Chair's Welcome

Kevin D. DeLuca, MD


Welcome to the website for the Associated Anesthesiologists of the Finger Lakes. Our group of twelve physicians and five nurse anesthetists administer the anesthetic for every patient who undergoes surgery at Arnot Ogden Medical Center and St. Joseph’s Hospital in Elmira, NY. Our members also provide anesthesia services at other area institutions, including Ira Davenport Memorial Hospital in Bath, Schuyler Hospital in Montour Falls, and Turning Point Ambulatory Surgery Center in Elmira. We take care of a wide variety of patients and procedures, ranging from children who require ear tube placement, to seniors having open heart surgery.

Anesthesiologists and Nurse Anesthetists make sure that the patient is comfortable and safe during surgery, taking care of any medical problems that arise during the operation, and allowing the surgeon to focus on the procedure. We are also recognized as the experts of airway management and pain control, and are frequently asked to assist in the care of patients in the emergency room and intensive care unit.

Advanced monitoring techniques, newer and safer drugs and equipment, and the extensive training of our members have led to a dramatic decrease in the risks to patients over the last several decades. I am proud to be able to say that a recent report by the Healthcare Association of New York State showed our group's safety record to be among the best in the state.

I hope you find our website informative and interesting. We have included detailed information about the most common types of anesthetics, a frequently-asked-question section, and some information about the members of our group. Feel free to let us know if there are any changes that could be made to improve our site, feedback is always welcome.

Information for this website was obtained from the
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)
web site patient information center.