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Mark Dershwitz, M.D., Ph.D.


Academic Role: Professor

Faculty Appointment(s) and Affiliations:
School of Medicine
Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology
Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Millennium PhD Graduate Program

Clinical Interests: Vascular Anesthesia, Pharmacology, Education

Phone:  (508) 856-2480

Academic Background

Ph.D. (Pharmacology) Northwestern University, 1982
M.D. Northwestern University, 1982

Postdoctoral Training

Massachusetts General Hospital, Residency in Anesthesiology, 1984-1986
Massachusetts General Hospital, Research Fellowship in Anesthesiology, 1986-1988

Selected Publications

Dershwitz M, Henthorn TK.  The pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of thiopental as used in lethal injection.  Fordham Urban Law J 2008; 35:931-56.

Cooper JB, Blum RH, Carroll JS, Dershwitz M, Feinstein DM, Gaba DM, Morey JC, Singla AK.  Differences in safety climate among hospital anesthesia departments and the effect of a realistic simulation-based training program.  Anesth Analg 2008; 106:574-84.

Dershwitz M.   Is droperidol safe?   Probably...  Semin Anesth Periop Med Pain 2004; 23:291-301.

Dershwitz M.   Droperidol:   should the black box be light gray?   J Clin Anesth 2002; 14:598-603.

Dershwitz M, Michałowski P, Chang YC, Rosow CE, Conlay LA.  Postoperative nausea and vomiting following total intravenous anesthesia with propofol and remifentanil or alfentanil.  How important is the opioid?  J Clin Anesth 2002; 14:275-78.

Dershwitz M, Walsh JL, Morishige RJ, Connors PM, Rubsamen RM, Shafer, SL, Rosow C.   Pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of inhaled versus intravenous morphine in healthy volunteers.  Anesthesiology 2000; 93:619-28.

Dershwitz M, Conant JA, Chang YC, Rosow CE, Connors PM.   A randomized double-blind dose-response study of ondansetron in the prevention of postoperative nausea and vomiting. J Clin Anesth 1998; 10:314-20.

Kearse LA, Rosow C, Zaslavsky A, Connors P, Dershwitz M, Denman W.  Bispectral analysis of the electroencephalogram predicts conscious processing of information during propofol sedation and hypnosis.  Anesthesiology 1998; 88:25-34.

Hoke JF, Shlugman D, Dershwitz M, Michałowski P, Malthouse-Dufore S, Connors PM, Marten D, Rosow CE, Muir KT, Rubin N, Glass PSA.   Pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of remifentanil in subjects with renal failure compared to healthy volunteers.   Anesthesiology 1997; 87:533-41.

Dershwitz M, Hoke JF, Rosow CE, Michałowski P, Connors PM, Muir KT, Dienstag JL.   Pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of remifentanil in volunteer subjects with severe liver disease.   Anesthesiology 1996; 84:812-20.

Dershwitz M, Randel GI, Rosow CE, Fragen RJ, Connors PM, Librojo ES, Shaw DL, Peng AW, Jamerson BD.   Initial clinical experience with remifentanil, a new opioid metabolized by esterases.   Anesth Analg 1995; 81:619-23.

Dershwitz M, Di Biase PM, Rosow CE, Wilson RS, Sanderson PE, Joslyn AF.   Ondansetron does not affect alfentanil-induced ventilatory depression or sedation.   Anesthesiology 1992; 77:447-52.

Dershwitz M, Rosow CE, Di Biase PM, Joslyn AF, Sanderson PE.   Ondansetron is effective in decreasing postoperative nausea and vomiting.   Clin Pharmacol Ther 1992; 52:96-101.

Dershwitz M, Rosow CE, Di Biase PM, Zaslavsky A.   Comparison of the sedative effects of butorphanol and midazolam.   Anesthesiology 1991; 74:717-24.