Alexander Butwick

Alexander Butwick


Bio:   After developing a research interest in obstetric anesthesia during anesthesia residency in the United Kingdom, I completed a clinical research fellowship in obstetric anesthesia at Stanford University School of Medicine in 2005. This training provided a key platform in launching my research career as a clinician investigator in obstetric anesthesia. After completing my fellowship at Stanford, I developed a strong clinical research interest in developing preventive strategies for postpartum hemorrhage. With collaborators within the Divisions of Obstetric Anesthesia and Maternal-Fetal Medicine, I have been principal investigator on a number of clinical studies which have investigated strategies for optimizing anesthetic outcomes for women undergoing cesarean delivery. I have also developed research interests investigating point-of-care devices for assessing the maternal hematologic and hemostatic profiles during the peripartum period.

In 2011, I completed a M.S. in Clinical Epidemiology at Stanford University which has allowed me to advance my career as an outcomes-based researcher in obstetrics. By integrating my background in clinical epidemiology and clinical obstetric anesthesia research, my overarching goals are to develop strategies to improve how clinicians both prevent and manage women who experience anticipated and unanticipated severe postpartum hemorrhage after delivery. Examples of such approaches include: the use of risk-stratification approaches to identify women 'at-risk' for postpartum hemorrhage, the use of a massive transfusion protocol in obstetrics.

I have given the prestigious Gerard W. Ostheimer “What’s New in Obstetrics?” lecture at the 2012 SOAP Conference, and have presented at other national and international obstetric anesthesia meetings. I serve on the associate editorial board of the International Journal of Obstetric Anesthesia, and I am an ad-hoc reviewer for over 8 anesthesia and obstetric journals. I am currently a recipient of federal funding (K23) from the National Institute of Health.

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Professional Education

  • M.S., Department of Health Research and Policy, Stanford University, Epidemiology (2011)
  • FRCA, Fellow of the Royal College of Anaesthetists, UK, Anesthesiology (2003)
  • Residency: South Thames West - St George's School of Anaesthesia (2004) UK
  • Medical Education: St George's Hospital Medical School (1997) England
  • Fellowship: Stanford University School of Medicine (2006) CA
  • Board Certification: Anesthesia, The Royal College of Anaesthetists

Honors & Awards

  • Child Health Research Institute Grant (CHRI), Lucile Packard Childrens Hospital (2015)
  • Gerard W. Ostheimer Lecture: 'What's New in Obstetrics -2011?', Annual Meeting of the Society of Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology (2012)
  • Gertie Marx Award (1st prize), Society of Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology (SOAP) (2006)
  • Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award (K23), NICHD, NIH (2013)
  • Outstanding Interdepartmental Faculty Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Stanford University School of Medicine (2011)

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