George Alec Rooke M.D., Ph.D.

 George  Alec Rooke M.D., Ph.D.

Bio

Dr. Rooke is a UW professor in the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine. He is currently medical director of the Pre-Anesthesia Clinic. His major…

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Patient Care Philosophy

I enjoy helping patients through their surgical experience. It is rewarding to allay patients' fears, provide them the best possible anesthetic and pain relief after surgery, and do everything I can to make their experience successful. I especially appreciate medically challenging patients, such as the older patient or those with serious, chronic medical conditions.

Personal Interests

I enjoy hiking, backpacking, sailing and cross-country skiing.

Clinical Interests

Anesthesia for older patients; management of pacemakers and ICDs for surgical procedures involving electrocautery.

Research Interests

Effect of anesthesia on the cardiovascular system in geriatrics; determinants of myocardial oxygen consumption; anesthesia and other medical equipment.

Education

InstitutionCredentialYear
Univ. of Washington, School of MedicineMedical education1980
Harvard Medical SchoolTeaching Appointment
UC Davis Medical CenterInternship
Univ. of Washington, School of MedicineFellowship
Univ. of Washington, School of MedicineResidency
UW - Dept. of AnesthesiologyTeaching Appointment

DegreeDescriptionYear
MD1980

Board Certifications

CertificationSpecialtyYear
American Board of AnesthesiologyAnesthesiology1986
Dr. Rooke is a UW professor in the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine. He is currently medical director of the Pre-Anesthesia Clinic. His major interests include anesthesia for the older patient, management of pacemakers and ICDs at surgery and cardiovascular physiology.

Dr. Rooke earned his bachelor’s degree at Stanford University in physics followed by an M.D. in 1980 at the University of Washington (M.D./Ph.D. program). After two years of internal medicine residency at UC Davis, he returned to Seattle to complete a residency in anesthesiology and a fellowship in cardiovascular anesthesiology. He was the first person in the United States to complete a fellowship in geriatric anesthesia. He is board certified in anesthesiology.

Dr. Rooke continues to be active in geriatric anesthesiology. A member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists Committee on Geriatric Anesthesia since 1994 (and prior chair), he was also the founding president (in 2000) of the Society for the Advancement of Geriatric Anesthesia (sagahq.org) and continues his work with that organization as treasurer.

More recently, he started a program at UW Medical Center in which anesthesiologists manage pacemaker and ICD analysis and programming when patients with such devices present for surgery. As part of the educational process for such management, Dr. Rooke was the fourth anesthesiologist in the country to pass the International Board of Heart Rhythm Examiners certification test for physicians. He continues to be the director of that program.