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February 22, 2024

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National Certified Anesthesiologist Assistants Week Spotlight: Matthew Ciotti

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In the dynamic landscape of healthcare, where precision and compassion converge, TeamHealth stands committed to excellence in patient care. There are many integral pieces to this dedication to patients, but one specifically in Anesthesia services is Certified Anesthesiologist Assistants (CAAs). As an organization, TeamHealth recognizes the invaluable contributions of CAAs in ensuring seamless, high-quality experiences for patients throughout their surgical journeys.

Meet Matthew

Embarking on a journey in anesthesia requires not just expertise but a profound commitment to the well-being of individuals undergoing surgical procedures. Come along as Matthew sheds light on the pivotal role of CAAs in patient care, emphasizing their significance before, during, and after surgeries.

Matthew: Hi! I’m Matthew Ciotti and I’ve been a CAA for over 15 years. I graduated from Case Western Reserve University in 2008 and am currently working at The Christ Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio. I serve as the Chief CAA here and am also part of the Cardiac Anesthesia Team. I chose the CAA path because I was always interested in medicine. It provides me the opportunity to work in a care team environment. Mostly, it affords me the privilege to help care for people in my community.

Finding Joy in Caring for Others

The significance of CAAs in the care journey becomes evident in Matthew’s perspective, underscoring the privilege inherent in the profession.

Matthew: CAAs are a vital part of the Anesthesia Care Team. We are critical in the care of patients before, during, and after surgical procedures. It truly is a privilege to care for others. The best part of my job is the people; my colleagues as well as the patients. I have the opportunity every day to meet new people and help care for them at some of the most challenging times that they face.

Advice for Future CAAs

Matthew has some pointers for those looking to embark on the journey into the world of Anesthesia as a CAA.

Matthew: If you have a passion for people and aiding them through what can be an unknown or anxiety-inducing experience, think about becoming a CAA. My advice to anyone interested in becoming a CAA would be to reach out to our national organization the American Academy of Anesthesiologist Assistants (AAAA), any of our state academies, or any of the CAA educational programs for information. There are also numerous pre-CAA organizations at various universities throughout the country.

As Certified Anesthesiologist Assistant (CAA) Week draws to a close, TeamHealth stands as a steadfast advocate, recognizing and celebrating the pivotal role of CAAs in shaping the landscape of anesthesia care. With a commitment to excellence, TeamHealth continues to empower CAAs, fostering an environment that not only acknowledges their expertise but also prioritizes the profound impact they make on patient experiences. As we applaud CAAs across the nation, we affirm our dedication to upholding the highest standards in anesthesia care, ensuring that every patient encounter is marked by quality, empathy, and a commitment to first-in-class healthcare experiences.

See more from our celebration of National Certified Anesthesiologist Assistants here.