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Dr. Vinod Malhotra To Retire

Following more than 40 years of distinguished service to the Department of Anesthesiology of Weill Cornell Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, Dr. Vinod Malhotra has announced his plans to retire as professor of clinical anesthesiology and professor of anesthesiology in clinical urology effective June 17.    

Dr. Malhotra’s leadership has helped guide the remarkable growth of the department over the course of his long and impactful career. Currently the senior executive advisor to the chair, he served as vice chair for clinical affairs and was clinical director of the operating rooms at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center and medical director for the David H. Koch Center for many years. He also served as an executive sponsor of the Cohen Hospital. 

“Every member of the Department of Anesthesiology has been touched by the enormous impact Vinny has had on the development of the department in his roles as master clinician, educator, administrator and career mentor,” remarked department Chair Dr. Hugh Hemmings. “We owe much of our success to his dedication and vision.”

Dr. Malhotra earned his MBBS in India at the Maulana Azad Medical College, University of Delhi, and completed his residency and fellowship training in anesthesiology at Weill Cornell Medical College under the leadership of the first chair of the department, Dr. Joseph F. Artusio Jr. He joined the faculty in 1979. 

Internationally and nationally recognized for his expertise in anesthesia for urological surgery, regional anesthesia, education in anesthesiology, operating room management and patient safety, Dr. Malhotra has been an influential leader in the field. He serves as president of The Academy of Anesthesiology, where he has been an officer for more than a decade. He has served as president of the American Association of Clinical Directors and the general chair and scientific chair of the international PostGraduate Assembly of the New York State Society of Anesthesiologists. His knowledge of institutional history and deep connections with alumni led him to serve as President of the Weill Cornell Medical Center Alumni Council. He is a former president of the New York Academy of Medicine’s section on anesthesiology, and was a director of the board of the Society for Education in Anesthesia. He has also served the American Board of Anesthesiology as an Oral Board Examiner and as a Senior Editor to the Joint Council on Examinations of the American Board of Anesthesiology and the American Society of Anesthesiologists. He has held significant administrative and committee assignments for the American Society of Anesthesiologists, Association of University Anesthesiologists, Council of Teaching Hospitals, Open Medical Institute, Academy of Anesthesiology, NY State Society of Anesthesiologists and World Federation of the Societies of Anesthesiologists. 

Dr. Malhotra has been honored with awards and recognition by leading academic societies including the American Board of Anesthesiology and the American Society of Anesthesiologists. For his contributions to Weill Cornell Medical Center, he received the Outstanding Service Award from the Center Alumni Council. He has published dozens of journal articles, research and scientific papers; 125 book chapters; and has edited two books, including a widely translated and published textbook of anesthesiology: Problem Oriented Patient Management. He has been a reviewer for the British Journal of Anaesthesia, British Journal of Urology and Anesthesia & Analgesia. As a sought-after speaker, he has been invited to more than 200 international and national panels and 29 visiting professorships. His multiple media appearances include national newspapers and television.  

Dr. Malhotra has dedicated his career to expanding the professional opportunities and engagement of faculty, fellows, residents and CRNAs. Widely regarded as a kind and generous colleague, he has been a trusted advisor and dedicated mentor to generations of anesthesiologists. We look forward to his continuing engagement with the department as an emeritus professor as he begins retirement.

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