Rafael A. Ortega, MD

Professor, Anesthesiology

Rafael Ortega
617.638.6950
88 E. Newton St Newton Pavilion

Biography

Rafael A. Ortega, MD, a native of the Dominican Republic, is a graduate of the UNPHU in Santo Domingo and trained in anesthesiology at Boston University School of Medicine/Boston Medical Center in the early 1980’s. He is Professor of Anesthesiology and Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology at Boston University School of Medicine.

Dr. Ortega is a diplomate of the American Board of Anesthesiology and the National Board of Echocardiography. His interests include cardiac and thoracic anesthesia, computer-assisted instruction, and education in anesthesiology. He has served in various committees with American Society of Anesthesiologists, Massachusetts Society of Anesthesiologists and the Wood Library Museum.

Dr. Ortega has published a variety of papers, book chapters, and multimedia programs in a broad range of topics including airway management, operating room hazards, and the history of his specialty. In 2006, he published the book Written in Granite and spearheaded the restoration of the Ether Monument in the Boston Public Garden. With the proceeds from this book, a maintenance fund was created to assure the monument’s continuing preservation. His most recent work includes the publication of a series of clinical procedure videos in New England Journal of Medicine and a multilingual instructional program for the World Health Organization’s Global Pulse Oximetry Project.

As Assistant Dean of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, he is responsible for fostering diversity and cultural competence among students, faculty, and staff. Dr. Ortega works with four Assistant Deans. Together they form a formidable team striving to make Boston University Medical Campus as heterogeneous and inclusive as possible. Dr. Ortega is committed to unquestionable openness and inclusion, promoting relations among all groups, and inspiring students and faculty to learn from each other while appreciating their differences.

Other Positions

  • Assistant Dean, Diversity & Inclusion, Boston University School of Medicine
  • Chair, Anesthesiology, Boston University School of Medicine
  • Chief, Anesthesiology, Boston Medical Center
  • Vice Chair, Academic Affairs, Anesthesiology, Boston University School of Medicine

Education

  • Universidad Nacional Pedro Henríquez Ureña (UNPHU), MD

Publications

  • Published on 5/19/2022

    Canelli R, Leo M, Ortega R. Use of eFAST in Patients with Injury to the Thorax or Abdomen. Reply. N Engl J Med. 2022 05 19; 386(20):1964. PMID: 35584174.

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  • Published on 3/31/2022

    Nozari A, Mukerji S, Lok LL, Gu Q, Buhl L, Jain S, Ortega R. Perception of Web-Based Didactic Activities During the COVID-19 Pandemic Among Anesthesia Residents: Pilot Questionnaire Study. JMIR Med Educ. 2022 Mar 31; 8(1):e31080. PMID: 35275840.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 3/10/2022

    Canelli R, Leo M, Mizelle J, Shrestha GS, Patel N, Ortega R. Use of eFAST in Patients with Injury to the Thorax or Abdomen. N Engl J Med. 2022 03 10; 386(10):e23. PMID: 35263521.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 1/1/2022

    Ortega R. 2020 Severinghaus Lecture on Translational Science: Comment. Anesthesiology. 2022 01 01; 136(1):245-247. PMID: 34637491.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 10/21/2021

    Ortega R, Rengasamy S, Nozari A. Administration of Supplemental Oxygen. Reply. N Engl J Med. 2021 10 21; 385(17):e61. PMID: 34670058.

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  • Published on 7/15/2021

    Rengasamy S, Nassef B, Bilotta F, Pugliese F, Nozari A, Ortega R. Administration of Supplemental Oxygen. N Engl J Med. 2021 07 15; 385(3):e9. PMID: 34260838.

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  • Published on 6/17/2021

    Ortega R, Nozari A, Baker W. Intranasal Naloxone Administration. Reply. N Engl J Med. 2021 06 17; 384(24):e96. PMID: 34133873.

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  • Published on 6/7/2021

    Ortega R, Achu RA. On anesthesia and race. J Natl Med Assoc. 2021 Oct; 113(5):541-545. PMID: 34112524.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 5/26/2021

    Nozari A, Mukerji S, Vora M, Garcia A, Park A, Flores N, Canelli R, Rodriguez G, Pinciroli R, Nagrebetsky A, Ortega R, Quraishi SA. Postintubation Decline in Oxygen Saturation Index Predicts Mortality in COVID-19: A Retrospective Pilot Study. Crit Care Res Pract. 2021; 2021:6682944. PMID: 34136282.

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  • Published on 4/21/2021

    Canelli R, Shrestha GS, Ortega R. Emergency Intubation in Covid-19. Reply. N Engl J Med. 2021 05 13; 384(19):e74. PMID: 33882224.

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