We would like to congratulate Dr. Ashraf Habib for his recent appointment as the Interim Division Chief for Obstetrics. Dr. Habib received his medical degree at Ain Shams University in Cairo, Egypt, and completed his training in anesthesiology at the University Hospitals of Leicester, UK. In 2001, he finished his fellowship in Obstetric Anesthesiology at Duke University Medical Center and subsequently joined the faculty at Duke in the Division of Women’s Anesthesia.
After completing the Clinical Research Training Program at Duke, Dr. Habib obtained an MHSc. Currently, his research interests include improving the quality of patient recovery and optimizing postoperative outcomes, investigating risk factors for opioid induced respiratory depression, as well as obstetric anesthesia related research. Dr. Habib has published over 90 manuscripts, book chapters and editorials, and has recently finished a study investigating risk factors for postoperative respiratory depression under a grant from the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation. He is also in the process of investigating predictors for persistent pain after breast surgery under a grant from the Society for Ambulatory Anesthesia.
Again, congratulations to Dr. Habib and we look forward to working with him in his new role as Interim Division Chief for Obstetrics.