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Michael P. Hutchens M.D., M.A.

    • Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine School of Medicine

Dr. Michael Hutchens is an associate professor in the Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). He also serves as an intensivist in Portland Veterans Adminstration Medical Center Surgical Intensive Care Unit.  His long experience in cardiovascular and surgical critical care underpins an abiding research interest in acute cardiorenal syndrome, a common and disabling kidney disease which follows acute cardiac disease, such as myocardial infarction.

Dr. Hutchens originally planned a career as a professor of English, receiving the baccalaureate degree at Oberlin College. While studying for the Master of Arts in literature at Binghamton University, however, he became focused on medicine. He subsequently completed premedical studies at Goucher College and entered the University of Maryland where he earned his medical degree. After finishing a residency in anesthesiology at OHSU, Dr. Hutchens trained as a fellow in critical care medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, before returning to OHSU in July 2005.

Dr. Hutchens was the principal investigator on a NIH K08 mentored scientist grant to study "Sex Difference in Renal Injury After Cardiac Arrest: Mechanisms of Estrogen Action”, and is a technology innovator in the areas of anesthesiology and critical care medicine (for example,

Dr. Hutchens commutes on a bicycle, a source of an additional invention ( When he is not at the hospital, Dr. Hutchens enjoys running, bird-watching and playing cricket with his family.

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Areas of interest

  • Cardiovascular Critical Care
  • Surgical Critical Care
  • Acute Cardiorenal Syndrome
  • Cardiac Arrest and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
  • Acute Kidney Injury to Chronic Kidney Disease Transition
  • Renal Physiology
  • Residency:

    • Anesthesiology, OHSU
  • Fellowship:

    • Critical care medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital
  • Certifications:

    • Anesthesiology, 2005 (completed MOCA cycle 1 2015)
    • Critical Care Medicine, 2005 (recertified 2015)

Honors and awards

  • OHSU New Inventor of the Year 2014
  • Society for Technology in Anesthesia Fresenius Research Award 2013
  • Society for Critical Care Medicine Renal Specialty Award, 2012
  • Portland Monthly Magazine: Top Doctors. 2006, 2007
  • Alpha Omega Alpha 1999


  • "Postcardiac arrest temperature management" Current Opinion in Critical Care  2014
  • "Grave robbing and ethics in the 19th century" JAMA - Journal of the American Medical Association  1997
  • "Renal ischemia" Anesthesia and Analgesia July 2008
  • "Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome (NMS)"   2007
  • "Estrogen administered after cardiac arrest and cardiopulmonary resuscitation ameliorates acute kidney injury in a sex- and age-specific manner" Critical Care September 18 2015
  • "Preoperative Cardiac Evaluation for Noncardiac Surgery"   2007
  • "Klebsiella Pneumoniae necrotizing fasciitis and septic arthritis" Surgical Infections April 2007
  • "Dexmedetomidine Overdose in the Perioperative Setting" Annals of Pharmacotherapy May 2004
  • "Dexmedetomidine sedation (and cardiac perforation, pericardial tamponade, cardiac arrest, and cardiopulmonary resuscitation) leading to refractory cardiogenic shock" Anesthesia and Analgesia January 2009
  • "Calibration of optimal use parameters for an ultraviolet light-emitting diode in eliminating bacterial contamination on needleless connectors" Journal of Applied Microbiology June 1 2015
  • "Renal protection with recombinant b-type natriuretic peptide in a burn patient with rhabdomyolysis" Burns February 2006
  • "Adrenocortical Hypofunction"   2007
  • "Management of DIC in the ICU" Critical Care and Shock February 2004
  • "Cardiac transplantation"   2007
  • "Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation for ARDS in adults [8]" New England Journal of Medicine February 9 2012
  • "Extracranial hypothermia during cardiac arrest and cardiopulmonary resuscitation is neuroprotective in vivo" Therapeutic hypothermia and temperature management June 1 2014
  • "Propofol for sedation in neuro-intensive care" Neurocritical Care February 2006
  • "Perioperative statin therapy may be implicated in a wide array of drug-drug interactions" Anesthesiology July 2009
  • "Soluble epoxide hydrolase gene deletion reduces survival after cardiac arrest and cardiopulmonary resuscitation" Resuscitation January 2008
  • "Therapeutic Hypothermia After Perioperative Cardiac Arrest in Cardiac Surgical Patients" ICU Director  2012
  • "Estrogen is renoprotective via a nonreceptor-dependent mechanism after cardiac arrest in vivo" Anesthesiology February 2010
  • "Estrogen protects renal endothelial barrier function from ischemia-reperfusion in vitro and in vivo" American Journal of Physiology - Renal Fluid and Electrolyte Physiology August 1 2012
  • "Normothermic cardiac arrest and cardiopulmonary resuscitation" Journal of visualized experiments : JoVE  2011
  • "A case of tracheal injury with intubation during electroconvulsive therapy" Journal of ECT March 2009
  • "Medicine and the arts" JAMA - Journal of the American Medical Association  1997
  • "Estrogen-mediated renoprotection following cardiac arrest and cardiopulmonary resuscitation is robust to GPR30 gene deletion" PLoS One June 12 2014
  • "Dexy's midnight spinal"  September 15 2015
  • "A case approach to perioperative drug-drug interactions"  September 15 2015
  • "Synergistic sedation"  September 15 2015
  • "A positive troponin is not necessarily a myocardial infarction"  February 16 2012

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