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Christopher L. Wu, MD

Chris Wu

Department of Anesthesiology/Critical Care Medicine

The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Sheikh Zayed Tower 8120J
1800 Orleans Street
Baltimore, MD  21287
Phone: 410-955-5608
Fax: 410-614-1796
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Dr. Wu's research interests include the areas of acute and postoperative pain management, obstetric & regional anesthesia and analgesia, patient-oriented outcomes, outcomes research, and evidence-based medicine. His research focuses on the effect of regional anesthesia and analgesia on mortality, morbidity, and patient-oriented outcomes.

Professional Activities

  • Chief, Division of Obstetric & Regional Anesthesia and Acute Pain [Anesthesiology]
  • Editorial boards: Anesthesiology, Regional Anesthesia & Pain Medicine, Clinical Journal of Pain
  • Board of Directors: American Society of Regional Anesthesia

Selected Publications

  1. Block BM, Liu SS, Rowlingson AJ, Cowan AR, Cowen JA, Wu CL. Efficacy of postoperative epidural analgesia: a meta-analysis. JAMA 290(18):2455–63, 2003.
  2. Wu CL, Hurley RW, Anderson GF, Herbert R, Rowlingson AJ, Fleisher LA. Effect of perioperative epidural analgesia on patient mortality and morbidity in Medicare patients. Reg Anesth Pain Med 29(6):525–33, 2004.
  3. Wu CL, Cohen SR, Richman JM, Rowlingson AJ, Courpas GE, Cheung K, Lin EE, Liu SS. Efficacy of postoperative patient-controlled and continuous infusion epidural analgesia versus intravenous patient-controlled analgesia with opioids: a meta-analysis. Anesthesiology 103(5):1079–88,2005.
  4. Liu SS, Richman JM, Thirlby RC, Wu CL. Efficacy of continuous wound catheters delivering local anesthetic for postoperative analgesia: a quantitative and qualitative systematic review of randomized controlled trials. J Am Coll Surg 203(6):914–32, 2006.
  5. Liu SS, Wu CL. Effect of postoperative analgesia on major postoperative complications: a systematic update of the evidence. Anesth Analg 104(3):689–702, 2007.


  • Teacher of the Year: The University of Rochester; Department of Anesthesiology (1996, 1999)
  • Teacher of the Year: The Johns Hopkins University; Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine (2000, 2006)
  • IARS Teaching Recognition Award (finalist, 2006)