Prof. W.S. Schlack MD PhD


Prof. W.S. Schlack MD PhD

Main activities
Teaching, Patient care
Focus of research

Anesthesia for the cardiac risk patient

Carioprotective effects of anesthetic agents and anesthetic strategies

Key publications
  • Schlack WS, Boermeester MA, Patient safety during anaesthesia: incorporation of the WHO safe surgery guidelines into clinical practice. CURR OPIN ANESTHESIO 2010;23 (6):754-758 [PubMed]
  • Frässdorf J, Borowski A, Ebel D, Feindt P, Hermes M, Meemann T, Weber R, Müllenheim J, Weber NC, Preckel B, Schlack W, Impact of preconditioning protocol on anesthetic-induced cardioprotection in patients having coronary artery bypass surgery. J THORAC CARDIOV SUR 2009;137 (6):1436-42, 1442.e1-2 [PubMed]
All Publications
Curriculum Vitae

Training and Academic Career:
• Anaesthesia training at the Johannes-Hospital Dortmund, Prof. Dr. R. Purschke (1989-92) with a focus on cardiac anaesthesia
• 1991 Promotion University of Bonn (“Dr. med.”) “Cellular and humoral parameters in the bronchoalveolar lavage fluid”
• Scientific assistant in cardiac physiology, University of Düsseldorf, Prof. Dr. J. Schrader (1992-95)
• Since 1996, senior anaesthetist (= consultant), Dept. of Anaesthesiology, University Hospital Düsseldorf, Prof. Dr. J. Tarnow
• 1998 Habilitation University of Düsseldorf (Dr. med. habil. & nomination as “Privatdozent”): „Effect of Stellate Ganglion Block on Left Ventricular Function“
• Since 2000 „Leitender Oberarzt“ = “Chef de Clinique”
• 2003 – 2005 Full Professor of Anaesthesiology and Interim Director of the Department
• since 2006 Full Professor and Chair, Department of Anaesthesiology, Academic Medical Center, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Clinical Main Topic:
• Anaesthesia for Cardiac Risk Patients
• Clinical Cardioprotection for Cardiac and Non-Cardiac Surgery

Scientific Main Topic:
• Anaesthetics and Myocardial Function, Anaesthetics and Cardioprotection
• Publications: >100 medline listed papers, several books and bookchapters

Others Commitments
• Congress Organisation: Secretary of the German Congress of Anaesthesiology in 2002, Regional Congress „Airway management“ since 2000, Chair of the Programme Committee “Circulation” of the German Society of Anaesthesiology, 2003 -2006 Chair of the Committee “Circulation“ of the European Society of Anaesthesiology (ESA) and member of the ESAs “Scientific Education“ Committee
• Examiner for the European Diploma of Anaesthesiology, for the National Final Medical Examination in Germany and the Dutch Specialist Examinations in anaesthesiology.

Research programmes

Prof. W.S. Schlack MD PhD (Cardiovascular Protection)

Prof. W.S. Schlack MD PhD

PhD Students
Drs. L. Koers

Dr. A.P.J Vlaar MD PhD (Transfusion related morbidity and mortality)

Prof. dr. B. Preckel MA MD PhD (Patient safety, procedural sedation, cardiovascular protection, optimizing perioperative metabolism, cerebral perfusion, Wireless Monitoring)

Prof. dr. M.W. Hollmann MD PhD (Organprotection)