Ruben Azocar, MD


Ruben Azocar, MD



Academic Rank and Title

Associate Professor


Dr. Ruben J. Azocar was born and raised in Venezuela and graduated from the Universidad Central de Venezuela in Caracas. He continued his medical education at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital and at Cook County Hospital in Chicago, where he completed an internship in General Surgery and a Surgical Critical Care Fellowship, respectively. Dr. Azocar trained in anesthesiology at Boston Medical Center (Boston University School of Medicine) and completed an Anesthesiology Critical Care Fellowship at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (Harvard Medical School).

Dr. Azocar is currently an anesthesiologist-intensivist at Boston Medical Center (BMC) where he serves as director of both the Anesthesiology Residency Program and the Clinical Simulation Center. An associate professor of anesthesiology at Boston University School of Medicine, Dr. Azocar is also director of the East Newton Campus Surgical Intensive Care Unit at BMC.

His career at BMC has been characterized by a well-rounded combination of clinical care, education, scholarly activities and advocacy work. Dr. Azocar’s clinical interests include the management of trauma victims and the critically ill. He divides his time between the operating room and the Surgical Intensive Care.

As an educator, Dr. Azocar has devoted himself to the education of residents and medical students. As residency program director he introduced innovative ideas and refined the curriculum which led to the ACGME granting a five year accreditation to BMC’s Anesthesiology Residency Program. Dr. Azocar directs an active simulation center which is not only accessible to anesthesiology residents but also to other Departments. Recently, Dr. Azocar obtained a grant from the American Geriatric Society to develop a Geriatric Anesthesiology Curriculum. Dr. Azocar has been awarded BMC’s Anesthesia Department’s Best Teacher Golden Apple Award (2001), the Ellison Pierce Award in Education and Patient Safety (2005, 2009, 2010) and a Teaching Recognition Honorable Mention by the International Anesthesia Research Society in 2004.

Dr. Azocar has written a variety of book chapters on critical care medicine topics, including analgesia and sedation in the ICU and critical care management during natural disasters. He was a co-author in a recent article in Critical Care Medicine where he described the incidence and implications of delirium in the surgical critically ill patient. He has lectured nationally and internationally. Notably, Dr. Azocar co-directed a simulation workshop at the World Congress of Anesthesiology in Cape Town, South Africa in 2008.

Dr. Azocar serves as a member of the Society of Critical Care Subcommittee on Fundamentals of Disaster Management and he was recently appointed to the ASA Geriatric Anesthesia Committee. He is an Associate Oral Board Examiner with the American Board of Anesthesiology. From 2007 to 2010 he was the Chair of the MSA programs Committee leading the MSA to implement current ACCME regulations. He has served as an MSA district representative, alternate delegate, and currently delegate to the ASA. He assume the presidency of the Massachussetts Society of Anestehsiologits in May of 2011.

Dr. Azocar has raced in three Boston Marathons, a Chicago marathon and many triathlons. He enjoys outdoors activities with his son Jose, his daughter Andrea and his wife Maray.

Outlook on Diversity

We are all equal but we are not identical. Our similarities help us find common ground but our differences make the world richer. We are diverse but must converge for the common good and assure respect and equal opportunities to all.

Academic Interests

Medical education
Critical Care
Simulation in Healthcare

Extracurricular Interests

Sports: Running, swimming, biking.
Music: Classic Rock, Salsa