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Professor of Anesthesiology
Member Outcomes Research Consortium



Fellowship: Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, OH (2009)
Residency: Anesthesiology, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, AR (2000)
Medical School: MD (MBBS), University of Delhi, India (1994)

What was your greatest recent accomplishment?

After successful completion of the multinational POISE-2 trial, leading to several publications in top-tier journals, I once again lead the department as the UNC’s Principal Investigator for the POISE-3 trial. We hope to answer some fundamental questions for the prevention of cardiovascular complications and death. The trial is an international RCT of 10,000 patients with cardiovascular disease who are randomized to peri-operative interventions. POISE-3 will answer crucial management questions and influence future anesthetic management practices around the world.

What national committees are you part of?

Outcomes Research Committee
American Society of Anesthesiologists
Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists

What grants have you received?

Airway mucosal protective mechanisms
POISE-3 trial funding from McMaster’s University

What honors have you received?

Honor roll of top UNC Anesthesiology Clinical Researchers 2017-2019
Outstanding Contributions to Departmental Research 2009-2018
3rd place award at 14th International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare (2014)
Gladys Sessler Outcomes Research Consortium Annual Prize for Extraordinary Contributions to Collaborative Research, American Society of Anesthesiologists meeting, Washington DC (2012)
Resident Education Honor Roll (2009-10,2010-11)
1st Prize TEE Jeopardy, Cleveland Clinic, OH (2009)
Cleveland Clinic Innovator Award “Through exemplary insight, creativity and inspiration” (2007-08)

What leadership positions do you hold in local, regional or national societies?

Editorial board member of several leading journals (JCVA, JOPE, SCVA, JOACP)

Expert skills:

Cardiac, thoracic, vascular anesthesia
Transplant anesthesia (heart, lung, liver)
Perioperative echocardiography
Clinical research

Twitter account:


LinkedIn account name:

Priya Kumar

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  • Phone Number

    919-966-5136 (Office Phone)

  • Address

    The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

    Department of Anesthesiology

    CB 7010

    Chapel Hill, NC 27514