Monica Harbell, MD

Assistant Clinical Professor
Mission Bay Anesthesia 110 Clerkship Site Director

I serve as an attending anesthesiologist at Moffitt-Long Hospital, Mission Bay Hospital, Mount Zion Hospital and the Orthopaedic Institute. I am part of the Regional Anesthesia, Spine and Obstetric Anesthesia sub-specialty teams. I also serve as an attending physician for the Post-Anesthesia Care Unit at Moffitt-Long Hospital. I am the leader of the Enhanced Recovery after Surgery (ERAS) pathways for Breast Surgery and for Cesarean Delivery.

I am a medical coach for the UCSF Bridges Curriculum, where I will provide longitudinal mentoring and career advising to a small group of medical students. I will also serve as their Clinical Microsystems Clerkship course instructor, providing instruction on clinical skills and mentoring on Quality Improvement projects. I supervise and teach medical students as they rotate on their Anesthesia 110 Core Clerkship and serve as the site director for the Mission Bay campus. In addition to providing several core lectures and hands-on workshops using low fidelity simulation, I am a core instructor for their simulation course in crisis management and team dynamics. I have also served as a PISCES Anesthesia preceptor for the past several years.

I supervise and teach anesthesia residents and fellows as they rotate in the operating rooms and in Labor and delivery. I provide interactive core lectures, small group teaching, mock oral board exams, hands-on clinical and simulation instruction in airway management and crisis management for the residents.

I am particularly interested in undergraduate medical education, simulation, quality improvement and patient safety.

Harbell MW, Cohen JM, Kolodzie K, Behrends M, Braehler MR, Kinjo S, Feeley BT, Aleshi P. Combined preoperative femoral and sciatic nerve blockade improves analgesia after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction: a randomized controlled clinical trial. J Clin Anesth. 2016 Sep; 33:68-74.
Honors and Awards: 
Excellence in Teaching Award, Haile T. Debas Academy of Medical Educators, UCSF School of Medicine, 2015