Maya Jalbout Hastie, MD, EdD appointed Vice Chair for Education

Maya Jalbout Hastie, MD, EdD is the department’s new Vice Chair for Education. Dr. Hastie will partner with the leaders of our education programs, including the residency and fellowship directors, to advance the educational mission of the department. Dr. Hastie completed her residency training in anesthesiology at the American University of Beirut (AUB), Lebanon, and joined the department in 2005 after completing fellowships in both cardiothoracic and pediatric anesthesiology.

She also is a nationally recognized medical educator and scholar. In 2019, she was awarded a doctoral degree in education from Teachers College after she completed her thesis on the perceptions toward leadership of women in academic medicine. Dr. Hastie participated in the development of a certificate program for medical educators at Teachers College and serves as a physician-faculty member on the Advanced Certification in Adult Learning and Leadership for Medical Educators.

Dr. Hastie’s passion for teaching and learning in anesthesiology will energize her role as the department's Vice Chair for Education. “I fell in love with anesthesia during my med student rotation,” she said. “I remember walking the green tiled floors of the operating room at AUB thinking, ‘this feels like home.’ Anesthesia is a combination of knowledge and art. Ideally, anesthesiologists are the ultimate physician: you know about every organ, about every disease and its treatment, and about the surgeries. It needs technical dexterity, the need to think quickly on your feet, and the ability to manage stressful situations. It’s an exciting and rewarding specialty.”  

As the program director of one of the country’s leading adult cardiothoracic anesthesiology (ACTA) fellowships, Dr. Hastie has been responsible for expanding the fellowship by more than 25%. For our residency program, she helped create a longitudinal ACTA curriculum, and developed a novel method for residents to prepare for the objective structured clinical exam. She also helped shape the development of the new clinical-educator track for the residency program.

She is deeply commited to equity and inclusion in our working and learning environments. Dr. Hastie co-chairs the department’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force and serves on the executive board of the Women in Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology Committee in the Society of Cardiothoracic Anesthesiologists. She is also a founding member of the Women Physicians in Anesthesiology committee of the New York State Society of Anesthesiologists.