Rahul Koka, M.D., M.P.H.

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  • Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine


Anesthesiology, Critical Care Medicine

Research Interests

Pediatric airway; Patient safety; Health disparities ...read more


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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.

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  • Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine

Departments / Divisions

Centers & Institutes



  • MD; University of Vermont College of Medicine (2004)


  • Anesthesiology; Brigham and Women's Hospital (2008)


  • Boston Children's Hospital (2009)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Anesthesiology (Anesthesiology-General) (2010)
  • American Board of Anesthesiology (Pediatric Anesthesiology) (2015)

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

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.

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.

Koka, R., Hadlock, T. “Quantification of functional recovery following rat sciatic nerve transection.” Journal of Experimental Neurology, 2001 March; 168(1): 192-5.

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.

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.

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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