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Alex Macario, MD, MBA is vice-chair for education and Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine at the Stanford University School of Medicine, where he serves as the program director for the anesthesiology residency, which has more than 100 housestaff. Dr. Macario also serves on the Board of Directors for the American Board of Anesthesiology. This is an exceptional honor as one anesthesiologist is appointed each year with each Director serving for 12 years. The mission of the Board is to advance the highest standards of the practice of anesthesiology. Dr. Macario will serve as president of the American Board of Anesthesiology at the end of his term.Dr. Macario is a member of the Anesthesiology Review Committee for the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education which aims to improve health care and population health by advancing the quality of resident physicians' education.Born in Argentina, Dr. Macario came to the US at age 10 with his family, and completed his undergraduate, medical school and business school education at the University of Rochester with the Wilson Merit Scholarship. He trained in anesthesiology at Stanford, served as Chief Resident, and completed a fellowship in health services research. Dr. Macario’s clinical practice is with adult patients in the general operating room. He also serves as hospital scheduler to provide management & leadership in the medical center's operating rooms and procedure rooms including interventional radiology and endoscopy. Dr. Macario has received numerous awards, including being internationally recognized with the Excellence in Education Award from the American Society of Anesthesiologists given to one anesthesiologist per year for extraordinary contributions to graduate medical education. Dr. Macario was also the inaugural recipient of the Outstanding Contribution to Graduate Medical Education as Program Director Award for the Stanford University Medical Center. He has also been honored with the Faculty Mentor Award on two occasions from the American Society of Anesthesiology for his efforts to foster diversity.A member of the faculty at Stanford since 1995, Dr. Macario established a well known academic program in operating room management, including creating the Management of Perioperative Services Fellowship which has trained dozens of physicians from the US and other countries. Dr. Macario also designed and led other innovative educational programs, including the Stanford Fellowship in Anesthesia Research and Medicine track for anesthesia residents who want to pursue research-intensive careers, many of whom have gone on to obtain NIH funding. Dr. Macario serves as the founding program director for the Combined Residency in Internal Medicine and Anesthesiology as well as the founding associate program director for the Combined Residency in Pediatrics and Anesthesiology. Dr. Macario's research career has been dedicated to the economics of health care, helping develop the scientific study of the management of the operating room suite including pioneering work related to efficiency & scheduling. Dr. Macario's research team also studies medical education and board certification.Dr. Macario’s innovative work has led to 200+ peer reviewed publications which have 10,800 citations. Dr. Macario’s H-Index is 54. An index of h indicates an investigator has published h papers each of which has been cited in other papers at least h times. His I-10 Index is 133 meaning that 133 of his articles have been cited at least 10 times.Dr. Macario authored "A Sabbatical in Madrid: A Diary of Spain," an award winning travel memoir. Dr. Macario has 2 adult children one in San Francisco & the other in New York City, & lives with his wife in their home on the Stanford Campus. In his free time, Dr. Macario enjoys rooting for Stanford sports, biking up the local hills, & playing tennis.
The University of Zimbabwe College of Health Sciences (UZCHS) partners with Stanford University to help improve medical education in Zimbabwe. The Department of Anesthesiology at Stanford is leading the anesthesia arm of the program. This year Drs. Crawford and McGoldrick completed a research initiative utilizing the "flipped classroom" technique, where trainees access videos for content, and classroom time focuses on interactive sessions. Results showed the local trainees had increased preparedness and knowledge of clinical scenarios involving anesthetic emergencies. Questions on relevance and adaptability of the information presented indicated a need for improvement. The residents voiced a desire for additional video lectures with interest in designing their own. One local trainee created two video lectures to incorporate into the newly developing regional anesthesia curriculum and several other Zimbabwe residents (registrars) have expressed interest in doing the same. The needs assessment also identified additional curriculum development for regional anesthesia specifically peripheral nerve blocks, a simulation lab, and video lectures covering topics in which they receive limited clinical experience. The opportunity to host faculty (Samson Shumbairerwa and Faraj Madzimbamuto) from UZCHS at Stanford to see our entire graduate medical education system would provide them with a research perspective so they can further determine what teaching methods will work best for them.
University of Zimbabwe Campus Harare 00263 Zimbabwe
University of Zimbabwe College of Health Sciences, Department of Anesthesiology
Anesthesia for cleft lip and palate surgery on children
Dr. Macario studies health care economics and outcomes, with a special focus on surgery and anesthesia. Dr. Macario is well known for helping develop the field of operating room management. He is also passionate about cost-effectiveness analyses of drugs and devices. For the past decade Dr. Macario has added research in medical education as a key focus to better understand methods to best teach residents.Google Scholar calculates Dr. Macario’s H-Index as 54 and his I-10 as 127, with 10,000 total citations.