Paul E. Wischmeyer

  • Professor of Anesthesiology and Surgery
  • Associate Vice Chair for Clinical Research, Dept. of Anesthesiology
  • Director of Perioperative Research, Duke Clinical Research Institute
  • Director, Nutrition Support Service, Duke University Hospital, Duke University School of Medicine

Paul E. Wischmeyer, MD, EDIC, is a perioperative, critical care, and nutrition physician who serves as a Professor of Anesthesiology and Surgery at Duke University School of Medicine in Durham, NC. He also serves as the Associate Vice Chair for Clinical Research in the Dept. of Anesthesiology and Co-Director of the Nutrition Team at Duke Hospital. Dr Wischmeyer earned his medical degree with honors at The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine in IL, where he was elected in the honor society of Alpha Omega Alpha for outstanding academic achievement. He then completed his pediatric internship at University of Colorado Children’s Hospital in Aurora, and went on to complete his residency in anesthesiology/critical care, fellowship in clinical pharmacology, and the NIH K30 Clinical Research Scientist Training Program at The University of Chicago.

Dr. Wischmeyer’s clinical and research focus is in nutrition, critical care, and perioperative care, to help patients prepare and recover from acute illness and surgery. His research interests include perioperative optimization, surgical and ICU nutrition therapy, post-illness lean body mass and functional recovery, role of probiotics/microbiome in illness, specifically COVID-19 prevention and treatment;  and in cognition. Dr. Wischmeyer has received numerous awards from national and international societies, including the Jeffrey Silverstein Award and Memorial Lecture for Humanism in Medicine from the American Delirium Society, The Honorary Samuel Rowling Lecture from the Royal College of Anesthesiology, Fellow of Society of Critical Care Medicine (FCCM), the John M. Kinney Award for the most significant contribution to the field of general nutrition, the Stanley Dudrick Research Scholar Award of the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition where he is also an honorary Fellow of ASPEN (FASPEN), in 2020 he received the ASPEN George Blackburn Clinical Nutrition Mentorship Award, as well as the Excellence in Nutrition Support Education Award from the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, and he has received the Lifetime Achievement Award of the International Parenteral Nutrition Education and Methodology Advancement for significant contributions to the field of nutrition. Dr. Wischmeyer has over 190 publications in nutrition, critical care, and perioperative care (H index-61 and 43 papers with > 100 citations), including publications in the New England Journal of Medicine. He has been an invited speaker at numerous national and international medical meetings, delivering over 800 invited presentations over his career.  He is also passionate about training and preparing new young physicians and scientists for careers in academic medicine.

Dr. Wischmeyer passion for helping patients recover from illness and injury arises from his personal experiences as both doctor and patient in the ICU. Dr. Wischmeyer has undergone numerous surgeries and personally experienced multiple ICU stays due to a childhood GI illness that took more then half of his intestinal tract. Thus, preparation for surgery and recovery from surgery/ICU are a way of life for Dr. Wischmeyer that he is passionate about teaching his patients and other caregivers worldwide.