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One of the oldest Anesthesiology practices in the United States, AMGSB was founded by Dr. Charles Betlach (1909-2000). He was a pioneer in a fledgling medical specialty, recruited from the Mayo Clinic in 1941 to become Santa Barbara’s first anesthesiologist. In 1942 he founded the Anesthesia Medical Group of Santa Barbara which stands today as a legacy to Charles’ commitment to excellence and service to community. AMGSB continues to provide top-notch care to the citizens of Santa Barbara and its surrounding areas. All AMGSB physicians are Board Certifed or Board Eligible Diplomates of the American Board of Anesthesiology. Our physicians have post-graduate level training in all major subspecialties of Anesthesiology, including cardiothoracic anesthesiology, pediatric anesthesiology, regional anesthesia, and critical care.

While initially based at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, the last several decades have seen us expand into other areas of the community such as the Santa Barbara Surgery Center, Sansum Foothill Medical & Surgical Center, Outpatient surgery offices, Dental Anesthesia, anesthesia for imaging, etc. Our goal is to provide the safest, most up to date anesthesia care to our neighbors in the greater Santa Barbara area.