New patients are seen only by referral from another physician either within the Mayo Clinic system or in the community. Patients are seen with the expectation that injections or other procedures may play a role in treating a specific painful condition. When injections or procedures are not successful or not appropriate, management of painful conditions may be treated with various medications.

Among the specialized services provided by the department are:

  • Administration of anesthesia in all subspecialties
  • Critical care
  • Coordination of comprehensive pain management services
  • Diagnosis of acute and chronic pain syndromes
  • Injections and nerve blocks
  • Intraoperative transesophageal echocardiography
  • Management of acute and chronic pain
  • Medical management of painful conditions
  • Nursing and case management
  • Obstetric analgesia and anesthesia
  • Preoperative medical evaluations
  • Perioperative pain management
  • Point-of-care ultrasound
  • Spinal cord stimulation
  • Spinal-infusion systems

Note: In Florida, preoperative and postoperative care, including pain therapy and critical care, is provided in conjunction with the Department of Pain Medicine and the Department of Critical Care Medicine. Also, not all services are available at each campus.

Mayo Clinic has one of the largest and most experienced practices in the United States, with campuses in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota. Staff skilled in dozens of specialties work together to ensure quality care and successful recovery.

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The field of anesthesia changes continually with the introduction of new drugs, equipment, and surgical and radiological interventions. Department members are organized into subspecialty groups, each focusing on a segment of anesthesiology. Their expertise is a resource for everyone, enabling the department to stay at the forefront of the specialty.

Subspecialty areas include cardiovascular diseases; ear, nose and throat surgery; general surgery; intensive care; neurosurgery; obstetrics; orthopedics; pain medicine; pediatrics; plastic surgery; urology; thoracic surgery; and transplantation.

Reputation and rankings

U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals

U.S. News & World Report has named Mayo Clinic to its annual list of "Best Hospitals" for more than 20 years. Hospitals named to the Honor Roll are part of a small group recognized for breadth of excellence.

To be included on the Honor Roll, a medical center must rank at or near the top in at least six of the 16 medical specialties included in the rankings. Mayo Clinic consistently ranks high for gastroenterology, kidney disease and disorders, heart care, cancer, orthopedics, diabetes and endocrinology, urology and other specialties.

U.S. News & World Report rankings are based on factors such as mortality index, patient safety, nurse staffing and Magnet status, patient services, and technology. Current U.S. News & World Report transplant-related rankings include:

  • Cancer
  • Cardiology and heart care
  • Diabetes and endocrinology
  • Ear, nose and throat
  • Gastroenterology
  • Geriatrics
  • Nephrology
  • Pulmonology
  • Rehabilitation
  • Urology

Top ranked surgical programs

Mayo Clinic is consistently ranked as one of the best hospitals in the nation by US News & World Report, reflecting overall excellence but also high scores in the ranking's surgical categories, including but not limited to:

  • Cardiology & heart surgery
  • Ear, nose & throat
  • Gastroenterology & GI surgery
  • Neurology & neurosurgery
  • Pulmonology & lung surgery

Quality Leadership Award

Three Mayo Clinic hospitals received the 2019 Bernard A. Birnbaum, M.D., Quality Leadership Award. This award recognizes superior performance, as measured by Vizient's Quality and Accountability Study, which has been conducted annually since 2005.

Nursing Magnet recognition

Mayo Clinic in Arizona, Florida and Rochester have been awarded Magnet recognition for their nursing programs. The Magnet Recognition Program recognizes health care organizations for quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice.

American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program

The American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program has recognized Mayo Clinic Hospital — Rochester, Saint Marys Campus, and Mayo Clinic Hospital, Phoenix, Arizona as two of 83 participating hospitals that have achieved meritorious outcomes for surgical patient care. As a participant in the program, Mayo tracks the outcomes of inpatient and outpatient surgical procedures to direct quality-improvement efforts.

Many Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine members are active in research. The department sponsors a wide array of research projects, ranging from very basic investigations of anesthetic effects on subcellular function to more-clinical projects directed toward goals that will have a direct impact on patient care, such as reducing the need for perioperative transfusions and improving the management of chronic pain.

Explore Mayo Clinic's range of anesthesiology and perioperative medicine research on the Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine research website.

Publications

See a list of publications by Mayo Clinic doctors on PubMed, a service of the National Library of Medicine.

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