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Magee-Womens Hospital
CLINICAL

Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC

Jonathan H. Waters, MD

Chief Anesthesiologist

The Division of Anesthesiology at Magee Womens Hospital of UPMC provides in-house, 24-hour anesthesia coverage in two primary anesthetizing locations: the Womancare Birth Center and the main Surgical Services Center. The staff consists of 21 anesthesiologists, 24 CRNAs, and one full-time CRNP. In FY10, the Section of Anesthesia for Obstetrics oversaw 9,731 deliveries (6,732 vaginal births and 2,999 cesarean deliveries). The Division saw an increase in cesarean deliveries, reflecting a national trend that is most likely due to the fact that vaginal birth after cesarean section (VBAC) is no longer encouraged. Despite this growth, the Magee cesarean section rate continues to be lower than the national average. Beyond the birthing suite, the Division provided anesthetic management for 17,225 cases in the Surgical Services Center. The Surgical Services Center consists of 14 general ORs, a cystoscopy suite, and two minor procedure rooms, and four state-of-the-art minimally invasive suites (MIS). Magee-Womens Hospital is a primary educational site for medical students, SRNAs, residents, and fellows from programs within the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and UPMC. The Division provides both obstetrical anesthesiology and general gynecological anesthesiology rotations.