C. Michael Crowder M.D., Ph.D.

C. Michael Crowder M.D., Ph.D.

Specialties and Expertise

Aesthetic medicine




Dr. Crowder is a UW professor and chairman of anesthesiology and pain medicine specializing in the care of adult patients undergoing major surgical procedures, particular neurosurgery and otolaryngology. Dr. Crowder is also adjunct professor of genome sciences, a member of the Mitochondrial and Metabolism Center, and an NIH-funded neuroscientist with a focus on the identification of mechanisms responsible for injury of neurons and other types of cells in low-oxygen environments such as occurs during stroke and myocardial infarction.

Patient Care Philosophy

I practice a tailored approach to anesthetic care with the patient and procedure determining an individually optimized care plan. My goal is to deliver the best perioperative care for each of my patients so that the surgeons maximize the success of the procedure and the patient recovers in reasonable comfort without complications.

Personal Interests

Family, skiing, whitewater, bird hunting, golf, sports fan

Clinical Interests

  • Neuroanesthesiology

Research Interests

  • Mechanisms of cellular hypoxic injury
  • Protein folding homeostasis
  • C. elegans genetics
  • Molecular and cellular mechanisms of anesthesia
  • Anesthetic toxicity
  • Fundamental neurobiology
  • Perioperative outcomes research


Washington University School of MedicineTeaching Appointment2014
UW - Dept. of AnesthesiologyResidencyAnesthesiology1993
Jewish Hospital of St. LouisInternshipMedicine1990
Washington University SOMMedical education1989


Board Certifications

American Board of AnesthesiologyAnesthesiology1995
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