Robert A. Veselis

TOPIC: The memory edifice: what do we believe?


  • D. Professor of Anesthesiology, Department of Anesthesiology, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, NY
  • Vice Chair for Research
  • Department of Anesthesiology & Critical Care Medicine
  • Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Ce

1275 York Ave., New York, NY 10065-6007

Phone: 212 639 7724

Fax: 646 422 2293


Member, Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, Memorial Sloan–Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY


Dr. Veselis received his MD degree from the University of Toronto, anesthesia training at Duke University, North Carolina, and Critical Care Fellowship at University of Virginia, Charlottesville. Dr. Veselis has spent most of his career at MSKCC, developing a research program focused on mechanisms of the amnestic actions of anesthetic drugs, as investigated in healthy human volunteers. Recently Dr. Veselis has focused on more clinical aspects of cognition in the peri-operative period, including delirium, anesthesia related outcomes, pediatric sedation, and neuromonitoring. He is currently Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Anesthesiology/Critical Care Medicine.


  • Avidan, M. S., Fritz, B. A.,Maybrier, H. R.,Muench, M. R.,Escallier, K. E.,Chen, Y.,Ben Abdallah, A.,Veselis, R. A.,Hudetz, J. A.,Pagel, P. S.,Noh, G.,Pryor, K.,Kaiser, H.,Arya, V. K.,Pong, R.,Jacobsohn, E.,Grocott, H. P.,Choi, S.,Downey, R. J.,Inouye, S. K.,Mashour, G. A. 2014. The Prevention of Delirium and Complications Associated with Surgical Treatments (PODCAST) study: protocol for an international multicentre randomised controlled trial BMJ Open 2014; 4:e005651.10.1136/bmjopen-2014-005651
  • Pryor KO, Root JC, Mehta M, Stern E, Pan H, Veselis RA, Silbersweig DA. Propofol amnesia is predicted by changes in hippocampal but not amygdala activation at the time of encoding: a functional magnetic resonance imaging study in human subjects. Br J Anaesth, 2015, 115:i104-i113
  • Veselis RA: Memory formation during anesthesia: plausibility of a neurophysiologic basis, Br J Anaesth, 2015, 115:i13-i19
  • Mason KP, Kelhoffer E, Prescilla R, Mehta M, Root JC, Young V, Robinson F, Veselis R.: Feasibility of Measuring Memory Response to increasing Dexmedetomidine Sedation in Children (accepted) BrJAnaes BJA-2016-00045-PM005.R1
  • Veselis RA, Kelhoffer E, Mehta M, Root JC, Robinson F, Mason KP: Propofol Sedation in Children: Sleep Trumps Amnesia, SLEEP, InPress SLEEP-D-16-00139.
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