Current Opinion in Anesthesiology was launched in 1988. It is one of a successful series of review journals whose unique format is designed to provide a systematic and critical assessment of the literature as presented in the many primary journals. The field of anesthesiology is divided into 15 sections that are reviewed once a year. Each section is assigned a Section Editor, a leading authority in the area, who identifies the most important topics at that time. Here we are pleased to introduce the Section Editors for this issue.
Dr Gernot Marx, MD, FRCA is full Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine and Chair at the University RWTH Aachen, Germany. He is Head of the Department of Intensive Care Medicine and Intermediate Care at the University Hospital RWTH Aachen. He is full board member of the German Society of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care and full board member of the interdisciplinary German Society of Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine. He graduated and took his residency at the Medizinische Hochschule Hannover in Germany. He was Senior Lecturer in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine at the University of Liverpool, UK and full Professor for Anaesthesiology, Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine at the Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, Germany. He received the Fellowship by election of the Royal College of Anaesthetists. His research interest is focused on sepsis, fluid therapy and telemedicine. He is Editor of two books, Checklist Intensive Care Medicine and The Intensive Care Medicine. He is Editor of AINS (Anaesthesiologie Intensivmedizin Notfallmedizin Schmerztherapie) and Associate Editor of British Journal of Anaesthesia.
Hartmut Bürkle, MD, PhD is full Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, and Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine at the University Medical Center Freiburg, Germany. After his residency in Anesthesiology in Hamburg and a postdoctoral fellowship at the UCSD, San Diego (Prof T. L. Yaksh) he joined Prof Hugo Van Aken[Combining Acute Accent]s anesthesia and intensive care medicine group in Muenster, Germany. His research interests are centered on regional anesthesia techniques, perioperative pain therapy and perioperative rehabilitation, highlighting patient's outcome. During the last decade, he has also focused on the development of safe anesthesia strategies, the economical and ethical issues of modern health systems related to anesthesia and intensive care medicine, as well as on implementing peer reviewed quality care in anesthesiology and intensive care medicine. He has published more than 120 studies and acted as reviewer for most of the national and international journals of anesthesiology and intensive care medicine.
Professor Kai Zacharowski holds the position of the Ordinarius and is the Director of the Department of Anesthesia, Intensive Care Medicine and Pain Therapy at the University Hospital Frankfurt. His research, teaching, and consulting interests are in both clinical and basic aspects of patient safety, transfusion and clotting, innate immunity, cardiovascular and critical care medicine. Professor Zacharowski received his MD from the German University of Mainz and his PhD from Queen Mary, University of London (where he was working with the Nobel laureate Prof Sir John Vane → discovered how aspirin works).
His scientific contributions are published in peer-reviewed journals such as Nature Medicine, Lancet, NEJM and Proceedings of the National Academy of Science and were awarded with numerous awards for Innovative Clinical Research. He is serving as Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Anesthesia & Intensive Care Medicine as well as an Editorial Board member of numerous journals in Critical Care Medicine, Emergency Medicine and Anesthesia.
He obtained 2 clinical specializations (Anesthesia/Intensive Care Medicine and Clinical Pharmacology) and is practicing Anesthesia and Critical Care Medicine in Frankfurt.