From The Residency Program Leadership Team


The Nuts & Bolts

Our young and energetic Residency Program Leadership Team has a genuine interest in each and every one of you. Established on October 1st, 1958, this residency program has served the Cleveland community for years providing high acuity care to an extremely complex patient population. We boast heavy clinical base year anesthesiology experience, early sub-specialty exposure and anesthesiologist-led surgical and cardiothoracic Intensive Care Units. Clinical exposure to complex intraoperative cases, to our Level 1 trauma center and to our expanding regional and outpatient rotations greatly augments trainee experience. Education is a top priority – CA1 to CA3 residents enjoy weekly education half days, monthly subspecialty journal clubs, regular simulation sessions and intermittent education retreats throughout the year. Independent learners thrive in our fast paced environment, and we seek to support you every step of the way. We prioritize your wellness knowing it is key to learning and long term satisfaction with the field; UH provides valuable and easily accessible resources to help you navigate residency. From individual class representatives and a specialized Team Building Chief to an open door policy with program leadership and an institutional Employee Assistance Program, we make sure that you have support at every level. All of our residents belong to mentor pods led by a dedicated faculty member and colleagues from each class. We proudly promise a commitment to you and your goals as you develop your career in the field of anesthesiology, and this our vision.

Our Vision

Our leadership objective - beyond graduating phenomenal bedside physicians - is creating a cohort of trailblazers who align organizational, departmental and personal goals to drive meaningful system change every day. Our impact as physicians is multiplied when we understand the challenges that arise at the interface between clinical care and the surrounding administrative or political ecosystem, and when we are intrinsically motivated to take action to implement positive solutions. It is at this interface that doctors are uniquely positioned to bring an incredible added value on a daily basis in the form of improved patient outcome, improved patient experience and better healthcare value. In a broader context, we are also committed to creating a cohort of leaders who are acutely aware of national policy and physician advocacy, and who have interest in taking charge of the future of this wonderful specialty that is Anesthesiology. We are proud to be physician anesthesiologists, and we welcome you to our team.

Our Core Values. (Join us only if you share these values too!)

Excellence. We will settle for nothing less than the best patient care.

Diversity. We seek diversity in people, thought, experiences, and perspectives.

Integrity. We value a sincere work ethic and commitment to the right thing when no one is looking.

Compassion. We regard colleagues and patients with utmost respect and empathy.

Teamwork. Our impact & learning is magnified when we function within a collaborative setting.

Thank you for visiting us. We hope you share the same enthusiasm for anesthesiology, medicine and education that drives us to work every day. We are proud to call University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center our home, and we hope that you will do the same one day too!

Dr. Mada Helou
Program Director

Dr. Nick Pesa
Associate Program Director