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Colleen Gorman Koch, M.D., M.S., M.B.A.

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  • Mark C. Rogers Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine
  • Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine


Anesthesiology, Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology, Intraoperative Transesophageal Echocardiography


Colleen Koch, MD, MS, MBA, FACC, FAHA is the Mark C. Rogers Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine and Anesthesiologist-in-Chief at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Dr. Koch received her medical degree from University of Cincinnati in 1987, a Master's of Science in Clinical Research Design and Statistical Analysis from the University of Michigan School of Public Health in 2001 and a Master's in Business Administration from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University in 2010. She completed an internship in Internal Medicine from the Cleveland Clinic and residency in Anesthesiology at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital with sub-specialization in Cardiac, Vascular and Thoracic anesthesia. Following residency training, Dr. Koch completed yearlong training in cardiac echocardiography in the Department of Cardiology at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. 

Dr. Koch completed the Advanced Training Program (ATP) in Health Care Delivery Improvement from Intermountain Healthcare in Salt Lake City in 2011. In addition, she completed the prestigious Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Fellowship program from Drexel University College of Medicine in 2012. 

Dr. Koch is a Cardiothoracic Anesthesiologist who joined Johns Hopkins Medicine in 2014 after spending 22 years at the Cleveland Clinic where she was Professor of Anesthesiology at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University and Vice Chair Research and Education for the Department of Cardiac Anesthesia. Dr. Koch held joint appointments in the Cleveland Clinic’s Quality and Patient Safety Institute where she lead Research and Education, Cleveland Clinic Medical Operations, and an appointment in Research in the Cleveland Clinic’s Heart and Vascular Institute. While at the Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Koch served on numerous institution-wide committees: Medical School Admissions Committee, resident and fellowship education and research committees, and Blood Bank/Transfusion Medicine Task Force Committees. She chaired the Clinic’s End of Life Strategic Plan Committee, which developed the strategic direction for Cleveland Clinic’s patient– centered end of life care. 

Dr. Koch has over 100 publications and is nationally recognized for her clinical outcomes research in cardiac surgery, transfusion, and quality of life. She is sought after as a Visiting Professor, and guest lecturer nationally and internationally. She is on the Board of Trustees for the International Anesthesia Research Society, is a Deputy Editor of CME for the Annals of Thoracic Surgery, serves on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia and served a term on the Board of Directors for the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists. She held a number of national leadership roles as Program Chair and Co-Director for National Scientific meetings and is Chair elect for the Cardiac Education Track of the ASA and Chair elect for the IARS Board of Trustees. She is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, Fellow of the American Heart Association and a member of the Association of Cardiac Anesthesiologists. 

In addition to Dr. Koch’s role as Department Chair for Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine at Johns Hopkins, she is currently the Vice Chair for the Johns Hopkins Hospital Medical Board, Chair of the Administrative Committee of the Medical Board, serves as a member on the Education Policy and Curriculum Committee for the Medical School, is a member of the Johns Hopkins Medicine Compensation Committee, and the Agenda Committee for the Advisory Board of the Medical Faculty. She is serves on the Blaustein Pain Board of Directors and was recently elected to the Clinical Practice Association Board of Governors for Johns Hopkins Medicine.

Outside of the Johns Hopkins Medicine community, Dr. Koch serves on the Board of Directors for the Kennedy Krieger Institute, which is an internationally recognized institution dedicated to improving the lives of individuals with disorders of the brain, spinal cord and musculoskeletal system. She also serves on the Kennedy Krieger Institute's Hospital and Professional Affairs Committee. more


  • Mark C. Rogers Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine
  • Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine
  • Professor of Emergency Medicine

Departments / Divisions



  • MD, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine (1987)


  • Brigham and Women's Hospital / Anesthesiology (1991)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Anesthesiology / Anesthesiology-General (1992)

Additional Training

MS, University of Michigan Medical School / Clinical Research Design and Statistical Analysis (2001)

MBA, University Hospitals of Cleveland / Weatherhead School of Management (2010)

National Board of Echocardiography: Perioperative Transesophageal Echocardiography (2002, 2012)

Advanced Training, Clinical Associate in Advanced Echocardiography, Dept. of Cardiology, Cleveland Clinic (1994)

Advanced Training Program in Health Care Delivery Improvement, Intermountain Healthcare, Salt Lake City, Utah (2011)

Research & Publications

Selected Publications

Koch CG, Li L, Shishehbor M, Nissen S, Sabik J, Starr N, Blackstone E. Socioeconomic Status and Comorbidity Predict Preoperative Quality of Life in Cardiac Surgery. Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery 2008;136(3):665-672

Koch CG, Li L, Sessler DI, Figueroa P, Hoeltge GA, Mihaljevic T, Blackstone. Duration of Red-Cell Storage and Complications after Cardiac Surgery. New England Journal of Medicine 2008;358(12):1229-39

Koch CG, Li L, Shishehbor M, Sabik J, Wachterman J, Kaplan GA, Blackstone EH. Socioeconomic Position, Not Race, Is Linked to Death After Cardiac Surgery, Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes 2010;3:267-276

Koch CG, Li L, Sun Z, Hixson E, Tang A, Phillips S, Blackstone E, J Henderson. Hospital-Acquired Anemia: Prevalence, Outcomes and Healthcare Implications. The Journal of Hospital Medicine, 2013;8:506-12.

Koch CG, Reineks EZ, Tang AS, Hixson ED, Phillips S, Sabik J, Henderson JM. Contemporary Bloodletting: Diagnostic Phlebotomy in Cardiac Surgical Care. Annals of Thoracic Surgery 2015;99(3):779-84.

Activities & Honors


  • Association of Cardiac Anesthesiologists, 2015
  • Fellow of the American Heart Association (FAHA), 2011
  • Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM Fellow), 2011 - 2012
  • Association of University Anesthesiologists, 2009
  • Fellow American College of Cardiology (FACC), 2007
  • Bruce Hubbard Stewart Fellow, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, 2000 - 2001
  • Diplomat, National Board of Medical Examiners, 1988
  • Magna Cum Laude, Marquette University, 1983
  • Alpha Sigma Nu, National Jesuit Honor Society for Community Service and Academic Excellence, 1983
  • Phi Beta Kappa, Marquette University, 1983
  • Phi Alpha Theta, National History Honor Society, 1982


  • Association of University Anesthesiologists
  • Maryland Society of Anesthesiologists
  • American Society of Anesthesiologists
  • Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists
  • American College of Cardiology
  • American Heart Association
  • International Anesthesia Research Society
  • Society of Thoracic Surgeons
  • Association of Cardiac Anesthesiologists

Professional Activities

  • Chair Elect, Board of Trustees International Anesthesia Research Society
  • Chair Elect, Cardiac Education Committee American Society of Anesthesiologists
  • Vice Chair, Johns Hopkins Hospital Medical Board, 2016
  • Kennedy Krieger Institute, Hospital and Professional Affairs Committee, 2016
  • Board of Directors, Kennedy Krieger Institute, 2016
  • Board of Directors, Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists
  • Associate CME Deputy Editor, Annals of Thoracic Surgery, 2013
  • Editorial board, Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia
  • Associate CME Editor, Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology, Annals of Thoracic Surgery
  • Board of Trustees, International Anesthesia Research Society
  • Blaustein Pain Board of Directors, Johns Hopkins Medicine
  • Clinical Practice Association Board of Governors, Johns Hopkins Medicine

Videos & Media

Lectures and Presentations

  • Avoiding Red Blood Cell Transfusion: Managing and Avoiding Perioperative Anemia
    Visiting Professor
    University of California, San Diego
  • Avoiding Red Blood Cell Transfusion: Managing and Avoiding Perioperative Anemia.
    Visiting Professor
    Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
  • How to Make Your Department Better: Chairs Share Ideas.
    Lecture, Chicago, IL
  • Quality and Patient Safety: Tapping Into Hospital-wide Quality and Safety Initiatives.
    Lecture, Chicago, IL
  • Avoiding Red Blood Cell Transfusion: Managing and Avoiding Perioperative Anemia.
    Lecture, 36th Annual Japanese Society of Clinical Anesthesia, Kochi, Japan
  • Anemia and Transfusion problem-based learning discussion.
    Lecture, World Congress of Anesthesia, Hong Kong, China
  • Managing Anemia to Reduce Blood Transfusions.
    Presentation, International Anesthesia Research Society Meeting, San Francisco, CA
  • Maximizing Blood Conservation in Cardiac Surgery: Prevention and Management Strategies.
    Lecture, American Association of Thoracic Surgeons Annual Meeting, Baltimore, MD

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