Dr. Hugh Hemmings Appointed Chairman of Anesthesiology at Weill Cornell Medical College and Anesthesiologist-in-Chief at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center
NEW YORK (March 26, 2013) — Dr. Hugh C. Hemmings Jr. has been appointed chairman of the Department of Anesthesiology at Weill Cornell Medical College and anesthesiologist-in-chief at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center. Dr. Hemmings currently serves as vice chair for research in the Department of Anesthesiology, the Distinguished Research Professor in Anesthetic Mechanisms, professor of anesthesiology and of pharmacology and attending anesthesiologist.
In his new role, Dr. Hemmings will lead the department as it positions itself at the forefront of patient-centered care, resident education, medical and graduate student education, and basic and clinical research in anesthesiology.
"Dr. Hemmings is a distinguished clinician, researcher and leader, and we are delighted to have him serve as chairman of Anesthesiology at Weill Cornell," said Dr. Laurie H. Glimcher, the Stephen and Suzanne Weiss Dean of Weill Cornell Medical College. "Dr. Hemmings will continue to advance our already outstanding anesthesiology program, bolstering its research and clinical enterprise to bring the very best care to our patients."
"Anesthesiology has an impact on so many of our patients and plays a significant role in their care and comfort," said Dr. Steven J. Corwin, chief executive officer of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. "I am confident that Dr. Hemmings is ideally suited to lead the Department of Anesthesiology, as we work to fulfill our commitment to delivering the highest quality, most compassionate care and service to our patients."
"It is a distinct honor to be selected as chair of the Department of Anesthesiology at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell," said Dr. Hemmings. "The department has a proud history of service to patients and innovative research and medical education, and I look forward to working with our strong cadre of physicians and scientists to further that legacy in academic anesthesiology."
An expert in anesthesia for thoracic surgery and other high-risk procedures, as well as a distinguished investigator in neuropharmacology and cell signaling, Dr. Hemmings has authored more than 100 publications, including two textbooks on anesthesiology, and is an editor of the two leading journals in anesthesiology.
Dr. Hemmings received his bachelor's degree, M.D. and Ph.D. from Yale University. He served as a resident in anesthesia at the Massachusetts General Hospital and conducted postgraduate research in molecular and cellular neuroscience at the Rockefeller University. After completing a fellowship in cardiac anesthesia at the New York Hospital, he joined the anesthesiology and pharmacology faculty and medical staff at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell and Weill Cornell Medical College in 1991. He has directed the anesthesiology research program since 1995.