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Robert Stevens, M.D.

Robert David Stevens, M.D.

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  • Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine

Specializes in: Adolescents (12-18 years), Adults (18+ years), Children (1-11 years), Geriatrics (55+ years)


Languages: English, French


Acute Stroke Care, Carotid Artery Stenosis, Cerebrovascular Diseases, Critical Care Medicine, Epilepsy, Intracerebral Hemorrhage , Ischemic Heart Disease, Moyamoya Disease, Neurological Critical Care, Stroke, Stroke Imaging, Stroke Prevention, Stroke Recovery, Stroke Rehabilitation, Transient Ischemic Attack, Traumatic Brain Injury more

Research Interests

Traumatic brain injury; Stroke; Brain Mapping; Consciousness disorders

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The Johns Hopkins Hospital

Appointment Phone: 410-955-2611
600 N. Wolfe Street
Phipps Building, 455A
Baltimore, MD 21287 map
Phone: 410-955-7481 | Fax: 410-614-7903

Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center

Appointment Phone: 410-550-0942
4940 Eastern Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21224 map
Phone: 410-550-0942 | Fax: 410-550-0443


Dr. Stevens is an intensive care physician who treats patients with traumatic brain injury, stroke, sepsis, ARDS and acute kidney injury. He has special expertise in the resuscitation of patients after cardiac arrest. Following medical studies, Dr. Stevens received postdoctoral research training in molecular neurobiology, cellular electrophysiology, advanced magnetic resonance imaging and brain mapping. He is the Associate Director of the Johns Hopkins Neurocritical Care Precision Medicine Center of Excellence. He holds faculty appointments in the Johns Hopkins Institute for Cell Engineering, Institute for Computational Medicine and the FM Kirby Center for Functional Neuroimaging. Dr. Stevens holds leadership positions in the Society of Critical Care Medicine and is an Associate Editor of the journals Thorax, Critical Care Medicine, Neurocritical Care, and Frontiers in Neurology. more



  • MD, Faculte de Medicine Universite de Geneve (1992)


  • University of Geneva / Anesthesiology (2000)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Anesthesiology / Anesthesiology (2012)
  • American Board of Anesthesiology / Critical Care Medicine (2013)

Research & Publications

Research Summary

Dr. Stevens’ vision is to deploy Precision Medicine for the benefit of acutely and critically ill patients. His research focuses on discovering and validating patient-specific biological signatures associated with trauma, surgery and acute conditions such as stroke, cardiac arrest, and sepsis. To achieve this, he engages with an interdisciplinary team of basic and systems neuroscientists, biomedical and computer engineers, biostatisticians, data scientists, and neuroradiologists. One area of Dr. Stevens' research examines MRI features of the brain connectome to enhance classification and prediction in patients recovering from severe brain injury. Other projects from Dr. Stevens’ group use computational analysis including machine learning to analyze features captured through physiologic monitoring, EEG, genomics and wearable sensors, with the goal of enhancing classification prediction and treatment selection in target populations with life-threatening illnesses and injuries.

Lab Website: Peter van Zijl Laboratory

Technology Expertise Keywords

Precision Heath; Big Data; Computational Medicine; Brain Mapping

Clinical Trial Keywords

Traumatic brain injury, cardiac arrest, hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy, stroke, subarachnoid hemorrhage, intracerebral hemorrhage, delirium, encephalopathy

Selected Publications

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Sair HI, Hannawi Y, Li S, Kornbluth J, Vanhaudenhuyse A, Laureys S, Chabanne R, Jean B, Benali H, Perlbarg V, Luyt CE, Galanaud D, Velly L, Puybasset L, Pekar J, Caffo B, Stevens RD. Early functional connectome integrity and one-year recovery in comatose survivors of cardiac arrest. Radiology 2017; 162161. doi: 10.1148/radiol.2017162161

Hannawi Y, Lindquist MA, Caffo BS, Sair HI, and Stevens RD. Resting brain activity in humans with consciousness disorders: Systematic review and meta-analysis. Neurology 2015;84:1272-128

Hinson H, Puybasset L, Weiss N, Perlbarg V, Benali H, Galanaud D, Lasarev M, Stevens RD, for the Neuro Imaging for Coma Emergence and Recovery (NICER) Consortium. Neuroanatomical basis of paroxysmal sympathetic hyperactivity: a diffusion tensor imaging analysis. Brain Injury 2015;29:455-61

Salluh JIF, Wang H, Schneider E, Nagarajan N, Yenokyan G, Damluji A, Serafim RB, Stevens RD. The Outcome of Delirium in Critically Ill Patients: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Br Med J. 2015;350:h253

Schneider EB, Sur S, Raymont V, Duckworth J, Kowalski R, Efron DT, Hui X, Selvarajah S, Hambridge HL, Stevens RD. Functional recovery after moderate/severe traumatic brain injury: a role for cognitive reserve? Neurology 2014; 82:1636-42

Academic Affiliations & Courses

Graduate Program Affiliation

Associate Director,  Neurocritical Care Precision Medicine Center of Excellence

Johns Hopkins Institute for Cell Engineering

FM Kirby Center for Functional Brain Imaging 

Johns Hopkins Institute for Computational Medicine

Courses and Syllabi

  • Neuroscience in Intensive Care International Symposium
    Scientific Conference

Activities & Honors


  • Leadership Development Program, Johns Hopkins Medicine, 2011
  • Educational Scholarship Award, Society of Critical Care Medicine Curriculum, 2007
  • Faculty 1000 Medicine, 2007
  • Fellow of the American Academy of Critical Care Medicine (FCCM)


  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • American Heart Association Council on Stroke, 2002
  • American Society of Anesthesiologists, 2003
  • Association of University Anesthesiologists, 2010
  • European Society of Intensive Care Medicine, 2005
  • Maryland Society of Anesthesiologists, 2003
  • Society for Neuroscience, 2008
  • Society of Critical Care Medicine, 2002
  • The Neurocritical Care Society, 2004

Professional Activities

  • Associate Editor, Thorax, 2015
  • Editorial Board, Critical Care Medicine, 2015
  • Editorial Board, Neurocritical Care, 2015
  • Editorial Board, Journal of Critical Care, 2015
  • Editorial board, Frontiers in Neurology, 2016
  • Editorial board, Annals of Intensive, 2011
  • Grant reviewer, Society of Critical Care Medicine Vision Grant, 2013
  • Grant reviewer, Institut Pasteur and Assistance Publique Hôpitaux de Paris, 2012
  • Grant reviewer, Institut Pasteur and Assistance Publique Hôpitaux de Paris, 2010
  • Grant reviewer, ESICM ECCRN/Industry Research, 2010

Videos & Media

Recent News Articles and Media Coverage

MRI May Predict Neurological Outcomes for Cardiac Arrest Survivors, Radiological Society of North America (October 18, 2017)

Women Athletes Have More Concussions Than Men, New Study Shows, New York Times (02/27/2015)

High School Football Tied to Brain Changes, Even Without Concussion, US News & World Report (12/01/2014)

Giving the hazards of football a closer look, Chicago Sun-Times, August 2013

Player's text: Send my brain to NFL research bank, CNN, Feb. 2011

Recovery from traumatic brain injury a long, uncertain road, The Baltimore Sun, January 2011

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