Staff, Fellows, and Advisory Council : Fellows

Dr. Albert Varon

Dr. Albert J. Varon is Miller Professor and Vice Chair for Education in the Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative Medicine, and Pain Management at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, and Chief of Anesthesiology at the Ryder Trauma Center in Miami, Florida. He completed a residency in Anesthesiology and Fellowship in Critical Care Medicine at Jackson Memorial Hospital and obtained a Masters of Health Professions Education (MHPE) degree at the University of Illinois in Chicago. Dr. Varon is a Fellow of both the American College of Anesthesiologists and the American College of Critical Care Medicine. He is also a senior associate examiner of the American Board of Anesthesiology. Dr. Varon is editor of the textbook “Essentials of Trauma Anesthesia” (Cambridge University Press) and author of many peer reviewed publications, editorials, and book chapters in the areas of trauma anesthesia, critical care, hemodynamic monitoring and resuscitation.

As an EDO fellow Dr. Varon redesigned the curriculum for the first month of Anesthesiology training by using artificial models, high-fidelity simulations, operating room experiences, debriefing sessions, lectures, demonstrations, and small group discussions. The curriculum improved the performance of incoming anesthesiology residents in standardized knowledge exams, facilitated development of the ACGME core competencies, and satisfied faculty and learners. Dr. Varon also developed a curriculum for Trauma Anesthesiology training, which became a national model, as evidenced by its publication in the web sites of the American Society of Anesthesiologists and the Society for Education in Anesthesia. With the support of the American Society of Anesthesiologists Committee on Trauma and Emergency Preparedness Dr. Varon successfully lobbied the American Board of Anesthesiology to change the Content Outline (blueprint for training and certification) to include trauma anesthesia content. Dr. Varon advanced education training and lifetime experience in graduate medical education have facilitated his role as a mentor to numerous junior faculty educators and program directors.

Selected Publications
1. Varon AJ. Evaluation of an orientation curriculum for the first month of anesthesiology training (Master’s Thesis). University of Illinois at Chicago, 2009.
2. Varon AJ. Model curriculum for Trauma Anesthesia resident training prepared by the ASA’s Committee on Trauma and Emergency Preparedness. Electronic Educational Library. The Journal of Education in Perioperative Medicine, 2012. (http://www.jepm.seahq.net/eel.html)
3. Varon AJ, McCunn M. The need for a Trauma Anesthesia curriculum: First steps. American Society of Anesthesiologists Newsletter, 2012;76: 38-39.
4. Varon AJ, Smith CE (editors). Essentials of Trauma Anesthesia. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2012.
5. McCunn M, Dutton RP, Dagal A, Varon AJ, Kaslow O, Kucik CJ, Hagberg CA, McIsaac JH 3rd, Pittet JF, Dunbar PJ, Grissom T, Vavilala MS. Trauma, Critical Care, and Emergency Care Anesthesiology: A New Paradigm for the “Acute Care” Anesthesiologist? Anesth Analg 2015;121:1668-1673.