An anesthesiologist is a physician who has completed four years of undergraduate education (college), four years of medical school and at least four years of residency training. The anesthesiologist is a physician specialist responsible for the anesthetic care, life support and pain management for patients undergoing surgery, childbirth and various medical procedures.
Additionally, anesthesiologists are involved in the management of critically ill patients and patients with chronic pain syndromes. Upon completion of specialty training, the anesthesiologist becomes eligible for board certification by the American Board of Anesthesiology. The physicians in Valley Anesthesiology and Pain Consultants are board certified or in the certification process.