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Helge Eilers, M.D.

Helge Eilers, M.D.

  • Associate Professor of Clinical Anesthesia
  • Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Care

Contact Information

Academic Office
513 Parnassus Ave. Rm S436
Campus Box 0427
Telephone: 415-514-3785
[email protected]
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1993, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universitaet, Bonn, Germany, M.D

  • 1993-1995, University Hospital, University of Cologne, Germany, Resident, Anesthesiology
  • 1997-1998, Boise VA Medical Center, Boise, Idaho, Intern
  • 1998-2001, University of California, San Francisco, Resident, Anesthesia and Perioperative Care
  • 1995-1997, University of California San Francisco, Postdoctoral Research Fellow
  • American Board of Anesthesiology
  • Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Care
  • Department of Surgery, Division of Transplantation
  • Kidney Transplantation
  • Liver Transplantation
  • Pancreas Transplantation
  • Anesthetic effect on peripheral nociceptors
  • Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Ion channels in peripheral nociceptors
  • Liver Transplantation
  • Mechanical nociception
  • Molecular mechanisms of anesthetic action
  • Molecular mechanisms of peripheral pain transduction

Dr Eilers attends as anesthesiologist in the Moffitt-Long and Mt. Zion operating rooms specializing on anesthesia for liver transplantation. He earned his medical degree at University of Bonn in Germany and completed a postdoctoral research fellowship in the laboratory of Dr. Philip Bickler at UCSF. He continued his career at UCSF as a resident and is currently an assistant professor and attending physician in the Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Care.

Dr Eilers is involved in a number of research projects focused on the advancement of our understanding of the molecular mechanisms responsible for the transduction of painful stimuli in peripheral nociceptive neurons. His main effort is currently directed at investigating the effects of general anesthetics in peripheral nociceptors. Irritant anesthetics such as isoflurane have been shown to activate sensory neurons and may contribute to the severity of postoperative pain.

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  1. Xu Z, Lee MC, Sheehan K, Fujii K, Rabl K, Rader G, Varney S, Sharma M, Eilers H, Kober K, Miaskowski C, Levine JD, Schumacher MA. Chemotherapy for pain: reversing inflammatory and neuropathic pain with the anticancer agent mithramycin A. Pain. 2023 Jun 27. View in PubMed
  2. Fabes J, Avsar TS, Spiro J, Fernandez T, Eilers H, Evans S, Hessheimer A, Lorgelly P, Spiro M, Health Economics Survey Group. Information Asymmetry in Hospitals: Evidence of the Lack of Cost Awareness in Clinicians. Appl Health Econ Health Policy. 2022 09; 20(5):693-706. View in PubMed
  3. Sheehan K, Lee J, Chong J, Zavala K, Sharma M, Philipsen S, Maruyama T, Xu Z, Guan Z, Eilers H, Kawamata T, Schumacher M. Transcription factor Sp4 is required for hyperalgesic state persistence. PLoS One. 2019; 14(2):e0211349. View in PubMed
  4. Lundeberg J, Feiner JR, Schober A, Sall JW, Eilers H, Bickler PE. Increased Cytokines at High Altitude: Lack of Effect of Ibuprofen on Acute Mountain Sickness, Physiological Variables, or Cytokine Levels. High Alt Med Biol. 2018 Sep; 19(3):249-258. View in PubMed
  5. Eilers H. Advances in anesthesia and critical care. Liver Transpl. 2016 11; 22(S1):20-24. View in PubMed
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