Dr. Holger Eltzschig
Dr. Holger Eltzschig

Dean Barbara J. Stoll has named Holger Eltzschig, M.D., Ph.D., professor of anesthesiology, the interim chair of the Department of Anesthesiology.

Eltzschig joined McGovern Medical School Sept. 1, 2016, from the University of Colorado School of Medicine, where he was professor of anesthesiology, director of the Organ Protection Program, and chief of anesthesiology service for oncologic surgery. An internationally recognized physician-scientist, Eltzschig is ranked the “Number One” physician scientist in the field of perioperative medicine.  At UTHealth he will be the first holder of a McGovern Chair and is the recipient of a prestigious UT System Faculty Translational STARs Award.

Carin Hagberg, M.D., who has served as chair of the Department of Anesthesiology since 2008, has been named professor and division head of the Division of Anesthesiology and Critical Care at MD Anderson Cancer Center.

“On behalf of McGovern Medical School, I want to thank Dr. Hagberg for her leadership and dedication to our department, our faculty and our school.  We will miss her but wish her the best in the next chapter of her career,” Dean Stoll said. “We look forward to Dr. Eltzschig’s leadership to continue the department’s positive trajectory of growth and collaboration.  He brings enormous talent and experience, very positive energy, and enthusiasm to the position.”

A native of Germany, Eltzschig received his medical degree from the Eberhard-Karls University and clinical training at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where he completed a surgical internship, anesthesiology residency, and fellowship in cardiac anesthesia and intraoperative transesophageal echocardiography. He pursued a research fellowship on basic mechanisms of hypoxia-elicited changes in gene expression and function at Harvard Medical School. His work there established the basis of his numerous translational studies related to perioperative organ injury and protection.

Eltzschig’s research involves basic, translational, and clinical studies focused on many aspects of perioperative organ protection.  He has a remarkable history of extramural grant funding– continuous funding from the National Institutes of Health with 3-6 concurrent R01 grants (or their equivalents) since moving to the United States in 2007.  At the same time, he continues to be an active clinician working in the operating room. Plans are in the works to establish a multidiscipline Perioperative Research Center that Eltzschig will direct.