- Dr Gebhard Wagener is a Professor of Anesthesiology at Columbia University Medical Center in New York and for the last twenty years has been working there as an anesthesiologist, intensivist and clinical researcher. His clinical and research interest focuses on liver failure and transplantation. He previously studied the role of vasopressin in liver failure and outcomes after liver transplantation and edited a textbook of liver anesthesiology and critical care medicine, now published in a second edition. He is treasurer of the Society for the Advancement of Transplant Anesthesia (SATA) and active in multiple liver transplant and transplant anesthesia societies and member of the transplant committee of the American Society of Anesthesiology. He is currently the anesthesia representative of the Membership & Professional Standards Committee of the US Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) / United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS).
Another research interest of his is early detection of organ injury using novel techniques and markers. He studied clinical models of organ injury and related biomarkers such as urinary biomarkers for acute kidney injury in clinical scenarios such as cardiac surgery, liver failure and transplantation. As an extension of his work with biomarkers he studying novel ways to detect lung injury using a specific probe for apoptosis and SPECT-CT imaging, a project that was awarded an RO-1 grant by the NHLBI. (1R01HL131960-01).