Affiliation: Anesthesiology University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, United States;
Link to department website: https://www.anesthesiology.umn.edu/
Biography: Dr. Joyce A. Wahr is a Professor of Anesthesiology at the University of Minnesota. She completed medical school at the University of Colorado, followed by two years of surgery internship at the University of Michigan. She completed anesthesiology residency at University of California at San Francisco. After two years in private practice in California, she returned to Michigan and joined the faculty at the University of Michigan in 1984. Dr. Wahr was one of the first at the University of Michigan to specialize in cardiac anesthesiology, and, with her like-minded colleagues, to develop a specialized cardiac anesthesia team. She served as the first Director of Cardiac Anesthesiology, moving on to direct a busy Cardiac Research team from 1990-2003. During those years, the University of Michigan Division of Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology was a founding member of the Multi-Center Study of Myocardial Ischemia (McSPI), a consortium of 25 academic cardiac anesthesiology teams that enrolled over 7,000 cardiac surgery patients in a detailed outcome database. Her primary focus is improving outcomes of surgical patients. Since 2007, she has served as the Chair of the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists Foundation, an organization responsible for the FOCUS Patient Safety initiative, bringing together operative nursing, perfusionists, surgeons, and anesthesiologists to tackle the issues of human error in the cardiac OR. She currently serves as Medical Director of the Perioperative Assessment Center at the University of Minnesota, and is spearheading development of the Perioperative Surgical Home at UMN.
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