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Shamsuddin Akhtar, MD

Professor of Anesthesiology and Pharmacology; Medical Director of YNHH 7-1 Surgical Intensive Care Unit

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Shamsuddin Akhtar, MD



Dr. Akhtar is a Professor of Anesthesiology and Pharmacology and a nationally recognized educator and leader of clinical anesthesiology. He is board certified in both Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine. Dr. Akhtar has conducted groundbreaking studies of surgical patients demonstrating that elderly patients are consistently administered higher than recommended doses of intravenous induction anesthetics and the incidence of hypotension provoked by these anesthetic induction doses was significantly higher in the elderly patients, which resulted in higher use of rescue pressor therapy to maintain adequate blood pressure. Currently, Dr. Akhtar is part of a clinical study which uses the Multicenter Perioperative Outcomes Group (MPOG) database to determine the association of anesthetic induction dose - with clinically meaningful hypotension that occurs prior to the initiation of the surgical procedures among patients age ≥ 65, and separately among those age ≥ 80.

He has also completed a textbook entitled “Principles of Geriatric Critical Care” published by Cambridge University. He is Past-President of Society for Advancement of Geriatric Anesthesia (SAGA), Board Member of ACE publication by the American Society of Anesthesiology.

Education & Training

  • Fellow
    Yale University School of Medicine (1998)
  • Fellow
    Medical College of Wisconsin (1996)
  • Resident
    SUNY at Stony Brook (1995)
  • Intern
    SUNY at Stony Brook (1992)
  • MD
    Aga Khan University (1989)

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