Steven Boggs, MD, MBA is an anesthesiologist at Regional One Health and the vice chair and professor in the Department of Anesthesiology at University of Tennessee Health Science Center. Dr. Boggs received his medical degree from Pritzker School of Medicine at The University of Chicago where he also completed his internal medicine internship. He completed his anesthesiology residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and earned his MBA from The University of Phoenix in Tempe, Arizona.
“People often state that they want to go into medicine to help people and this is an insufficient reason,” Dr. Boggs said. “There are multiple helping professions one can enter, but what is unique about medicine is that a doctor can apply scientific principles to the care of patients. Physicians must never allow themselves to become technicians, forgetting that patients are looking for compassion and humanity.”
Dr. Boggs said he believes physicians always should strive to make the patient and family experience as positive as possible, considering the situation.
“The goal should be to get the patient in the hospital or clinic quickly, treated optimally and then out of the facility swiftly and happily,” Dr. Boggs said. “People come to us to recover their health, not to spend time with us.”
Dr. Boggs is a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, Association of Anesthesia Clinical Directors and the International Anesthesia Research Society. His work has been published in numerous journals and books and featured in presentations and exhibits. Dr. Boggs has experience in all types of anesthesia such as high-risk obstetrics, cardiovascular, thoracic, trauma and orthopedic, outpatient and non-operating room anesthesia (NORA). Dr. Boggs served more than 10 years in the U.S. Air Force with the rank of major where he provided care to active-duty personnel.