You want to know that you have a family around you.

“As a female who identifies with many minority groups such as a refugee, an Asian American, and a member of the LGBTQ community, it was important for me to find a diverse and inclusive residency program that would also train me to be excellent anesthesiologist. I found that program here at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Over the past two years at BWH, I have grown both professionally and personally due to the open relationships that I have developed with my colleagues and mentors.”

Dr. Tu Anh Tran (c/o 2022)

BWH Peri-Op Family Day

Featuring BWH alum, Dr. Jason Yong's family

Dr. Tara Carey, BWH alum, in one of her favorite Brigham memories: being with her children on Perioperative Family Day 

Favorite anesthesia tool: the classic "ramp"

Best advice: (from Dr. Lawrence Tsen) When you receive negative or critical feedback, even if you don’t agree with it or think it is untrue, take a moment and ask yourself if it is at least 10% true. If it is even 10% true, try to learn what you can from that 10% and do better.

Dr. Christopher Chen

What's kept you at the Brigham after graduation?  “The people. 100%. They’re all family to me. They trained and mentored me, worked alongside me, and motivated me to always strive to be better.” Throughout his time in Boston, Dr. Chen points out that our #BrighamFamily has “watched me get married, been there for the birth of our son, and supported me in my first year of fatherhood. These friendships and bonds are irreplaceable.”❣️ 

Advice to residents: “3 years go by fast, savor the moments and friendships. Keep an open mind and try new things. Be a sponge and absorb different techniques; keep what you like and discard what you don’t once you graduate.”🧑🏽‍🎓 

“After finishing medical school back home (Tehran, Iran), I came to Boston and it has been my new home since then. When I chose BWH anesthesia for residency, I had already completed 3 years of post-doctoral research fellowship and 3 years of pediatric residency. With no doubt, I had a different perspective of an ideal work environment compared to when I graduated from medical school. My topmost priority was a diverse program that strives for inclusiveness and respect for difference, where I can find a balance in how I pursue professional excellence, while remaining true to, and present for, my other identity – being a mother of two. I could have never been happier with my choice and I am very grateful to be part of the BWH anesthesia family.”

Dr. Mona Heydat (c/o 2021)

 Sascha Beutler, MD, PhD

After anesthesia residency at BWH, Dr. Beutler briefly left to complete a Critical Care and Periop TEE Fellowship. She rejoined us as Associate Program Director in 2010, and then Program director in 2021.

What do you enjoy about your role? “getting to know and interact with our residents, who will be the future leaders of our specialty!”

What do you look for in an applicant? “individuals with diverse interests and fun personalities who will not only inspire your career but also become life long friends.”

Favorite anesthesia tool? large oral airway 

Advice to residents? “continually tailor your decisions to what feels right for yourself” 

When “Not Available for Page”? hot yoga classes, spend time with her two beautiful girls - ages 9 and 11 years old