Department of
Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine

Dr. Aman Mahajan Appointed New Department Chair Effective August 1, 2018; Department Renamed


We are very excited to announce that Aman Mahajan, MD, PhD, MBA has been appointed as our new department Chair and Director of Perioperative Services, University of Pittsburgh Physicians/UPMC. Dr. Mahajan, who will also hold the endowed Peter and Eva Safar Professorship, will assume his new responsibilities with us on August 1, 2018. In conjunction with his new appointment, our department has been renamed “the Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine” in the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, reflecting both the breadth of Dr. Mahajan’s and our institutional interests.

Dr. Mahajan will join us from UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles). Before joining us, he will conclude his duties as Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine and Director of Perioperative Services at UCLA Health, and where he is also Professor of Anesthesiology and Bioengineering and holds the Ronald L. Katz endowed Chair. He is also a faculty member in the Anderson School of Management at UCLA. Dr. Mahajan’s clinical expertise is in cardiothoracic anesthesiology, cardiac electrophysiology, and echocardiography. His research focuses on spinal neural modulation of cardiac electrophysiology and the assessment of cardiac function in heart failure.

After receiving his MD in 1991 from the University of Delhi, New Delhi, India, Dr. Mahajan completed a one-year post-graduate fellowship in anesthesiology and intensive care medicine at the same university. He then completed his internship in internal medicine at Good Samaritan Hospital-Johns Hopkins University and his anesthesiology residency and a cardiac anesthesiology fellowship at UCLA. In 2006, Dr. Mahajan received his PhD in Physiology from UCLA (cardiac electrophysiology and biophysics) and he earned an MBA from the University of Massachusetts in 2016. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Anesthesiology, the International Board of Heart Rhythm Examiners, and the National Board of Echocardiography. His first faculty position in 1998 was Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology at UCLA; he rose to Professor in 2008 and Chair of the Department in 2013. Dr. Mahajan is also a successful entrepreneur, serving as Founder and Chief Technology Officer for three start-ups in the med-tech field.

Dr. Mahajan is a member of all the professional associations and national scientific societies in his fields of clinical and research interests, including the American Society of Anesthesiologists, the American Heart Association, the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists, the Association of University Anesthesiologists, and the American Physiological Society. He is a member of many study sections, committees, and editorial boards. He currently holds an NHLBI R0-1 grant, a second R0-1 as co-investigator, and grants from the NIH Canada Research Foundation, the Population Health Research Institute, and several K0-8 and other mentorship grants. Dr. Mahajan holds seven US patents and is the author or co-author of 150 peer-reviewed manuscripts and many letters, communications, and book chapters. He is the editor/editorial board member of four prominent anesthesiology journals.

A recipient of many “Teacher of the Year” awards, Dr. Mahajan’s national and international recognition is well reflected in recent visiting professorships and invitations to speak at Duke, Penn, Washington University, UCSF, Harvard, Yale, Melbourne, Zhejiang, and many annual scientific society meetings.

We are delighted and eager to welcome Dr. Mahajan to our department in August as our new leader and look forward to benefitting from his impressive experience and expertise and continued growth and improvement under his direction. Over the next month, we will work on updating our website and other communications to reflect our new department name.