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Ruben Azocar, MD, Anesthesiology, Boston, MA, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center


Anesthesiology Boston, MA

Critical Care Medicine, Perioperative Care

Vice President for Perioperative Services. Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Strategic Innovation | Growth Catalyst | Quality Enhancement | Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

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  • Ruben Azocar is a Senior Physician Executive who leverages clinical expertise, business acumen and people management skills to optimize organizational performance and patient care. He brings at 20+-year record of creating clinical programs that drive quality and revenue for academic medical centers in Boston. As a practicing anesthesiologist and teacher, Ruben is passionate about inspiring the next generation of physicians, and to that end, he has developed premier graduate medical education and research programs in multiple hospitals.

    Ruben’s expertise includes strategic partnerships, growth initiatives, quality enhancement, process improvement and DEI activities. He is known as a consensus builder, with a talent for uniting stakeholders at all levels to achieve ambitious goals.

    Currently, Ruben is Vice President of Perioperative Services at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He previously held clinical/operational as Professor and Chair of Anesthesiology at Tufts Medical Center; he also ran a surgical intensive care unit for Boston Medical Center.

    In addition, Ruben has served in leadership positions for the Massachusetts and American Societies of Anesthesiology and as an examiner for the American Board of Anesthesiology.

Education & Training

  • Harvard University
    Harvard UniversityMHCM, Master in Healthcare Management , 2014 - 2016
  • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard Medical School
    Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard Medical SchoolFellowship, Critical Care Medicine (Anesthesiology), 2000 - 2001
  • Boston University Medical Center
    Boston University Medical CenterResidency, Anesthesiology, 1997 - 2000
  • John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County
    John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook CountyCritical Care Medicine, 1996 - 1997
  • University of Miami/Jackson Health System
    University of Miami/Jackson Health SystemResidency, Surgery, 1994 - 1996
  • Central University of Venezuela
    Central University of VenezuelaClass of 1993

Certifications & Licensure

  • MA State Medical License
    MA State Medical License 2000 - 2024
  • IL State Medical License
    IL State Medical License 1996 - 1999
  • American Board of Anesthesiology Anesthesiology
  • American Board of Anesthesiology Critical Care Medicine

Awards, Honors, & Recognition

  • Board Member Samaritans of Boston, 2023
  • Fellow American Society of Anesthesiologists (FASA) American Society of Anesthesiologists, 2017
  • True Blue Award Tufts Medical Center, 2015
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Publications & Presentations



  • Hot Topics in Anesthesia + ACLS + NRP + PALS 
    Northwest Anesthesia Seminars, Inc., Las Vegas, Nevada - 9/9/2013
  • 7th Ellison Pierce Symposium: Positioning Your ORs for the Future, a Business, Risk & Clinical Update 
    Boston University School of Medicine Continuing Medical Education, Boston, Massachusetts - 5/3/2012


  • Chair, ASA Committee in Geriatric Anesthesiology 2012 - 2014

Professional Memberships

Other Languages

  • Spanish

Hospital Affiliations