James P. Rathmell, M.D.

Chair, Department of Anesthesia

Dr. Rathmell is currently Professor of Anesthesia at Harvard Medical School and Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Health Care. He devotes his time to his clinical practice, research, and education.


Dr. Rathmell’s research has included a mixture of investigator-initiated and industry-sponsored trials examining the effectiveness of new and emerging treatments for pain.


He lectures widely internationally, and has delivered hundreds of lectures to students, medical professionals, and members of the public. Dr. Rathmell currently serves as President of the American Board of Anesthesiology and an Executive Editor for Anesthesiology. He has published extensively, including the second edition of his Atlas of Image-Guided Intervention in Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine.