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Tera Cushman, M.D.

  • Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine, School of Medicine
  • Associate Program Director Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology, Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine, School of Medicine


I specialize in providing anesthesia for patients undergoing major heart, lung, and abdominal surgery including patients undergoing liver transplantation. These procedures are significant moments in people’s lives and I love caring for patients and their families in such challenging and rewarding situations. I have fellowship training in cardiothoracic anesthesiology and in perioperative transesophageal echocardiography (heart ultrasound).

My research interests include quality improvement, particularly strategies for improving the perioperative care of older patients.

I am a homegrown Oregonian thrilled be living in the Great Northwest after leaving for medical training. I love any excuse to be outdoors – particularly hiking, biking, and skiing – but am happy to retreat inside to read and play music with friends and family when it rains.

Education and training

  • Degrees

    • B.Sc., 2005, University of St. Andrews
    • M.P.H., 2007, Portland State University
    • M.D., 2012, Oregon Health & Science University
  • Residency

    • Anesthesiology, Duke University, 2016
  • Fellowship

    • Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology, Duke University, 2017
  • Certifications

    • American Board of Anesthesiology, 2017

Memberships and associations:

  • American Society of Anesthesiologists
  • Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists


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