Dr. Habib Appointed Permanent Division Chief of Women’s Anesthesia

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Ashraf Habib as our permanent Division Chief for Women’s Anesthesia. Ashraf has served effectively as the Interim Division Chief since August 2013.

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 a Master’s in Health Science (MHSc). Currently, his research interests include optimizing postoperative outcomes, such as acute pain and postoperative nausea and vomiting in the general surgical and obstetric patient population; investigating risk factors for opioid-induced respiratory depression; and obstetric anesthesia–related research, including hemodynamic support during cesarean delivery. Dr. Habib has published over 100 manuscripts, book chapters, and editorials and, in addition to industry funding, has also received research support from the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation and the Society for Ambulatory Anesthesia.

Congratulations to Dr. Habib and we look forward to working with him in his new role as the permanent Division Chief for Women’s Anesthesia.

Joseph P. Mathew, MD, MHSc, MBA
Jerry Reves, MD, Professor of Anesthesiology and Chairman
Department of Anesthesiology
Duke University Medical Center