Matthias Eikermann, MD PhD

Anesthesiology, Critical Care, Pain Medicine

Chair, Department of Anesthesiology Professor, Department of Anesthesiology

Speaks: English, German

Primary Location
Montefiore Einstein
111 East 210th Street
Bronx, NY 10467


P: 718.920.2802
F: 718.920.4327


Matthias Eikermann, MD, PhD, is the Chair of Anesthesiology at Montefiore Einstein and Francis F. Foldes Professor of Anesthesiology at our Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

Dr. Eikermann is a graduate of Heinrich Heine University Medical School in Dusseldorf, Germany and received his PhD in Anesthesiology from the Essen-Duisburg University in Essen, Germany. Following a residency and fellowships in Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine, he worked for more than 20 years in quaternary care hospitals in Germany culminating in the positions of Division Head of Pain Therapy and Vice Chair at Essen-Duisburg University.

After moving to the United States, Dr. Eikermann served in different leadership positions at Massachusetts General Hospital and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. As an attending anesthesiologist in Boston, he focused on liver transplant anesthesia and critical care medicine with special clinical interests in the treatment of patients with refractory respiratory failure and the prevention of ICU acquired muscle weakness.

Prior to his transition to Montefiore Einstein, Dr. Eikermann served as Professor of Anesthesia at Harvard Medical School and Vice Chair of Professional Affairs at Beth Israel Lahey Health. As Vice Chair, he integrated a private practice group into the department, created and implemented new processes for recruitment and onboarding, and orchestrated initiatives promoting Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

Since joining Montefiore Einstein in April 2021, Dr. Eikermann has overseen transformative change in the Department of Anesthesiology, including the integration of the anesthesiology service of Montefiore Einstein St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital (part of the Montefiore Einstein Health System) and the creation of an Anesthesia Critical Care Division. He has overseen the department's launch of two new innovative fellowships: the Anesthesia Leadership and Executive Operations Fellowship as well as the Anesthesia Quality and Safety Fellowship. He has also championed the department’s focus on digital health, including the creation of a comprehensive perioperative medicine database that informs decisions in clinical operations, quality improvement, education and research.

Recent Publications


Differential Effects of Gamma-Aminobutyric Acidergic Sedatives on Risk of Post-Extubation Delirium in the ICU: A Retrospective Cohort Study From a New England Health Care Network.
Crit Care Med. 2022 Jan 5. doi: 10.1097/CCM.0000000000005425. Online ahead of print. PMID: 34982739

Azimaraghi O, Wongtangman K, Wachtendorf LJ, Santer P, Rumyantsev S, Ahn C, Kiyatkin ME, Teja B, Sarge T, Subramaniam B, Eikermann M.


Association Between Intraoperative Arterial Hypotension and Postoperative Delirium After Noncardiac Surgery: A Retrospective Multicenter Cohort Study.
Anesth Analg. 2021 Sep 13. doi: 10.1213/ANE.0000000000005739. Online ahead of print. PMID: 34517389

Wachtendorf LJ, Azimaraghi O, Santer P, Linhardt FC, Blank M, Suleiman A, Ahn C, Low YH, Teja B, Kendale SM, Schaefer MS, Houle TT, Pollard RJ, Subramaniam B, Eikermann M, Wongtangman K.


The association of nitrous oxide on length of stay in the postanesthesia care unit: a retrospective observational study.
Can J Anaesth. 2021 Nov;68(11):1630-1640. doi: 10.1007/s12630-021-02067-2. Epub 2021 Aug 18. PMID: 34406608 English.

Obeidat SS, Wongtangman K, Blank M, Wachtendorf LJ, Hammer M, Schaefer MS, Santer P, Eikermann M, Sundar E.


Development and external validation of a prognostic model for ischaemic stroke after surgery.
Br J Anaesth. 2021 Nov;127(5):713-721. doi: 10.1016/j.bja.2021.05.035. Epub 2021 Jul 22. PMID: 34303492

Platzbecker K, Grabitz SD, Raub D, Rudolph MI, Friedrich S, Vinzant N, Kurth T, Weimar C, Bhatt DL, Nozari A, Houle TT, Xu X, Eikermann M.


Effect of Intraoperative Arterial Hypotension on the Risk of Perioperative Stroke After Noncardiac Surgery: A Retrospective Multicenter Cohort Study.
Anesth Analg. 2021 Oct 1;133(4):1000-1008. doi: 10.1213/ANE.0000000000005604. PMID: 34252055

Wongtangman K, Wachtendorf LJ, Blank M, Grabitz SD, Linhardt FC, Azimaraghi O, Raub D, Pham S, Kendale SM, Low YH, Houle TT, Eikermann M, Pollard RJ.


Association of surgery type and duration of hospitalisation with the ability to live independently after surgery.
Br J Anaesth. 2021 Sep;127(3):e87-e90. doi: 10.1016/j.bja.2021.06.007. Epub 2021 Jul 1. PMID: 34218907.

Linhardt FC, Wachtendorf LJ, Wongtangman K, Azimaraghi O, Schaefer MS, Eikermann M, Kendale S.


Association between preoperative administration of gabapentinoids and 30-day hospital readmission: A retrospective hospital registry study.
J Clin Anesth. 2021 Oct;73:110376. doi: 10.1016/j.jclinane.2021.110376. Epub 2021 Jun 4. PMID: 34098392

Wachtendorf LJ, Schaefer MS, Santer P, Azimaraghi O, Obeidat SS, Friedrich S, Zucco L, Woo A, Nabel S, Sundar E, Eikermann M, Ramachandran SK.


The effect of intraoperative dexmedetomidine administration on length of stay in the post-anesthesia care unit in ambulatory surgery: A hospital registry study.
J Clin Anesth. 2021 Sep;72:110284. doi: 10.1016/j.jclinane.2021.110284. Epub 2021 Apr 5. PMID: 33831766

Ma H, Wachtendorf LJ, Santer P, Schaefer MS, Friedrich S, Nabel S, Ramachandran SK, Shen C, Sundar E, Eikermann M.


Optimal Sedation in Patients Who Receive Neuromuscular Blocking Agent Infusions for Treatment of Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome-A Retrospective Cohort Study From a New England Health Care Network.
Crit Care Med. 2021 Jul 1;49(7):1137-1148. doi: 10.1097/CCM.0000000000004951. PMID: 33710031

Wongtangman K, Grabitz SD, Hammer M, Wachtendorf LJ, Xu X, Schaefer MS, Fassbender P, Santer P, Kassis EB, Talmor D, Eikermann M; SICU Optimal Mobilization Team (SOMT) Group.


Preoperative Heart Failure Treatment Prevents Postoperative Cardiac Complications in Patients With Lower Risk: A Retrospective Cohort Study.
Ann Surg. 2021 Feb 1. doi: 10.1097/SLA.0000000000004779. Online ahead of print. PMID: 33534230

Shay D, Ng PY, Dudzinski DM, Grabitz SD, Mitchell JD, Xu X, Houle TT, Bhatt DL, Eikermann M.


Effect of peripheral nerve blocks on postanesthesia care unit length of stay in patients undergoing ambulatory surgery: a retrospective cohort study.
Reg Anesth Pain Med. 2021 Mar;46(3):233-239. doi: 10.1136/rapm-2020-102231. Epub 2021 Jan 15. PMID: 33452202

Polshin V, Petro J, Wachtendorf LJ, Hammer M, Simopoulos T, Eikermann M, Santer P.