AASPD Candidate – Kleinman

Gabriel Kleinman, MD

University of Arizona

I am currently an Assistant Professor of Anesthesia, Neurology and Critical Care at the University of Arizona. I have been in clinical practice for a little over three years, though have rapidly ascended the ranks of the Critical Care division, becoming the fellowship director after two years and doubling the size of the fellowship program immediately after becoming director. I have also redesigned the curriculum with a strong focus on point of care decision making, and have created a CME approved course for OR staff to learn cardiac ultrasound for pre-operative patient assessment.

I received my medical degree from the University of California San Diego and did my anesthesia residency at Beth Israel Deaconess in Boston, MA. My critical care training was done at McGaw Northwestern Medical Center in Chicago, and I am now happy to live in Tucson Arizona, where there is always no chance of snow.

My practice includes General/OR anesthesia as well as cardiac, neurological, and surgical/trauma critical care. In addition to my clinical responsibilities, I find teaching medical students, residents and fellows both in the operating room and the ICU incredibly rewarding. At the University of Arizona, I serve on the GME council, as well as the professional review committee. My main interest outside of clinical work and teaching is quality and safety. The lessons that I learned working for Don Berwick at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement in Cambridge, MA have shaped the trajectory of my career, focusing on collaboration and never event prevention rather than mitigation. I am thankful for this opportunity, and if chosen to serve, I hope to expand this collaborative safety work to the other members.