Anesthesiology Consultants of Marin (ACM)
Welcome to the Anesthesiology Consultants of Marin website. This website is here to address patient education about our organization, the services we provide, and a brief introduction of our staff. Please look around and visit the patient access area, you will find some useful information there.
Founded in 1992
The Anesthesiology Consultants of Marin were founded as a medical group in 1992 to provide high quality, physician delivered anesthesia care. Beginning with 3 physicians, ACM currently has 21 anesthesiologists providing care for every type of surgery from routine to complicated, including trauma, obstetric, cardiac and neurosurgical anesthesia.
All physicians with ACM are Board Certified in the specialty of Anesthesiology by the American Board of Anesthesiology or are actively engaged in the certification process.
Anesthesia care is provided by ACM at a number of locations throughout the North Bay area. ACM physicians provide anesthesia services for Marin General Hospital and Sonoma Valley Hospital 24 hours a day, seven days a week. ACM physicians frequently provide anesthesia care the Veterans Administration Hospital in San Francisco, Marin Specialty Surgery Center as well as several Bay Area surgeon’s offices.
Anesthesia providers for Marin General Hospital, Sonoma Valley Hospital, and Marin Specialty Surgery Center
ACM Board of Directors
ACM Chief Financial Officer
Benjamin Hu MD
ACM Hospital Leadership
Keith J. Chamberlin
Medical Director of Surgical Services, MarinHealth Medical Center
Medical Director of Surgical Services, Sonoma Valley Hospital
OB Liaison MarinHealth Medical Center & MHMC Chair
ACM is always looking for top anesthesiologists to support our ever growing practice. If you are interested in seeking possible employment with our group, please contact Dr. Jan Hirsch using the contact form below and upload your CV. After we review your CV we will be in contact with you. Thank you for your interest in Anesthesiology Consultants of Marin.
What is an Anesthesiologist?
Physician anesthesiologists are highly skilled medical doctors (M.D. or D.O.) who specialize in the field of anesthesiology. As physicians with significantly longer and more extensive training than other classifications of anesthesia practitioners, physician anesthesiologists are the most qualified to make anesthesia related perioperative medical decisions. Physician anesthesiologists are primarily responsible for the safety and well-being of patients before, during and after surgery. This may include placing them in the state of controlled unconsciousness called “general anesthesia”, the provision of “regional anesthetics” where only a portion of the body is made numb, or administering sedation when indicated for the relief of pain or anxiety. These anesthetics provide continuous pain relief and sustain patients’ critical life functions as they are affected throughout surgical, obstetrical or other medical procedures. A physician anesthesiologist is the director of the Anesthesia Care Team.
The role of the physician anesthesiologist extends beyond the operating room. He or she is responsible for the preoperative assessment of the patient, an evaluation process that carefully considers both the patient’s current state of health and the planned surgical procedure that allows physician anesthesiologists to make judgments about the safest anesthesia plan for each individual patient. The physician anesthesiologist is also responsible for the well being of the patient postoperatively while the patient emerges from the effects of anesthesia. They are often involved in the management of acute postoperative pain, as well as chronic and cancer pain; in cardiac and respiratory resuscitation; in blood transfusion therapies; and in respiratory therapy.
Physician anesthesiologists in the United States complete a four year undergraduate college degree that includes satisfying pre-med requirements. Like other medical doctors, they must follow undergraduate education with four years of medical school. After medical school, a physician specializing in anesthesiology completes a four-year anesthesiology residency program.Following completion of a residency program, residents are eligible to sit for the American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA) exam. Almost 75 percent of physician anesthesiologists are board certified.
Although physician anesthesiologists complete a minimum of eight years of medical training after college, following residency, many also complete an additional fellowship year of specialty training in specific areas such as pain management, cardiac anesthesia, pediatric anesthesia, neuroanesthesia, obstetric anesthesia or critical care medicine.
* taken from the American Society of Anesthesiologists