Rafael Ortega, MD
Professor
Boston University School of Medicine
Dept of Anesthesiology

MD, Universidad Nacional Pedro Henríquez Ureña (UNPHU)



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.

Associate Dean
Boston University School of Medicine
Diversity & Multicultural Affairs


Publications listed below are automatically derived from MEDLINE/PubMed and other sources, which might result in incorrect or missing publications. Faculty can login to make corrections and additions.

  1. Connor C, Deng W, Ortega R. Use of Pressure Transducers. N Engl J Med. 2017 07 27; 377(4):401. PMID: 28745991.
  2. Platt MP, Akhtar-Khavari V, Ortega R, Schneider JI, Fineberg T, Grundfast KM. The Interactive Candidate Assessment Tool: A New Way to Interview Residents. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2017 Jun; 156(6):1150-1153.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28397582; DOI: 10.1177/0194599817699374;.
  3. Ortega R, Connor C, Kotova F, Deng W, Lacerra C. Use of Pressure Transducers. N Engl J Med. 2017 Apr 06; 376(14):e26.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28379806; DOI: 10.1056/NEJMvcm1513613;.
  4. Akhtar-Khavari V, Ortega R. Collaboration and peer-reviewed multimedia content. Clin Teach. 2017 04; 14(2):149.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28296221; DOI: 10.1111/tct.12609;.
  5. Savage A, Nadler MK, Ortega R. External ear findings during anaphylaxis. J Anesth. 2017 Oct; 31(5):798. PMID: 28352963; DOI: 10.1007/s00540-017-2342-2;.
  6. Ortega R, Akhtar-Khavari V, Barash P, Sharar S, Stock MC. An innovative textbook: design and implementation. Clin Teach. 2016 Nov 29.View Related Profiles. PMID: 27896914; DOI: 10.1111/tct.12587;.
  7. Ortega R, Canelli RJ, Quillen K, Mustafa W, Kotova F. VIDEOS IN CLINICAL MEDICINE. Transfusion of Red Cells. N Engl J Med. 2016 Mar 17; 374(11):e12.View Related Profiles. PMID: 26981950; DOI: 10.1056/NEJMvcm1504413;.
  8. Hoppenfeld MS, Kotov A, Ortega R. Ventricular fibrillation and consciousness are not mutually exclusive. Resuscitation. 2016 Mar; 100:e1-2. PMID: 26708449; DOI: 10.1016/j.resuscitation.2015.11.025;.
  9. Ortega R, Chang SP. Observations: Closing the Loop in Writing: Using E-Mail to Reinforce Feedback and Enhance Communication. J Grad Med Educ. 2015 Sep; 7(3):492. PMID: 26457165; PMCID: PMC4597970; DOI: 10.4300/JGME-D-15-00181.1;.
  10. Ortega R, Bhadelia N, Obanor O, Cyr K, Yu P, McMahon M, Gotzmann D. Videos in clinical medicine. Putting on and removing personal protective equipment. N Engl J Med. 2015 Mar 19; 372(12):e16.View Related Profiles. PMID: 25760240; DOI: 10.1056/NEJMvcm1412105;.
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Bar chart showing 72 publications over 26 distinct years, with a maximum of 7 publications in 2006

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