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Eikermann, Matthias, MD, PhD

  • Associate Professor of Anaesthesia, Harvard Medical School
  • Clinical Director, Critical Care Division


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Anesthesia, Critical Care & Pain Medicine

Clinical Interests
  • Critical Care - Early Rehabilitation
  • Obstructive sleep apnea - perioperative safety
  • Liver transplant anesthesia
Medical Education
  • PhD, Essen Duisburg University
  • MD, Heinrich Heine University Medical School
  • Residency, Heinrich Heine University Medical School|Residency, Knappschaftskrankenhaus Recklinghausen|Residency, Universitaetsklinikum Essen
  • Fellowship, Universitaetsklinikum Essen
Board Certifications
  • Anesthesiology
Foreign Languages
  • German
  • Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
Insurances Accepted
  • MassHealth
  • Medicare
  • Medicare - ACD
  • OSW - Connecticut
  • OSW - Maine
  • OSW - New Hampshire
  • OSW - Rhode Island
  • OSW - Vermont
  • Railroad Medicare
  • Railroad Medicare - ACD
  • Senior Whole Health
  • TriCare

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As a clinician and teacher, Dr. Eikermann focuses on innovation in the fields of Anesthesia and Critical Care Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. As a researcher and mentor, he has a strong national and international reputation in the field of perioperative respiratory medicine and outcomes research.

Dr. Eikermann serves on numerous committees including: ASA Committee on Research, ASA Committee on Respiratory Care. At MGH, he serves as the Medical Director of Respiratory Care, and as the Clinical Director for Quality Improvement and Research in the Critical Care Division. He is a member of the MGH Clinical Research Council, and the Secretary of tCarl Rosow Center of Clinical Research at the Department of Anesthesia. Furthermore, he is a Section Editor for BMC Anesthesiology and has filed a pharmacological patent application that is leading to ongoing drug development activities.

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Research & Publications

Research Summary

Research Areas

  • Perioperative respiratory muscle function laboratory
  • Perioperative pulmonary complications
  • Perioperative consequences of Frailty and Muscle Weakness
  • Perioperative sleep medicine
  • Perioperative epidemiology research

Description of Research

Dr. Eikermann works to translate scientific and economic principles to clinical practice. He has identified strategies to measure and prevent postoperative muscle weakness.  Additionally, his team has developed an algorithm for goal-directed early mobilization in the surgical ICU which has been studied and validated at three academic medical centers in New England, as well as in Germany, Austria, and Italy. In collaboration with a Chemist from University of Maryland, he develops new drugs to reverse the effects of neuromuscular blocking agents, anesthetics, as well as recreational drugs.

As the Clinical Director of Quality Improvement and Research in the Critical Care Division, he serves as a mentor and teacher for a diverse group of medical students (international cooperation with Essen-Duisburg University, Germany), residents, fellows (surgeons, anesthesiologists, pulmonologists, and neurologists), nurses, physical therapists, and nurse practitioners. This multi-disciplinary collaboration results in initiatives that successfully blend clinical training, performance improvement initiatives and research. For example, based on his experience in sleep medicine (BWH 2005-2007), Dr. Eikermann has ongoing projects with researchers throughout the globe including in Michigan, the Netherlands, and Japan.

View my most recent publications at PubMed

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Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine
55 Fruit Street
Boston, MA 02114-2696
Phone: 617-643-4408
Fax: 617-643-4157

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