Ines P. Koerner, M.D., Ph.D., FNCS

  • Professor of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine, School of Medicine
  • Professor of Neurological Surgery, School of Medicine
  • Vice Chair for Critical Care, Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine, School of Medicine
  • Medical Director of the Neurosciences ICU


Dr. Koerner is anesthesiologists and neurointensivist, whose research focuses on ways to employ the inflammatory response after brain injury to simultaneously limit damage and enhance recovery. Dr. Koerner completed her anesthesiology residency in Germany and obtained a doctorate degree from Johannes Gutenberg-University in Mainz. After completing post-doctoral and clinical fellowships at OHSU, she joined OHSU faculty as a clinician-scientist. She is Vice Chair for Critical Care in the Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine and serves as Medical Director of the Neurosciences Intensive Care Unit at OHSU. Her research on the role of microglia after stroke and cardiac arrest has received funding from the NIH and AHA.

Education and training

  • Residency

    • Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany, 2003
  • Fellowship

    • Postdoctoral Fellowship Neuroscience, OHSU, 2006
    • Critical Care Medicine, OHSU, 2006
  • Certifications

    • German Board of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, 2007
    • American Board of Anesthesiology, 2012
    • United Council for Neurological Subspecialties, Neurocritical Care, 2013

Memberships and associations:

  • Society for Neuroscience in Anesthesiology and Critical Care, Secretary/Treasurer
  • Association of University Anesthesiologists (elected)
  • American Heart Association
  • International Anesthesia Research Society
  • Fellow, Neurocritical Care Society

Areas of interest

  • Neurocritical Care, Cerebral Ischemia, Neuroinflammation

Honors and awards

  • John D. Michenfelder New Investigator Award, Society for Neuroscience in Anesthesiology and Critical Care, 2006
  • Junior Faculty Award, Association of University Anesthesiologists, 2012
  • Professional Board Award, OHSU, 2018
  • Presidential Citation, Neurocritical Care Society, 2018, 2019


Elsevier pure profile

Selected publications

  • Vlisides PE, Vogt KM, Pal D, Schnell E, Armstead WM, Brambrink AM, Kuo P, Nelson P, Vacas S, Goettel N, Aglio LS, Farag E, Gorji R, Garcia PS, Koerner IP; for the SNACC Research Committee: Roadmap for Cunducting Neuroscience Research in the COVID-19 Era and Beyond: Recommendations From the SNACC Research Committee. Journal of Neurosurgical Anesthesiology, 2021 Apr:33(2):100-106
  • Treister AK, Koerner IP: Pharmacological Treatment of Meningitis and Encephalitis in Adult Patients. Review. Journal of Neuroanaesthesiology and Critical Care, 2019;6:145-152
  • Lele AV, Hoefnagel AL, Schloemerkemper N, Wyler DA, Chaikittisilpa N, Vavilala MS, Naik BI, Williams JH, Raghavan LV, Koerner IP; for the SNACC Task Force for Developing Guidelines for Perioperative Management of External Ventricular and Lumbar Drains: Perioperative Management of Adult Patients with External Ventricular and Lumbar Drains: Guidelines from the Society for Neuroscience in Anesthesiology and Critical Care. Journal of Neurosurgical Anesthesiology, 2017 Jul;29(3):191-210
  • Nelson JW, Zhang W, Alkayed NJ, Koerner IP: Peroxisomal translocation of soluble epoxide hydrolase protects against ischemic stroke injury. Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism, 2015 Sep;35(9):1416-20, PMCID: PMC4640333
  • Hutchens MP, Fujiyoshi T, Koerner IP, Herson PS: Extracranial hypothermia during cardiac arrest and cardiopulmonary resuscitation is neuroprotective in vivo. Therapeutic Hypothermia and Temperature Management, 2014 Jun;4(2):79-87, PMCID: PMC4046354
  • Wang JM, Fujiyoshi T, Kosaka Y, Raybuck JD, Lattal KM, Ikeda M, Herson PS, Koerner IP: 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 33:1574-81, 2013, PMCID: PMC3790926
  • Fairbanks SL, Young JM, Nelson JW, Davis C, Koerner IP, Alkayed NJ: Mechanism of the Sex Difference in Neuronal Ischemic Cell Death. Neuroscience 219:183-191; 2012, PMCID: PMC3402645
  • Weinstein JR, Koerner IP, Möller T. Microglia in ischemic brain injury. Review. Future Neurology, 5:227-246, 2010, PMCID: PMC2853969
  • Koerner IP, Zhang W, Cheng J, Parker S, Hurn PD, Alkayed NJ: Soluble epoxide hydrolase: regulation by estrogen and role in the inflammatory response to cerebral ischemia. Frontiers in Bioscience 13:2833-2841; 2008, PMC2593891
  • Koerner IP, Jacks R, Grant DF, DeBarber AE, Koop D, Alkayed NJ: Polymorphisms in the human soluble epoxide hydrolase gene EPHX2 linked to neuronal survival after ischemic injury. Journal of Neuroscience 27:4642-4649; 2007, PMID: 17460077


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