Department of
Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine

Aman Mahajan, MD, PhD, MBA

  • Peter and Eva Safar Professor and Chair
  • Professor of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine, Bioinformatics, and Pharmacology
  • Professor of Bioengineering, Swanson School of Engineering
  • Director, UPMC Perioperative Services

Prior to joining the University of Pittsburgh/UPMC, Dr. Mahajan was 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 also Professor of Anesthesiology and Bioengineering and holder of the Ronald L. Katz endowed Chair. He was also a faculty member in the Anderson School of Management at UCLA. 

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.

Education & Training

  • MBA, Isenberg School of Management, University of Massachusetts
  • PhD, Physiology, UCLA STAR Program, UCLA
  • Cardiac Anesthesiology Fellowship, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
  • Anesthesiology Residency, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
  • Postgraduate Fellowship, Anesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine, University of Delhi
  • Medical School, University of Delhi

Representative Publications

Dr. Mahajan's publications can be reviewed through PubMed.

Research, clinical, and/or academic interests

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.