Shahla Siddiqui, MD, D.ABA, MSc, FCCM
Dept of Anesthesiology, Pain, and Intensive Care
Attending, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Instructor, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
I am a Board certified Anesthesiologist and Intensivist with 18 years of clinical experience in academic medicine. I did my residency at the University of Maryland and a Critical Care Medicine fellowship at Columbia University, NY in 2002. I have a special interest in Medical ethics with a Masters from the National University of Singapore. I have had global experience practicing in University affiliated hospitals in Asia before working at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. I have a research interest in humanities and medical ethics as well as a passion for medical education. I have published several peer reviewed articles and chapters as well as have held multiple funded grants. I am an ardent supporter of women’s academic and professional movements, and am a very active member of the American Society of Anesthesia’s Critical Care Medicine and Ethics committees as well as the ASA Covid 19 Council. My focus is on qualitative methodology and ethical reviews. I have been involved in helming educational, professional and research talks and webinars through the ASA and SCCM on pandemic related topics throughout 2020. I have voiced strong support for women academics in newsletters and an ad hoc committee at the ASA during the pandemic and also voiced this in the language sent to the incoming US administration via the COVID Council of the ASA. I was also part of the COVID 19 Crisis Standards of Care ethics Work group for BILH for pandemic related triage decisions. I have recently been invited to join the Sadhguru Center for a Conscious planet at BIDMC, and the Schwartz Center of compassionate care. I hope to continue in these educational and research endeavors in the future. My career and personal goals involve enhancing an emotional awareness and ability to harness a compassion for humanity within myself and those whom I can influence. With the help of CENTER, I am conducting a study funded by the Healthcare delivery Sciences grant on: ‘Forging Interprofessional Education in the Perioperative Setting in the Time of COVID 19’. This novel project brings anesthesia and surgery residents and nursing staff of the preoperative area together to discuss real life case vignettes themed around important topics that can arise during integrated team work with a focus on team coaching and understanding different perspectives using emotional intelligence tools. These sessions have helped bridge gaps in communication between professions and help improve interpersonal relationships.