Kirk H Shelley MD/PhD

Professor of Anesthesiology; Division Chief; Director, Ambulatory Anesthesia

Departments & Organizations

Anesthesiology: Ambulatory Anesthesiology | NIH T32 Program


Dr Kirk Shelley is boarded in Anesthesia and Internal Medicine. He is a Professor in the Department of Anesthesia at Yale University where he heads their Ambulatory Surgical Division. He obtained MD and PhD degrees (biochemistry) from Penn State University. He has won awards for his work including several for technology used in anesthesia. Dr. Shelley's current research focuses on the development of tools for the noninvasive measurement of physiologic parameters. He is also recognized for developing this technology in an "open source" manner to further scientific collaboration.


  • M.D./Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University, Hershey , 1981

Selected Publication

  • Amit Shah, and Kirk H. Shelley. Is pulse oximetry an essential tool or just another distraction? The role of the pulse oximeter in modern anesthesia care. J Clin Monit Comput, 27(3): p. 235-42 (2013)

Latest Honor and Recognition

  • Honorary Master of Arts degree (2010) , Yale University