- 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
- Foreign Languages
- Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
- Insurances Accepted
- Aetna Health Inc.
- Beech Street
- Blue Cross Blue Shield - Blue Care 65
- Blue Cross Blue Shield - Indemnity
- Blue Cross Blue Shield - Managed Care
- Blue Cross Blue Shield - Partners Plus
- Cigna (PAL #'s)
- Fallon Community HealthCare
- Great-West Healthcare (formally One Health Plan)
- Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - PBO
- Health Care Value Management (HCVM)
- Humana/Choice Care PPO
- Medicare - ACD
- Neighborhood Health Plan - ACD
- Neighborhood Health Plan - PBO
- OSW - Connecticut
- OSW - Maine
- OSW - New Hampshire
- OSW - Rhode Island
- OSW - Vermont
- Private Health Care Systems (PHCS)
- Railroad Medicare
- Railroad Medicare - ACD
- Senior Whole Health
- Tufts Health Plan
- United Healthcare (non-HMO) - ACD
- United Healthcare (non-HMO) - PBO
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- Patient Age Group
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.
- Research Summary
- Perioperative respiratory muscle function laboratory
- Perioperative pulmonary complications
- Perioperative consequences of Frailty and Muscle Weakness
- Perioperative sleep medicine
- Perioperative epidemiology research
Description of ResearchDr. 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.
A program encouraging early mobilization of patients in surgical intensive care units was able to reduce the time patients spent in the ICU and their overall time in the hospital and also increased patients&rsquo; functional independence upon hospital discharge, allowing more of them to be discharged home.
MGH researchers have found that medications currently used to immobilize patients during surgery can increase the risk of postoperative respiratory complications.
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