Dr. Aaron Stansbury Hess Joins CVRC As Newest Member


Aaron Stansbury Hess, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor

Department of Anesthesiology


Where did you grow up?

  • All over the US – Denver, California, and Maryland

What is your educational/professional background?

  • I got my BA in English and Theater at Bowdoin College in Maine. After spending some time in East Asia, I worked in the US Army’s malaria vaccine group before enrolling in the MSTP program at the University of Maryland, where I received a PhD in Epidemiology and Public Health and an MD. I did my residency in Anesthesiology here at UW, as well as a fellowships in Liver Transplant Anesthesiology and Blood Banking & Transfusion Medicine.

What is the main goal of your research?

  • The primary goal of my research is to improve cardiovascular and bleeding outcomes during anesthesia and surgery. I am specifically interested in the epigenetics and physiology of peripheral blood cells and how they can help us understand cardiovascular injury and coagulopathy in the perioperative period.

What attracted you to UW-Madison?

  • My spouse and I came here for our primary clinical training, and never looked back!

What are your hobbies and interests?

  • Furniture building, music (jazz guitar and piano), poetry, knitting, movies.

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