EECS500 Fall 2015 Department Colloquium

David Kazdan
Operating Room Physiologic Monitoring: The Anesthesiologist's Needful, Optional, and Wished-For
White 411
October 6, 2015

From the anesthesiologist's perspective, an operating room is a one-bed intensive care unit that is designed to facilitate surgical procedures.  The anesthesiologist, in turn, is a specialized intensive care physician whose expertise is in maintaining the patient's physiologic normalcy during the often fantastic disruptions of surgery.  Active electronic monitoring has reduced anesthesia's independent mortality risk from approximately one in 2000 in the late 1940s to something less than one in 250,000 today. We will discuss the basic landmarks in the progression of intraoperative monitoring, the current practice recommendations and practices, and the additional monitors that remain to be invented, perfected, or approved for use.


David Kazdan is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and former Chief, Anesthesiology Service at the Cleveland Louis Stokes Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center.  He graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a SB in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and a SB in Humanities (Music) in 1981; obtained his MD degree from the University of Cincinnati in 1985, did he residency at University of Michigan in Internal Medicine; received the PhD degree in Biomedical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University in 1992, advised by Professors Kenneth Loparo and Merrill Adams, his dissertation was on automated monitoring and control of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation. He continued his studies at University Hospitals of Cleveland Anesthesiology and became a diplomate of the American Board of Anesthesiology in 1996.  His interests include operating room monitoring and physiologic control including human factors issues, and parallel topics in aviation medicine.  He is the newsletter editor for the Aerospace Human Factors Association, a component society of the Aerospace Medical Society.