Dr. Alexander Hannenberg is a co-founder of and Principal Consultant with OR Dx + Rx, where his extensive expertise in anesthesia, surgery, perioperative safety and quality benefits clients. A past President of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, he recently served as its Chief Quality Officer. He has been recognized for his work with ASA’s highest honor, the Distinguished Service Award, and was also elected to Honorary Membership in the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland. Dr. Hannenberg is a director and the former chair of the national Council on Surgical and Perioperative Safety, a multi-professional collaboration. He was responsible for the development of Medicare quality measures in anesthesiology and critical care, and led the establishment of the Anesthesia Quality Institute and its national clinical registry.
Dr. Hannenberg is a founding trustee of the Lifebox Foundation US, an organization that focuses on improving the safety of surgery and anesthesia globally. He has led Lifebox safety programs in Guatemala, Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic. He is also a senior research scientist at Ariadne Labs, a health systems innovation center at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health and Brigham & Women’s Hospital, where he works on surgical safety programs and is a principal investigator for a video-simulation teamwork training project.
Dr. Hannenberg is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation (APSF), and in 2016 he was chosen to deliver its annual Ellison C. Pierce Jr. Patient Safety Lecture. An Adjunct Clinical Professor of Anesthesiology at Tufts University School of Medicine, from 1991-2017 Dr. Hannenberg was the Associate Chairman of the Department of Anesthesiology at Newton-Wellesley Hospital, and served as chair of its physician-hospital organization from 2005-2016. He is now a member of the health system’s board of trustees.
Dr. Hannenberg is a native of Brooklyn, New York, and is married to a surgeon he met in an operating room in 1978. They have two grown daughters.