Department of
Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine

Tomas Drabek, MD, PhD, FASA

  • Associate Professor

Education & Training

  • Charles University, Prague, Czechoslovakia, MD
  • Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic, PhD

Representative Publications

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

Research, clinical, and/or academic interests

Dr. Drabek's research carried out at the Safar Center for Resuscitation Research is currently focused on characterizing systemic and organ-specific responses to prolonged cardiac arrest (CA) to identify therapeutic targets for future therapies. Novel strategies currently being tested include systemic cytokine removal by hemoadsorption or single anti-cytokine strategies to improve outcomes from CA by ameliorating post-CA syndrome, and exploration of dopaminergic signaling and its disruption after CA to identify optimal therapeutic strategies to advance neuro-rehabilitation after CA.

Both Dr. Drabek and his trainees have received multiple national awards, e.g. Young Investigator Award (American Heart Association), Young Investigator Award (Society of Critical Care Medicine), Young Investigator Award (European Resuscitation Council), Best of Meeting Award (International Anesthesia Research Society), etc.

Dr. Drabek’s research has been supported by Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine Seed Grants and grants from the Laerdal Foundation for Acute Medicine, the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists, the American Heart Association (AHA), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the Department of Defense (DoD).

Current Projects

  • Dopamine System-focused Neurorehabilitation Model for Improving Neurorecovery among Cardiac Arrest Survivors
  • Combination of Extracorporeal Life Support and Mesenchymal Stem Cell Therapy for Treatment of ARDS in Combat Casualties and Evacuation of Service Members with ARDS
  • Emergency Preservation and Resuscitation after Exsanguination Cardiac Arrest from Trauma