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Helge Eilers, M.D.

Helge Eilers, M.D.

Associate Professor of Clinical Anesthesia
Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Care

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513 Parnassus Ave. Rm S436
Campus Box 0427
Telephone: 415-514-3785
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  • 1993, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universitaet, Bonn, Germany, M.D
  • 1993-1995, University Hospital, University of Cologne, Germany, Resident, Anesthesiology
  • 1997-1998, Boise VA Medical Center, Boise, Idaho, Intern
  • 1998-2001, University of California, San Francisco, Resident, Anesthesia and Perioperative Care
  • 1995-1997, University of California San Francisco, Postdoctoral Research Fellow
  • American Board of Anesthesiology
  • Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Care
  • Department of Surgery, Division of Transplantation
  • Kidney Transplantation
  • Liver Transplantation
  • Pancreas Transplantation
  • Anesthetic effect on peripheral nociceptors
  • Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Ion channels in peripheral nociceptors
  • Liver Transplantation
  • Mechanical nociception
  • Molecular mechanisms of anesthetic action
  • Molecular mechanisms of peripheral pain transduction

Dr Eilers attends as anesthesiologist in the Moffitt-Long and Mt. Zion operating rooms specializing on anesthesia for liver transplantation. He earned his medical degree at University of Bonn in Germany and completed a postdoctoral research fellowship in the laboratory of Dr. Philip Bickler at UCSF. He continued his career at UCSF as a resident and is currently an assistant professor and attending physician in the Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Care.

Dr Eilers is involved in a number of research projects focused on the advancement of our understanding of the molecular mechanisms responsible for the transduction of painful stimuli in peripheral nociceptive neurons. His main effort is currently directed at investigating the effects of general anesthetics in peripheral nociceptors. Irritant anesthetics such as isoflurane have been shown to activate sensory neurons and may contribute to the severity of postoperative pain.

Most recent publications from a total of 30
  1. Sheehan K, Lee J, Chong J, Zavala K, Sharma M, Philipsen S, Maruyama T, Xu Z, Guan Z, Eilers H, Kawamata T, Schumacher M. Transcription factor Sp4 is required for hyperalgesic state persistence. PLoS One. 2019; 14(2):e0211349. View in PubMed
  2. Lundeberg J, Feiner JR, Schober A, Sall JW, Eilers H, Bickler PE. Increased Cytokines at High Altitude: Lack of Effect of Ibuprofen on Acute Mountain Sickness, Physiological Variables, or Cytokine Levels. High Alt Med Biol. 2018 Sep; 19(3):249-258. View in PubMed
  3. Eilers H. Advances in anesthesia and critical care. Liver Transpl. 2016 11; 22(S1):20-24. View in PubMed
  4. Smul TM, Eilers H, Stumpner J. [Nephroprotection--anaesthetic management of renal transplantation]. Anasthesiol Intensivmed Notfallmed Schmerzther. 2015 Sep; 50(9):566-75. View in PubMed
  5. Zavala K, Lee J, Chong J, Sharma M, Eilers H, Schumacher MA. The anticancer antibiotic mithramycin-A inhibits TRPV1 expression in dorsal root ganglion neurons. Neurosci Lett. 2014 Aug 22; 578:211-6. View in PubMed
  6. Spiro MD, Eilers H. Intraoperative care of the transplant patient. Anesthesiol Clin. 2013 Dec; 31(4):705-21. View in PubMed
  7. Feiner JR, Rollins MD, Sall JW, Eilers H, Au P, Bickler PE. Accuracy of carboxyhemoglobin detection by pulse CO-oximetry during hypoxemia. Anesth Analg. 2013 Oct; 117(4):847-58. View in PubMed
  8. Veldhuis NA, Lew MJ, Abogadie FC, Poole DP, Jennings EA, Ivanusic JJ, Eilers H, Bunnett NW, McIntyre P. N-glycosylation determines ionic permeability and desensitization of the TRPV1 capsaicin receptor. J Biol Chem. 2012 Jun 22; 287(26):21765-72. View in PubMed
  9. Vagefi PA, Eilers H, Hiniker A, Freise CE. Liver transplantation for giant hepatic angiomyolipoma. Liver Transpl. 2011 Aug; 17(8):985-6. View in PubMed
  10. Chu C, Zavala K, Fahimi A, Lee J, Xue Q, Eilers H, Schumacher MA. Transcription factors Sp1 and Sp4 regulate TRPV1 gene expression in rat sensory neurons. Mol Pain. 2011 Jun 06; 7:44. View in PubMed
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