Department of
Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine

Translational Research

Our current translational research focuses on neuronal injury and protection, pain, patient safety, education, and simulation.

Neuronal Injury and Protection

Tomas Drabek, MD

Dr. Drabek's research carried out at the Safar Center for Resuscitation Research is focused on hemorrhagic shock and resuscitation from both traumatic and non-traumatic cardiac arrest. 


James W. Ibinson, MD, PhD

The chief focus of Dr. Ibinson's research is functional magnetic resonance imaging (FMRI) of pain processing. His work is focused on expanding the knowledge of how longer stimulations are processed and how this can be translated toward the understanding chronic pain. 


Tetsuro Sakai, MD, PhD

Dr. Tetsuro Sakai’s research spans resident research education, intraoperative management of liver/small bowel/multivisceral transplant patients, and system-based practice management.


William McIvor, MD

Dr. William McIvor is interested in developing and implementing simulation education for medical students, resident-physicians, and practicing physicians.

Patient Safety

Brian Williams, MD, MBA

Dr. Brian Williams is pursuing translational bench research at the Pittsburgh Center for Pain Research to develop multimodal single-injection and continuous infusion perineural analgesia, with the specific goals of maximizing the duration of sensory analgesia while minimizing the duration of motor and proprioceptive block.