Steve Gittelman is a nationally board Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist with 38 years of healthcare experience. He received his Bachelor of Science in Nursing with a minor in psychology from the University of New Mexico in 1980. He then graduated with honors with a Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota in 2001.
Along with his work at the Ketamine For Relief Clinic, he currently serves as the Anesthesia Director for a not-for-profit critical access hospital that serves a large patient population in four rural and suburban counties.
Steve’s early healthcare career encompassed working at several Denver hospitals including The Children’s Hospital pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) and Presbyterian/St.Lukes ICU and ER. Steve also gained valuable independent experience treating trauma, high risk, and severely ill patients during his 5 year career as a flight nurse for Air Life of Denver.
His clinical anesthesia expertise encompasses pediatric, cardiovascular, neurosurgical, obstetrical, regional, and general anesthesia in practice settings that span from Level 1 trauma centers in major metropolitan areas, rural critical access hospitals, large regional hospitals, out-patient, to office based settings. His clinical experience exceeds 75,000 hours of patient care.
He was recently asked…What is the most challenging clinical situation? “I’ve taken care of critical patients in rural hospitals with few support services and limited resources. I think managing those situations to ensure good outcomes are both challenging and very rewarding."