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James C. Eisenach, MD

FM James, III Professor of Anesthesiology and Physiology & Pharmacology
Editor-In-Chief, Anesthesiology

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Dr. Eisenach, the overall director of the laboratory, has a long history of scientific review and administration and of NIH funded research. He is the recipient of over $16 million in NIH support and $2 million in industry support since coming to Wake Forest School of Medicine in 1985, and is currently PI on two RO1 grants, one of which received MERIT status in 2011. He was the PI for the pivotal multi-center trial leading to FDA approval of epidural clonidine for intractable neuropathic pain associated with cancer. Dr. Eisenach holds 5 INDs from the FDA for novel analgesic drugs and one patent for a novel treatment for pain in women. He is a past member and chairman of the Anesthetic and Life Support Drugs Advisory Committee at the FDA. In addition to serving on several review committees for the NIH, VA, and national anesthesiology societies, he has been the Vice-Chairman for Research in the Department of Anesthesiology since 1998. Dr. Eisenach has trained 52 post-doctoral and undergraduate fellows and students since 1985. He has organized two major pain symposia at IASP international meetings. He is the current Editor-in-Chief of Anesthesiology.

Awards and Recognition​

James Eisenach, MD, Elected to the National Academy, Oct. 19, 2015, Election to the National Academy of Medicine is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service.

Eisenach Receives National Research Excellence Award​ James C. Eisenach, MD received the 2013 Excellence in Research Award from the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA). Dr. Eisenach, nationally renowned for his research on the mechanisms of pain, is professor of anesthesiology and physiology and pharmacology and serves as editor-in-chief of Anesthesiology.

Eisenach's Research Garners NIH Merit Award - James C. Eisenach, MD, suspects the hormone oxytocin could prevent chronic pain that sometimes follows physical trauma, such as surgery.  

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Dr. James Eisenach, featured on Anesthesiology Journal cover, June, 2016, his last month as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal.  "He is one of the top basic and clinical anesthesia researchers in the country." (Dr. Raymond Roy, Anes Chair, 1978-92)

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