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Rebecca A Aslakson, MD

Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine
Female
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Titles

  • Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine

Centers & Institutes

  • Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality

Expertise

Medical Oncology

Biography

Dr. Rebecca A. Aslakson is an assistant professor of anesthesiology and critical care medicine and oncology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Boarded in critical care, palliative medicine and anesthesiology, Dr. Aslakson clinically attends in the adult surgical intensive care units, inpatient palliative care unit and operating rooms at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. She has been a core faculty member at the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality at Johns Hopkins since 2013.

Dr. Aslakson received her undergraduate degree in biology and mathematics from Washington University in St. Louis and her M.Sci. in biomedical sciences from the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland. She earned her M.D. from Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts Institute of Technology and her Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She completed her residency at Massachusetts General Hospital and performed a fellowship in surgical critical care at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. Dr. Aslakson joined the Johns Hopkins faculty in 2008.

Her work has been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals, including Critical Care Medicine, Critical Care, The Patient, Anesthesia & Analgesia, The Journal of Palliative Medicine, Journal of General Internal Medicine, Anesthesiology Clinics and Critical Care Clinics. Her research work is, or has been, supported through multiple grants or contracts from organizations such as the Patient-Centered Outcomes Institute, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research, the National Palliative Care Research Center and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

Dr. Aslakson is an active member of the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM), the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM), the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA), the Society of Critical Care Anesthesiologists and the International Anesthesia Research Society. She is a member of multiple national committees, including the SCCM Family-Centered Care Guidelines Committee, the AAHPM Research Committee and the ASA Subcommittee for Palliative Medicine. Dr. Aslakson has received numerous awards for her work, including the 2014 ASA Presidential Scholar Award.

Languages

  • English

Memberships

Society of Critical Care Anesthesiologists, 2011 - present

International Anesthesia Research Society, 2010 - present

American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, 2010 - present

Society of Critical Care Medicine, 2006 - present

American Society of Anesthesiologists, 2004 - present

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  • Education +

    Training

    • Harvard Medical School (Boston MA ) (2003)

    Residencies

    • Massachusetts General Hospital / Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine (Boston MA ) (2007)

    Fellowships

    • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine / Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine (Baltimore MD ) (2008)

    Certifications

    • American Board of Anesthesiology / Hospice and Palliative Care (2010)
    • American Board of Anesthesiology / Anesthesiology (2008)
    • American Board of Anesthesiology / Critical Care Medicine (2008)
  • Research & Publications +

    Research Summary

    Dr. Aslakson’s research and clinical goal is to improve delivery of palliative care to patients and families, particularly in intensive care unit and perioperative settings.

    Selected Publications

    1. Schuster AL, Aslakson RA, Bridges JF. "Creating an advance-care-planning decision aid for high-risk surgery: a qualitative study." BMC Palliat Care. 2014 Jun 19;13:32. doi: 10.1186/1472-684X-13-32. eCollection 2014.
    2. Aslakson RA, Schuster AL, Miller J, Weiss M, Volandes AE, Bridges JF. "An environmental scan of advance care planning decision AIDS for patients undergoing major surgery: a study protocol." Patient. 2014;7(2):207-17. doi: 10.1007/s40271-014-0046-3.
    3. Aslakson R, Cheng J, Vollenweider D, Galusca D, Smith TJ, Pronovost PJ. "Evidence-based palliative care in the intensive care unit: a systematic review of interventions." J Palliat Med. 2014 Feb;17(2):219-35. doi: 10.1089/jpm.2013.0409.
    4. Lau BD, Aslakson RA, Wilson RF, Fawole OA, Apostol CC, Martinez KA, Vollenweider D, Bass EB, Dy SE. "Methods for improving the quality of palliative care delivery: a systematic review." Am J Hosp Palliat Care. 2014 Mar;31(2):202-10. doi: 10.1177/1049909113482039. Epub 2013 Mar 26.
    5. Martinez KA, Aslakson RA, Wilson RF, Apostol CC, Fawole OA, Lau BD, Vollenweider D, Bass EB, Dy SM. "A systematic review of health care interventions for pain in patients with advanced cancer." Am J Hosp Palliat Care. 2014 Feb;31(1):79-86. doi: 10.1177/1049909113476129. Epub 2013 Feb 12.
  • Academic Affiliations & Courses +
  • Activities & Honors +

    Honors

    George Mitchell Scholar Alumni Organization, U.S.-Ireland Alliance, 2001 - present

    Presidential Scholar Award, the American Society of Anesthesiologists, 2014

    Family-Centered Care Innovation Award, Society of Critical Care Medicine, 2014

    Washington, DC-Baltimore-Northern Virginia Rising Star, Super Doctors, 2013

    Clinician Scientist Award, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 2013

    Speaker Award, American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, 2013

    Leadership Program for Women, Office of Women in Science and Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 2012

    Best in Baltimore – Palliative Medicine, Baltimore Magazine, 2011

    Medical Student Teaching Award Finalist, Harvard Medical School, 2007

    Excellence in Teaching in Surgical Critical Care Award, Johns Hopkins Hospital, 2007

    Hospitalist Award, Best Medical Intern, Newton Wellesley Hospital, 2004

    Department of Surgery Award, Best Surgical Intern, Newton Wellesley Hospital, 2004

    International Achievement Summit, 2000

    George Mitchell Scholarship, U.S.-Ireland Alliance, 1999

    Barry Goldwater Scholarship, 1997

    Arthur Holly Compton Scholarship, Washington University in St. Louis, 1994

    National Science Scholarship, United States Department of Education, 1994

    Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship, United States Department of Education, 1994

    Professional Activities

    Scientific Advisor/Study Section Member, Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, 2014 - present

    Staff Member, Patient and Family Advisory Council, Johns Hopkins Hospital, 2012 - present

    Faculty Member and Research Subcommittee Chair, Professional Advisory Group for the Clinical Pastoral Education Residency, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 2011 - present

    Faculty Co-Chair and Resident Liaison, Resident Research Committee, Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 2009 - present

    Faculty Advisory Committee, Office of Women in Science and Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 2009 - present

    Palliative Medicine Subcommittee, American Society of Anesthesiologists, 2013 - 2015

    Chair and Intensive Care Unit Special Interest Group (SIG) Co-Founder, American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, 2013 - 2014

    Research Subcommittee Appointed Member, American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, 2013 - 2014

    Ad Hoc Study Section Member, National Palliative Care Research Center, 2013

    Physician-Researcher Reviewer, Johns Hopkins Sarcoma Program Pilot Grant, 2012

    Family-Centered Care Guidelines Committee, Society of Critical Care Medicine

    Research Committee, American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine

    Subcommittee for Palliative Medicine, American Society of Anesthesiologists

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    Locations

    The Johns Hopkins Hospital
    600 N. Wolfe Street
    Hospital Main Entrance - Sheikh Zayed Tower
    Baltimore, MD 21287
    Appointment Phone: 410-955-6353
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    Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center
    601 N. Caroline Street
    Baltimore, MD 21287
    Appointment Phone: 410-955-6353
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    Department/Division

    • Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine
    • Oncology

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