Associate Professor Karen Sibert

Profession: Physician

My articles:

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...


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...


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...


Is Anesthesiology A Specialist Silo?

“I’m your friend,” Harvard Business School Professor Michael Porter, MBA, PhD, told a sometimes skeptical audience during his keynote address at the ASA’s annual meeting, ANESTHESIOLOGY 2016. “I’m trying to help you see a better way forward, and avoid the more...


His Diagnosis Is Right, But The Treatment Is All Wrong

Dr. Sandeep Jauhar, a cardiologist, believes with good reason that many physicians have become “like everybody else: insecure, discontented and anxious about the future.” more...


Did Dr. Virginia Apgar worry about work-life balance?

Dr. Margaret Wood, who formerly chaired the Department of Anesthesiology at Columbia University Medical Center, has published a wonderful article titled “Women in Medicine:  Then and Now“, in the journal Anesthesia and Analgesia. more...


Who’s Watching the Children at the Dentist’s Office?

You may have read about the recent tragic deaths of two healthy children – Marvelena Rady, age 3, and Caleb Sears, age 6 – in California dental offices. Unfortunately, they aren’t the first children to die during dental procedures, and unless things change, they more...


Germs and the Pseudoscience of Quality Improvement

No one wants a hospital-acquired infection—a wound infection, a central line infection, or any other kind. But today, the level of concern in American hospitals about infection rates has reached a new peak—better termed paranoia than legitimate concern. more...


Evidence-based Guidelines Won’t Prevent Malpractice Claims

The best way to avoid being sued for malpractice is to make certain that all your patients are happy and all their outcomes are good. Reality is seldom so rosy. Patients aren’t necessarily happy even when their clinical outcomes are as good as they can get. In the more...


Privilege and Entitlement in “Work-Life Balance”

Did it ever occur to some of today’s physicians that many people work awfully hard and complain a lot less than they do about “burnout” and “work-life balance”? Did it ever occur to them that “work-life balance” is the very definition of a first-world more...


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