Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine

Critical Care Medicine

Expertise in managing critically ill patients

In Critical Care Medicine, we provide specialized care for patients who have undergone complex surgery at Tufts Medical Center and are staying in our Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU), Cardiac Care Unit (CCU) or Cardiothoracic Unit (CTU). Our goal is to help you recover as fast and safely as possible, so that you can return to your life.

Our team includes anesthesiologists, surgical intensivists, medical intensivists and nurses who are highly trained and experienced in managing critically ill patients. This multidisciplinary expertise helps us take a comprehensive approach to caring for you.

Excellence in intensive care

We believe continuity of care is important, so the same anesthesiology and surgical teams that oversee your surgery also tend to you in the SICU, CCU and CTU.

Furthermore, some patients have such severe illness that multiple organ systems also become impaired (e.g. heart, lungs, kidney, brain). Our intensivists take the lead in coordinating your care among all the specialists at Tufts MC to make sure your entire body heals.

Our approach to critical care has produced impressive results. The SICU participates in a national database called Project Impact, which tracks outcomes for patients and allows for comparisons with other ICUs in North America. We're proud to report our SICU has consistently outperformed comparative ICUs in:

  • Survival rates from critical illness
  • Time spent in the ICU
  • Rates of complications

We've also developed many protocols for standardizing care for critically ill patients, resulting in fewer medical errors and better survival rates. Our success has led a number of hospitals nationwide to adopt many of our protocols.

Learn more about our SICU.

Here for families too

Having a loved one with a critical illness can place an enormous burden on family members. With the help of our nursing staff, we work hard to keep families up to date on their loved one's progress following major surgery.

Sometimes family members are responsible for making care-related decisions. If this is the case, one of our intensivists will meet with you to discuss treatment options and offer recommendations. We want to give you all the information you need to feel comfortable with the decisions you make.

Luca Bigatello, MD

Luca Bigatello, MD

Title(s): Anesthesiologist; Professor of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine, TUSM
Department(s): Anesthesia and Critical Care Medicine
Appt. Phone: 617-636-6208
Fax #: 617-636-9993

Anesthesia and Critical care Medicine

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Jennifer A. Chatburn, MD

Jennifer A. Chatburn, MD

Title(s): Anesthesiologist
Department(s): Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine
Appt. Phone: 617-636-6044
Fax #: 617-636-8384

General anesthesiology, critical care medicine

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John Fox, MD

John Fox, MD

Title(s): Anesthesiologist; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Anesthesiology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-6208
Fax #: 617-636-8384

Cardiac and Critical Care Anesthesiology

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Jamel Ortoleva, MD

Jamel Ortoleva, MD

Title(s): Anesthesiologist; Assistant Professor of Anesthesia, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Anesthesiology and Critical Care
Appt. Phone: 617-636-6208
Fax #: 617-636-8384

Critical Care, Cardiac Anesthesia

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John Adam Reich, MD

John Adam Reich, MD

Title(s): Anesthesiologist; Vice Chair for Critical Care; Director, Cardiothoracic Unit; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine
Appt. Phone: 617-636-6044
Fax #: 617-636-8384

Anesthesiology, critical care medicine

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Andrea  Lan  Tsai, MD

Andrea Lan Tsai, MD

Title(s): Anesthesiologist; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine
Appt. Phone: 617-636-6044
Fax #: 617-636-8384

Anesthesiology, critical care medicine

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Eric Ursprung, MD

Eric Ursprung, MD

Title(s): Anesthesiologist; Director, Cardiac Anesthesia Fellowship
Department(s): Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine
Appt. Phone: 617-636-6044
Fax #: 617-636-8384

Anesthesiology

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