Karolina Brook, MD Hear my name
Assistant Professor
Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine

MD, Harvard Medical School
BA, Princeton University

Karolina Brook, M.D. received her a B.A. in Chemistry summa cum laude from Princeton University and her M.D. from Harvard. She completed both her residency in Anesthesiology and her fellowship in Pediatric Anesthesiology at Massachusetts General Hospital. She works as an Anesthesiologist at Boston Medical Center, where she takes care of adult, children and obstetric patients.

She serves as Director of Quality and Safety in the Department of Anesthesiology at Boston Medical Center. In her role, she has initiated a department-wide adverse event data collection program, led and overseen a variety of quality improvement projects, and developed a quality improvement curriculum for the Anesthesiology residents. She has published papers on the topics of patient safety, safety culture and quality improvement. She serves on the American Society of Anesthesiologists Committee for Patient Safety and Education, where she was involved in writing the ASA Statement on Safety Culture and the ASA Statement on Criminalization of Medical Errors.

Since 2023, she also has a hospital role as Medical Director, Quality and Safety, Hospital-Based Care. Her main focus has been on improving hospital-wide compliance with the CMS Sepsis (SEP-1) Bundle.

She is actively involved in the Massachusetts Society of Anesthesiologists, and serves as Secretary and as Massachusetts Delegate to the American Society of Anesthesiologists.

Apart from her interest in quality and patient safety, she has a strong interest in resident and physician financial education and creating a resident course where she teaches residents the fundamentals of financial knowledge.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility

I was born in Israel in the midst of the Gulf War. My family fled to South Africa, a country with its own unique socioeconomic and racial challenges, where I grew up before coming to the USA for college and ultimately medical school. I am passionate about mentoring medical students and residents who are immigrants to the USA as well, and sharing our challenges. In my role on the interview committee, I have advocated that we interview and recruit candidates, regardless of their country of origin and their visa status. Clinically, I am passionate about taking care of the diverse BMC patient population in my roles as a general, pediatric and obstetric anesthesiologist. Finally, as Director of Quality and Safety, I oversee a variety of quality improvement projects. Along with this, we are committed to improving patient safety – for all of our patients.

Attending Anesthesiologist
Boston Medical Center

Pediatric Anesthesiologist
Boston Medical Center

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  1. Richards JL, Brook K. How the physician's financial wellness could impact patient safety. Postgrad Med J. 2024 Mar 18; 100(1182):276-278. PMID: 37738094; DOI: 10.1093/postmj/qgad076;
  2. Brook K, Agarwala AV, Tewfik GL. Reframing the Morbidity and Mortality Conference: The Impact of a Just Culture. J Patient Saf. 2024 Mar 13. PMID: 38470962; DOI: 10.1097/PTS.0000000000001224;
  3. Brook K, Lin DM, Agarwala AV. Practical approaches to implementing a safety culture. Int Anesthesiol Clin. 2024 Apr 01; 62(2):34-40. PMID: 38349014
  4. Holland E, Richards JL, Langlois WO, Zhu J, Achu-Lopes RA, Brook K. Ethical and Medicolegal Issues: When Obstetric Patients Who Refuse Blood Products Change Their Minds. Anesth Analg. 2024 Jan 01; 138(1):89-95. PMID: 38100802
  5. Gonzalez M, Brook K, Arriaga A, Hayes R, Nozari A, Ortega R. Procedural and Surgical Safety Checklists: Video in Clinical Anesthesia. Anesth Analg. 2023 Dec 01; 137(6):1302-1305.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37973133
  6. Gonzalez M, Brook K, Arriaga A, Hayes R, Nozari A, Ortega R. Listas de Verificación de Seguridad Quirúrgica y de Procedimientos: Video en Anestesia Clinica Anesth Analg. 2023 Dec 01; 137(6):1306-1310.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37973134
  7. ASA Committee on Patient Safety and Education. Statement on Criminalization of Medical Errors. 2023. View Publication
  8. Vasudevan A, Brook K, Bernstein W. Maintaining patient satisfaction and safety in patients with aesthetic enhancements. J Clin Anesth. 2023 Dec; 91:111269. PMID: 37801821
  9. de Meneses FGA, Mulcahy BP, Brook K. Wiretap laws and the perioperative physician - The current state of affairs. J Clin Anesth. 2023 Oct; 89:111178. PMID: 37327714
  10. Brook K, de Meneses FGA, Quraishi SA. Recording Clinical Interactions and Wiretapping Laws. Anesth Analg. 2023 Jun 01; 136(6):e28-e29. PMID: 37205811
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2022 Boston Medical Center: QI Hub Silver Certification for QI Leadership
2022 Boston Medical Center: Quality and Patient Safety Champion, Physician Recipient for Outstanding Achievement
2020-2021 Boston Medical Center: Ellison C. Pierce MD Patient Safety/Teaching Award
2016 Society of Critical Care Medicine: Anesthesiology Section Travel Grant Recipient
2016 Society of Critical Care Medicine: Research Snapshot Award
2011 Harambe Endeavor Alliance: GlaxoSmithKline HeadStart Award
2010 Princeton University: Summa Cum Laude
2010 Princeton University: Gregory T. Pope '80 Prize for Science Writing
2008 Princeton University : Adel Mahmoud Global Health Scholar
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Anesthesia, General
Quality Improvement
Patient Safety

Karolina Brook enjoys mentoring medical students who are considering a pathway in Anesthesiology. She also takes interest in mentoring residents who are considering various career pathways in Anesthesiology.

Available to Mentor as: (Review Mentor Role Definitions):
  • Career Mentor
  • Education Mentor
  • Work / Life Integration Mentor
Contact for Mentoring:
  • Email (see 'Contact Info')

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