Associate Vice Chair for Clinical Research Appointed

We are pleased to announce that with more than 20 years of experience in critical care, perioperative care and clinical nutrition, Paul Wischmeyer, MD, officially joined Duke Anesthesiology on October 31 as a Tenured Professor of Anesthesiology and Surgery. He has been appointed as the Associate Vice Chair for Clinical Research and the Co-Director of the Academic Career Enrichment Scholars (ACES) Resident Research Program within our department. Additionally, he has been named the Director of Perioperative Research at the Duke Clinical Research Institute (DCRI). Dr. Wischmeyer joins us from the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Aurora where he was a Professor of Anesthesiology and Pediatrics.

After attending medical school and completing his residency training, fellowship training in clinical research and clinical pharmacology, and the NIH K30 clinical research scientist training program at the University of Chicago’s Pritzker School of Medicine, Dr. Wischmeyer went on to serve as a pediatric anesthesiologist at Shriners Hospital in Chicago. In 2002, he began to rapidly expand his role as a leader in all three pillars of academic medicine at the University of Colorado. He was appointed as the Associate Director of the Surgical Intensive Care Unit and as the Director of Nutrition Support Services in which he established a nationally recognized clinical nutrition program that is currently used as a nationwide model in an underserved discipline. Dr. Wischmeyer also assumed the roles as Director of Medical Student Research and Associate Chairman of Clinical and Translational Research. It was in these roles that he developed the first medical student education program in clinical nutrition and grew his passion for mentoring and training the next generation of physician-scientists.

Dr. Wischmeyer’s interdisciplinary research and translational approach to challenges in perioperative and critical care medicine have garnered international recognition. His research interests include perioperative optimization, nutrition therapy, post-illness lean body mass and functional recovery, and probiotics/microbiome. He developed the first large-scale multicenter perioperative, ICU and nutrition trials group to examine the role of glutamine and antioxidants in critical illness which led to a key publication in the New England Journal of Medicine. He has played an instrumental role in developing regularly updated clinical nutrition guidelines in perioperative and critical care medicine, and conceived/completed the first multi-center description of the effects of critical illness on the microbiome, a rapidly emerging field in medicine.

Dr. Wischmeyer’s international reputation in perioperative and critical care nutrition is highlighted by his role as Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition and the numerous awards he has received for his contribution to research and teaching, including: the John M. Kinney International Award for significant contribution to the field of general nutrition and metabolism, the prestigious Stanley J. Dudrick Research Scholar Award for significant contribution to research in nutrition, and the Jeffrey Silverstein Award and Memorial Lecture for Humanism in Medicine. He was also named a 2016 inductee of the FAER Academy of Research Mentors in Anesthesiology.

In his new roles with our department and the DCRI, the largest clinical research institute in the world, Dr. Wischmeyer will spearhead opportunities to grow national and international clinical trials, develop an innovative, comprehensive, perioperative, hospital-based nutrition program to improve the care of our patients, and assist in establishing Duke Anesthesiology as not only the premier academic department in the nation, but also the leader of clinical research in perioperative and critical care medicine.

Dr. Wischmeyer currently resides in Durham with his wife, Michelle, and their three children, Eli, Samuel and Joshua. Michelle joined our colleagues at Duke Regional Hospital as the newly appointed Director of Advanced Practice for Surgery and Critical Care. Please join us in welcoming Dr. Wischmeyer and his family to Duke Anesthesiology!