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Lorenzo Berra, MD

Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine
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

BiographyAfter his medical school at the University of Milan, Dr. Berra spent three years under the mentorship of Dr. Theodor Kolobow in a research laboratory at the National Institutes of Health (Bethesda, MD). From 2006-2011 he completed his residency in Anesthesia and fellowship in Critical Care both at the Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine at MGH. Since 2011 he is a staff anesthesiologist and intensivist and a member of Dr. Warren Zapol?s MGH Anesthesia Center for Critical Care Research. His current patient care activities are focused on caring for critically ill patients and their families. His primary research and academic interests involve translational research to improve diagnosis, treatment and care of critically ill patients with cardio-pulmonary failure or severe infections

ResearchResearch 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

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. In order to test these hypotheses and other novel approaches to prevent lung injury in mechanically ventilated patients, Dr. Robert Kacmarek and I established a Respiratory and Critical Care Research Team in the department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine at MGH. Under the mentorship of Dr. Warren Zapol, I also expanded my studies on 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
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Boston, MA 02114-2696

Phone: 617-643-7733