Department of
Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine

Keith M. Vogt, MD, PhD

  • Assistant Professor, Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine, Bioengineering, and Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition
  • Director, Pittsburgh ANesTHEsiology Research (PANTHER) track Program, UPMC Anesthesiology Residency Program
  • Co-director, Anesthesiology Professional Practice Rotation
  • Director, Center for Neuroscience Research 

Education & Training

  • Youngstown State University, BE, Electrical Engineering
  • The Ohio State University, MS, Biomedical Engineering
  • The Ohio State University, PhD, Biomedical Engineering
  • The Ohio State University School of Medicine, MD
  • Riverside Methodist Hospital, Preliminary Medicine Internship
  • UPMC, Anesthesiology Residency
  • University of Pittsburgh, Department of Anesthesiology, T32 Postdoctoral Research Fellowship
  • UPMC/University of Pittsburgh Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business, Marshall W. Webster Physician Leadership Program

Representative Publications

Dr. Vogt's publications can be reviewed through the National Library of Medicine's publication database.

Research, clinical, and/or academic interests

Research Program

  • Determining the neural effects of diverse anesthetics on memory formation and the experience of pain

  • Development of functional connectivity MRI as a neurosignature for pain and cognitive vulnerability

  • Use of perioperative data to predict/prevent adverse outcomes, with a particular interest in neurologic and psychiatric data/outcomes

Dr. Vogt's research broadly applies bioengineering principles to better understand human neuroscience relevant to anesthesiology and perioperative medicine. The focus of his currently-funded project is on how human memory is affected by sedation with diverse anesthetic agents while concomitantly experiencing painful stimulation. Specifically, his group is determining the neural correlates of successful memory encoding during drug-induced sedation. He is further examining what physiologic measurements could reveal a learned sympathetic response to aversive stimuli, despite no explicit recollection of the event. This human experimental model is particularly relevant to the experience of surgery and anesthesia, where aversive experiences may be experienced with impaired contextualization. Dr. Vogt’s research comparing midazolam and ketamine was a featured article in Anesthesiology, and his functional connectivity work was recognized with a best-in-category Kosaka award at the 2021 IARS annual meeting.

Educational Interests

Dr. Vogt is strongly committed to advancing scholarly education during clinical training programs. He has helped develop the curriculum and continues to co-direct the novel Anesthesiology Professional Practice rotation for our PGY1 residents.  Additionally, he directs the Pittsburgh ANesTHEsiology Research (PANTHER) track for training future physician scientists.  He is committed to the mentorship of diverse graduate and medical trainees at all levels and supports faculty colleagues interested in advancement in academic medicine.

Research Grants

  • Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research, Clinical/Translational Mentored Research Training Grant, 2017 - 2019 
  • National Institutes of Health, K23GM132755-01A1 (PI: Vogt), Anesthetic Modulation of Human Memory During Acute Pain, 2019-2023