About the Symposium

From June 9-10, 2023, the Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital was pleased to hold the inaugural Warren M. Zapol Symposium on Anesthesia & Critical Care Research. We welcomed 200+ distinguished clinician-scientists from both within the Mass General community and beyond for a remarkable two-day event dedicated to commemorating Dr. Zapol’s legacy in research and medicine and looking ahead to groundbreaking advances on the horizon.

Speakers presented and led discussions on a range of invigorating topics, including:

  • The clinical use of nitric oxide
  • Oxygen and evolution
  • The integration of neuroscience in anesthesia
  • Sepsis, inflammation, and atherosclerosis
  • Innovation in medicine and pain management

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About Dr. Zapol

Headshot of Dr. Warren Zapol Dr. Warren M. Zapol (1942-2021) was a unique physician, scientist, inventor, explorer, and mentor. He began his lifelong affiliation with Mass General as an anesthesia resident in 1970 and served as anesthetist-in-chief from 1994-2008. Dr. Zapol pioneered a wide range of novel therapies for critical illnesses, including extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, inhaled gases, phototherapy, and drugs. Inhaled nitric oxide (iNO) was a central focus of his research and of the Anesthesia Center for Critical Care Research, which he founded. The aim of the Warren Zapol Symposium is to celebrate his life and continue his legacy of advancing medical care through novel, collaborative, basic and clinical research.


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