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Dr. George Mychaskiw Named Chair of Anesthesiology

January 4, 2010

Mychaskiw comes from the University of Mississippi School of Medicine, where he served as professor and vice-chairman of anesthesiology. He also served as chief of anesthesia and director of pediatric cardiac anesthesiology at the University of Mississippi Blair E. Batson Children’s Hospital.

“We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Mychaskiw who brings with him extensive academic, clinical and research experience,” said Richard V. Homan, M.D., senior vice president for health affairs and Annenberg Dean of Drexel University College of Medicine. “We look forward to supporting his continuing contributions in the advancement of new pain management techniques.”

Throughout his career, Mychaskiw has distinguished himself in the practice of pediatric and adult anesthesiology. Mychaskiw is specifically knowledgeable in the areas of complex heart, thoracic and major vascular cases in children. He has a special interest in local anesthetic medicines for acute pain management following heart and chest surgery.

“Dr. Mychaskiw has a wealth of expertise as a clinician, educator, and physician executive. He is widely regarded throughout the country as a leader in the field of anesthesiology. We could not be more pleased to have him join the Hahnemann medical staff,” stated Michael P. Halter, FACHE, chief executive officer, Hahnemann University Hospital.

During his time at the University of Mississippi Blair E. Batson Children’s Hospital, Mychaskiw founded the Hyperbaric Research Center, studying the medical use of oxygen at a level higher than atmospheric pressure.

Mychaskiw’s career began in academic practice at Yale, followed by a stint in private practice in Greenville, Mississippi. From there, he became chief operating officer of the largest physician anesthesiology group in the state. He was also chair of anesthesiology at Delta Regional Medical Center, a tertiary care hospital. In addition, he spent much of his time in the critical care management of children at the Mississippi Firefighter’s Memorial Burn Center, one of the largest burn units in the Southeast. The Center covered six hospitals in two states, with a combined 750 bed total.

After recently completing the American Osteopathic Association Health Policy Fellowship, Mychaskiw became increasingly involved in the development of health guiding principles. “My primary interest in health policy is the distribution and utilization of physician and allied health strength, diversity and culturally competent care in the workforce, along with increasing access to affordable medical education to underrepresented populations,” says Mychaskiw. He worked with the United States Congress in the study of these issues.

He attended medical school at the University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kansas City, Mo., and completed a residency in Anesthesiology at the Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Conn.  Mychaskiw also completed fellowships in cardiac and pediatric anesthesiology at Yale and was appointed as an assistant professor of anesthesiology in the cardiac and pediatric divisions at the Yale New Haven Hospital. He has also received training in hyperbaric medicine at the University of Texas, Galveston.

Mychaskiw is certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology and the National Board of Echocardiography. He is the author of numerous articles and book chapters and has been a visiting professor at many academic institutions in the US, Canada, the Philippines and Saudi Arabia. Mychaskiw is on several editorial boards and serves as editor-in-chief for the Journal of Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine. In addition, he is a recipient of the Stover-Link Award for outstanding contributions to hyperbaric medicine.