Rafael Ortega, MD
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 Chair of 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 Assistant 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.

Assistant Dean
Boston University School of Medicine
Diversity & Inclusion

Boston University School of Medicine

Boston Medical Center

Vice Chair
Boston University School of Medicine
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  1. Canelli R, Leo M, Ortega R. Use of eFAST in Patients with Injury to the Thorax or Abdomen. Reply. N Engl J Med. 2022 05 19; 386(20):1964.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35584174
  2. Nozari A, Mukerji S, Lok LL, Gu Q, Buhl L, Jain S, Ortega R. Perception of Web-Based Didactic Activities During the COVID-19 Pandemic Among Anesthesia Residents: Pilot Questionnaire Study. JMIR Med Educ. 2022 Mar 31; 8(1):e31080.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35275840; PMCID: PMC9015768; DOI: 10.2196/31080;
  3. Canelli R, Leo M, Mizelle J, Shrestha GS, Patel N, Ortega R. Use of eFAST in Patients with Injury to the Thorax or Abdomen. N Engl J Med. 2022 03 10; 386(10):e23.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35263521
  4. Ortega R. 2020 Severinghaus Lecture on Translational Science: Comment. Anesthesiology. 2022 01 01; 136(1):245-247. PMID: 34637491
  5. Ortega R, Rengasamy S, Nozari A. Administration of Supplemental Oxygen. Reply. N Engl J Med. 2021 10 21; 385(17):e61.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34670058
  6. Rengasamy S, Nassef B, Bilotta F, Pugliese F, Nozari A, Ortega R. Administration of Supplemental Oxygen. N Engl J Med. 2021 07 15; 385(3):e9.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34260838
  7. Ortega R, Nozari A, Baker W. Intranasal Naloxone Administration. Reply. N Engl J Med. 2021 06 17; 384(24):e96.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34133873
  8. Ortega R, Achu RA. On anesthesia and race. J Natl Med Assoc. 2021 Oct; 113(5):541-545.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34112524
  9. Nozari A, Mukerji S, Vora M, Garcia A, Park A, Flores N, Canelli R, Rodriguez G, Pinciroli R, Nagrebetsky A, Ortega R, Quraishi SA. Postintubation Decline in Oxygen Saturation Index Predicts Mortality in COVID-19: A Retrospective Pilot Study. Crit Care Res Pract. 2021; 2021:6682944.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34136282; PMCID: PMC8162249; DOI: 10.1155/2021/6682944;
  10. Canelli R, Shrestha GS, Ortega R. Emergency Intubation in Covid-19. Reply. N Engl J Med. 2021 05 13; 384(19):e74.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33882224; DOI: 10.1056/NEJMc2104670;
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New England Journal of Medicine 9/8/2022


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Medical Training Magazine 1/28/2019

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BU Today 1/18/2019

New CFA Dean Is Arts Historian and Advocate

BU Today 1/22/2018
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