Astrid Liland, M.D.
Academic Role: Assistant Professor
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After finishing my medical school studies in Norway, the specialty of anesthesiology brought me to Boston where I completed my anesthesia residency training under Dr. Richard Kitz at Mass. General Hospital followed by a 1½ year clinical and research fellowship with Dr. Warren Zapol on problems related to respiratory diseases, and utilizing extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) for patients in end-stage respiratory failure.
After another two years at Mass. General, I joined the faculty at the University of Massachusetts in 1978. I have enjoyed working as a clinical anesthesiologist as UMass has expanded its role as a Level 1 trauma center, and has become one of the leading trauma hospitals in the northeast. It has been an interesting and challenging course with a variety of problems and obstacles to overcome on the way.
I have always loved trying to develop a close human contact with patients. The challenge of being able to understand how they think and feel, to understand their fears, and to listen sincerely to what they tell me is always my first priority. This way I have been able to gain their trust in the short time period the anesthesiologist has at his or her disposal.
Over the past fifteen years I have concentrated my anesthesia practice on ambulatory procedures, first at the University campus and now at the Hahnemann campus. All members of the patient care team strive to keep first-class patient care at the center of our care.
Being physically fit and active has certainly helped me through many busy workdays and nights. Fitness training, an outdoor life with walks in the woods on our farm in central Massachusetts, studying birds, on horseback or by hiking, and skiing in the winters, all help to give a great perspective and respect for the precious and gratifying work we perform as medical professionals. Even after 35 years as a physician I cannot imagine a more gratifying and interesting profession.
[After 33 years of service to the Department of Anesthesiology at UMass, Dr. Liland retired in 2011.]
MD, University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway, 1967
Massachusetts General Hospital, Residency in Anesthesiology, 1971-1972
Massachusetts General Hospital, Clinical Fellowship in Anesthesiology, 1974-1975