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Arnel Almeda, MD
Anesthesiologist; Medical Director, Post Anesthesia Care Unit; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department + Services
Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine
Regional anesthesiology, acute pain
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|Training + Education
Tufts University School of Medicine; Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Tufts Medical Center
800 Washington St., #298
Boston, MA 02111
Phone #: 617-636-6044
2012, Champions of Excellence, Team Award recipient for Quality Care, Acute Pain Service
Anesthesia is fulfilling to me because I get to take care of patients during some of the most acute moments in their lives. I am proud that I can make surgery a more comfortable or even painless experience.
My road to anesthesia started early. My mother worked as an operating room nurse and I became fascinated by her stories of this world. In high school, I trained as a certified nurse assistant (CNA). Working in nursing home facilities, I formed connections with patients as they went about their daily lives. This experience afforded me the opportunity to become a state parliamentarian of a national health student organization called HOSA. My HOSA advisor then recommended me for a scholarship program to Germany. Prior to starting college at the University of California at Irvine, I spent a year in the beautiful town of Freiburg, working in a hospital and learning in a nursing program.
During college, I worked in the operating room at UC Irvine Medical Center answering phones and transporting patients. When I had time, I followed my patients into the operating suite and watched their surgeries. Although I was impressed with the surgeon’s skill, I was more intrigued by the anesthesiologist’s wide view of the procedure and ability to apply a broad base of knowledge to bring the patient through the physiological stress of surgery.
Because I went to college in my hometown of Irvine, California, I wanted to go somewhere new for medical school. I do not think that there is a major U.S. city geographically farther from Irvine than Boston. Tufts University School of Medicine seemed like just the right place. I then completed my anesthesia training at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. My training there gave me the confidence to enter practice right after graduation. I stayed in Massachusetts because my wife and I now have two little ones, and my wife is from the Boston area. I cannot imagine having young children without having family connections nearby.
Prior to joining Tufts Medical Center, I had hospital appointments at UMass Memorial, Boston Medical Center, Faulkner Hospital, and Mount Auburn Hospital. My time with my colleagues there was invaluable, as I solidified my clinical skills. I also cultivated my interest in regional anesthesia and peripheral nerve blocks, becoming active with the Massachusetts Society of Anesthesiologists, organizing workshops and lecturing on these topics.
I love working here at Tufts Medical Center. The variety and the acuity of the patients keep me sharp and engaged. I enjoy practicing among peers who work hard and remain committed in providing the highest level of patient care.
American Society of Anesthesiologists
Massachusetts Society of Anesthesiologists