The renowned surgeon Dr. Frank Lahey founded an exclusive group practice in 1923 to create a comprehensive clinic “complete in every detail for the care and cure of the sick.” Dr. Lahey had a belief in the group care model and a conviction that his fledgling clinic would become a center for research and learning.
Dr. Lincoln F. Sise, an anesthesiologist with Dr. Lahey’s original team, became a significant contributor to the emerging field of Anesthesiology. Dr. Sise was a visionary champion of anesthesia safety, regional anesthesia, perioperative medicine, and anesthesia education during the infancy of our specialty.
A strong tradition of innovation and collaboration continues today at Lahey Hospital & Medical Center (LHMC), a physician-led, tertiary care hospital.
LHMC, the flagship institution of the Lahey Health network, houses many well-known, specialized centers. The Landsman Heart and Vascular Center, the Cerebrovascular Disease Center and the Departments of Transplantation and Urology are regional, national and international leaders in their respective fields.
Throughout its growth, the Lahey multi-specialty group practice has maintained an incredible culture of collegiality and team-work.
The variety and complexity of cases at Lahey provide a rich environment for residency training. The anesthesia faculty at Lahey has been training residents rotating from Boston hospitals since 1990. With this long, proud history, LHMC is sponsoring an Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)-accredited Anesthesiology Residency Program.
The four-year residency program accepts six residents per year. Training occurs in a collaborative environment. Operative cases range from routine ambulatory procedures to complex neurosurgical, vascular, cardiothoracic and transplant surgeries. Case assignments are individualized to each resident’s ability and level of training.
The Department of Anesthesiology administers more than 25,000 anesthetics annually between LHMC in Burlington and an ambulatory surgery center at Lahey Medical Center Peabody. Pediatrics and obstetrics rotations are completed at Boston Children’s Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
The Department Chairman, Dr. Sana Ata has been practicing anesthesiology at Lahey since 1992 and has chaired the department since 2007. Dr. Sohail Mahboobi, the residency Program Director, is a cardiothoracic anesthesiologist who joined the department in 2008.
Letter From the Program Director
Welcome to the Lahey Hospital & Medical Center (LHMC) Department of Anesthesiology and Interventional Pain Medicine. LHMC is a tertiary care, referral center and well known for clinical and surgical excellence.
Much of our faculty has been here for many years and we pride ourselves on fostering a collegial environment throughout the institution.
Lahey anesthesiologists have expertise in a variety of subspecialties including critical care medicine, cardiac anesthesia, transesophageal echocardiography, transplant anesthesia, regional anesthesia, and pain management.
Our diverse patient population and excellence in complex surgical procedures makes Lahey an excellent place for training in Anesthesiology. We are a national leader in liver transplants, urologic oncology, colorectal and catheter based cardiac procedures, just to name a few.
The Anesthesiology team has been training, mentoring and supporting residents from various institutions for over 30 years, and we are pleased to have our own residency program. At Lahey, residents are trained in the latest anesthesia techniques, learn to be outstanding clinicians who are compassionate, caring and competent, and are encouraged to reach their full potential, professionally and personally.
Entry into the categorical four-year program is via ERAS and NRMP and generally only at the PGY-1 level. The residency program consists of a total of 24 residents (six per year) which enables residents to receive extensive personal attention in a nurturing and close-knit educational environment. The world-class patient care at Lahey provides a clinical experience that is rich in depth and variety and ample opportunity for research. We look for candidates who are bright, hard-working, inquisitive with excellent interpersonal skills and a dedication to lifelong learning and excellence.
The fundamental clinical skills year is designed to prepare the candidate for a residency in Anesthesiology and, after satisfactory performance, he/she would progress to the CA-1 year. A passing score in the USMLE Step 3 is required to continue residency as a CA 1. In the CA1-CA3 years, residents rotate through subspecialties such as acute pain, regional, neuro and cardiothoracic anesthesia giving them strong exposure to all aspects of anesthetic care. The obstetrics and pediatrics rotations are at the renowned Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Children’s Hospital, located in Boston.
Anesthesia is an exciting field and it is continuously evolving. As the population ages and as the armamentarium of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures become less invasive but more complex, the need for our services will only increase in the years to come. Our ability to safely anesthetize an older and sicker population undergoing more complex procedures continues to improve with advances in pharmacotherapy and diagnostic technology. This evolution will require more medical knowledge and expertise, more clinical experience, and more skill from anesthesiologists. Our residency training program will prepare you for these changes and challenges.
LHMC is located in Burlington, Massachusetts a town of 25,000 people, that is part of the Greater Merrimack Valley, a region comprised of 21 towns and cities. The region is home to many museums, historical sites, performing arts centers, numerous ethnic restaurants, parks and shopping. In addition to LHMC, Burlington is home to a growing number of major technology companies, restaurants and bars, and a major shopping mall. Burlington is located within an hour of beaches, and easily within two hours of skiing and hiking. In addition, tennis, ice-skating, boating, and biking are all nearby. There is something for everyone here. For a change of scenery, Boston, a city of 667,000, is only half an hour away. The Greater Boston metropolitan area is home to nearly 5 million people. Massachusetts is internationally recognized for its championship winning professional sports teams, top rated schools, historical sites and delicious seafood.
Also easily accessible to Burlington, are vacation destinations such as Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, Rhode Island, Maine, Canada, and New York City. The Greater Boston area is a great place to live, work and play.
We welcome your application. If you have any questions, please contact us at [email protected].
Sohail K. Mahboobi, MD, FASA