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Meghan A. Kirksey, MD, PhD


About Dr. Kirksey

Dr. Meghan A. Kirksey is a board certified anesthesiologist who joined HSS after completing specialty training in anesthesiology at Weill Medical College of Cornell University and subspecialty training in critical care medicine at Columbia University Medical Center.

Her clinical expertise is in the management of cardiopulmonary sequelae of acute and chronic disease. Dr. Kirksey is actively involved in clinical and database research to elucidate physiologic and clinical determinants of postoperative outcomes. She is also board certified in critical care medicine and a member of the Department of Anesthesiology, Critical Care & Pain Management's Critical Care team.


Special Expertise

Critical Care
Perioperative ultrasound and echocardiography

Patient Stories



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Assistant Attending Anesthesiologist, Hospital for Special Surgery
Clinical Assistant Professor in Anesthesiology, Weill Cornell Medical College


American Board of Anesthesiology


OREF Perioperative Surgical and Medical Home Patient Safety Research Grant, 2017
Young Investigator Award, Department of Anesthesiology at Hospital for Special Surgery, 2015-2017
Adult Reconstruction and Joint Replacement Marmor Research Award, 2016
Resident Award for Clinical Excellence in Regional Anesthesia from The Hospital for Special Surgery Department of Anesthesiology, 2012
Resident Research Award from the Weill Cornell Medical College Department of Anesthesiology, 2012
Fulbright Fellowship from the U.S. Department of State for study of Biological Science in Brazil, 2006
Robert D. Watkins Graduate Fellowship from the American Society for Microbiology, 2003-2005


MD, Weill Medical College of Cornell University, New York, NY, 2008
PhD, The Rockefeller University, New York, NY, 2007


Anesthesiology, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell, New York, NY, 2009


Anesthesiology, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell, New York, NY, 2012


Anesthesiology Critical Care Medicine, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital – Columbia; 2013

State Licensure



Publications by Dr. Kirksey

Blog Posts

Selected Journal Articles

Demographics and Perioperative Outcome in Patients with Depression and Anxiety Undergoing Total Joint Arthroplasty: A Population-Based Study. 
Stundner O, Kirksey M, Chiu YL, Mazumdar M, Poultsides L, Gerner P, Memtsoudis SG. 
Psychosomatics. 2013 Mar; 54(2):149-57.

Fatal Cerebral Swelling Associated with Scoliosis Surgery in Two Patients with Neuromuscular Scoliosis and Congenital Hydrocephalus: A Report of Two Cases.
Meghan A. Kirksey, Paul S. Issack, Chris R. Edmonds, Mark M. Souweidane, Andrew Lee, Stephanie Perlman, Victor Zayas, Oheneba Boachie-Adjei
The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery – Case Connector. 2012 May 23:2(2)

Trends in in-hospital major morbidity and mortality after total joint arthroplasty: USA 1998-2008
Meghan Kirksey, Yan Ma, Ya Lin Chiu, Stavros G. Memtsoudis
Anesth Analg. 2012 Aug; 115(2):321-7.

Metabolic syndrome and lumbar spine fusion surgery: epidemiology and perioperative outcomes
Stavros G. Memtsoudis, Meghan Kirksey, Yan Ma, Ya Lin Chiu, Madhu Mazumdar PhD, Matthias Pumberger MD, Federico P. Girardi MD.  Spine. 2012 May 15; 37(11):989-95

Spontaneous phthiocerol dimycocerosate (PDIM) deficient variants of Mycobacterium tuberculosis are susceptible to interferon-γ-mediated immunity
Meghan A. Kirksey, Anna D. Tischler, Roxane Simeone, Katherine B Hisert, Swapna Uplekar, Christophe Guilhot, and John D. McKinney
Infect Immun. 2011 Jul; 79(7):2829-38

For more publications, please see the PubMed listing.


Research Interests

Impact of comorbidities and perioperative management on outcomes following orthopedic surgery

Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

One of the goals of HSS is to advance the science of orthopedic surgery, rheumatology, and related disciplines for the benefit of patients. Physicians at HSS may collaborate with outside companies for education, research and medical advances. HSS supports this collaboration in order to foster medical breakthroughs; however HSS also believes that these collaborations must be disclosed.

As part of the disclosure process, this website lists physician collaborations with outside companies. The disclosures are provided by information provided by the physician and other sources and are updated regularly. Further information may be available on individual company websites.

As of November 14, 2019, Dr. Kirksey reported no relationships with healthcare industry.

By disclosing the collaborations of HSS physicians with industry on this website, HSS and its physicians make this information available to their patients and the public, thus creating a transparent environment for those who are interested in this information. Further, the HSS Conflicts of Interest Policy does not permit physicians to collect royalties on products developed by him/her that are used on patients at HSS.

Dr. Kirksey in the News