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, Co-Director of the Nutrition Team at Duke Hospital, and Director of Perioperative Research at the Duke Clinical Research Institute. 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 perioperative care, critical care, and nutrition to help patients prepare and recover from illness and surgery. His research interests include perioperative optimization, nutrition therapy, postillness lean body mass and functional recovery, and probiotics/microbiome. His research group has been awarded NIH and other peer-reviewed grants to perform research ranging from basic mechanistic cell work to large-scale multicenter clinical trials in the fields of critical care, perioperative medicine, nutrition, illness metabolism, microbiome/probiotics, and functional outcomes. For his research work and clinical work, 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 John M. Kinney Award for the most significant contribution to the field of general nutrition, the Stanley Dudrick Research Scholar Award by the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, and 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 125 peer-reviewed publications in critical care, anesthesiology, and nutrition (with an H-index of 45). Finally, he has been an invited speaker at numerous national and international medical meetings, delivering over 600 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.