Learn about our residents, our faculty, and our department and program leadership.
Our residents bring incredibly diverse perspectives and backgrounds, further enriching the program and deepening the care experience that our patients receive. They are the heart of our department!
If you have some time, check out this video about our community that was made by members of the class of 2025!
We have over 150 world-class faculty who are dedicated to the development of our residents.
Oluwaseun Johnson-Akeju, MD, MMSc
Dr. Johnson-Akeju is the anesthetist-in-chief at the Massachusetts General Hospital. He completed his undergraduate degree in biology at the New Jersey Institute of Technology and his medical degree at the New Jersey Medical School. This was followed by residency training in anesthesiology at the Massachusetts General Hospital, post-doctoral research training at Harvard University, and a faculty position at the Massachusetts General Hospital. His stated mission for our department is to ensure that we provide the highest standards of clinical care to all patients through outstanding programs in education and research; ensure that everyone is treated with respect and dignity; and, create a resource-rich environment that attracts future leaders in anesthesia, medicine, and science.
Left to right: Yvonne Lai, Daniel Saddawi-Konefka, Keith Baker, Alex Kuo
Daniel Saddawi-Konefka, MD, MBA (Program Director)
Dan’s clinical interests are critical care and anesthesia for thoracic surgery. His research focuses on medical education, motivation, goal pursuit, and feedback. He has four wonderful kids and an amazing wife. On the side, he enjoys “dad jokes”, chess, and woodworking.
Yvonne Lai, MD (Associate Program Director)
Yvonne is a cardiac and critical care anesthesiologist with clinical interests in mechanical circulatory support, perioperative ultrasound and electrophysiology. She has an adorable rabbit named Myshkin and a wonderful husband. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling and photography.
Alexander Kuo, MD, MS (Associate Program Director)
Alex is a cardiac and critical care anesthesiologist with clinical interests in peri-operative ultrasound. His Master’s is in Biomedical Engineering, and his professional interests include the application of engineering tools for medical education. He is originally from Michigan and spends his free time hiking, skiing and playing the guitar.
Keith Baker, MD, PhD (Vice Chair for Education)
Keith’s clinical interests include anesthesia for general and thoracic surgery. He is known for his work on feedback in medical education and for the evidence-based development of expertise (mastery learning). In his downtime, he is a big animal lover and enjoys fly fishing.
“Our anesthesia residency program never ceases to impress me with its atmosphere of warmth, curiosity, and possibility. Here, you will find supportive peers and faculty, unmatched inquisitiveness, a shared drive toward clinical excellence, and endless opportunity to grow.”
“Every day I am surrounded by intelligent, compassionate, and dedicated colleagues who provide the motivation for not only improving myself, but the system in which we practice. It is these colleagues who have transformed me into the physician I am today and will shape the way the field of anesthesia evolves in the future.”
“I am grateful to train in a program that truly values growth and lifelong learning. It makes me proud to work alongside colleagues who wholeheartedly approach patient care while also excelling in interests in and outside of the hospital.”
“Many aspects of residency can be challenging, but what makes it a rewarding experience here at MGH is the culture. When I come into work, I know I will be learning from, and training alongside, some of the most insightful, fun, caring, and humble people I have ever worked with.”
“To me, it’s hard to talk about learning and growth without also talking about purpose. I’m endlessly grateful to the community at MGH that has helped me find joy and meaning in our work and reinforced my commitment to a life of service. What better foundation for my career could I ask for?”