Rima Matevosian is board certified in Anesthesiology. In 1987 Dr. Matevosian joined the staff at Olive View –UCLA Medical Center. She is active in patient care and teaching residents and medical students. Dr. Matevosian’s clinical work focuses on a broad spectrum of cases requiring regional and general anesthesia. As head of the Operative Services Committee, she manages the operating room on a daily basis. She is involved in strategic planning to accommodate the ever-increasing number of elective and emergency surgery cases.
In 1989 Dr. Matevosian joined the UCLA Department of Anesthesiology faculty, where she became even more involved with resident and student education and research. She became the Anesthesiology OR Director at Olive View –UCLA Medical Center in 1995. Because of the recognition of her ability to formulate clinical practice guidelines and promote interdisciplinary collaboration, she was subsequently named Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology in 2005.
She is also a member of Medical Executive Committee and Director of the Depart of Anesthesiology Performance Improvement Committee at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center. In addition to her local involvement, Dr. Matevosian is a delegate to the California Society of Anesthesiologists. Dr. Matevosian’s academic focus has revolved around medical student education. Her primary interest is the application of science learned in the first two years of medical school into the clinical setting, using simulation as a teaching adjunct. She emphasizes the importance of interpretation of vital signs and application of basic principles of history and physical diagnosis in her simulation sessions. As one of the first simulation instructors at the UCLA Simulation Center, trained under the Founder and Director Dr. Randy Steadman, she has been serving as the Director of Medical Student Simulation since 2000.