Our People

Learn about our residents, our faculty, and our department and program leadership.

Our Residents

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!

Get to know our residents through their online profiles.

If you have some time, check out our tribute to the incredible MGH Class of 2021.

Our Faculty

We have over 150 world-class faculty who are dedicated to the development of our residents.

Last year’s annual weekend Faculty Education Retreat, where our faculty learn about teaching and evidence-based education.

Department Chair

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.

Program Leadership

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.

Chief Residents

“I absolutely love our philosophy of “deliberate practice,” wherein we are inspired to push ourselves at the edge of our own competency to evolve into the best anesthesiologists we can possibly be, supported by our incredible staff and peers.”

Elisa Walsh, MD

Jan 2021 - Dec 2021

“I am very fortunate to work among brilliant colleagues who are caring, down-to-earth, motivated, and incredibly dedicated to their patients – and that these colleagues have become my close friends and family.”

Lucy Li, MD

Jul 2021 - Jun 2022

“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.”

Lukas Matern, MD

Jan 2022 - Dec 2022

“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.”

Chris Aiudi, MD

Jul 2022 - Jun 2023