Clinical Focus

  • Anesthesia

Academic Appointments

  • Clinical Associate Professor, Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine

Professional Education

  • Residency:Brigham and Women's Hospital Harvard Medical School (2005) MA
  • Internship:Brigham and Women's Hospital Harvard Medical School (2002) MA
  • Board Certification: Anesthesia, American Board of Anesthesiology (2006)
  • Medical Education:Harvard Medical School (2001) MA


2016-17 Courses

Graduate and Fellowship Programs


All Publications

  • Factor VIII Inhibitor Bypass Activity and Recombinant Activated Factor VII in Cardiac Surgery JOURNAL OF CARDIOTHORACIC AND VASCULAR ANESTHESIA Rao, V. K., Lobato, R. L., Bartlett, B., Klanjac, M., Mora-Mangano, C. T., Soran, P. D., Oakes, D. A., Hill, C. C., van der Starre, P. J. 2014; 28 (5): 1221-1226
  • Perioperative management of combined carotid and coronary artery bypass grafting procedures. Anesthesiology clinics Oakes, D. A., Eichenbaum, K. D. 2014; 32 (3): 699-721


    The objective of this review is to provide a high level overview on current thinking for treatment of patients with combined carotid and coronary artery disease given that these patients are at higher risk of adverse cardiac events, stroke, and death. This review discusses (1) the current literature addressing perioperative stroke risk in the setting of coronary artery bypass graft, (2) the literature regarding different surgical approaches when both carotid and coronary revascularization are being considered, and (3) the data available to guide optimal management of this complex patient population to minimize complications regardless of the surgical approach taken.

    View details for DOI 10.1016/j.anclin.2014.05.005

    View details for PubMedID 25113728

  • Congenital Anomalies of the Aortic Arch in Acute Type-A Aortic Dissection: Implications for Monitoring, Perfusion Strategy, and Surgical Repair JOURNAL OF CARDIOTHORACIC AND VASCULAR ANESTHESIA Maxwell, B. G., Harrington, K. B., Beygui, R. E., Oakes, D. A. 2014; 28 (3): 467-472


    To assess whether management of acute Stanford type-A aortic dissection differs in patients with congenital anomalies of the aortic arch compared with standard institutional practice.Retrospective analysis of all consecutive patients from 2001 through 2011.Quaternary referral center for surgical management of thoracic aortic disease.All patients with arch anomalies who underwent surgery for acute Stanford type-A aortic dissection during the study period (n = 43).Surgical management, anesthetic monitoring, and perfusion strategy were analyzed in a retrospective fashion. No new interventions were undertaken as part of this study.Management differed most in patients with an aberrant right subclavian artery (n = 5), because the institutional standard of right axillary artery cannulation with left upper extremity arterial pressure monitoring was not possible. In patients with one of two "bovine" arch patterns (n = 32), management differed in the conduct of selective antegrade cerebral perfusion, which could include clamping above or below the takeoff of the left common carotid artery (and, therefore, produced unilateral or bilateral antegrade cerebral perfusion). All patients with a connective tissue disorder exhibited a bovine arch pattern. Management of patients with a right arch (n = 3) reflected the opposite of management for normal anatomy (for patients with traditional mirror-image branching) or opposite that of the aberrant right subclavian group (for patients who had a corresponding aberrant left subclavian artery).Rational management reflected the anatomic variations observed. These results support the importance of interdisciplinary planning, especially in an emergency, to optimize outcome.

    View details for DOI 10.1053/j.jvca.2013.12.001

    View details for Web of Science ID 000338090500006

  • Tricuspid Regurgitation Jet Velocity Suggestive of Severe Pulmonary Hypertension JOURNAL OF CARDIOTHORACIC AND VASCULAR ANESTHESIA Maxwell, B. G., Oakes, D. A., Lobato, R. L., Hill, C. C. 2014; 28 (2): 433-434
  • Safety of Transesophageal Echocardiography JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF ECHOCARDIOGRAPHY Hilberath, J. N., Oakes, D. A., Shernan, S. K., Bulwer, B. E., D'Ambra, M. N., Eltzschig, H. K. 2010; 23 (11): 1115-1127


    Since its introduction into the operating room in the early 1980s, transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) has gained widespread use during cardiac, major vascular, and transplantation surgery, as well as in emergency and intensive care medicine. Moreover, TEE has become an invaluable diagnostic tool for the management of patients with cardiovascular disease in a nonoperative setting. In comparison with other diagnostic modalities, TEE is relatively safe and noninvasive. However, the insertion and manipulation of the ultrasound probe can cause oropharyngeal, esophageal, or gastric trauma. Here, the authors review the safety profile of TEE by identifying complications and propose a set of relative and absolute contraindications to probe placement. In addition, alternative echocardiographic modalities (e.g., epicardial echocardiography) that may be considered when TEE probe placement is contraindicated or not feasible are discussed.

    View details for DOI 10.1016/j.echo.2010.08.013

    View details for Web of Science ID 000283437300001

    View details for PubMedID 20864313

  • Cardiopulmonary Bypass in 2009: Achieving and Circulating Best Practices ANESTHESIA AND ANALGESIA Oakes, D. A., Mangano, C. T. 2009; 108 (5): 1368-1370

    View details for DOI 10.1213/ane.0b013e31819d657e

    View details for Web of Science ID 000265422300003

    View details for PubMedID 19372307

  • Intraoperative monitoring of elephant trunk kinking with transesophageal echocardiography JOURNAL OF CARDIOTHORACIC AND VASCULAR ANESTHESIA Oakes, D. A., Sze, D. Y., Frisoli, J. K., Mitchell, R. S., Harris, E. J., Thu, C., van der Starre, P. J. 2007; 21 (4): 584-586

    View details for DOI 10.1053/j.jvca.2006.11.002

    View details for Web of Science ID 000248766100023

    View details for PubMedID 17678793