Emily J Mackay, DO, MS

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Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Department: Anesthesiology and Critical Care

Contact information
310 Blockley Hall
423 Guardian Drive
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Office: 412-728-8793
Fax: 215-349-5078
Lab: 412-728-8793
BFA (Music Performance )
Carnegie Mellon University , 2005.
DO (Medicine)
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, 2011.
MS (Master of Science in Health Policy Research (MSHP))
University of Pennsylvania, 2019.
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Description of Clinical Expertise

I am a practicing cardiac anesthesiologist and critical care physician. I am certified in advanced, perioperative transesophageal echocardiography which I perform in the operating room to assist cardiac surgeons in a variety of cardiothoracic surgeries including cardiac valve, thoracic, aortic, heart transplant, lung transplant and coronary artery bypass graft surgeries. I am excited to be a new member of the Penn Lung Rescue team working with Dr. Jacob Gutsche and Dr. William Vernick to help patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome by using veno-venous extracorporeal membrane oxygenation support. I’m enthusiastic to join the Department at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania as a clinician and researcher.

Description of Research Expertise

I am an Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care. I have recently completed a two-year, National Research Service Award (NRSA) T-32 (5T32HL098054) training grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) through the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI). Because of my interest in health services research, I have used this funding opportunity to complete the Master of Science in Health Policy (MSHP) research at the University of Pennsylvania.

As a cardiac anesthesiologist, my primary career intention is to become an exceptional health services researcher in order to improve the health of patients with cardiac surgical conditions by focusing on the quality of perioperative care delivered before, during and after cardiac surgery. I have two overarching, long-term career goals. First, to use my clinical knowledge as a practicing cardiothoracic anesthesiologist to investigate the impact of intraoperative, echocardiographic, cardiac imaging technologies on cardiac surgical outcomes; a domain in which there is ample opportunity to contribute to the existing literature. Second, to become a successful, independently funded health services researcher, in order to improve outcomes in the cardiothoracic surgery patient population.

Selected Publications

MacKay Emily J, Groeneveld Peter W, Fleisher Lee A, Desai Nimesh D, Gutsche Jacob T, Augoustides John G, Patel Prakash A, Neuman Mark D: Practice Pattern Variation in the Use of Transesophageal Echocardiography for Open Valve Cardiac Surgery. Journal of cardiothoracic and vascular anesthesia 33(1): 118-133, Jan 2019 Notes: NIHMSID: 1502536;

MacKay, E. J., Cannon, J. W., : Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation in the Unstable Trauma Patient (Chapter). Endovascular Resuscitation and Trauma Management (1st Edition. Publication: 2019). Springer International Publishing 2019.

MacKay Emily J, Stubna Michael D, Holena Daniel N, Reilly Patrick M, Seamon Mark J, Smith Brian P, Kaplan Lewis J, Cannon Jeremy W: Not All Calcium Formulations are Alike In Response. Anesthesia and analgesia 126(2): 728-729, Feb 2018.

MacKay Emily J, Patel Prakash A, Gutsche Jacob T, Weiss Stuart J, Augoustides John G: Contemporary Clinical Niche for Intra-Aortic Balloon Counterpulsation in Perioperative Cardiovascular Practice: An Evidence-Based Review for the Cardiovascular Anesthesiologist. Journal of cardiothoracic and vascular anesthesia 31(1): 309-320, Feb 2017.

MacKay Emily J, Stubna Michael D, Holena Daniel N, Reilly Patrick M, Seamon Mark J, Smith Brian P, Kaplan Lewis J, Cannon Jeremy W: Abnormal Calcium Levels During Trauma Resuscitation Are Associated With Increased Mortality, Increased Blood Product Use, and Greater Hospital Resource Consumption: A Pilot Investigation. Anesthesia and analgesia 125(3): 895-901, Sep 2017.

MacKay EJ, Nunn AM, Cannon JW and Martin ND: Secondary Extremity Compartment Syndrome After Traumatic Cardiac Arrest Trauma 18(4): 291-294, 2016.

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