In Memoriam: Richard A. Jaffe, PhD, MD - 6/12/2023
It is with profound sadness that we pay tribute to the esteemed Richard A. Jaffe, PhD,
MD, a remarkable physician, beloved teacher, prolific author, devoted advocate for
medical education, and a dear friend. Dr. Jaffe’s expertise in neurosurgical anesthesia,
his passion for teaching residents and fellows, and his commitment to excellence have
left an indelible impression on the medical community and the many lives he touched.
Dr. Jaffe's knowledge and skill in the realm of neuroanesthesiology were unparalleled.
With his profound understanding of the delicate balance between patient care and the
intricate demands of complex neurosurgery, he brought comfort, expertise, and an
unrelenting commitment to his role which earned him widespread respect and
admiration amongst his peers.
Beyond his exceptional medical acumen, Dr. Jaffe possessed a remarkable talent for
education. He tirelessly nurtured the next generation of anesthesiologists, imparting not
only his vast knowledge but also his passion for the field. With an innate ability to make
complex concepts accessible and engaging, he inspired countless young physicians to
pursue excellence in their chosen paths. Dr. Jaffe's impact as an educator will continue
to reverberate through the accomplishments of his trainees, who carry forward his
principles and commitment to patient care.
The influence of Dr. Jaffe extended beyond his clinical practice and mentorship. He
authored the renowned "Anesthesiologist's Manual of Surgical Procedures," that
continues to guide countless professionals in the field. His meticulous attention to detail
and comprehensive approach have made this textbook an invaluable resource,
ensuring the highest standards of patient care around the world.
In addition to his many professional achievements, Dr. Jaffe had a delightful passion for
chocolate. Colleagues and friends fondly recall his genuine enthusiasm for exploring the
artistry and flavors of this delectable treat. His love for chocolate was not only a
testament to his appreciation of the finer things in life but also a reflection of his vibrant
personality and zest for life.
The loss of Dr. Richard A. Jaffe leaves a void in the medical community that cannot be
filled. His expertise, compassion, and fierce dedication to his patients and profession
will forever be remembered. While we mourn his passing, we also celebrate the
extraordinary life he lived and the lasting legacy he leaves behind. Dr. Jaffe's
contributions will continue to inspire generations of medical professionals, and his
memory will forever be cherished by those fortunate enough to have known him.
-The Division of Neuroanesthesia at Stanford University Medical Center
The Neuroanesthesia rotation offers extensive experience in perioperative neurosurgical patient care. In addition to mastering neuropharmacology, neurophysiology and common pathophysiology, by the end of the rotation residents will be expected to display substantial independence in preparation for and anticipation of peri-operative problems.
They should be able to prioritize a patient's disease states, as well as anticipate inherent surgical issues, designing an anesthetic plan accordingly. By the end of the rotation the resident should require minimal to no assistance in executing an anesthetic plan, as his/her skill set in airway management, invasive monitoring, intravenous access, and regional techniques are well developed.
A senior level resident is also expected to identify and manage post-operative problems. The acquisition of knowledge is paramount to a successful and safe anesthetic consultant.
Daily interaction and consultation with attendings serve to augment clinical experience. Attendance at the senior level weekly lecture series in addition to Grand Rounds is expected. It is also the expectation of the department that residents will partake in independent reading.
Clinical evaluations of residents during the Neuroanesthesia rotation occur at the end of each month. It is a written and composite evaluation of Neuroanesthesia attendings that have worked with the particular resident. Attendings may also elect to perform individual on-line evaluations.
Formal evaluation of knowledge acquisition occurs with the in-service exam and the AKT test. An outline of learning objectives and goals with suggested topics of discussion are incorporated into the Neuroanesthesia syllabus. Though not all-inclusive, it serves as a guide to both resident and attending, to gauge progress. A list of clinical practice goals are also provided in the syllabus.