Michael E. Mahla, MD

Michael Mahla

Title: Professor of Anesthesiology; Vice Chair of the Department of Anesthesia
Company: Department of Anesthesiology, Sidney Kimmel Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Michael E. Mahla, MD, Professor of Anesthesiology at Thomas Jefferson University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in Medicine.

Dr. Mahla has been taking away patients’ pain since the ‘80s, and is currently the chief of anesthesiology at the Jefferson Hospital for Neuroscience, in addition to his role as an attending anesthesiologist at the Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals. He leads physicians in the hospitals as an executive vice chair of the affiliated Sidney Kimmel Medical College, as well as chief of the division of neuroanesthesia there. Dr. Mahla is also a designated institutional official of the office of graduate medical education at the University of Florida, and received the highlight of his career in 2012 when he was named Teacher of the Year by the Society for Neuroscience in Anesthesiology and Critical Care.

A recipient of the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award, Dr. Mahla has appeared in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education, Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, and Who’s Who in the World. He had childhood asthma, which fostered an interest in medicine. Dr. Mahla studied chemistry with Davidson College to earn a BS, magna cum laude, in 1975. During his first and second year of medical school at the Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University, he was exposed to anesthesia and was fascinated by the discipline. Dr. Mahla trained with the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, and in 1982 he became a neuroanesthesia fellow of the Johns Hopkins Medical Center, launching his career in the field.

Since the ‘80s, Dr. Mahla has served with the University of Florida Health and the Uniformed Services University, as well as visiting roles with the University of Tennessee, George Washington University, the Mayo Clinic, and the Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research. He is currently an ad-hoc consultant in anesthesiology, anesthesia, and analgesia. Dr. Mahla is a classically trained pianist, and chose between musician and doctor as his career. He has been a prolific contributor to medical literature, and has won numerous awards, including 2016 Teacher of the Year with the Department of Anesthesiology at Sidney Kimmel. He is a member of numerous committees with Thomas Jefferson University, and continues to advance medicine from the alma mater that inspired his career.

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