David L. Hepner, MD, is Associate Director of the Weiner Center for Preoperative Evaluation at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He is an attending anaesthesiologist at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Assistant Professor of Anaesthesia at Harvard Medical School.
Dr. Hepner received his medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin in 1992 and completed his internship in Medicine at the Washington University School of Medicine. He completed a residency in Anesthesia at the University of Pennsylvania in 1996 and a fellowship in Obstetric Anesthesia in 1997. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Anesthesiology where he presently serves as a Senior Editor of the Joint Council on In-training Examinations. He is currently the President-elect of the Massachusetts Society of Anesthesiologists. He is a member of the Committee on Problem Based Learning Discussion of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA). He represented the ASA and served as moderator and lecturer at the first two symposiums on the definition and management of anaphylaxis sponsored by the National Institute of Health.
Dr. Hepner’s research focuses on the value of preoperative clinics in identifying and resolving medical issues that can impact efficient operating room resource use, complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in the perioperative period, patient satisfaction, and coagulation.
Dr. Hepner is actively involved in the perioperative management of patients. He has helped develop the perioperative guidelines that are used daily at the Brigham and Women?s Hospital. He strives for the betterment of perioperative medicine and is responsible for establishing a dedicated teaching curriculum for the residents rotating through the preoperative evaluation center. He is a founding member of the Society for Perioperative Assessment and Quality Improvement. He presently serves on the Governing Board as its President.