oilpaintingDr. Sam Rodriguez is currently a pediatric anesthesiologist at Lucille Packard Hospital for Children at Stanford. Images of his oil painting are published in the article “The Transfer of Care,” which appears in this month’s issue of Anesthesia & Analgesia.

The project is a 24″x30″ oil painting titled “The Transfer of Care,” which I completed while I was on staff at Boston Children’s Hospital last year. The painting was funded by, and is currently hanging in, the Department of Pediatric Anesthesia at Boston Children’s Hospital.

Though pediatric anesthesiologists frequently focus on the technical aspects, the psychosocial aspects of the field are probably the most challenging and take the longest to learn. The image shows a family as they hand over their child to a caregiver. Imagine the rest.

In addition to anesthesia, I also have a background in fine art and medical illustration, though biology was my college major. I studied oil painting in college at Washington University in St. Louis, and I took night classes in figure drawing and painting at the University of Pennsylvania while I was enrolled there for medical school. Over the last few years I have also been doing medical illustration for medical journals, textbooks, and patient education materials. Last year I helped to teach a course at Harvard Medical School using art to teach medical students observational skills used in the physical exam. This year I will be teaching a similar course at Stanford Medical School, and we will be rolling out an art and medicine course for Stanford undergraduates next year. You can see some more of my paintings and illustrations at www.sampaintings.com.