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Rahul Koka, MD

Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine
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The Johns Hopkins Hospital

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  • Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine

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  • Johns Hopkins Children's Center



Research Interests

Health disparities; Patient safety; Pediatric airway


Dr. Rahul Koka is an assistant professor of anesthesiology and critical care medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. His area of clinical expertise is anesthesiology.

Dr. Koka received his undergraduate degree in chemistry from Bowdoin College. He earned his M.D. from the University of Vermont College of Medicine and a M.P.H. from Harvard School of Public Health. He completed his residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and performed a fellowship in pediatric anesthesiology at Children’s Hospital in Boston. Dr. Koka joined the Johns Hopkins faculty in 2012.

His research interests include health disparities, patient safety and pediatric airway.

He is board certified in anesthesiology, advanced cardiac and life support, and pediatric advanced life support.

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  • Education +


    • University of Vermont College of Medicine (Burlington VT) (2004)


    • Brigham and Women's Hospital / Anesthesiology (Boston MA) (2008)


    • Children's Hospital Boston (Boston MA) (2009)


    • General, American Board of Anesthesiology / Anesthesiology (2010)
  • Research & Publications +

    Research Summary

    Dr. Koka’s research includes:

    • Health disparities - currently looking at socioeconomic status and perioperative outcomes
    • Patient safety - currently looking at factors related to intraoperative cardiac arrests
    • Pediatric airway

    Selected Publications

    1. Rosen MA, Lee BH, Sampson JB, Koka R, Chima AM, Ogbuagu OU, Marx MK, Kamara TB, Koroma M, Jackson EV Jr. “Failure mode and effects analysis applied to the maintenance and repair of anesthetic equipment in an austere medical environment.” Int J Qual Health Care, 2014 May 15.
    2. Rosen MA, Sampson JB, Jackson EV Jr, Koka R, Chima AM, Ogbuagu OU, Marx MK, Koroma M, Lee BH. “Failure mode and effects analysis of the universal anaesthesia machine in two tertiary care hospitals in Sierra Leone.” Br J Anaesth, 2014 May 15.
    3. Koka, R., Hadlock, T. “Quantification of functional recovery following rat sciatic nerve transection.” Journal of Experimental Neurology, 2001 March; 168(1): 192-5.
    4. Fauza D., Marler, J, Koka, R, Forse, J, Mayer, J, Vacanti, J., “Fetal Tissue Engineering: Diaphragmatic Replacement.” Journal of Pediatric Surgery, January 2001; 36 (1): 146-51.
    5. Marler, J, Guha, A, Rowley, J, Koka, R, Bonassar, L, Mooney, D, Upton, J, Vacanti, J. “Soft Tissue Augmentation with Injectable Alginate and Syngeneic Fibroblasts” Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, May 2000; 105(6): 2049-58.
  • Academic Affiliations & Courses +
  • Activities & Honors +


    E.K. Van Swearingen Medical Scholarship, 2000 - 2003

    Partners in Excellence Award, Massachusetts General Hospital for Laboratory Research, 2000

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    The Johns Hopkins Hospital
    600 N. Wolfe Street
    Hospital Main Entrance - Sheikh Zayed Tower
    Baltimore, MD 21287
    Phone: 410-955-6353
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    • Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine

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