Headshot photo of Katie J. Schenning, M.D., M.P.H., M.C.R.

Katie J. Schenning, M.D., M.P.H., M.C.R.

  • Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine, School of Medicine
  • Preoperative Medicine Clinic Assistant Director, Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine, School of Medicine


Dr. Schenning’s research, which ranges from basic science to translational and clinical studies, is focused on the effects of anesthesia and surgery on cognition, functional status, and quality-of-life in older adults. Currently, she is completing a longitudinal prospective study investigating the role of Alzheimer’s risk factors on cognitive and functional decline after spine surgery in older adults. Dr. Schenning’s research is currently supported by the National Institute on Aging (NIA), the Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research (FAER), and the Alzheimer’s Association.

Education and training

    • B.S., 2004, University of Wisconsin
    • M.D., 2009, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
    • M.P.H., 2009, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
    • M.C.R., 2019, Oregon Health & Science University
  • Internship

    • Transitional Year, Wheaton Franciscan- St. Joseph, Milwaukee, WI, 2010
  • Residency

    • Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR, 2014
  • Fellowship

    • Research Fellowship, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR, 2014

Memberships and associations:

  • Secretary, Society for Advancing Geriatric Anesthesiology (SAGA)
  • Executive Group, Perioperative Brain Health Initiative, American Society of Anesthesiologists
  • Steering Committee, ISTAART Perioperative Cognition PIA, Alzheimer's Association
  • Editorial Board, Anesthesia & Analgesia, Neuroscience & Neuroanesthesiology section
  • Editorial Board, Journal of Alzheimer's Disease


Elsevier pure profile

Selected publications

  • Gene-Specific DNA Methylation Linked to Postoperative Cognitive Dysfunction in Apolipoprotein E3 and E4 Mice. Schenning KJ, Holden S, Davis BA, Mulford A, Nevonen KA, Quinn JF, Raber J, Carbone L, Alkayed NJ. J Alzheimers Dis. 2021;83(3):1251-1268. doi: 10.3233/JAD-210499.PMID: 34420963
  • Agreement Between the Mini-Cog in the Preoperative Clinic and on the Day of Surgery and Association With Postanesthesia Care Unit Delirium: A Cohort Study of Cognitive Screening in Older Adults. Tiwary N, Treggiari MM, Yanez ND, Kirsch JR, Tekkali P, Taylor CC, Schenning KJ. Anesth Analg. 2021 Apr 1;132(4):1112-1119. doi: 10.1213/ANE.0000000000005197.PMID: 33002933
  • Prevention of postoperative delirium through the avoidance of potentially inappropriate medications in a geriatric surgical patient.Burfeind KG, Tirado Navales AA, Togioka BM, Schenning K. BMJ Case Rep. 2021 Apr 19;14(4):e240403. doi: 10.1136/bcr-2020-240403.
  • Preparing previously COVID-19-positive patients for elective surgery: a framework for preoperative evaluation.Bui N, Coetzer M, Schenning KJ, O'Glasser AY.Perioper Med (Lond). 2021 Jan 7;10(1):1. doi: 10.1186/s13741-020-00172-2.PMID: 33407898
  • State of the clinical science of perioperative brain health: report from the American Society of Anesthesiologists Brain Health Initiative Summit 2018.Mahanna-Gabrielli E, Schenning KJ, Eriksson LI, Browndyke JN, Wright CB, Culley DJ, Evered L, Scott DA, Wang NY, Brown CH 4th, Oh E, Purdon P, Inouye S, Berger M, Whittington RA, Price CC, Deiner S.Br J Anaesth. 2019 Oct;123(4):464-478. doi: 10.1016/j.bja.2019.07.004. Epub 2019 Aug 19.PMID: 31439308
  • Sex and genetic differences in postoperative cognitive dysfunction: a longitudinal cohort analysis.Schenning KJ, Murchison CF, Mattek NC, Kaye JA, Quinn JF.Biol Sex Differ. 2019 Mar 29;10(1):14. doi: 10.1186/s13293-019-0228-8.PMID: 30922389
  • Best Practices for Postoperative Brain Health: Recommendations From the Fifth International Perioperative Neurotoxicity Working Group. Berger M, Schenning KJ, Brown CH 4th, Deiner SG, Whittington RA, Eckenhoff RG, Angst MS, Avramescu S, Bekker A, Brzezinski M, Crosby G, Culley DJ, Eckenhoff M, Eriksson LI, Evered L, Ibinson J, Kline RP, Kofke A, Ma D, Mathew JP, Maze M, Orser BA, Price CC, Scott DA, Silbert B, Su D, Terrando N, Wang DS, Wei H, Xie Z, Zuo Z; Perioperative Neurotoxi
  • Cognitive decline in the middle-aged after surgery and anaesthesia: results from the Wisconsin Registry for Alzheimer's Prevention cohort.Bratzke LC, Koscik RL, Schenning KJ, Clark LR, Sager MA, Johnson SC, Hermann BP, Hogan KJ.Anaesthesia. 2018 May;73(5):549-555. doi: 10.1111/anae.14216. Epub 2018 Feb 21.PMID: 29468634 
  • Isoflurane exposure leads to apoptosis of neurons and oligodendrocytes in 20- and 40-day old rhesus macaques.Schenning KJ, Noguchi KK, Martin LD, Manzella FM, Cabrera OH, Dissen GA, Brambrink AM.Neurotoxicol Teratol. 2017 Mar-Apr;60:63-68. doi: 10.1016/j.ntt.2016.11.006. Epub 2016 Nov 19.PMID: 27876652
  • Surgery is associated with ventricular enlargement as well as cognitive and functional decline.Schenning KJ, Murchison CF, Mattek NC, Silbert LC, Kaye JA, Quinn JF.Alzheimers Dement. 2016 May;12(5):590-7. doi: 10.1016/j.jalz.2015.10.004. Epub 2015 Nov 25.PMID: 26610898 


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