Holger Eltzschig, M.D., Ph.D.
Holger Eltzschig, M.D., Ph.D.

Dean Barbara J. Stoll is pleased to announce that following a national search, Holger Eltzschig, M.D., Ph.D., has been named the chair of the Department of Anesthesiology, effective Sept. 1, 2017.

“Dr. Eltzschig brings enormous energy and enthusiasm to his new role,” Dean Barbara J. Stoll said.  “An outstanding clinician and physician-scientist, he has an expansive vision to build one of the strongest departments of anesthesiology in the country.  Over his 9 months as interim chair, I have been impressed by his personal warmth; dedication to the multiple missions of an academic department; concern for the welfare of patients, faculty, trainees and staff; and interest in innovations in both clinical care and research.”

Eltzschig joined McGovern Medical School Sept. 1, 2016, coming from the University of Colorado School of Medicine, and was soon named interim chair of the department by Dean Stoll. He is also associate vice president for Translational Research and Perioperative Programs at UTHealth and director of a new Perioperative Research Center.

An internationally recognized physician-scientist, Eltzschig was named the first holder of a John P. and Kathrine G. McGovern Distinguished Chair and also was the recipient of a prestigious UT System Faculty Translational STARs Award.

Born and raised in 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.

“Please join us in welcoming Dr. Eltzschig,” Dean Stoll said.