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Benjamin K. Mizell, MD, an anesthesiologist with a proven track record of leading major Mass Eye and Ear initiatives including its electronic medical record integration, has been named chief of Anesthesia at Mass Eye and Ear. Dr. Mizell, who first joined Mass Eye and Ear in 2012 as a staff anesthesiologist, will assume this new leadership role on February 1, 2023. Dr. Mizell will oversee a department that boasts more than 30 anesthesiologists and 15 certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs) who have a specialized expertise in procedures related to conditions affecting the eyes, ears, nose, throat, head and neck. 

“After an extensive search, Dr. Mizell was the obvious choice to lead Mass Eye and Ear’s anesthesiology department given his management track record overseeing major hospital initiatives, expertise in anesthesiology care and operations, and positive and passionate energy he has for patients and his medical staff colleagues,” said CarolAnn Williams, Interim President at Mass Eye and Ear. “Dr. Mizell’s expertise, with the collaboration of the departments of ophthalmology, otolaryngology and nursing, will help facilitate improvements for processes of hospital interfaces to streamline the overall patient and staff experience.”

Dr. Mizell, a native of St. Francisville, La., began his medical career as an undergraduate when he took on a job as a medical technician in an emergency room. He then attended medical school at LSU Health Shreveport School of Medicine, before he completed residencies in internal medicine and pediatrics at the University of Utah, Salt Lake City where he became chief resident. Following his training, he joined the hospital as a staff physician, and developed and led a hospitalist group that specialized in children with chronic diseases at Primary Children's Hospital in Salt Lake City.

Dr. Mizell relocated to Massachusetts in 2010, where he completed another residency in anesthesia at Brigham and Women's Hospital, before joining the faculty of Mass Eye and Ear in 2012. At Mass Eye and Ear he oversaw numerous program initiatives, including the EPIC integration of the hospital. He was appointed OR (operating room) medical director in 2020 and also serves on the Board of Anesthesiology credentialing committee.

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