Shamsuddin Akhtar, MD

Shamsuddin Akhtar, MD
Anesthesiology, Critical Care Medicine
Accepting new patients? Yes
Referrals required? From physicians only
Patient type treated: Adult
Board Certified in Critical Care Medicine (Anesthesiology)

Dr. Akhtar is an Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Pharmacology and a nationally recognized educator and leader of clinical anesthesiology. He is board certified in both Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine. Dr. Akhtar has conducted groundbreaking studies of surgical patients demonstrating that elderly patients are consistently administered higher than recommended doses of intravenous induction anesthetics and the incidence of hypotension provoked by these anesthetic induction doses was significantly higher in the elderly patients, which resulted in higher use of rescue pressor therapy to maintain adequate blood pressure. Currently, Dr. Akhtar is part of a clinical study which uses the Multicenter Perioperative Outcomes Group (MPOG) database to determine the association of anesthetic induction dose - with clinically meaningful hypotension that occurs prior to the initiation of the surgical procedures among patients age ≥ 65, and separately among those age ≥ 80.

Dr. Akhtar is the principal investigator of several clinical research studies, including a principal site investigator for a multi-institutional study titled ‘A Randomized Controlled Trial of Regional versus General Anesthesia to Promote Independence after Hip Fracture (REGAIN Trial)’ funded by PCORI. He has also completed a textbook entitled “Principles of Geriatric Critical Care” to be published by Cambridge University.

Clinical Trials

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