Robert J. Canelli, MD

Clinical Associate Professor, Anesthesiology

Robert Canelli
750 Albany Street, 2R


Dr. Robert Canelli is a Clinical Associate Professor of Anesthesiology at Chobanian and Avedisian School of Medicine. He is an Anesthesiologist and Intensivist at Boston Medical Center. Dr. Canelli is the Associate Director of the Surgical and Neurosciences Intensive Care Unit. He is the co-editor of the interprofessional patient safety book entitled OK to Proceed? What Every Health Care Provider Should Know About Patient Safety. He has a special interest in point of care ultrasound in the clinical environment.
Dr. Canelli completed his Critical Care Fellowship at Harvard University, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and his residency (Chief Resident from July 2012 – June 2013) at the University of Massachusetts, UMASS Memorial Medical Center. He received his medical degree from St. George’s University School of Medicine and his BS in Chemistry from Villanova University. Dr. Canelli is licensed in the state of Massachusetts, certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology in both Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine.

Other Positions

  • Anesthesiologist and Critical Care Physician, Anesthesiology, Boston Medical Center
  • Clinical Director of Simulation, Anesthesiology, Boston Medical Center
  • Anesthesia Associates of Massachusetts


  • St. George’s University, MD
  • Villanova University, BS


  • Published on 3/15/2024

    Lambert DH, Mustafa W, Rendon LF, Hartman C, Xu L, Canelli R. Awareness During Anesthesia for Trauma: Has Anything Changed? Anesth Analg. 2024 Apr 01; 138(4):e19-e20. PMID: 38489804.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 6/15/2023

    Canelli R, Louca J, Hartman C, Bilotta F. Preoperative carbohydrate load to reduce perioperative glycemic variability and improve surgical outcomes: A scoping review. World J Diabetes. 2023 Jun 15; 14(6):783-794. PMID: 37383597.

    Read at: PubMed
  • 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 3/10/2022

    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 2/4/2022

    Hsieh A, Baker MB, Phalen JM, Mejias-Garcia J, Hsieh A, Hsieh A, Canelli R. Handheld Point-of-Care Ultrasound: Safety Considerations for Creating Guidelines. J Intensive Care Med. 2022 Sep; 37(9):1146-1151. PMID: 35118909.

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  • 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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  • 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.

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  • Published on 2/9/2021

    Canelli R, Ortega R. Colorimetric capnography: a misnomer worth correcting. J Clin Monit Comput. 2021 08; 35(4):951. PMID: 33558982.

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  • Published on 7/17/2020

    Canelli R, Spence N, Kumar N, Rodriguez G, Gonzalez M. The Ventilator Management Team: Repurposing Anesthesia Workstations and Personnel to Combat COVID-19. J Intensive Care Med. 2020 Sep; 35(9):927-932. PMID: 32677498.

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