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Dr. Mahmood Tabatabai, MD, PhD

Anesthesiologist

1600 Girard Avenue Philadelphia, PA, 19130

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Dr. Mahmood Tabatabai is an anesthesiologist practicing in Philadelphia, , PA. Dr. Tabatabai ensures the safety of patients who are about to undergo surgery. Anestesiologists specialize in general anesthesia, which will (put the patient to sleep), sedation, which will calm the patient or make him or her unaware of the situation, and regional anesthesia, which just numbs a specific part of the body. As an anesthesiologist, Dr. Tabatabai also might help manage pain after an operation.

Education and Training

Shiraz University of Medical Sciences medical degree 1963

University of Pennsylvania Doctorate degree in Physiology 0

Board Certification

American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA)

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Dr. Mahmood Tabatabai, MD, PhD's Expert Contributions
  • Can you deliver a baby with an epidural?

    Yes. Sincerely, M. Tabatabai, MD, PhD READ MORE

  • Can you be awake during gallbladder surgery?

    Hi. It is possible to do cholecystectomy under epidural anesthesia or spinal anesthesia. But epidural anesthesia is preferred. Good luck. Sincerely, M. Tabatabai, MD, PhD READ MORE

  • Do you get general anesthesia for gallbladder surgery?

    Hi.Yes. Good luck. READ MORE

  • Do they put you to sleep for dislocated shoulder?

    Dislocated shoulder may be treated under general anesthesia or by intravenous sedation. Your anesthesiologist and surgeon will decide together what would be best and safest for your case. With best wishes. M. Tabatabai, MD, PhD READ MORE

  • How long does it take to wake up after breast augmentation?

    Upon completion of the surgical procedure (in your case breast augmentation), the general anesthetic is turned off by the anesthesiology team, and you start to slowly (within minutes to half an hour) wake up from anesthesia. Then you are taken to the Recovery Room and kept under observation until you are fully awake ( another 15 to 30 minutes.) Then you are discharged home. You will go home accompanied by a relative(s) or friend(s). You should avoid driving, operating heavy equipment, and going out for a walk by yourself alone on the first day of your surgery. Wish you the best. M. Tabatabai, MD, PhD READ MORE

  • Can local anesthesia cause headaches?

    Hi, Headache after the use of a local anesthetic is rare, but may happen, and it will go away. The incidence of headache may vary with the location of application of the local anesthetic and the amount used. And the duration of the headache also will vary according to the site of application and the amount used. With best wishes, M. Tabatabai, MD, PhD READ MORE

  • Can anesthesia cause constipation?

    Hi, It may, especially if the operation is on the stomach, small bowel, or large bowel, the so-called Gastro-intestinal Tract. With the advise of your physician, you may take laxatives such as laxatives such as Colace, Diulcolax, Meralax, etc. for relief. Sincerely, M. Tabatabai, MD, PhD READ MORE

  • Can anesthesia cause insomnia?

    Hi. The answer is NO. Sincerely, M. Tabatabai, MD READ MORE

  • How do you detox after general anesthesia?

    Hi, The inhalational anesthetic used to keep you asleep during surgery is eliminated from the body through the respiratory system by breathing fresh air in and breathing out the anesthetic agent. However, there are other agents that are given to patients through their veins to keep them comfortable during general anesthesia. These agents are metabolized by the liver, and excreted by the kidneys. Sincerely, M. Tabatabai, MD, PhD READ MORE

  • Is it normal to lose hair after general anesthesia?

    Hi. Hair loss due to general anesthesia is unusual. There must be other reasons causing hair loss. Sincerely. M. Tabatabai, MD, PhD READ MORE

  • Can anesthesia cause headaches days later?

    Hi. It is possible, but rare. Sincerely, M. Tabatabai, MD, PhD READ MORE

  • How long does it take to feel normal after anesthesia?

    Hi. It is unusual for the residual effects of general anesthesia to last more than 24 hours. Sometimes, there may be inability to urinate, in which case you have to notify your surgeon or anesthesiologist. If there is pain at the site of the surgical incision, medications for pain relief recommended by your surgeon should be used. If you feel sleepy more than 48 hours after general anesthesia, notify your surgeon or anesthesiologist and follow their recommendations. Wish you the best. M. Tabatabai, MD, PhD READ MORE

  • What drugs are used for regional anesthesia?

    Hi, The drugs used are called local anesthetics. The commonly used local anesthetics are Lidocaine, Tetracaine, and Bupivacaine. With best wishes, M. Tabatabai, MD, PhD READ MORE

  • Where is regional anesthesia injected?

    Hi, Regional anesthesia includes Spinal Anesthesia, Epidural Anesthesia, and Nerve (or Nerve Plexus) Block. Spinal Anesthesia is when the local anesthetic is injected into the spinal fluid inside the subarachnoid space. Epidural Anesthesia is when the local anesthetic is injected into the epidural space. Nerve Plexus or Nerve Block is when the local anesthetic is injected very close to the nerves (not into the nerves). Wish you the best, M. Tabatabai, MD, PhD READ MORE

  • How long does it take for spinal anesthesia to wear off?

    Hi, It depends on the type of the anesthetic used and the amount of the anesthetic used. Depending on the type of surgery and the duration needed to perform the surgery, the anesthesiologist decides what anesthetic to use and how much. In general, the spinal anesthesia lasts about one hour to three hours. And for the weakness to go away from the lower extremities, it may take another 30 to 60 minutes. With best wishes, M. Tabatabai, MD, PhD READ MORE

  • Can anesthesia cause dizziness days later?

    Hi. The answer is simply : NO. Sincerely, M. Tabatabai, MD READ MORE

  • Do you breathe on your own under general anesthesia?

    Hi, Yes. Under General Anesthesia, you may breathe by yourself. READ MORE

  • Where does your mind go when under anesthesia?

    Hi. Where does your mind go when you are sleep?! Under general anesthesia, you are in a very deep state of sleep. All the conscious brain activity fully stops, but recovers slowly as the general anesthesia wears off. With best wishes. Thank you. READ MORE

  • What does being under general anesthesia feel like?

    Hi. Under general anesthesia, you feel nothing. You are in a very deep sleep. When the anesthesia wears off, you start to wake up slowly, and regain your normal state. Good luck. Sincerely, READ MORE

  • How likely is it to die under anesthesia?

    For a healthy young individual of your age, the likelihood of death under anesthesia is very, very low. In older individuals with multiple medical conditions, there is a low possibility of death under anesthesia especially if it is a major surgery. Sincerely. READ MORE

Faculty Titles & Positions

  • Chairman Department of Physiology at the Shiraz University of Medical Sciences -
  • Professor of Anesthesiology University of Pittsburgh -
  • Acting Chairman Department of Anesthesia at the VA Medical Center -
  • Chairman Department of Anesthesia at the VA Medical Center -
  • Chairman Department of Anesthesia at the North Philadelphia Health System Hospitals -
  • Editor-in-Chief Iranian Journal of Medical Sciences -

Awards

  • Recognition Award 1963 Iranian Ministry of Science and Higher Education 
  • Research Awards 1977 Ministry 
  • Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award Year  

Professional Memberships

  • American Society of Anesthesiologists  
  • International Anesthesia Research Society  
  • Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine  
  • International Brain Research Organization  
  • Educational Council of the International Union of the Physiological Sciences  
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science  
  • Association of University Anesthesiologists  

Internships

  • Drexel University (1979)

Professional Society Memberships

  • American Society of Anesthesiologists, International Anesthesia Research Society, Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine, International Brain Research Organization, Educational Council of the International Union of the Physiological Sciences, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Association of University Anesthesiologists

Dr. Mahmood Tabatabai, MD, PhD's Practice location

North Philadelphia Health System Hospitals, serving as Chairman.

1600 Girard Avenue -
Philadelphia, , PA 19130
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Get to know Anesthesiologist Dr. Mahmood Tabatabai, who serves patients in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

A veteran educator and medical professional of anesthesiology, Dr. Tabatabai works with patients at his private practice in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is currently in biomedical research related to physiology and anesthesiology.

Throughout his illustrious career, he has held various clinical and academic positions, including Chairman of the Department of Physiology at the Shiraz University of Medical Sciences in Iran, Professor of Anesthesiology at the University of Pittsburgh, Acting Chairman of the Department of Anesthesia at the VA Medical Center in Philadelphia, Chairman of the Department of Anesthesia at the North Philadelphia Health System Hospitals, and Editor-in-Chief of the Iranian Journal of Medical Sciences.

An Iranian native, Dr. Tabatabai earned his medical degree from the Shiraz University of Medical Sciences in Iran back in 1963. After relocating to the United States, he earned his Doctorate degree in Physiology from the University of Pennsylvania. He then went on to complete his internship at Drexel University in 1979, followed by his residency in anesthesiology at the Yale-New Haven Hospital from 1979 to 1982.

With over 50 years of experience, he is a current or past member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, the International Anesthesia Research Society, the Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine, the International Brain Research Organization, the Educational Council of the International Union of the Physiological Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Association of University Anesthesiologists.

Licensed to practice medicine in Pennsylvania, Delaware, West Virginia and California, the doctor is board-certified in anesthesiology by the American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA). As the certifying body for anesthesiologists since 1938, the ABA is committed to partnering with physicians to advance lifelong learning and exceptional patient care. Its mission is to advance the highest standards of the practice of anesthesiology. 

Throughout his line of work, Dr. Tabatabai has written  more than 70 research articles, review articles, and book chapters, as well as more than 80 biomedical abstracts. He attributes his success to his family, his teachers, his hard work and being influenced by other hard-working professionals in the field, and by taking pride in his work and devoting himself to his responsibilities.

Anesthesiology is the medical specialty concerned with the total perioperative care of patients before, during, and after surgery. It encompasses anesthesia, intensive care medicine, critical emergency medicine, and pain medicine. Anesthesiologists have the primary responsibility of monitoring the patient’s vital signs during surgery. In addition to basic measurements such as heart rate, blood pressure, respiration., temperature, they also measure end tidal carbon dioxide pressure (end tidal CO2 ), and blood hemoglobin oxygen saturation by pulse oximetry.

Lauded for his achievements in the field of medicine, Dr. Tabatabai has been presented with numerous accolades such as a Recognition Award from the Iranian Ministry of Science and Higher Education in 1963 for graduating as the top physician in his class, Research Awards through the Ministry in 1974 and 1977, and the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award.

When not working, he enjoys playing tennis, horseback riding, swimming, jogging, reading and listening to the news, as well as watching movies.

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