Associate Professor Karen Sibert

Profession: Physician

My articles:

“What Are The Outcomes That Matter?”

Much of Dr. Atul Gawande's talk at the opening session of the American Society of Anesthesiologists' annual meeting in Boston on October 21 celebrated the virtues of checklists and teamwork, topics that have turned into best-selling books for the well-known surgeon and more...

07.11.2017

Just Saying “No” To Fentanyl

No, I'm not talking about putting fentanyl into my own veins - a remarkably bad idea. I'm questioning the habitual, reflex use of fentanyl, a synthetic opioid, in clinical anesthesiology practice. more...

24.10.2017

Who’s Welcome On The Anesthesia Care Team?

"Who kicked whom off the anesthesia care team?" asked ASA President Jeff Plagenhoef, MD, FASA. Which professional association refuses to work amicably with the other, he inquired of his audience at the University of Southern California on September 15, as he delivered more...

10.10.2017

The Practical Art Of POCUS

The longer you practice a profession, the easier it is not to bother to learn the next new thing. We may think we're doing just fine without that new drug, or that new piece of expensive equipment. That isn't going to happen with point-of-care ultrasound, or "POCUS", more...

26.09.2017

On Starting Your Career In Anesthesia

Emory University held graduation ceremonies on August 5 for the 2017 Class of Anesthesiologist Assistants (AAs), who received Masters of Medical Science degrees. I had the honor of delivering the commencement address, reprinted here. more...

29.08.2017

The Art Of Deep Extubation

It is quiet, elegant, and people who've seen it done properly often remark that they would prefer to wake from anesthesia that way, given the choice. There is art and logic to it, which I had the pleasure of learning from British anesthesiologists at the Yale more...

01.08.2017

MOC + MACRA + TJC + CMS = DRexit

I wish I knew who coined the term "DRexit" so I could send flowers or a bottle of whiskey as a thank-you gift. There couldn't be a more perfect term to describe the growing exodus of physicians from our beloved profession, which is turning into a morass of computer more...

27.06.2017

Watch Out Who You Call “Paternalistic”

My husband and I, both anesthesiologists, enjoy our Sunday mornings together - coffee, the New York Times, a leisurely breakfast. No rush to arrive in the operating room before many people are even awake. Seeing reporter Jan Hoffman’s front-page article about more...

11.04.2017

The Boards Have Exceeded Their Bounds

In the interests of full disclosure, I acknowledge with delight that I have a non-time limited board certificate from the American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA), issued before the year 2000. I can just say "no" to recertification. more...

21.02.2017

Pediatric Dental Anesthesia: The Dental Board Gets It Wrong

I’m not a pediatric anesthesiologist. Most of us in anesthesiology, even those who take care of children in the operating room or the ICU every day, probably will never give anesthesia to a child in a dentist’s or oral surgeon’s office. So why should we care what more...

17.01.2017

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