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Rafael Ortega, MD

TitleProfessor
InstitutionBoston University School of Medicine
DepartmentAnesthesiology
Address88 E. Newton St Newton Pavilion
Boston MA 02118
Phone(617) 638-6950
ORCID ORCID Icon0000-0002-8212-3471
Other Positions
TitleAssociate Dean
InstitutionBoston University School of Medicine
DepartmentDiversity and Multicultural Affairs

 Research Expertise & Professional Interests
Rafael A. Ortega, MD, a native of the Dominican Republic, is a graduate of the UNPHU in Santo Domingo and trained in anesthesiology at Boston University School of Medicine/Boston Medical Center in the early 1980's. He is Professor of Anesthesiology and Vice-chairman for Academic Affairs in the Department of Anesthesiology at Boston University School of Medicine.

Dr. Ortega is a diplomate of the American Board of Anesthesiology and the National Board of Echocardiography. His interests include cardiac and thoracic anesthesia, computer-assisted instruction, and education in anesthesiology. He has served in various committees with American Society of Anesthesiologists, Massachusetts Society of Anesthesiologists and the Wood Library Museum.

Dr. Ortega has published a variety of papers, book chapters, and multimedia programs in a broad range of topics including airway management, operating room hazards, and the history of his specialty. In 2006, he published the book Written in Granite and spearheaded the restoration of the Ether Monument in the Boston Public Garden. With the proceeds from this book, a maintenance fund was created to assure the monument’s continuing preservation. His most recent work includes the publication of a series of clinical procedure videos in New England Journal of Medicine and a multilingual instructional program for the World Health Organization’s Global Pulse Oximetry Project.

As Associate Dean of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, he is responsible for fostering diversity and cultural competence among students, faculty, and staff. Dr. Ortega works with four Assistant Deans. Together they form a formidable team striving to make Boston University Medical Campus as heterogeneous and inclusive as possible. Dr. Ortega is committed to unquestionable openness and inclusion, promoting relations among all groups, and inspiring students and faculty to learn from each other while appreciating their differences.

 Publications
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  1. Xue K, Min M, Gelfand M, Ortega R. Anesthesiology through the lens of traditional Chinese medicine. Bull Anesth Hist. 2014 Oct; 32(1):16-20.
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  2. Ortega R, Connor C, Rodriguez G. Endotracheal extubation. N Engl J Med. 2014 Mar 27; 370(13):1267-8.
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  3. Ortega R, Connor C, Rodriguez G, Spencer C. Videos in clinical medicine. Endotracheal extubation. N Engl J Med. 2014 Jan 16; 370(3):e4.
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  4. Ortega R, Connor C, Kim S, Djang R, Patel K. Monitoring ventilation with capnography. N Engl J Med. 2012 Nov 8; 367(19):e27.
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  5. Ortega R, Hansen CJ, Elterman K, Woo A. Videos in clinical medicine. Pulse oximetry. N Engl J Med. 2011 Apr 21; 364(16):e33.
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  6. Ortega RA, Andreoli MT, Chima RS. Is there a place for music in medical school? Med Teach. 2011; 33(1):76-7.
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  7. Girnius AK, Ortega R, Chin LS. Subcutaneous emphysema of the eyelid on emergence from general anesthesia after a craniotomy. J Clin Anesth. 2010 Aug; 22(5):385-6.
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  8. Ortega R, Song M, Hansen CJ, Barash P. Videos in clinical medicine. Ultrasound-guided internal jugular vein cannulation. N Engl J Med. 2010 Apr 22; 362(16):e57.
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  9. Ortega, RA, Rodriguez G, Azocar R. Neuromuscular blocking agents. In: O’Donnel JM: Surgical Intensive Care Medicine. Springer. New York. 2010.
  10. Ortega R, Suzuki S, Sekhar P, Stram JR, Rengasamy SK. Paraplegia after mastoidectomy under general anesthesia. Am J Otolaryngol. 2009 Sep-Oct; 30(5):340-2.
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  11. Ortega R, Sekhar P, Song M, Hansen CJ, Peterson L. Videos in clinical medicine. Peripheral intravenous cannulation. N Engl J Med. 2008 Nov 20; 359(21):e26.
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  12. Ortega RA, Lewis KP, Hansen CJ. Other monuments to inhalation anesthesia. Anesthesiology. 2008 Oct; 109(4):578-87.
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  13. Leissner KB, Mahmood F, Aragam JR, Amouzgar A, Ortega R. Catecholamine-induced cardiomyopathy and pheochromocytoma. Anesth Analg. 2008 Aug; 107(2):410-2.
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  14. Ortega R, Ng L, Sekhar P, Song M. Videos in clinical medicine. Female urethral catheterization. N Engl J Med. 2008 Apr 3; 358(14):e15.
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  15. Ortega R. From Santo Domingo to Boston. In: Caton D, McGoldrick: Careers in Anesthesiology. Wood Library Museum of Anesthesiology. Park Ridge. 2008.
  16. Ortega RA, Hafez DH. John Quincy Adams Ward did not create the Ether Monument. Anesthesiology. 2008 Jan; 108(1):166-7; author reply 167.
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  17. Ortega R, Mehio AK, Woo A, Hafez DH. Videos in clinical medicine. Positive-pressure ventilation with a face mask and a bag-valve device. N Engl J Med. 2007 Jul 26; 357(4):e4.
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  18. Ortega RA, Zambricki ER. Fresh gas decoupling valve failure precludes mechanical ventilation in a Draeger Fabius GS anesthesia machine. Anesth Analg. 2007 Apr; 104(4):1000; discussion 1000-1.
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  19. Leissner KB, Ortega R, Bodzin AS, Sekhar P, Stanley GD. Kinking of an endotracheal tube within the trachea: a rare cause of endotracheal tube obstruction. J Clin Anesth. 2007 Feb; 19(1):75-6.
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  20. Ortega RA. (book review) How to Survive in Anaesthesia: A Guide for Trainees, 3rd ed. Anesth Analg. 2007; 104:1620.
  21. Ortega RA, Zambricki ER, Hafez D. The use of digital facial animation to present anesthesia history. Bull Anesth Hist. 2007 Jan; 25(1):4-6.
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  22. Ortega RA, Zambricki ER. The Ether Monument is Finally Restored!. ASA Newletter. 2007; 71.
  23. Leissner KB, Ketchedjian A, Crowley R, Ortega R, Hesselvik JF, Shemin RJ. Deep hypothermic circulatory arrest and bivalirudin use in a patient with heparin-induced thrombocytopenia and antiphospholipid syndrome. J Card Surg. 2007 Jan-Feb; 22(1):78-82.
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  24. Ortega RA, Kelly LR, Yee MK, Lewis KP. Written in granite: a history of the Ether Monument and its significance for anesthesiology. Anesthesiology. 2006 Oct; 105(4):838-42.
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  25. Leissner KB, Woo A, Ortega R, Stanley GD. Endoscopic saphenous vein harvest: severe hypercarbia. J Cardiothorac Vasc Anesth. 2006 Oct; 20(5):759-60.
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  26. Ortega RA, Stanley G, Snavely A. Using a media centre to facilitate team-based learning. J Vis Commun Med. 2006 Jun; 29(2):61-5.
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  27. Ortega R. The Ultimate Restoration of the Ether Monument. ASA Newsletter. 2006; 70(6).
  28. Ortega RA, Vrooman B, Hito R. Another cause for ventilator failure. Anesthesiology. 2006 Jun; 104(6):1351.
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  29. Leissner KB, Ortega R, Beattie WS. Anesthesia implications of blast injury. J Cardiothorac Vasc Anesth. 2006 Dec; 20(6):872-80.
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  30. Ortega R, Kelly L. The Ether Monument: An Enduring Restoration. Bulletin of Anesthesia History. 2006; 24(2):25.
  31. Ortega RA. Written in Granite: An Illustrated History of the Ether Monument. Plexus Management. Boston. 2006.
  32. Ortega RA, Stanley G, Snavely A. Using Microsoft producer to facilitate web-based learning in an anesthesiology training programme. J Vis Commun Med. 2005 Sep; 28(3):102-7.
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  33. Ortega RA. Leroy D Vandam, MD: an anesthesia journey. J Clin Anesth. 2005 Aug; 17(5):399-402.
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  34. Ortega RA, Rengasamy SK. Using digital media to keep anesthesia history alive. J Anesth. 2005; 19(4):350-2.
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  35. Rengasamy SK, Ortega RA. Foreign body in the airway. Anesthesiology. 2004 Dec; 101(6):1486-7.
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  36. Ortega RA. When patients follow commands. Anesthesiology. 2004 Oct; 101(4):1050.
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  37. McHenry CR, Berguer R, Ortega RA, Yowler CJ. Recognition, management, and prevention of specific operating room catastrophes. J Am Coll Surg. 2004 May; 198(5):810-21.
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  38. Ortega R, Rios J. Organización de un quirófano. In: Aldrete JA, Lopez UR, Capmourteres EM: Texto de Anestesiologia Teorico-Practica. Manual Moderno. Mexico. 2004.
  39. Ortega R, Rengasamy SK, Lewis KP. Infection after radial artery catheterization. Anesth Analg. 2002 Sep; 95(3):782-3.
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  40. Ortega RA. (book review) Cardiac Anesthesia and Clinical Practice. 2nd Edition FG Estefanous, PG Barash, JG Reeves. Journal of Vascular Surgery. Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins. Philadelphia. 2002.
  41. Ortega RA, Dhar R, Rengasamy SK. Hematoma compression over the right internal jugular vein resulting in a pulseless ipsilateral arm. J Cardiothorac Vasc Anesth. 2001 Feb; 15(1):141.
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  42. Ortega, RA, Azocar R. Neuromuscular blocking agents. In: O’Donnel JM: Surgical Intensive Care Medicine. Kluwer Academic Publishers. Norwell. 2001.
  43. Alverez G, Ortega R. La evolucion de la maquina de anesthesia. Medico Interamericano. 2000; 19(4):200-203.
  44. Hesselvik JF, Ortega RA, Treanor P, Shemin RJ. Intraoperative rupture of the endoaortic clamp balloon in a patient undergoing port-access mitral valve repair. J Cardiothorac Vasc Anesth. 1999 Aug; 13(4):462-5.
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  45. Ortega RA, Hesselvik JF. Reducing the risk of perforation of the right ventricle during Port-Access minimally invasive cardiac procedures. Anesthesiology. 1999 Apr; 90(4):1233-4.
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  46. Ortega RA, Youdelman BA, Havel RC. Ethnic Variability in the treatment of pain. Am J Anesthesiol. 1999; 26(9):429-432.
  47. Ortega R. Prevalencia del Dolor. In Aldrete JA: Tratado de Algiologia. Ciencia y Cultura Latinoamérica, SA de CV. México. 1999.
  48. Ortega RA, Arkoff H, Havel RC. The use of multimedia to teach new cardiac anesthesia procedures. J Cardiothorac Vasc Anesth. 1998 Dec; 12(6):695-700.
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  49. Hesselvik JF, Ortega RA. Simultaneous transesophageal atrial pacing and transesophageal echocardiography in cardiac surgical patients. J Cardiothorac Vasc Anesth. 1998 Jun; 12(3):281-3.
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  50. Ortega R, de Araujo MA, Moreira G. Implicaciones anestesicas de la cirugia minimamente invasiva. Medico Interamericano. 1998; 17(7):352-358.
  51. Ortega R, Willock M. Management concepts in the operating room suite. Int Anesthesiol Clin. 1998; 36(1):31-40.
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  52. Hesselvik JF, Ortega RA, Shemin RJ. The use of neostigmine to decrease the heart rate in a patient undergoing minimally invasive coronary artery bypass surgery. J Cardiothorac Vasc Anesth. 1997 Dec; 11(7):883-4.
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  53. Ortega R. An overview on anesthesiology. Medico Interamericano. 1997; 16:380.
  54. Ortega R, Lantigua R. El futuro de la anestesiologia. Medico Interamericano. 1997; 16:390-395.
  55. De Armendi A, Ortega R, Marinez-Ruiz R. El museo-biblioteca Wood de Anestesiologia. Medico Interamericano. 1997; 16:414-415.
  56. Ortega RA, Singh N, Peine R. Ciguatera and the anesthesiologist. Can J Anaesth. 1996 Oct; 43(10):1080.
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  57. Falcucci O, Ortega R, Molina J. Desflurano: el ultimo agente anestesico por inhalacion. Medico Interamericano. 1995; 6:241-244.
  58. Ortega RA, Botero M, Arkoff H. Desflurane is not an isomer of isoflurane. Anesthesiology. 1994 Feb; 80(2):477.
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  59. Vijayasree A, Ortega R. Manejo del dolor postoperatorio. Medico Interamericano. 1994; 5:281-287.
  60. Ortega R, Mikulic M. Esterases and Hydrolysis. Progress in Anesthesiology. Volume VII, Chapter 12. 1993.
  61. Ortega RA. Pulmonary artery catheterization after transesophageal echocardiography: what should the sequence be? J Cardiothorac Vasc Anesth. 1993 Apr; 7(2):252.
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  62. Ortega RA, Halterman MW. Concealed illegal drugs: a potential cause of airway obstruction. Anesth Analg. 1993 Jan; 76(1):204.
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  63. Botero M, Ortega R. Manejo de la via aerea dificil en el adulto. MEDICO Interamericano. 1993; 12:19-21.
  64. Arkoff H, Ortega RA. Touchscreen technology: potential source of cross-infections. Anesth Analg. 1992 Dec; 75(6):1073.
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  65. Ortega RA, Halterman MW. Is there a role for the Finapres when arterial lines are used? Anesth Analg. 1992 Jun; 74(6):936.
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  66. Ortega R, Keene DF. Electroconvulsive therapy in the elderly: Anesthetic Implications. Progress in Anesthesiology V(2). 1991.
  67. Bourke DL, Silberberg MS, Ortega R, Willock MM. Respiratory responses associated with release of intraoperative tourniquets. Anesth Analg. 1989 Oct; 69(4):541-4.
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