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 Associate 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

  • 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 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.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 3/25/2021

    Ortega R, Nozari A, Baker W, Surani S, Edwards M. Intranasal Naloxone Administration. N Engl J Med. 2021 Mar 25; 384(12):e44. PMID: 33761209.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 2/18/2021

    Shrestha GS, Shrestha N, Lamsal R, Pradhan S, Shrestha A, Canelli R, Ortega R. Emergency Intubation in Covid-19. N Engl J Med. 2021 Feb 18; 384(7):e20. PMID: 33596358.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 2/9/2021

    Canelli R, Ortega R. Colorimetric capnography: a misnomer worth correcting. J Clin Monit Comput. 2021 Feb 09. PMID: 33558982.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 9/2/2020

    Spence NZ, Lu ME, Larson AR, Ortega R. COVID-19 and occupational skin hazards for anaesthetists. Br J Anaesth. 2020 12; 125(6):e476-e478. PMID: 32977956.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 6/26/2020

    Nozari A, Ortega R, Gonzalez M. Personal Protective Equipment and Covid-19. Reply. N Engl J Med. 2020 07 23; 383(4):e22. PMID: 32589375.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 6/11/2020

    Ortega R, Chen R. Beyond the operating room: the roles of anaesthesiologists in pandemics. Br J Anaesth. 2020 10; 125(4):444-447. PMID: 32593456.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 5/19/2020

    Ortega R, Gonzalez M, Nozari A, Canelli R. Personal Protective Equipment and Covid-19. N Engl J Med. 2020 Jun 25; 382(26):e105. PMID: 32427435.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 5/5/2020

    Ortega R, Nozari A, Canelli R. More on Barrier Enclosure during Endotracheal Intubation. Reply. N Engl J Med. 2020 05 21; 382(21):e69. PMID: 32369279.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 4/3/2020

    Canelli R, Connor CW, Gonzalez M, Nozari A, Ortega R. Barrier Enclosure during Endotracheal Intubation. N Engl J Med. 2020 05 14; 382(20):1957-1958. PMID: 32243118.

    Read at: PubMed

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