Headshot photo of Nabil J. Alkayed, M.D., Ph.D

Nabil J. Alkayed, M.D., Ph.D

  • Professor of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine, School of Medicine
  • Neuroscience Graduate Program, School of Medicine
  • Program in Molecular and Cellular Biosciences, School of Medicine


Dr. Nabil Alkayed is a Professor of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine, Neurology, Neurological Surgery, Cardiovascular Medicine and Physiology & Pharmacology at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). He holds The James Metcalfe Chair in Cardiovascular Research, and serves as Director of Research at The Knight Cardiovascular Institute (KCVI). Dr. Alkayed grew up in Amman, Jordan. He received his MD degree from Stavropol State Medical Academy in Stavropol, Russia, and a PhD in Physiology from the Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where he also held his first faculty appointment as Assistant Professor and later promoted to Associate Professor of Anesthesiology & Critical Care Medicine. In 2004, he relocated to OHSU as a tenured Associate Professor, and in 2008, he was promoted to Full Professor in Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine and Physiology and Pharmacology. In 2011, he became the Vice Chair of Anesthesiology, and in 2016, Director of Research at KCVI. He is a member of the Association of University Anesthesiologists (AUA) and an elected Fellow of the American Heart Association (AHA) Stroke Council. He has published more than 120 scientific papers related to his work on experimental stroke and vascular cognitive impairment. He served on the Editorial Boards of prominent journals in the fields of stroke and vascular biology, including Stroke, American Journal of Physiology-Heart & Circulation, Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow & Metabolism and Translational Stroke Research. His research program is funded by 2 R01 grants from the NIH, a small business grant and a T32 training grant. He is an active member of grant review panels at the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the American Heart Association (AHA). He is a member of the College of CSR Reviewers. He is Director of the KCVI T32 Training in Translational Science and Cardiovascular Medicine, and has mentored many students, fellows and junior faculty, who went on to develop their own independent research careers.

Education and training

    • M.D., 1986, Stavropol State Medical Academy
    • Ph.D., 1996, Medical College of Wisconsin
  • Fellowship

    • Postdoctoral Fellowship in Cerebral Ischemia, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, 1996-1998

Memberships and associations:

  • American Physiological Society Society for NeuroscienceFellow of the American Heart Association Stroke CouncilInternational Soceity of Cerebral Blood Flow and MetabolismAssociation of University Anesthesiologists



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