What We Do:

The Adult Anesthesia Division at Johns Hopkins provides anesthetic services to the general operating rooms and remote locations for some of the hospital’s most complex thoracic, vascular, and organ transplant cases. This group of anesthesiologists prioritize patient comfort and understanding with expert techniques to manage some of the hospital’s most complex surgical cases. The level of expertise in the Adult Division is exemplified through the ground breaking clinical research produced by our anesthesiologists who focus on methods to reduce surgery-related complications.

team_steven_frankDr. Steven Frank Leads the Way in Bloodless Medicine at Johns Hopkins

Most modern surgical and medical procedures require the use of blood transfusions and blood products to ensure patient safety. Dr. Steven Frank, Medical Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Bloodless Medicine and Surgery and Division Chief of the Adult Anesthesia Division, is a renowned expert in blood management breaking ground in providing safer blood management and bloodless treatment options. Dr. Frank’s research is grounded in findings that surgical patients often undergo unnecessary and potentially risky blood transfusions despite the good intentions of their healthcare providers. In addition, Dr. Frank and his colleagues are dedicated to providing care options for patients and families with religious or ideological opposition to blood transfusions. The Johns Hopkins Center for Bloodless Medicine in Surgery uses a variety of conservation methods and techniques for those who seek the best healthcare without the use of blood or blood products.

Dr. Frank’s team is leading the way in working with their surgical colleagues to highlight variation amongst providers in transfusion practices used in the operating rooms that can impact the risks and costs associated with surgical care (http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/news/media/releases/blood_transfusions_still_overused_and_may_do_more_harm_than_good_in_some_patients) . In an era when the healthcare industry is focused on reducing unnecessary procedures and tests to improve quality and reduce costs, Dr. Frank and the Center for Bloodless Medicine are certainly doing their part! (Find out more about The Center for Bloodless Medicine: http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/bloodless_medicine_surgery/index.html).