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'Perioperative' Defined

Conquest - Fall 2009


By Mary Brolley

The term “perioperative,” meaning that which occurs around surgery, refers to the assessment and medical optimization of patients before — as well as the intensive care during and immediately after — surgery. The surgical procedures performed at M. D. Anderson are among the most complex in the world.

Vijaya Gottumukkala, M.D.

Facilitating the shift to more comprehensive perioperative care is Vijaya Gottumukkala, M.D., associate professor and chair ad interim of the Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Medicine.

He is proud of the department’s 60 anesthesiologists and 60 certified registered nurse anesthetists, who, along with nurses, physician assistants and supporting staff, provide superb perioperative care for patients.

Anesthesiology and perioperative medicine are exploring new frontiers, he says. “Our techniques and practice can have lasting beneficial effects on cancer survival and patient outcomes,” he says. “And we are aided immeasurably by our research section, headed by
Dr. Hui-Lin Pan.”

Gottumukkala looks forward to a continued focus on evidence-based practice to improve patient care and to working closely with other cancer institutions in the country to advance cancer anesthesia.

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