Lena Dohlman, MD, MPH
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Lena E. Dohlman, MD, MPH is an Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology at MGH, an affiliate of the HMS Department of Global Health and Social Medicine and a member of the Harvard Academy. Dr. Dohlman completed her anesthesia residency at Beth Israel Hospital (BIDMC), after two years of surgical residency at the same hospital. She joined the BIDMC staff from 1981 to 1999 where she held appointments as Director of Ambulatory Surgery, Associate Director of the Pain Clinic, and Co-Director of Regional Anesthesia. Since 1999 she has been on staff at the MGH, first at the Cambridge Health Alliance and then on the main campus. While at CHA she was Director of Continuing Education for Anesthesia and received several Letters of Commendation for Outstanding Teaching. Her interests are in education, global health and regional anesthesia.

Dr Dohlman has had a long commitment to global health education since her 1981 experience in Sulawesi, Indonesia teaching regional anesthesia techniques and learning how to give ether anesthesia with an EMO inhaler. After graduating from the Harvard School of Public Health with an MPH in 1993, she became more focused on global health issues. She has held several leadership and committee positions related to global health, including Chair of Anesthesia Overseas for Health Volunteers Overseas (HVO), a non-profit organization based in Washington D.C.  In addition to volunteering with HVO in Indonesia, Vietnam, St. Lucia, South Africa, and Malawi, she has served as Anesthesia Site Director in both Mthatha (South Africa), and in Hue, Vietnam where she is currently setting up a new educational program. She was Chair of the Global Outreach Committee for the Society for Education in Anesthesia (SEA) for many years and was a member of the Global Humanitarian Outreach Committee of the ASA. In 2008 she was invited as a consultant to the World Alliance for Patient Safety, Global Patient Safety Challenge, “Safe Surgery Saves Lives” WHO meeting in Geneva, Switzerland. Dr Dohlman helped organize the first Primary Trauma Care course (an ATLS like course geared towards low income countries) in Vietnam. She has organized several refresher courses working together with anesthesiologists from multiple different anesthesia departments in the United States and in Hue, Vietnam.

Dr Dohlman founded the SEA HVO Traveling Fellowship in 2001, a nationally competitive, privately funded, one-month elective for 8-9 senior anesthesia residents to spend a month teaching anesthesia in a low resource country. Among the more than 100 former SEA HVO Fellows, several have gone on to take leadership roles in global health. The SEA HVO Traveling Fellowship has inspired the development of a similar program sponsored by the American Society of Anesthesiologists. In 2014 she co-founded the Harvard Global Anesthesia Initiative (HGAI), a group dedicated to Harvard wide global health networking and promotion of responsible leadership by anesthesia residents interested in global health. She has organized many journal club and networking meetings for anesthesia residents and staff over the past 3 years and in 2015 she co-directed a conference and workshop on Safety in Global Anesthesia for Boston area anesthesiologists

Dr Dohlman received HVO’s Golden Apple Award for her teaching efforts overseas in 2007 and in 2014, her global health work was recognized with the American Society of Anesthesia’s Nicholas M Green Award for Outstanding Humanitarian Contribution. In 2016 she received the MGH Global Health Service Award in Excellence in Teaching and Mentoring.