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    Manisha S Desai MD

    TitleAssociate Professor
    InstitutionUniversity of Massachusetts Medical School
    DepartmentAnesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine
    AddressUniversity of Massachusetts Medical School
    55 Lake Avenue North
    Worcester MA 01655
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      InstitutionUMMS - School of Medicine
      DepartmentAnesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine


        Academic Background

        M.B.B.S., Baroda Medical College, Baroda, India, 1982

        Postdoctoral Training

        Baroda Medical College, Baroda, India, Rotating Internship, 1981-82
        New England Deaconess Hospital, Residency in Surgery, 1982-84
        Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Residency in Anesthesiology, 1985-86
        Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Clinical Fellowship in Anesthesiology, 1987-88

        Manisha Desai, M.B.B.S.

        A member of the faculty for over twenty years, I am interested in resident and medical student education. Until recently, I was a member of the medical school admissions committee, a role I enjoyed thoroughly.

        Another interest of mine is various aspects of the history of anesthesiology, especially since the first public demonstration of general anesthesia took place in Boston over 150 years ago.

        I am also interested in regional anesthesia, mechanisms of local anesthetic action, invasive monitoring, and anesthetic considerations for trauma victims. I have always considered it very important to provide case-related teaching on a daily basis. I have incorporated such methods to prepare residents for the written and oral board examinations.

        I am a member of the Task Force for the Self Education and Evaluation (SEE) program of continuing medical education sponsored by the American Society of Anesthesiologists. Every year, the program publishes two booklets, each containing 100 multiple-choice questions related to recent advances in our specialty. Participants are provided with detailed discussions about each question, the research behind the topic, and references. This program has been extremely successful and has over 5000 subscribers throughout the nation and abroad.

        For the last few years, I have been actively involved in the Society for Education in Anesthesiology (SEA). I have beendoing Teaching and Learning Workshops for our faculty and residents. This course is based on the science and clinical application of teaching and learning theories. The goal is to create depth of knowledge and understanding of theoretical aspects of how and why learners learn, allowing for practical applications of education theory. It explores many techniques for enhancing teaching effectiveness.

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        1. Desai MS, Desai SP. Discovery of Modern Anesthesia: A Counterfactual Narrative about Crawford W. Long, Horace Wells, Charles T. Jackson, and William T. G. Morton. AANA J. 2015 Dec; 83(6):410-5.
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        2. Caramiciu J, Arcella D, Desai MS. History of Medicine in US Medical School Curricula. J Anesth Hist. 2015 Oct; 1(4):111-4.
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        3. Desai MS, Desai SP. Medical history for anesthesiologists: Lesson 3. Medical history for anesthesiologists: continuation of a primer. Bull Anesth Hist. 2014 Oct; 32(1):21-3.
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        4. Camosse M, Menard K, Desai MS. Homes associated with William Thomas Green Morton. Bull Anesth Hist. 2014 Oct; 32(1):1, 4-7, 15.
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        5. Caramiciu J, Desai MS. Anesthesiology in the military since 2001: an historical view of the lessons learned from more than a decade of war. Bull Anesth Hist. 2014 Oct; 32(1):24-6.
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        6. Desai MS, Desai SP. Alternate methods to teach history of anesthesia. Anesth Analg. 2014 Feb; 118(2):438-47.
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        7. Aponte-Feliciano A, Desai SP, Desai MS. Sites and artifacts related to Horace Wells in Hartford, Connecticut. Anesth Analg. 2013 Aug; 117(2):500-6.
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        8. Desai MS, Desai SP. Medical history for anesthesiologists: continuation of a primer. Bull Anesth Hist. 2013 Apr; 31(1):12-3.
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        9. Aponte-Feliciano A, Desai SP, Desai MS. William James Morton [1845-1920]: like father, like son (?). Bull Anesth Hist. 2013 Apr; 31(1):18-20.
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        10. Desai MS, Desai SP. Primer on medical history for anesthesiologists: introduction. Bull Anesth Hist. 2012 Oct; 30(2):22-3.
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        11. Desai MS, Chennaiahgari SR, Desai SP. The teaching of anesthesia history in US residency programs: results of a nationwide survey. J Clin Anesth. 2012 Mar; 24(2):101-3.
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        12. Desai SP, Buterbaugh J, Desai MS. The making of an anesthesia historian: lessons from a worldwide biographical survey. Anesth Analg. 2011 Aug; 113(2):383-6.
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        13. Desai SP, Desai MS, Maddi R, Battit GE. A tale of two paintings: depictions of the first public demonstration of ether anesthesia. Anesthesiology. 2007 May; 106(5):1046-50.
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        14. Shankar S, Bhargava P, Habib F, Desai M, Tyagi G, Whalen G. Transpulmonary CT-guided radiofrequency ablation of liver metastasis. Cardiovasc Intervent Radiol. 2005 Jul-Aug; 28(4):481-4.
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