What We Do:

Cardiac surgery and procedures can be complex, invasive, and be accompanied by a great deal of patient and family anxiety. The Cardiac Anesthesia Division at Johns Hopkins represents and practices alongside some of the most world renowned cardiac care providers to instill comfort and confidence for patients and families receiving cardiac care. Procedures for cardiac patients are done in some of the most technically sophisticated operating suites in the country. Each cardiac operating suite contains state of the art monitoring equipment and TEE machines with 3D capability to promote the highest quality and safe patient care throughout surgical casework. The Cardiac Anesthesia Division also collaborates with the Cardiac Electrophysiology group to support all diagnostic and intervention procedures that occur outside of the operating suites. The Cardiac Division’s faculty are heavily involved in research, addressing fundamental questions of discovery in both basic science and in the clinical domain. With approximately $2 million in annual extramural funding, patients and their families can feel confident in their providers’ techniques and expertise while receiving general anesthesia and continuous vital monitoring in the operating rooms.

Cardiac Anesthesia Division Innovation and Participation

The Division of Cardiac Anesthesia is highly engaged in innovative clinical research and program development. Division members have established best practices in patient management and educational methodologies ranging from blood use and airway management techniques to point of care ultrasound resident curriculum development. Take a look at some of the division’s participation in national meetings:

Researchers Seek to Personalize Blood Pressure Maintenance During Surgery

The complexity and acuity of patients undergoing cardiac surgery can leave them vulnerable to surgical complications. Unfortunately these complications can include stroke, cognitive changes and memory loss, and can have devastating impacts on patients and their families. The Cardiac Anesthesia Division at Johns Hopkins is highly engaged in clinical research to help reduce patient risk of these complications, particularly in the taking steps to ensure appropriate oxygen delivery to the brain during surgery.

Each patient has a unique range of pressures for which their brain blood vessels can work to maintain adequate blood flow. The researches in the Cardiac Anesthesia Division are investigating how to accurately measure blood pressure, brain blood flow, and oxygen in order to determine the optimal blood pressure for each patient undergoing cardiac surgery. This groundbreaking work has the potential to decrease the likelihood of neurological complications by personalizing blood pressure management during surgery.