Steven Shafer

Steven Shafer

Anesthesiologist

Bio:   My professional interests are the clinical pharmacology of intravenous anesthetic drugs. This has led me to clinical studies of many of the intravenous opioids and hypnotics used in anesthetic practice. However, my passion is not the drugs themselves, but rather the mathematical models that characterize drug behavior. These include conventional pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic models, inverse models (used to drive target controlled infusion systems), Bayesian models (used to handle model uncertainty), pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic models of drug interaction, models of receptor function that help elucidate mechanisms of drug action, and models that relate drug response to "in silico" pharmacogenetics.

Stanford Hospital

Professional Education

  • Residency: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (1986) PA
  • Medical Education: Stanford University School of Medicine (1983) CA
  • Fellowship: Stanford University School of Medicine (1987) CA
  • Board Certification: Anesthesia, American Board of Anesthesiology (1987)
  • Internship: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (1984) PA
  • Post-Doctoral, Stanford University, Clinical Pharmacology (1987)
  • Residency, University of Pennsylvania, Anesthesiology (1986)
  • MD, Stanford University, Medicine (1983)
  • AB, Princeton University, Biology (1978)

Honors & Awards

  • Fellowship by Election, The Royal College of Anaesthetists (2003)
  • Bernard H. Eliasberg Medal, Mt. Sinai Medical Center, New York, NY (2006)
  • Ellis Gillespie Lecture, Australian and New Zealand College fo Anaesthetists (2008)
  • Rank Visiting Lecturer, Royal College of Anaesthetists (2008)
  • Virginia Apgar Lecture, Department of Anesthesiology, Columbia University (2008)
  • FAER Honorary Research Lecture, American Society of Anesthesiologists (2008)
  • Corresponding Member, German Society of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine (2009)
  • Stephen J. Prevoznik Lecture, Department of Anesthesiology, University of Pennsylvania (2009)
  • Ralph Waters Visiting Professor, Department of Anesthesiology, University of Wisconsin (2009)
  • Leon Goldberg Lecture, University of Chicago (2010)
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, International Society of Anaesthetic Pharmacology (2011)
  • Terry Davidson Plenary Lecture, Israel Society of Anesthesiologists (2011)
  • Honorary Fellow, College of Anaesthetists of Ireland (2012)
  • Sir Ivan Magill Inaugural Lecture, College of Anaesthetists of Ireland (2012)
  • Honorary Member, German Society of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine (2013)
  • David M. Little Prize, Anesthesia History Association (2013)
  • Gold Medal, Royal College of Anaesthetists (2013)