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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

Contact Information

S455, Medical Science Building, Box 0648
521 Parnassus Avenue
University of California, San Francisco
San Francisco, CA 94143
Phone: (415) 476-0789
Fax: (415) 502-8326
Email: behrendsm@anesthesia.ucsf.edu
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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. 

Most recent publications from a total of 36
  1. Neice AE, Larson MD, Behrends M, Bokoch MP. In Response. Anesth Analg. 2017 Jun 17. View in PubMed
  2. Neice AE, Behrends M, Bokoch MP, Seligman KM, Conrad NM, Larson MD. Prediction of Opioid Analgesic Efficacy by Measurement of Pupillary Unrest. Anesth Analg. 2017 Mar; 124(3):915-921. View in PubMed
  3. Harbell MW, Cohen JM, Kolodzie K, Behrends M, Braehler MR, Kinjo S, Feeley BT, Aleshi P. Combined preoperative femoral and sciatic nerve blockade improves analgesia after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction: a randomized controlled clinical trial. J Clin Anesth. 2016 Sep; 33:68-74. View in PubMed
  4. Larson MD, Behrends M. Portable infrared pupillometry: a review. Anesth Analg. 2015 Jun; 120(6):1242-53. View in PubMed
  5. Bokoch MP, Behrends M, Neice A, Larson MD. Fentanyl, an agonist at the mu opioid receptor, depresses pupillary unrest. Auton Neurosci. 2015 May; 189:68-74. View in PubMed
  6. Behrends M, DePalma G, Sands L, Leung J. Association between intraoperative blood transfusions and early postoperative delirium in older adults. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2013 Mar; 61(3):365-70. View in PubMed
  7. Behrends M, Niemann CU, Larson MD. Infrared pupillometry to detect the light reflex during cardiopulmonary resuscitation: a case series. Resuscitation. 2012 Oct; 83(10):1223-8. View in PubMed
  8. Vincenti M, Behrends M, Dang K, Park YH, Hirose R, Blasi-Ibanez A, Liu T, Serkova NJ, Niemann CU. Induction of intestinal ischemia reperfusion injury by portal vein outflow occlusion in rats. J Gastroenterol. 2010 Nov; 45(11):1103-10. View in PubMed
  9. Niemann CU, Xu F, Choi S, Behrends M, Park Y, Hirose R, Maher JJ. Short passive cooling protects rats during hepatectomy by inducing heat shock proteins and limiting the induction of pro-inflammatory cytokines. J Surg Res. 2010 Jan; 158(1):43-52. View in PubMed
  10. Behrends M, Martinez-Palli G, Niemann CU, Cohen S, Ramachandran R, Hirose R. Acute hyperglycemia worsens hepatic ischemia/reperfusion injury in rats. J Gastrointest Surg. 2010 Mar; 14(3):528-35. View in PubMed
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