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Lorenzo Berra, MD

  • Phone: 617-643-7733
Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine


  • Critical Care Center
  • Surgical Intensive Care Unit
Clinical Interests
Critical care
Respiratory Care
Transfusion medicine
Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
Medical Education
MD, University of Milan
Residency, Massachusetts General Hospital
Residency, University of Milan
Fellowship, Massachusetts General Hospital
Board Certifications
Anesthesiology, American Board of Anesthesiology
Critical Care Medicine, American Board of Anesthesiology
Foreign Languages
Patient Age Group
Accepting New Patients
Accepting New Patients


Research Areas

  • Alterations of the Nitric Oxide Physiology in the presence of circulation plasma cell-free hemoglobin.
  • Emerging approaches in the prevention of Ventilator Acquired Pneumonia.
  • Characteristics of the inflmmatory response of patients undergoing surgical procedures.
  • Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS).

Description of Research

In my early research career I worked at the National Institutes of Health, under the supervision of my mentor Dr. Theodore Kolobow (2000-2005). We developed several new methods and medical devices to avoid aspiration and ventilator associated pneumonia: such as novel rotating beds, care of intubated patients, novel endotracheal tube designs, new methods of ventilation, and novel approach to prevent bacterial colonization of the respiratory tract.  In animal models we experimented and successfully showed feasibility and efficacy of those methods. We are now testing these methods in clinical trials in critically ill patients. Under my current mentor Dr. Warren Zapol, we are studying the role of transfusion and hemolysis on hemodynamics, inflammation, endothelial dysfunction and organ dysfunction.

Critical Care Grand Rounds: “The Role of Starch in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU)”

Aranya Bagchi, MBBS, and Lorenzo Berra, MD, will discuss the rationale and the effects of using starch in a recent randomized, controlled trial on the use of starch in critically ill patients.

Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine
55 Fruit Street
Boston, MA 02114-2696

Phone: 617-643-7733