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.

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

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