Roles for Anesthesiologists in the Future of Medicine in the United States

Alex S. Evers, MD; Jeanine P. Wiener-Kronish, MD


Anesthesiology. 2022;134(2):231-233. 

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In this age of superspecialization, many groups in health care have become siloed. As elegantly outlined in these 2 articles in the current issue of Anesthesia & Analgesia,[1,2] we need to resist that model. We as anesthesiologists will have a great future if we use our unique skills in acute care to work with other health care professionals to create seamless care both within an acute care setting and at the interface between chronic and acute medical care. A bright future for anesthesiology is likely to result from cooperation with colleagues and an altruistic focus on population health, rather than a competitive drive to expand our turf. What anesthesiologists do is essential and valuable. We agree with Conroy et al[1] that anesthesiologists have unique leadership attributes and should be leaders in health care. However, first and foremost we should be leading the integration of medical care by partnering with our colleagues in all specialties and disciplines. Our leadership should be the product of these efforts.