Gildasio S. De Oliveira, M.D. Named Chief of Anesthesiology

December 15, 2016

Gildasio S. De Oliveira, M.D., M.S., M.B.A., has been named chief of anesthesiology at Lifespan where he will lead clinical services, educational and research activities, and administration of anesthesiology services across the state’s largest health system.

“Dr. De Oliveira brings to Lifespan experience, skill and dedication to patient care, as well as a commitment to research and scholarship,” said Lifespan President and CEO Timothy J. Babineau, M.D. “We are fortunate to have Dr. De Oliveira join Lifespan, which will benefit from his leadership and vision.”

De Oliveira will also serve as head of the division of anesthesia at Lifespan Physician Group. He will be on the faculty of the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and serve as the director of the division of anesthesia in the department of surgery.

De Oliveira previously served as clinical coordinator of Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago where he was responsible for planning the staffing and medically directing anesthesiology services for all of Northwestern’s anesthetizing locations – more than 60. He served as the vice chair for research and faculty affairs at the department of anesthesiology at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University where has been a faculty member for more than a decade. De Oliveira also served as a faculty member at The Center for Healthcare Studies in the Institute for Public Health and Medicine at Northwestern University.

“The opportunity at Lifespan to engage at every level, in clinical services, research, and education to make a difference for patients and to advance research and learning, is extraordinary,” said De Oliveira, who will create a new residency program and academic division of anesthesiology in the Department of Surgery at Lifespan and Brown University.

In January, De Oliveira will also assume the role of Editor in Chief of the Journal of Clinical Anesthesia, a major journal in the field and the official journal for the Society for Education in Anesthesia, the Society for Anesthesiology Clinical Directors and the Society for Airway Management.

At Northwestern, De Oliveira led research in the department of anesthesiology and increased the department’s scholarly activity (peer-reviewed publications) by more than 150 percent. He has published more than 100 peer-reviewed articles and is internationally recognized as an expert in acute post-surgical pain. He has also led many national studies on anesthesiology residency education and is currently an oral board examiner for the American Board of Anesthesiology. He is currently funded by the National Institutes of Health and has been recently nominated as standing member of grant study section review.

“I believe strongly in providing a continuum of care from pre-op, through surgery and post-op,” said De Oliveira. “The overall goal should be to improve the patients’ overall experience and their quality of recovery after surgery.”

A native of Brazil, De Oliveira received his medical degree from the Federal University of Bahia in Brazil, and completed his residency at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York, where he served as chief resident. He also earned a master’s degree in clinical investigation from The Graduate School at Northwestern University, and a master’s in business administration with a major in operations at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

De Oliveira replaces Arthur Bert, M.D., who will step down as full-time chief of anesthesiology at the end of the year. Bert will serve as interim chief until De Oliveira arrives in February.

De Oliveira will move to the area with his wife, Marcela Almeida, M.D., and their three children, Gabriel, Isabella and Julia. “I grew up around the ocean, so coming to Rhode Island brings that back and that’s important, too,” said De Oliveira, who enjoys sailing.

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