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Hugh C. Hemmings, Jr.

Hugh C. Hemmings Jr., MD, PhD, FRCA is the Joseph F. Artusio Jr. Professor and Chair of Anesthesiology, Professor of Pharmacology, and Senior Associate Dean for Research at Weill Cornell Medicine, and Anesthesiologist-in-Chief at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center. Dr. Hemmings earned a BS in Biochemistry from Yale College, a PhD in pharmacology from Yale Graduate School, and an MD from Yale Medical School. He completed postdoctoral work at The Rockefeller University, a residency in Anaesthesia at the Massachusetts General Hospital, and a fellowship in cardiac anesthesia at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, where he has been a faculty member for more than 25 years.


An internationally recognized neuropharmacologist, Dr. Hemmings is an expert in the synaptic effects of general anesthetics and mechanisms of neuronal signal transduction. His research is supported by grants from the US National Institutes of Health. He is active in several national and international societies for anesthesiology and neuroscience, and serves as editor-in-chief of the British Journal of Anaesthesia. He is an elected Fellow of the Royal College of Anaesthetists, a member of the Association of University Anesthesiologists, and a member of the US National Academy of Medicine. Dr. Hemmings has authored over 200 articles in anesthesiology and neuroscience, and has edited four books, including Pharmacology & Physiology for Anesthesia: Foundations and Clinical Application, 2e published in 2019.