Robert A. Veselis, MD

About Me

I am the director of the neuroanesthesiology research laboratory, which is internationally recognized for research on the mechanism of action of anesthetic drugs on memory. In collaboration with colleagues specializing in functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and electroencephalography, my team is studying how drugs routinely used in anesthesia work in the brain to affect memory and emotion. These drugs are used to prevent awareness and memory during surgery and are of critical importance to all patients undergoing surgical procedures. An understanding of how these drugs work in the brain may aid development of better monitors to measure these effects during surgery.

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  • Clinical Expertise: Critical Care Medicine; Neuroanesthesiology
  • Languages Spoken: English
  • Education: MD, University of Toronto
  • Residencies: Duke University Medical Center
  • Fellowships: University of Virginia Medical Center
  • Board Certifications: Anesthesiology; Critical Care Medicine

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Clinical Trials

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