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Eugenie Shalhoub Heitmiller, M.D.

Vice Chairman for Clinical Affairs, Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine
Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine

Female

Appointment Phone

410-955-6353

Main Location

The Johns Hopkins Hospital

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Titles

  • Vice Chairman for Clinical Affairs, Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine
  • Medical Director, Pediatric Preoperative and Postanesthesia Unit
  • Deputy Director, Pediatric Anesthesia
  • Physician Advisor for Quality Assurance
  • Director of Performance Improvement
  • Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine
  • Professor of Pediatrics

Centers & Institutes

Departments

Locations

The Johns Hopkins Hospital

Appointment Phone: 410-955-6353

600 N. Wolfe Street
Sheikh Zayed Tower
Baltimore, MD 21287 map
Phone: 410-614-1162
Fax: 410-614-8606

Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center

Appointment Phone: 410-933-1233

601 N. Caroline Street
Baltimore, MD 21287 map
Phone: 410-550-0415

The Johns Hopkins Hospital

600 N. Wolfe Street
Halstead
Baltimore, MD 21287 map

Expertise

Anesthesiology, Pediatric Anesthesia

Research Interests

Pediatric advanced life support training; Quality Improvement in Anesthesiology; Blood wastage reduction; Pediatric adverse event analysis; Obstructive sleep apnea in pediatric patients; Quality improvement in healthcare; Patient safety research

Biography

Dr. Eugenie Heitmiller is a professor of anesthesiology and critical care medicine and pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Her areas of clinical expertise include anesthesiology and pediatric anesthesia.

Dr. Heitmiller is the vice chair for clinical affairs for the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, the medical director of the Pediatric Preoperative and Postanesthesia Unit, the deputy director of the Division of Pediatric Anesthesia, a physician advisor for quality assurance and the director of performance improvement.

She received her undergraduate degree in biology from Georgetown University. She earned her M.D. from Georgetown University Medical School. She completed a residency in pediatrics and a residency in anesthesiology at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and performed a fellowship in pediatric and cardiac anesthesiology at Johns Hopkins. Dr. Heitmiller joined the Johns Hopkins faculty in 1984.

Dr. Heitmiller's research interests include the use of a continuous, noninvasive hemoglobin monitor; transfusion practices of pediatric anesthesiologists and potential sources of transfusion errors; and infection control practices in the operating room, including hand hygiene and antibiotic prophylaxis.

She is the chair of the Quality Improvement and Safety Committee for the Society for Pediatric Anesthesia, a founding member and secretary of “Wake Up Safe,” and the co-chair of the Annual Meeting Program Planning Committee for the Society for Pediatric Anesthesia. She was recognized by Baltimore Magazine as one of the “Best Doctors in Pediatric Anesthesia.” She is a member of numerous professional organizations, including the Society for Cardiovascular Anesthesia, the Society for Pediatric Anesthesia and the Congenital Cardiac Anesthesia Society, of which she is a founding charter member.

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    Additional Information

  • Education +

    Degrees

    • Georgetown University School of Medicine / MD (1979)

    Residencies

    • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine / Pediatrics (1982)
    • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine / Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine (1984)

    Certifications

    • American Board of Anesthesiology / Anesthesiology (1989)
    • American Board of Anesthesiology / Pediatric Anesthesiology (2013)
    • American Board of Pediatrics / Pediatrics (1984)
  • Research & Publications +

    Research Summary

    Dr. Heitmiller’s research interest is in healthcare quality improvement and safety research, particularly as it relates to pediatric patients undergoing anesthesia.

    Currently she is investigating:

    • The use of a continuous, noninvasive hemoglobin monitor
    • Transfusion practices of pediatric anesthesiologists and potential sources of transfusion errors
    • Infection control practices in the operating room, including hand hygiene and antibiotic prophylaxis

    She is also participating in a project to examine biomarkers for neurologic injury in patients undergoing cardiac surgery.

    Lab:

    Dr. Eugenie Heitmiller’s Lab

    Clinical Trials:

    The Pediatric Anesthesia Quality Improvement Project (WUS)


    Clinical Trial Keywords: Hand hygiene, Pediatric advanced life support, Catheter-associated bloodstream infection

    Selected Publications View all on PubMed

    1. Shaffner DH, Heitmiller ES, Deshpande JK. "In response." Anesth Analg. 2014 Jul;119(1):215-6.
    2. Tjia I, Rampersad S, Varughese A, Heitmiller E, Tyler DC, Lee AC, Hastings LA, Uejima T. "Wake Up Safe and root cause analysis: quality improvement in pediatric anesthesia." Anesth Analg. 2014 Jul;119(1):122-36.
    3. Kurth CD, Tyler D, Heitmiller E, Tosone SR, Martin L, Deshpande JK. "National pediatric anesthesia safety quality improvement program in the United States." Anesth Analg. 2014 Jul;119(1):112-21.
    4. Varughese AM, Rampersad SE, Whitney GM, Flick RP, Anton B, Heitmiller ES. "Quality and safety in pediatric anesthesia." Anesth Analg. 2013 Dec;117(6):1408-18.
    5. Shaffner DH, Heitmiller ES, Deshpande JK. "Pediatric perioperative life support." Anesth Analg. 2013 Oct;117(4):960-79.
    6. Schwartz JM, Vricella L, Jeffries M, Heitmiller ES. Cerebral oximetry guides treatment duringBlalock-Taussig Shunt Procedure. J Cardiothor Vasc Anesth. 2008 Feb; 22(1): 95-97.
    7. Heitmiller E, Martinez E, Pronovost P. Identifying and Learning from Mistakes. Anesthesiology 2007; 106(4): 654-656.
    8. Michaels RK, Makary MA, Dahab Y, Frassica FJ, Heitmiller ES, Rowen LC, Crotreau R, Brem H, Pronovost PJ. Achieving the National Quality Forums Never Events: prevention of wrong site, wrong procedure, and wrong patient operations. Ann Surg 2007; 245: 526-532.25.
    9. Aboumatar H, Blackledge C, Dickson C, Heitmiller E, Freischlag J, Pronovost P. A descriptive study of morbidity and mortality conferences and their conformity to medical incident analysis models: Results of the Morbidity and Mortality Conference Improvement Study (MMCIS) - Phase I. American Journal of Medical Quality. 2007; July-Aug: 22(4): 232-238.
    10. Makary MA, Holzmueller CG, Thompson DA, Rowen L, Heitmiller ES, Maley WR, Black JH, Stegner K, Freischlag JA, Ulatowski JA, Pronovost PJ. Operating room briefings: Working on the same page. Joint Comm J Qual and Safety 2006 (June); 32(6):351-355.
    11. Michaels RK, Makary MA, Dahab Y, Frassica FJ, Heitmiller ES, Rowen LC, Crotreau R, Brem H, Pronovost PJ. Achieving the National Quality Forums Never Events: prevention of wrong site, wrong procedure, and wrong patient operations. Ann Surg 2007; 245: 526-532.25.
    12. Heitmiller ES, Nelson KL, Hunt EA, Schwartz JM, Yaster M, Shaffner DH. A survey of pediatric anesthesiologists resuscitation experience and knowledge of American Heart Association resuscitation guidelines. Resuscitation 2008; 79:499-505.
    13. Makary MA, Holzmueller CG, Sexton JB, Thompson DA, Martinez EA, Freischlag JA, Ulatowski JA, Heitmiller ES, Rowen L, Pronovost PJ. Operating room debriefings. Joint Comm J Qual and Safety. 2006(June); 32(7):407-410.
    14. Kavanaugh-McHugh A, Tobias JD, Doyle T, Heitmiller ES, Meagher C. Transesophageal echocardiography in pediatric congenital heart disease. Cardiol Rev. 2000 Sep-Oct;8(5):288-306.
    15. Heitmiller ES, Blanck TJJ. A syndrome that mimics malignant hyperthermia in children following cardiopulmonary bypass. Amer J Anesthesiol. 2000; 27(5):286-291.
    16. Salazar JD, Doty JR, Lin JW, Dyke MC, Roberts J, Heitmiller ES, Heitmiller RF. Does cell type influence post-esophagectomy survival in patients with esophageal cancer? Dis Esophagus 11(3): 168-171, 1998.
    17. delRe MD, Ayd J, Schultheis LW, Heitmiller ES. Protamine and left ventricular function: a transesophageal echocardiography study. Anesth Analg 77:1098-1103, 1993.
    18. Drenger B, Heitmiller ES, Quigg M, Blanck TJJ. Depression of calcium channel blocker binding to rat brain membranes by halothane. Anesth Analg. 1992; 74:758-761.
    19. Blanck TJJ, Chiancone E, Salviati G, Heitmiller ES, Verzili D, Luciani G, Colotti G. Halothane does not alter CA2+ affinity of troponin C. Anesthesiology. 1992; 767:100-105.
  • Academic Affiliations & Courses +
  • Activities & Honors +

    Honors

    • American Society of Anesthesiologists Media Award, for: Sunday Rounds Anesthesiology, National Public Radio, 1996
    • University Healthcare Consortium finalist for the Excellence in Quality and Safety awards, Phoenix, Arizona, 2005
    • University Healthcare Consortium finalist for the Excellence in Quality and Safety awards, Phoenix, Arizona, 2005
    • Baltimore Magazine Best Doctors in Pediatric Anesthesia, 2007
    • First place, Society for Pediatric Anesthesia Resident’s Research Award (Mentored Project), Phoenix, Arizona, 2007
    • Third place in the American Academy of Pediatrics resident research competition, 2007

    Memberships

    • Johns Hopkins Alumni Association
    • American Society of Anesthesiologists, 1982
    • International Anesthesia Research Society, 1982
    • Maryland/DC Society of Anesthesiologists, 1982
    • American Academy of Pediatrics, 1992
    • Society for Pediatric Anesthesia, 2000
    • Congenital Cardiac Anesthesia Society, 2006
    • Society for Cardiovascular Anesthesia, 2006

    Professional Activities

    • Chair, Johns Hopkins Hospital
      Risk Management Committee
    • Education Committee, Society for Pediatric Anesthesia, 2006
    • Quality Improvement and Safety Committee, Society for Pediatric Anesthesia, 2006
    • Chair, Quality Improvement and Safety Committee, 2011
      Society for Pediatric Anesthesia
    • Co-Chair, Society for Pediatric Anesthesia, 2011
      Annual Meeting Program Planning Committee
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