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Matthias Behrends, M.D.

Matthias Behrends, M.D.

  • Associate Professor
  • Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Care
  • Interim Director, Acute Pain Services
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1988 - 96 University of Gottingen Medical School, M.D.

  • 1996-2003 University of Essen, Anesthesiology
  • 1997-2000 University of Essen, Pathophysiology
  • 1996 Medical Liscensure (Germany)
  • 2003 Board Certification in Anesthesiology (Germany)
  • 2007 Medical Liscensure (California)
  • Anesthesia
  • Hepatic ischemia/reperfusion
  • Inflammation following ischemia/reperfusion
  • Liver Transplantation
  • Myocardial ischemia/reperfusion
  • Septic cardiomyopathy


Dr. Behrends earned his M.D. at the University of Gottingen Medical School (Germany) in 1996.  He completed an anesthesiology residency at the University of Essen in 2003, followed by postdoctoral training in pathophysiology at the same institution .  At the University of California, San Francisco, Dr. Behrends was a Visiting Assistant Professor in Anesthesiology from 2004-06, and became a permanent Assistant Clinical Professor in 2006.  Dr. Behrends splits his clinical time between Moffit and Mt. Zion Hospitals, as well as the UCSF Ambulatory Surgery Center, and is also involved in the training and supervision of anesthesiology residents on a daily basis.  Having started researching under the mentorship of Dr. Claus Niemann in 2004, Dr. Behrends is now a primary investigator in basic science research on the pathophysiology of hepatic and renal ischemia/reperfusion injury. 

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  1. Bongiovanni T, Lancaster E, Behrends M, Zhang L, Wick E, Auerbach A, Pletcher MJ. Optimizing Uptake of Multimodal Pain Management After Surgery Using the Electronic Health Record. JAMA Surg. 2023 Oct 01; 158(10):1108-1111. View in PubMed
  2. Bongiovanni T, Pletcher MJ, Lau C, Robinson A, Lancaster E, Zhang L, Behrends M, Wick E, Auerbach A. A behavioral intervention to promote use of multimodal pain medication for hospitalized patients: A randomized controlled trial. J Hosp Med. 2023 08; 18(8):685-692. View in PubMed
  3. Azimaraghi O, Bilal M, Amornyotin S, Arain M, Behrends M, Berzin TM, Buxbaum JL, Choice C, Fassbender P, Sawhney MS, Sundar E, Wongtangman K, Leslie K, Eikermann M. Consensus guidelines for the perioperative management of patients undergoing endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography. Br J Anaesth. 2023 06; 130(6):763-772. View in PubMed
  4. Buren MA, Theologis A, Zuraek A, Behrends M, Clark AJ, Leung JM. Lidocaine Infusion for the Management of Postoperative Pain and Delirium (LIMPP): protocol for a randomised control trial. BMJ Open. 2022 06 06; 12(6):e059416. View in PubMed
  5. Yap E, Wei J, Webb C, Ng K, Behrends M. Neuraxial and general anesthesia for outpatient total joint arthroplasty result in similarly low rates of major perioperative complications: a multicentered cohort study. Reg Anesth Pain Med. 2022 05; 47(5):294-300. View in PubMed
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