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 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.
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Spence NZ, Lu ME, Larson AR, Ortega R. COVID-19 and occupational skin hazards for anaesthesiologists. Br J Anaesth. 2020 Sep 02.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32977956
Nozari A, Ortega R, Gonzalez M. Personal Protective Equipment and Covid-19. Reply. N Engl J Med. 2020 07 23; 383(4):e22.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32589375
Ortega R, Chen R. Beyond the operating room: the roles of anaesthesiologists in pandemics. Br J Anaesth. 2020 10; 125(4):444-447. PMID: 32593456
Ortega R, Gonzalez M, Nozari A, Canelli R. Personal Protective Equipment and Covid-19. N Engl J Med. 2020 Jun 25; 382(26):e105.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32427435
Ortega R, Nozari A, Canelli R. More on Barrier Enclosure during Endotracheal Intubation. Reply. N Engl J Med. 2020 05 21; 382(21):e69.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32369279
Canelli R, Connor CW, Gonzalez M, Nozari A, Ortega R. Barrier Enclosure during Endotracheal Intubation. N Engl J Med. 2020 05 14; 382(20):1957-1958.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32243118
Habchi KM, Li MT, Mallard CA, Baker M, Ortega R. The Anesthesiologist's Armamentarium: From Recreation to Medication and Back. J Anesth Hist. 2020 Mar; 6(1):17-26. PMID: 32473762
Ortega R, Brull SJ, Prielipp R, Gutierrez A, De La Cruz R, Conley CM. Monitoring Neuromuscular Function. N Engl J Med. 2018 Jan 25; 378(4):e6.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29365307
Lewis KP, Canelli R, Ortega R. OK to Proceed? What Every Health Care Provider Should Know About Patient Safety. Boston Medical Center. Boston. 2018.
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