T-32 Postdoctoral Research Training in Anesthesiology

The Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine (ACCM) was recently awarded a National Research Service Award (T-32) for Postdoctoral Research Training in Anesthesiology by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), whose program objectives are summarized below. This will permit an even greater diversity of research training opportunities in ACCM which we’ve conceptualized as the multidisciplinary intersection of Cell and Molecular approaches, Systems and Integrative approaches, and approaches involving Outcomes and Epidemiology. This is reflected by the Research Interests of the Mentors listed in the table below.

  • To develop clinician-scientists who will be leaders in the field of anesthesia research.
  • The programs should provide multidisciplinary research training to help develop individuals with the skills and expertise to explore research problems relevant to anesthesiology, including the fundamental mechanisms of anesthetic action.
  • To provide rigorous postdoctoral research training with an emphasis on hypothesis-driven laboratory or clinical research.
  • Trainees, most of whom would hold the MD degree, will be expected to spend at least 2 years in the training program and devote a minimum of 80 percent effort toward their research. Most trainees will be recruited from anesthesiology residency programs, but individuals from other clinical specialties may be considered if their research interest is focused on problems in anesthesiology.
  • For trainees with the PhD degree, the research and training should be specifically designed to promote a research career addressing problems in anesthesiology and should provide opportunities to enhance their research training with a clinical perspective.
  • Trainees should have the opportunity to acquire fundamental knowledge and research techniques in such disciplines as biochemistry, biophysics, cell biology, molecular biology, neurobiology, pharmacology, or physiology.
  • The training experience should be enhanced by providing programmatic activities, such as a seminar series and journal club, and may include specific courses if well justified, such as those on research techniques/approaches or biomedical statist cs.
  • The training faculty should be multidisciplinary and may include both clinician-scientists and basic scientists as potential mentors.

Research opportunities are not limited to the given mentors, and can take place with any qualified Johns Hopkins faculty member. For each trainee, an individualized Research Training Program will be formulated with input from the appropriate Mentors and Program Directors. Program mentors are listed in the following table.

Mentor Appointment(s) Research Interests
Rebecca A. Aslakson, MD, PhD Associate Professor, Anesthesiology Palliative Care to Patients and Families in an Intensive Care Setting; Patient-Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR)
Sean Berenholtz, MD, MHS, FCCM Professor, Anesthesiology Critical Care Medicine; Optimizing ICU Patient Management; Ventilator Protocols; Patient Safety
Dan E. Berkowitz, MBBCh
Associate Director
Professor, Anesthesiology; Biomedical Engineering Vascular Biology; Vascular Disease, Including Vascular Aging
Robert H. Brown, MD, MPH Professor, Anesthesiology; Radiology; Environmental Health Sciences (Bloomberg School of Public Health) Pulmonary Physiology; Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease; Perioperative Outcomes Related to Pulmonary Function
Michael J. Caterina, MD, PhD Professor, Biochemistry; Neuroscience Molecular Mechanism of Peripheral Nociception and TRP Channel Function
Steven P. Cohen, MD Professor, Anesthesiology Clinical Trials and Epidemiology of Chronic Pain
Nauder Faraday
Professor, Anesthesiology; Surgery Molecular and Cellular Biology of Platelet Function; Pharmacogenomics of antiplatelet therapy; Molecular Determinants of Perioperative Outcome
Nicholas Flavahan, PhD Professor, Anesthesiology Vascular Biology: Vascular Development and Vascular Disease
Steven M. Frank, MD Associate Professor, Anesthesiology; Director, Interdisciplinary Blood Management Program Blood Conservation; Transfusion Practices
Wei Dong Gao, MD, PhD Associate Professor, Anesthesiology Cardiovascular Physiology; Contractile Dysfunction; Heart Failure
Allan Gottschalk, MD, PhD
Program Director
Associate Professor, Anesthesiology Anesthetic Mechanisms; Acute Pain; Sensory Neurobiology; Computational/Theoretical Neuroscience
Yun Guan, MD, PhD Associate Professor, Anesthesiology Chronic Pain; Hyperalgesia After Nerve Injury
Nikki Heller, PhD Assistant Professor, Anesthesiology Molecular and cellular immune function in lung diseases; Asthma; ARDS; Cytokine Signaling
Elizabeth Hunt, MD, PhD Assistant Professor, Anesthesiology; Pediatrics Resuscitation; Clinical Simulation; Patient Safety; Medical Education
Roger A. Johns, MD, PhD Professor, Anesthesiology Vascular Biology, Including Pulmonary Hypertension; Molecular Biology of Anesthesia and Analgesia; Health Policy
Sujatha Kannan, MD Associate Professor, Anesthesiology Nanotechnology; Cerebral Injury and Protection, Neurological Diseases
Colleen Koch, MD, MS, MBA, FACC

Associate Director

Professor and Chair; Anesthesiology Clinical Trials of Transfusion Practice and Blood Conservation
Raymond C. Koehler, PhD Professor, Anesthesiology
Anesthesiology; Environmental Health Sciences (Bloomberg School of Public Health)
Vascular Biology of the Brain; Cerebral Injury After Stroke and Cardiac Arrest
Jennifer K. Lee-Summers, MD Associate Professor, Anesthesiology Vascular Biology of the Brain; Hypoxic Neural Injury, Cerebral Protection, Cerebral Autoregulation
Cyrus D. Mintz, MD, PhD Assistant Professor, Anesthesiology Anesthetic Toxicity; Hypoxic Neural Injury
Paul A. Nyquist, MD, MPH Associate Professor, Neurology; Anesthesiology; Neurosurgery Neurologic Outcomes in Critical Care
Dolores B. Njoku, MD Associate Professor, Anesthesiology, Pediatrics, Pathology Experimental Drug-Induced Hepatitis; Role of CYP2E1 Epitopes in Hepatic Inflammatory Diseases; Short-term Outcomes in Spinal Fusion and Reconstruction in High-risk Populations
Peter J. Pronovost, MD, PhD Professor, Anesthesiology; Surgery; Health Policy and Management (Bloomberg School of Public Health) Safety and Long-Term Outcomes in Intensive Care Settings
Srinivasa N. Raja, MD Professor, Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine-Pain Medicine Neurobiology of Pain; Neuropathic Pain
Lewis Romer, MD Professor, Anesthesiology Endothelial Cell Adhesion; Cytoskeletal Biology; Pulmonary Hypertension
Donald H. Shaffner, MD Associate Professor, Anesthesiology; Pediatrics Neurologic Injury Associated with Cardiac Arrest
Frederick Sieber, MD Professor, Anesthesiology Geriatric Anesthesiology; Cognitive Function Alterations and Anesthesia
Robert D. Stevens, MD Associate Professor, Anesthesiology; Neurology; Neurosurgery; Radiology Neural Injury in Stroke, Traumatic Brain Injury, Sepsis; Functional Brain Imaging
Jian Wang, MD, PhD Associate Professor, Anesthesiology Pathophysiology of Stroke and Traumatic Brain Injury
Albert W. Wu, MD, MPH Professor, Health Policy and Management; Epidemiology; International Health (Bloomberg School of Public Health); Medicine; Surgery Long-Term Outcomes of Health Care Delivery

Send CV, contact information and brief description of research interests to the Program Director Allan Gottschalk, MD, PhD (agottschalk@jhmi.edu).

Postdoctoral Research Training Program

Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine

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