at UCSF. She is board-certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine, Anesthesia and Critical Care Medicine.

Dr. Wiener-Kronish’s list of accomplishments is long and varied.  She been an active clinician and researcher, working in the ICUs and Perioperative Clinic at UCSF.  Her research has involved various aspect of pulmonary infections in intensive care patients, and most recently asthmatics and patients with cystic fibrosis. She has been active in the academic community at UCSF, and in numerous national medical organizations and societies.  Dr. Wiener-Kronish is editor of several journals, including Anesthesiology, reviewer for many more, and is a grant reviewer for a number of foundations.  She is a member of the Board of Directors of FAER, and has been elected to the Institute of Medicine.

Dr. Wiener-Kronish graciously agreed to answer a few questions for the DACCPM Newsletter.

Newsletter:  Given the obvious differences in weather and culture between Boston and San Francisco, what was it that drew you to MGH?

JWK:  I was drawn to the faculty at the MGH and the great expertise in the DACCPM.  I think the culture is similar in Boston and in San Francisco, they are cosmopolitan cities with a diverse population and a sophisticated, educated population. I love to walk and Boston is a great city for walking. The weather will be a change for me but I look forward to experiencing all the seasons.

Newsletter:  You’ve been an attending in the ICU and in Perioperative Clinic at UCSF.  Do you expect to continue those clinical activities at MGH?

JWK:  I would very much like to continue my clinical activities at MGH. I have applied for my medical license and hope to receive my license soon.

Newsletter:  Research has been an prominent part of your career.   Will you be transitioning your laboratory to MGH?

JWK:  I have asked my two colleagues, Drs. Lynch and Brodie, to move to Boston and they can come in a year. We have a great collaboration that I hope will continue for years. They are looking forward to working in labs near Dr. Woolf.

Newsletter:  Many members of the DACCPM, in facing prospect of a new chief, wonder what changes might be coming.  Can you give us an idea of your vision for the department?

JWK:  I think the DACCPM is one of the premier academic departments in the country.  There are three major missions for all academic departments, quality clinical care, superb education and training and state-of-the art research and I see these goals as equally important. I will work with the faculty to help them achieve their personal goals and to help them keep the DACCPM as one of the best departments in the country.  I plan to meet with everyone in the department and work to enhance the strengths of the DACCPM and find out what we can do better.

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