Research Faculty

  • Ansgar M. Brambrink, MD, PhD

    • Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology; Emanuel M. Papper Professor of Anesthesiology

    Dr. Brambrink's research interests include anesthetic-induced developmental neurotoxicity and brain ischemia. 

  • Oliver Clarke, PhD

    • Assistant Professor of Physiology (in Anesthesiology)

    Dr. Clarke's research is focused on the structural understanding of how the voltage gated Ca2+ channels on the plasma membrane mechanically couple to the ryanodine receptor and directly control gating of the receptor, and how adjacent RyRs in the paracrystalline arrays that have been observed at the terminal cisternae interact with one another and signal cooperatively.

  • Jennifer Danielsson, MD

    • Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology

    Dr. Danielsson's research focuses on investigating the role of calcium-activated chloride channels in the treatment of asthma and acute bronchospasm.

  • Jeanine D'Armiento, MD, PhD

    • Professor of Medicine in Anesthesiology

    The goal of Dr. D’Armiento’s research program is to develop insight into lung physiology and pathology through understanding the mechanisms altering lung injury and repair and translating these findings into practical clinical solutions. Dr. D'Armiento is also Principal Investigator of the LAMLab - The Center for the LAM and Rare Lung Diseases at Columbia University. 

  • Charles W. Emala, MD

    • Vice Chair for Research; Henrik H. Bendixen Professor of Anesthesiology

    Dr. Emala's research focuses on the understanding of interactions between signal transduction pathways in airway nerves and smooth muscle and how these interactions contribute to diseases such as asthma. 

  • Paul Garcia, MD, PhD

    • Associate Professor, Department of Anesthesiology; Chief, Neuroanesthesia Division

    Dr. Garcia's translational laboratory research focuses on models of neuronal degeneration caused by age, anesthesia, or other pharmacologic exposure. He has transitioned some of this research into the human/clinical realm. His clinical research projects involve investigating intraoperative EEG signatures and their association with adverse postoperative outcomes.


    Read more about Dr. Garcia and his work here.

  • Neil Harrison, PhD

    • Professor of Anesthesiology & Pharmacology

    Dr. Harrison's main area of research interest is in synaptic transmission, especially at inhibitory synapses, which are necessary for the normal processing of information in the mammalian brain. 

  • George Hasko, MD, PhD

    • Professor of Anesthesiological Sciences (in Anesthesiology)

    Dr. Hasko’s research is centered on the role of P1 (adenosine) and P2 (ATP) purinergic receptors in regulating inflammation and organ function in sepsis.

  • May Hua, MD

    • Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology

    Dr. Hua's research focuses on studying the delivery of palliative care and end-of-life care for critically ill patients.

  • Caleb Ing, MD

    • Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology

    Dr. Ing's research focuses on evaluating short and long-term perioperative outcomes in children using data from established birth cohorts, administrative databases, and electronic health records.

  • Shailendra Joshi, MD

    • Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology

    Dr. Joshi's main research interest is the delivery of drugs by the intraarterial route to treat brain diseases. 

  • Minjae Kim, MD

    • Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology (in Epidemiology)

    Dr. Kim studies intraoperative factors and their associations with postoperative outcomes and the relationship between postoperative cardiac arrest with other major surgical complications.

  • Ruth Landau, MD

    • Virginia Apgar Professor of Anesthesiology; Chief, Obstetric Anesthesia Division

    Dr. Landau is dedicated to helping women better endure labor pain and childbirth and improve neonatal outcomes. She investigates the influence of genetics on pregnancy-related disorders.

    Read more about Dr. Landau here.

  • Allison Lee, MD, MS

    • Associate Professor of Anesthesiology

    Dr. Lee's research focuses on the incorporation of simulation and serious gaming technology in medical education.

  • H. Thomas Lee, MD, PhD

    • Vice Chair of Laboratory Research

    Dr. Lee's research focuses on the pathomechanisms of perioperative acute kidney injury and translational approaches to attenuate this injury.

  • Richard J. Levy, MD

    • Professor of Anesthesiology and Pediatrics

    Dr. Levy's lab is interested in evaluating the neurotoxic and neuroprotective effects of low-dose carbon monoxide (CO) in the developing brain. 

  • Guohua Li, MD, DrPH

    • M. Finster Professor of Anesthesiology and Professor of Epidemiology; Vice Chair of Population Science

    Dr. Li is working on projects aimed at understanding and controlling the epidemic of drug overdose and drugged driving.

  • Robert Maniker, MD

    • Associate Professor of Anesthesiology

    Dr. Maniker's research focuses on the assessment of procedure skill, collaborative web-based education delivery, as well as innovative education technologies. 

  • Maya Mikami, MD

    • Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology

    Dr. Mikami’s previous experience in neuroscience research coupled with her clinical interest in neuroanesthesiology led to studies of the neural control of airway reactivity. 

  • Andrea Miltiades, MD

    • Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology
  • Alex Rusanov, MD

    • Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology

    Dr. Rusanov’s interest is the use of technology in the practice of anesthesiology.

  • Richard Smiley, MD, PhD

    • Professor of Anesthesiology (in Obstetrics and Gynecology)

    Dr. Smiley’s research interest includes the effect of genetic variation on the response to anesthesia, analgesia, and pregnancy.

  • Jessica L. Spellman, MD

    • Director of Anesthesia for Cardiac Surgical Services; Associate Professor of Anesthesiology

    Dr. Spellman is the Principal Investigator in studies in patients undergoing elective open heart and ventricular assist device (VAD) insertion surgeries.

  • Lena S. Sun, MD

    • Executive Vice Chairman, Department of Anesthesiology; Chief, Division of Pediatric Anesthesiology

    Dr. Sun conducts outcomes research of pediatric anesthesia including the long term neurodevelopment effects of exposure to anesthetic and sedative agents.

  • Marcos Vidal Melo, MD, PhD

    • Professor of Anesthesiology; Chief, Division of Cardiovascular Anesthesia

    Dr. Vidal Melo’s principal research activities focus on the development of imaging and bioengineering techniques to investigate the cardiopulmonary system, particularly the changes in pulmonary function that accompany mechanical ventilation and acute lung injury.  His research has had significant sustained impact on multiple basic and clinical disciplines, including critical care medicine, anesthesiology, biomedical engineering, and nuclear medicine approaches to lung imaging. 

  • Gebhard Wagener, MD

    • Professor of Anesthesiology

    Dr. Wagener's clinical research focuses on biomarkers and early disease detection.

  • Robert A. Whittington, MD

    • Professor of Anesthesiology; Vice Chair for Faculty Development; Assistant Dean for Faculty Development

    Dr. Whittington studies the impact of surgery and anesthesia on the progression of AD pathology and its related cognitive decline.

  • Guang Yang, PhD

    • Associate Professor of Anesthesiological Sciences

    Dr. Yang's laboratory studies how immune cells, anesthetics, and sleep regulate changes in neural circuits that are important for sensory processing and memory formation. She focuses on the mechanisms by which pathological immune responses contribute to neurological disorders, including chronic pain, postoperative cognitive dysfunction, and Alzheimer’s disease.

  • Peter D. Yim, MD

    • Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology

    Dr. Yim's research involves the physiologic characterization of light-mediated airway smooth muscle relaxation.

  • Gene T. Yocum, MD

    • Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology

    Dr. Yocum is interested in understanding the role that “peripheral” GABAA receptors play in immune and lung physiology.