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Douglas A. Dubbink, M.D.

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Introducing Douglas Dubbink, M.D.

Learn more about Dr. Douglas Dubbink’s background, specialties, and interests.

Dr. Douglas Dubbink’s Approach to Care

“My goal is to improve my patient’s surgical experience. I strive to provide calm gentle reassurance for patients who are anxious about anesthesia and ensure that every patient is skillfully cared for throughout their entire procedure. When a patient awakens after surgery and openly wonders why they were so nervous previously, I know I’ve done my job.”

Meet Dr. Douglas Dubbink

Dr. Douglas Dubbink vividly remembers his first impressions of the medical world. “I grew up on a farm, and my mother was a registered nurse,” he says. “As a child, I’d go to the hospital to bring her lunch or pick her up after work. Our hospital was very antiseptic and austere; as a boy, I couldn’t imagine working in such a colorless environment.”

An interest in science and chemistry prompted Dr. Dubbink to reconsider those early impressions. While he was attending college, his mother arranged an introduction to a hospital internist. “He was a wonderful gentleman who took me under his wing and brought me on rounds with him at the hospital,” Dr. Dubbink remembers. When Dubbink was accepted to medical school at Michigan State, he met an anesthesiologist during his surgery rotation who set him on the path to an anesthesiology subspecialty.

“Choosing a medical focus is something of an enigma,” Dr. Dubbink says. “It’s driven by who you are and whom you feel comfortable with and where you develop relationships. Anesthesiology was a fit for me because my favorite subject in medical school was anatomy, but I was a chemistry geek interested in physiology and pharmacology too. Anesthesiology married all my interests, and provided the opportunity to care for and reassure surgical patients who are frequently apprehensive about what I do.

Dr. Dubbink elected to take an intense major university hospital internship at Henry Ford in downtown Detroit. “It was a marvelous experience,” he remembers. “It was a lot of work, but that year exposed me to a wide range of medical disciplines like nephrology, oncology, general medicine, and family medicine. The experience provided an overarching medical background, with all of the societal and trauma challenges that come with being in a large urban hospital.”

After his year at Henry Ford, Dr. Dubbink pursued three more years of anesthesiology-specific training at Mayo Clinic. “I did an anesthesiology residency followed by a pain management fellowship at Mayo,” Dr. Dubbink remembers. “Mayo’s program is designed to immerse students in specific surgical disciplines—like orthopedics, general surgery, and cardiac surgery—for one to three months.”

Dr. Dubbink and Dr. Peter Daly trained at the same time at Mayo. Years later, when Summit Orthopedics designed their new surgery center at Vadnais Heights, Dr. Daly and his team invited Dr. Dubbink to apply his 26 years of experience to developing a surgical anesthesia system that would guide patients through surgery and rehabilitation and deliver the best possible physiological outcome.

“I wanted to create a pathway that minimizes inconsistencies in the delivery of care,” Dr. Dubbink explains. “If you do that, then you can minimize mistakes by addressing each patient’s surgical care needs in advance. When patients arrive for surgery, we want to have at hand all the information we need to keep them safe through their procedures. I am very proud of the program we’ve developed at Vadnais Heights, and we are using the same pathways and protocols at our new Eagan surgery center.”

Patient conversations about anesthesia are built into the pathway. “I have a conversation with my patient just before surgery, and I try to see each patient afterward,” says Dr. Dubbink. “However, many folks are doing so well afterward that they can bypass the recovery room, begin walking, and move to their care suite. In those cases, I may miss that second visit—but that’s how I know that our pathway is working well and delivering the care we want each patient to have.”

Undergraduate Studies
Central Michigan University — Mount Pleasant, Michigan

Medical School
Michigan State University — East Lansing, Michigan

Residency
Mayo Graduate School of Medicine — Rochester, Minnesota

Fellowships
Pain Management, Mayo Graduate School of Medicine — Rochester, Minnesota

  • Diplomate: American Board of Anesthesiology
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support
  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support
  • Basic Life Support

  • American Society of Regional Anesthesia
  • Minnesota Society of Anesthesiologists
  • Minnesota Medical Association
  • International Association of Anesthesiologists
  • American Society of Anesthesiologists

Volunteering anesthesia skills in Honduras at One World Surgery/Holy Family Surgery Center

Jogging, outdoor pursuits-especially fishing, and spending time with family

Publications

Articles

  • Martin JL, Dubbink DA, Plevak DJ, Peronne A, Taswell HF, Hay EJ, Pumford NR, Pohl LR: Halothane Hepatitis 28 years after primary exposure. Anesthesia and Analgesia 1992; 74:605-8.

Abstracts

  •  Dubbink DA, Rettke SR, Sittipong R, Krom RAF: Preoperative pseudocholinesterase level as an indication of intraoperative blood usage in patients undergoing orthotopic liver transplantation. Anesthesia and Analgesia 1991; 72:555.
  • Dubbink DA, Rettke SR, Williamson KA, Sittipong R, Krom RAF: Calcium chloride requirements versus fresh frozen plasma transfused during orthotopic liver transplantation. Anesthesia and Analgesia 1991; 72:556.
  • Dubbink DA, Giacalone M Jr, McCormick SR: The Coulter analyzer as a hematologic diagnostic instrument. Michigan Chapter of the American College of Physicians 8th Annual Associates Meeting, Flint, Michigan, May 9, 1986.

Book Chapters

  •  Dubbink DA: Physiologic effects of hyper- and hypocarbia. Cerebral circulation. Anatomy of the larynx. Brachial plexus anatomy. Nerve block at the ankle. Blood viscosity and polycythemia. In Faust RJ (ed): Anesthesiology Review. Churchill Livingstone, New York, 4th ed. 2015. (3rd ed. 2002), (2nd ed. 1994), (1st ed.1991).
  • Warner MA, Dubbink DA: Intravenous anesthetic agents. In Liu PL (ed): Anesthesia Essentials for Medical Students. JB Lippincott, Philadelphia, 1991.

comment from patient satisfaction survey

Dr. Dubbink was my anesthesiologist and he is my hero! I know from my past experience that my recovery was much quicker because of the successful block.

comment from patient satisfaction survey

The anesthesiologist Dr. Dubbink was excellent. He did the blocks with great skill and listened to all my concerns.

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