Merel Harmel: Portrait of an anesthesiology pioneer

J. G. Reves, Mark F. Newman

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Merel Harmel, MD, was the first anesthesiologist to give anesthesia for a palliative congenital heart operation performed by Alfred Blalock, MD. He was the first resident in anesthesiology at Johns Hopkins and was the first academic department chairman at 3 different universities during his long career. He was successful because of his steadfast belief that academic anesthesia could and must flourish and his incessant optimism no matter how daunting the many obstacles in his professional life.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)539-541
Number of pages3
JournalAnesthesia and Analgesia
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine


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