About our Guest Judge
Vesna Jevtovic-Todorovic, MD, PhD, MBA
CU Medicine Endowed Professor of Anesthesiology & Pharmacology
Chair, Department of Anesthesiology
University of Colorado School of Medicine
Dr. Vesna Jevtovic-Todorovic is a practicing anesthesiologist who has been working simultaneously as a clinician scientist for more than 25 years. She has developed three major lines of research: 1) anesthetics as neurotoxins, 2) the management of chronic pain and 3) the mechanisms of anesthesia-induced developmental neurodegeneration. Her research interests broadly focus on mechanisms by which anesthetic drugs interact with neurotransmitter systems in the central nervous system to produce both pharmacological and toxicological effects. Her primary interests have centered on the identification and characterization of neurotoxic properties of commonly used intravenous and inhalational anesthetics with special emphasis on NMDA antagonist class of general anesthetics. Jevtovic-Todorovic’s research is federally funded and has resulted in more than 100 peer-reviewed publications and 11 patents. She has received numerous grants from organizations such as the National Institutes of Health, March of Dimes, the American Heart Association and the American Diabetes Association. Jevtovic-Todorovic acts as chair of the National Institutes of Health’s Surgery, Anesthesiology and Trauma study section.