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American Association for Physician Leadership

The Physician Leader’s Role in Navigating the Anesthesia Provider Shortage

Jeffry A. Peters

David Young, MD

Nov 8, 2022

Physician Leadership Journal

Volume 9, Number 3, Pages 22-27



The nationwide shortage of anesthesiologists and certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs) is a significant problem for hospitals and health systems in the United States because surgical services account for the bulk of hospital revenue. Physician leaders can help address this challenge by using their expertise in clinical operations, provider relations, and financial management to guide initiatives that support anesthesia recruiting and retention and ensure full anesthesia coverage. Key physician leadership objectives include optimizing the practice environment for anesthesia providers, mastering the economics of anesthesia practice, supporting anesthesia providers’ need to thrive professionally, and helping healthcare organizations adopt a flexible anesthesia recruiting strategy.

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