Dr. Johnson-Akeju earned his undergraduate degree from the New Jersey Institute of Technology and his medical degree from the New Jersey Medical School. He completed his internship and residency training in anesthesiology at Massachusetts General Hospital, a Master of Medical Science degree from Harvard Medical School, and post-doctoral research training at Harvard University. He is currently the anesthetist-in-chief at the Massachusetts General Hospital and the Henry Isaiah Dorr Associate Professor of Research and Teaching in Anaesthetics and Anaesthesia at Harvard Medical School.
Dr. Johnson-Akeju was the 2019 recipient of the James E. Cottrell, MD, Presidential Scholar Award from the American Society of Anesthesiology, and is currently the Executive Section Editor for Basic, Clinical, and Systems Neuroscience in Anesthesia & Analgesia. He is also a trustee of the International Anesthesia Research Society.
Dr. Johnson-Akeju’s research collaborations have enabled a more principled neurophysiological characterization of anesthetic states. His current research efforts are primarily focused on elucidating the cellular, molecular, and neurophysiological underpinnings of postoperative delirium, an acute disorder of attention and cognition common in frail patients. Recent projects include clinical trials funded by the National Institutes of Health to study pharmacological treatment strategies for postoperative delirium.