Karolina Brook, MD

Assistant Professor, Anesthesiology

Karolina Brook
617.638.6950

Biography

Karolina Brook, M.D. received her a B.A. in Chemistry summa cum laude from Princeton University and her M.D. from Harvard. She completed both her residency in Anesthesiology and her fellowship in Pediatric Anesthesiology at Massachusetts General Hospital. She works as an Anesthesiologist at Boston Medical Center, where she takes care of adult, children and obstetric patients.

She serves as Director of Quality and Safety in the Department of Anesthesiology at Boston Medical Center. In her role, she has initiated a department-wide adverse event data collection program, led and overseen a variety of quality improvement projects, and developed a quality improvement curriculum for the Anesthesiology residents. She has published papers on the topics of patient safety, safety culture and quality improvement. She serves on the American Society of Anesthesiologists Committee for Patient Safety and Education, where she was involved in writing the ASA Statement on Safety Culture and the ASA Statement on Criminalization of Medical Errors.

Since 2023, she also has a hospital role as Medical Director, Quality and Safety, Hospital-Based Care. Her main focus has been on improving hospital-wide compliance with the CMS Sepsis (SEP-1) Bundle.

She is actively involved in the Massachusetts Society of Anesthesiologists, and serves as Secretary and as Massachusetts Delegate to the American Society of Anesthesiologists.

Apart from her interest in quality and patient safety, she has a strong interest in resident and physician financial education and creating a resident course where she teaches residents the fundamentals of financial knowledge.

Other Positions

  • Attending Anesthesiologist, Anesthesiology, Boston Medical Center
  • Pediatric Anesthesiologist, Anesthesiology, Boston Medical Center

Education

  • Harvard Medical School, MD
  • Princeton University, BA

Publications

  • Published on 3/18/2024

    Richards JL, Brook K. How the physician's financial wellness could impact patient safety. Postgrad Med J. 2024 Mar 18; 100(1182):276-278. PMID: 37738094.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 3/13/2024

    Brook K, Agarwala AV, Tewfik GL. Reframing the Morbidity and Mortality Conference: The Impact of a Just Culture. J Patient Saf. 2024 Jun 01; 20(4):280-287. PMID: 38470962.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 2/13/2024

    Brook K, Lin DM, Agarwala AV. Practical approaches to implementing a safety culture. Int Anesthesiol Clin. 2024 Apr 01; 62(2):34-40. PMID: 38349014.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 12/15/2023

    Holland E, Richards JL, Langlois WO, Zhu J, Achu-Lopes RA, Brook K. Ethical and Medicolegal Issues: When Obstetric Patients Who Refuse Blood Products Change Their Minds. Anesth Analg. 2024 Jan 01; 138(1):89-95. PMID: 38100802.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 11/16/2023

    Gonzalez M, Brook K, Arriaga A, Hayes R, Nozari A, Ortega R. Procedural and Surgical Safety Checklists: Video in Clinical Anesthesia. Anesth Analg. 2023 Dec 01; 137(6):1302-1305. PMID: 37973133.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 11/16/2023

    Gonzalez M, Brook K, Arriaga A, Hayes R, Nozari A, Ortega R. Listas de Verificación de Seguridad Quirúrgica y de Procedimientos: Video en Anestesia Clinica Anesth Analg. 2023 Dec 01; 137(6):1306-1310. PMID: 37973134.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 10/17/2023

    ASA Committee on Patient Safety and Education. Statement on Criminalization of Medical Errors. 2023.

    Read at: Custom
  • Published on 10/4/2023

    Vasudevan A, Brook K, Bernstein W. Maintaining patient satisfaction and safety in patients with aesthetic enhancements. J Clin Anesth. 2023 Dec; 91:111269. PMID: 37801821.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 6/14/2023

    de Meneses FGA, Mulcahy BP, Brook K. Wiretap laws and the perioperative physician - The current state of affairs. J Clin Anesth. 2023 Oct; 89:111178. PMID: 37327714.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 5/19/2023

    Brook K, de Meneses FGA, Quraishi SA. Recording Clinical Interactions and Wiretapping Laws. Anesth Analg. 2023 Jun 01; 136(6):e28-e29. PMID: 37205811.

    Read at: PubMed

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