Nationally Recognized Anesthesiologist Joins the UC College of Medicine
Published November 2003
William Edward Hurford, MD, has joined the UC College
of Medicine and The University Hospital as professor and chair of
Anesthesia. He assumed his new position on Oct. 1.
Dr. Hurford comes to Cincinnati from Massachusetts
General Hospital in Boston where he was director of critical care in
the Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care, and as an associate
professor of anesthesia at Harvard Medical School. He received his
undergraduate education at Dartmouth College and his medical degree
from the University of Pennsylvania. After residency training in
anesthesiology at the Massachusetts General Hospital, he completed
fellowship training in thoracic anesthesia and critical care.
Dr. Hurford most recently served as director of the
Surgical Intensive Care Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital,
director of the fellowship program in Anesthesia/Critical Care, and has
served as an attending anes-thesiologist caring for patients undergoing
thoracic surgical procedures for over 15 years.
He has published over 100 scientific articles and
reviews, and has edited several popular texts in anesthesia and
critical care. His broad research interests include inhaled nitric
oxide therapy, and the metabolic and physiologic consequences of
hypoxia. His research on the physiology of breath-hold diving was
acknowledged by award of the Antarctic Service Medal by the U.S.
Antarctic Research Program and the National Science Foundation. He has
been involved with ethical issues inlcuding end-of-life and withdrawal
of life support.
"The successful recruitment of Dr. Hurford as chair of
anesthesia is critical to completing our strategy of having UC provide
the very best surgical services in the Midwest," said William J. Martin
II, MD, dean of the UC College of Medicine.
Dr. Hurford is a highly regarded speaker on a wide
variety of topics in anesthesia and critical care. He has been invited
to lecture at national meetings of the American Thoracic Society, the
American Society of Anesthesiologists, the Society of Cardiovascular
Anesthesiologists, and at many international symposiums. He currently
serves as editor in chief of the International Anesthesiology Clinics
and is on the editorial boards of the Journal of Cardiothoracic and
"Dr. Hurford will be a great asset to The University
Hospital," said James Hurst, MD, senior vice president of The
University Hospital. "With our high surgery volumes and complicated
trauma cases, anesthesia is obviously very important to the hospital. I
canŐt tell you how pleased I am that we have recruited Dr. Hurford to
lead our anesthesia department."
The recruitment of Dr. Hurford furthers research, educational and clinical care missions of the UC Medical Center.
"Dr. Hurford will be joining us from Massachusetts
General Hospital where he is a nationally recognized leader in
anesthesiology," said Dr. Martin. "We expect him to build premier
clinical, educational and research programs at The University Hospital
as well as work closely with our colleagues at other hospitals of the
Health Alliance and in the community."
Dr. Hurford replaces Phillip O. Bridenbaugh, MD, former chariman of the UC Department of Anesthesia.