Dr. Jochen Steppan is an associate professor of anesthesiology and critical care medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He serves as the Director for Perioperative Medicine, High Risk Cardiovascular Disease. Clinically, he specializes in pediatric and adult cardiothoracic anesthesiology, as well as in patients with complex cardiovascular disease presenting for noncardiac surgery (including patients with pulmonary hypertension, congenital heart disease, and endstage heart failure). His research focus is twofold, 1) the improvement of care for patients with congenital heart disease and pulmonary hypertension, 2) vascular biology – particular to elicit the underlying mechanisms involved in vascular stiffening.
Dr. Steppan completed his M.D. at the Ruprecht Karls University in Heidelberg, Germany, where he also wrote his medical thesis in physiology. He conducted residencies in anesthesiology at the University Hospital of Heidelberg and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Additionally, he completed fellowships in adult cardiothoracic anesthesiology and pediatric cardiac anesthesiology at Johns Hopkins. His research focuses on vascular stiffness, an important predictor of aging associated cardio-vascular morbidity, and the improvement of care for patients with congenital heart disease.
Dr. Steppan is a member of the American Heart Association, the International Anesthesia Research Society, the American Society of Anesthesiologists, and the Society for Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists. He holds several patents, has published extensively, and has won multiple awards for his research. He is certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology, holds the European Diploma in Anesthesiology (DESA), and successfully took the Examination of Special Competence in Advanced Perioperative Transesophageal Echocardiography.