January 09, 2014

Nancy Solomon

New Chair of Anesthesiology Selected

Wolf Stapelfeldt, M.D. Brings Experience from Cleveland Clinic, Mayo Clinic

ST. LOUIS - Wolf H. Stapelfeldt, M.D., took the helm as chairman of the department of anesthesiology at Saint Louis University School of Medicine on Jan. 2.

Wolf Stapelfeldt, M.D., has joined SLU as chair of anesthesiology.

Stapelfeldt most recently had been chairman of general anesthesiology and vice chairman of surgical operations at the Cleveland Clinic, where he also was vice chairman for information systems and technologies at its Anesthesiology Institute.

Over the course of his career he had also served in many roles at the Mayo Clinic, most notably as chairman of transplant anesthesiology at its Jacksonville, Fla., location, which at the time was one of the largest liver transplant programs in the country.

He had been vice chairman for education in the Mayo Clinic's department of anesthesiology in Florida as well as an assistant professor of anesthesiology and physiology in Rochester, Minn.

Stapelfeldt held other previous appointments as professor and chairman of the department of anesthesiology at the University of Florida College of Medicine, director of liver transplant anesthesiology and director of research for the anesthesia service at the VA Medical Center in Pittsburgh, and assistant professor of anesthesiology at the University of Pittsburgh.

He is the founder and chief medical officer of Talis Clinical, LLC, an information management company that was spun off from the Cleveland Clinic last year. Talis Clinical's software distills and analyzes the most important data sources in a real time to guide physicians in making decisions in the high stress operation room environment.

Stapelfeldt's research interests are liver transplantation and developing electronic systems and predictive models to help physicians make decisions about patient care. He is the author of more than 85 academic research contributions and holds two patents related to clinical decision support.

Stapelfeldt has received numerous awards and honors including Cleveland Clinic Medical Innovation Summit's recognition as the creator of one of the top 10 innovations in medicine in 2014, a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Merit Review award, Resident of the Year and Edward C. Kendall awards from the Mayo Clinic, and a Young Investigator Award from the Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research and Roche Laboratories.

Stapelfeldt received his medical degree from the University of Ulm School of Medicine in Germany. He completed a post-graduate residency in internal medicine at Klinikum Rechts der Isar in Munich, and a fellowship in physiology and a residency in anesthesiology at the Mayo Clinic.

The search committee for a chair of anesthesiology was led by Jeffrey Brown, M.D., chair of the department of radiology at SLU.

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