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Ines Koerner M.D., PH.D.

    • Professor of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine School of Medicine
    • Professor of Neurological Surgery School of Medicine

Ines P. Koerner, M.D. Ph.D. is an anesthesiologist, neurointensivist, and clinician-scientist. She earned her medical degree at Albert Ludwigs University in Freiburg, Germany and went on to complete doctoral studies in molecular neuroscience and a residency in anesthesiology and critical care at Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany.

Dr. Koerner arrived at Oregon Health & Science University in 2003 for postdoctoral training in the Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine (APOM). She accepted a faculty position in 2007 and joined the Neurosciences Intensive Care Unit (NSICU) as an attending physician. Dr. Koerner is currently the Medical Director for the NSICU.

Dr. Koerner maintains an active research lab where she studies how the immune response contributes to damage after brain injury. She received research funding from the National Institute for Neurologic Diseases and Stroke (NINDS) and the American Heart Association for her investigation of how altering the brain’s immune response can reduce injury and improve outcome after stroke and cardiac arrest.

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  • M.D., Albert-Ludwigs-University, Freiburg Germany 1997
  • Ph.D., Johannes Gutenberg-University, Mainz Germany 2002
  • Residency:

    • Anesthesiology and Critical Care, Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz, Germany
  • Fellowship:

    • Post-doctoral research fellowship, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland
  • Certifications:

    • German Board of Anesthesiology and Critical Care
    • American Board of Anesthesiology
    • Neurocritical Care, United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties

Honors and awards

  • John D. Michenfelder New Investigator Award, Society for Neuroscience in Anesthesiology and Critical Care, 2006
  • Silver Hammer Teaching Award, Department of Neurology, OHSU, 2011
  • Junior Faculty Award, Assoociation of University Anesthesiologists, 2012
  • Professional Board Award, OHSU, 2018
  • Fellow of the Neurocritical Care Society, 2018
  • Presidential Citation, Neurocritical Care Society, 2018

Memberships and associations

  • Memberships and Associations
  • Society for Neuroscience in Anesthesiology and Critical Care (SNACC)
  • International Anesthesia Research Society (IARS)
  • International Society for Cerebral Blood Blow and Metabolism
  • American Heart Association
  • Neurocritical Care Society
  • American Society for Neurochemistry
  • International Society for Neurochemistry
  • Association of University Anesthesiologists (AUA), elected
  • Chair, Scientific Advisory Board, Association of University Anesthesiologists
  • SNACC Board of Directors


  • "Gender and the injured brain" Anesthesia and Analgesia July 2008
  • "Prehospital advanced trauma life support" Critical Care February 2004
  • "Brain protection by anesthetic agents" Current Opinion in Anaesthesiology October 2006
  • "Role of cocaine- and amphetamine-regulated transcript in estradiol-mediated neuroprotection" Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America September 26 2006
  • "Inhibition of soluble epoxide hydrolase after cardiac arrest/ cardiopulmonary resuscitation induces a neuroprotective phenotype in activated microglia and improves neuronal survival" Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism October 2013
  • "An early bolus of hypertonic saline hydroxyethyl starch improves long-term outcome after global cerebral ischemia" Critical Care Medicine August 2006
  • "Polymorphisms in the human soluble epoxide hydrolase gene EPHX2 linked to neuronal survival after ischemic injury" Journal of Neuroscience April 25 2007
  • "Soluble epoxide hydrolase" Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism December 2007
  • "Microglia in ischemic brain injury" Future Neurology March 2010
  • "Extracranial hypothermia during cardiac arrest and cardiopulmonary resuscitation is neuroprotective in vivo" Therapeutic hypothermia and temperature management June 1 2014
  • "Chapter 8 Effects of gender and sex steroids on ischemic injury" Handbook of clinical neurology / edited by P.J. Vinken and G.W. Bruyn  2008
  • "Peroxisomal translocation of soluble epoxide hydrolase protects against ischemic stroke injury" Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism September 3 2015
  • "The antibiotic erythromycin induces tolerance against transient global cerebral ischemia in rats (pharmacologic preconditioning)" Anesthesiology June 2006
  • "Mechanism of the sex difference in neuronal ischemic cell death" Neuroscience September 6 2012
  • "Parkinson's Disease (PD)"   2007
  • "Soluble epoxide hydrolase" Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism November 13 2007
  • "Gender, sex steroids, and cerebral ischemic pathobiology"   2007
  • "Sex, sex steroids, and brain injury" Seminars in Reproductive Medicine May 2009
  • "Induction of cerebral ischemic tolerance by erythromycin preconditioning reprograms the transcriptional response to ischemia and suppresses inflammation" Anesthesiology March 2007
  • "Fiberoptic techniques" Bailliere's Best Practice and Research in Clinical Anaesthesiology December 2005
  • "Estrogen induces rapid translocation of estrogen receptor β, but not estrogen receptor α, to the neuronal plasma membrane" Neuroscience May 15 2008
  • "Tolerance-inducing dose of 3-nitropropionic acid modulates bcl-2 and bax balance in the rat brain" Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism  2000
  • "Soluble epoxide hydrolase" Frontiers in Bioscience - Landmark  2008
  • "St. John"  September 15 2015
  • "An interaction with the furniture"  September 15 2015
  • "Perioperative Management of Adult Patients With External Ventricular and Lumbar Drains" Journal of Neurosurgical Anesthesiology February 6 2017
  • "Mechanism of progesterone neuroprotection of rat cerebellar Purkinje cells following oxygen-glucose deprivation" European Journal of Neuroscience November 1 2006

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