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John R. Feiner, M.D.

John R. Feiner, M.D.

Professor of Clinical Anesthesia
Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Care

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Appointments: (415) 476-2131
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M.D., UCSD School of Medicine

  • Internship: Internal Medicine, UCSF. 1987-1988
  • Anesthesia Residency: UCSF, 1988-1991
  • Fellowship: UCSF, 1991-1992
  • American Board of Anesthesiology
  • Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Care
  • Department of Surgery, Division of Transplantation
  • Kidney Transplantation
  • Liver Transplantation
  • Pancreas Transplantation
  • View Research Profile at UCSF Clinical & Translational Science Institute

  • Apnea with remifentanil and propofol
  • Hypoxic ventilatory drive at altitude
  • Neuromonitoring in Spine Anesthesia
  • Physiology of acute anemia
  • Predictors of kidney and liver donor organ function
  • Pulse oximeter accuracy
  • Transfusion Related Acute Lung Injury
My research addresses clinical questions by studying human subjects or patients. I collaborate with other faculty in the department on my research and provide expertise in the following areas: data analysis and statistics; mathematical modeling; data acquisition programming; human studies; respiratory physiology.

My research involvement has included multiple different projects:

• Accuracy of pulse oximetry, including determination of methemoglobin, carboxyhemoglobin, and the accuracy of cerebral oximetry.
• Organ transplantation and efforts to improve the quality of cadaveric organs.
• Acute normovolemic hemodilution to study the tolerance of acute anemia, as a way to examine red cell transfusion thresholds. Additionally, we have used this model to study other issues in transfusion, including TRALI.
• The utility of somatosensory and motor evoked potential, which are used in major spine surgery to assess the integrity of spinal cord function.
• The physiology of breathholding and drug-induced apnea.
• High altitude physiology
• Clinical effects of neuromuscular blockade
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  1. Rauchenwald V, Rollins MD, Ryan SM, Voronov A, Feiner JR, Šarka K, Johnson MS. New Method of Destroying Waste Anesthetic Gases Using Gas-Phase Photochemistry. Anesth Analg. 2020 07; 131(1):288-297. View in PubMed
  2. Jung MJ, Libaw JS, Ma K, Whitlock EL, Feiner JR, Sinskey JL. Pediatric Distraction on Induction of Anesthesia With Virtual Reality and Perioperative Anxiolysis: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Anesth Analg. 2020 Jun 30. View in PubMed
  3. Hannon V, Kothari RP, Zhang L, Bokoch MP, Hill R, Roll GR, Mello A, Feiner JR, Liu KD, Niemann CU, Adelmann D. The Association Between Vena Cava Implantation Technique and Acute Kidney Injury After Liver Transplantation. Transplantation. 2020 May 25. View in PubMed
  4. Ferschl MB, Feiner J, Vu L, Smith D, Rollins MD. A Comparison of Spinal Anesthesia Versus Monitored Anesthesia Care With Local Anesthesia in Minimally Invasive Fetal Surgery. Anesth Analg. 2020 02; 130(2):409-415. View in PubMed
  5. Bickler P, Feiner JR, Lundeberg J. Response to Burtscher re: "Increased Cytokines at High Altitude: Lack of Effect of Ibuprofen on Acute Mountain Sickness, Physiological Variables, or Cytokine Levels". High Alt Med Biol. 2018 09; 19(3):304-305. View in PubMed
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