Richard D. Urman, MD, MBA

Richard D. Urman, MD, MBA, FASA is a staff anesthesiologist at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA and Associate Professor of Anesthesia at Harvard Medical School. He currently serves as is Associate Chair for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, as well as Medical Director of Sedation for Interventional Medicine, Director, Center for Perioperative Research (C.P.R.), and Perioperative Medicine Fellowship Director. He is also the founder of the Incubator for Patient Safety and Outcomes (IPSO).

Dr. Urman received his MD from Harvard Medical School and MBA from Harvard Business School, and completed a residency in anesthesia at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Dr. Urman’s research interests are in patient safety, novel anesthetic drugs, opioid safety, shared decision making, and operating room efficiency. He is currently funded by the NIH, AHRQ and the NSF. He has lectured nationally and internationally. His other interests are medical education and curriculum design, and he served as the endowed Morgan-Zinsser Fellow of the Harvard Medical School Academy.

Dr. Urman has authored several books, including Pocket Anesthesia, Essential Clinical Anesthesia, Operating Room Leadership and Perioperative Practice Management, Essential Regional Anesthesia, Physicians’ Pathways to Non-Traditional Careers and Leadership Opportunities, Essentials of Pharmacology, and several others.

On the national level, Dr. Urman currently serves on various committees of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) including as Chair of the subcommittee on Patient Safety and Practice Management, Foundation of Anesthesia Education and Research (FAER), Society for Preoperative Assessment and Quality Improvement, and Enhanced Recovery After Surgery-USA. Dr. Urman has done nonprofit strategy consulting work as part of Harvard Business School’s Volunteer Consulting Organization (VCO) and Community Action Partners (CAP).

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