Christopher G. Hughes, MD
Lead, Biomarkers Core
Dr. Christopher G. Hughes is a Professor of Anesthesiology in the Department of Anesthesiology, Division of Anesthesia Critical Care Medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC). He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry summa cum laude from Indiana University in 2001 and a Doctor of Medicine degree from Indiana University School of Medicine in 2005 as a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. He then completed residency in Anesthesiology, including a year as Chief Resident, in 2009 and critical care medicine fellowship in 2010 at VUMC. Dr. Hughes subsequently joined the faculty of VUMC where he is a practicing anesthesiologist and intensivist. He currently serves as Chief of the Anesthesia Critical Care Medicine Division, as Medical Director of the Neuro ICU, and as a member of the VUMC Institutional Review Board. Dr. Hughes is a principal investigator in the Critical Illness, Brain Dysfunction, and Survivorship Center.
Dr. Hughes’ research focuses on evaluating mechanisms, prevention strategies, and potential therapies of delirium and long-term cognitive impairment after surgery and critical illness. He is also evaluating the mechanistic roles of endothelial dysfunction, blood brain barrier injury, and neuroinflammation in brain dysfunction. He is additionally a mentor or co-investigator on numerous studies across the medical center, ranging from the emergency department to the operating rooms and ICUs. Dr. Hughes has published extensively in the critical care, anesthesiology, and surgery literature and is a frequent presenter at national and international scientific meetings. He has received funding from the National Institutes of Health, Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research, American Geriatrics Society, and industry. For more details of his work, please contact him for a copy of his Curriculum Vitae.