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Department of Anesthesiology

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Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs)

A Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) is an advanced practice nurse who has completed a graduate level education and a board certification in anesthesia. A nurse anesthetist specializes in every aspect of the pre-operative, intra-operative and post-operative care of a patient in every type of surgical procedure. Today, nurse anesthetists practice in all 50 United States and administer approximately 34 million anesthetics each year. Approximately 65% of CRNAs in the US practice in collaboration with anesthesiologists as members of the Anesthesia Care Team.

At both NYP/Weill Cornell Medical Center and NYP/Lower Manhattan Hospital, our Department of Anesthesiology has a large practice with over 60 CRNAs who are an integral part of our teams. In addition to providing excellent care, the CRNAs are all clinical instructors for Columbia University's Nurse Anesthesia Program providing students with one-on-one instruction everywhere anesthesia is provided.

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Our Team

To meet our CRNA teams at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center and NewYork-Presbyterian/Lower Manhattan Hospital, please visit our CRNA Rosters:

Program Leadership

NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center

Keith Denison, DNAP, MS, CRNA

Keith Denison, DNAP, MS, CRNA

Chief Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist
Director, Anesthesia Support Services

NewYork-Presbyterian/Lower Manhattan Hospital

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David Leal, MBA, MS, CRNA

Chief CRNA, NYP/Lower Manhattan Hospital

Contact Us

Dept. of Anesthesiology
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medicine
525 East 68th Street, Box 124
New York, NY 10065
Fax: (212) 746-8563

Office of the Chair
Phone: (212) 746-2962
E-mail:  Marissa Matarazzo, mam7036@med.cornell.edu

Residency and Fellowship Education
Direct all inquiries to:
Phone: (212) 746-2941
E-mail: anes-programs@med.cornell.edu
For trainee verification inquiries: anes-verification@med.cornell.edu

Patient Billing Inquiries
Phone: (855) 880-0343