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Oliver PF Panzer, MD


About Dr. Panzer

Dr. Oliver Panzer is an anesthesiologist in the Department of Anesthesiology, Critical Care & Pain Management at HSS specializing in the accurate use of Point-of-Care Ultrasound (PoCUS) in the field of anesthesiology and critical care to improve patient care and outcomes.

After his critical care fellowship at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC), he joined the faculty in the Divisions of Regional Anesthesia and Critical Care in 2006. Intrigued by the increasingly miniaturized ultrasound technology, Dr. Panzer incorporated this technology for diagnostic and procedural purposes into his patient care perioperatively and in the ICU.

Prior to joining HSS, Dr. Panzer led the PoCUS initiative in the Anesthesiology Department at CUMC and was also the Director of Perioperative Ultrasonography in the CUMC Department of Anesthesiology. During the COVID-19 pandemic, he served as Co-Director of the Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) and the Operating Room Intensive Care Unit (ORICU).


Special Expertise

Point-of-Care Ultrasound (PoCUS)

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Associate Attending Anesthesiologist, Hospital for Special Surgery
Clinical Associate Professor of Anesthesiology, Weill Cornell Medical College


Member, Association of University Anesthesiologists (AUA) - 2019
Member, Virginia APGAR Academy of Medical Educators - 2015


Teacher of the Year, Columbia University Medical Center - 2019, 2014, 2010
Attending of the year, Columbia University Medical Center - 2019
Chairman award - 2014


University of Hamburg, Germany, 2000


Internal Medicine, St. Raphaels Hospital, New Haven, CT, 2002


Anesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine, St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital, New York, NY, 2005


Critical Care Medicine, Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY, 2006

State Licensure


English, German, French

Publications by Dr. Panzer

Editorial Appointments

Member, American Society of Anesthesiologists POCUS Editorial Board

Selected Books/Chapters

Oliver Panzer, MD, Jennifer Sandadi, MD: Liver Surgery: Intraoperative complications in Wagener G. (ed): Liver Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, Springer Science and Business Media, NY

Oliver Panzer, MD: General Critical Care Ultrasonography in Lee K., MD (ed): Neuro ICU Handbook – First Edition, McGraw-Hill, NY, NY

Oliver Panzer, MD: Critical Care Ultrasound in Schrope B. (ed): Surgical Ultrasound, McGraw-Hill, NY, NY

Ben Kratzert, Oliver Panzer, MD: General Critical Care Ultrasonography in Lee K., MD (ed): Neuro ICU Handbook – Second Edition, McGraw-Hill, NY, NY

Subhash K, MD, Oliver Panzer, MD: Volume responsiveness in A. Leibowitz, MD (ed): Modern Monitoring in Anesthesiology and Perioperative Care – First edition, Cambridge University Press, MA

Julia Sobol, MD, Oliver Panzer, MD: Point of Care Transthoracic Echocardiography in A. Leibowitz, Modern Monitoring in Anesthesiology and Perioperative Care – First edition, Cambridge University Press, MA

Selected Journal Articles

Boehme AK, Doyle K, Thakur KT, Roh D, Park S, Agarwal S, Velazquez AG, Egbebike JA, Der Nigoghossian C, Prust ML, Rosenberg J, Brodie D, Fishkoff KN, Hochmann BR, Rabani LE, Yip NH, Panzer O, Claassen J.; Disorders of Consciousness in Hospitalized Patients with COVID-19: The Role of the Systemic Inflammatory Response Syndrome. Neurocrit Care. 2022 Feb;36(1):89-96. doi: 10.1007/s12028-021-01256-7. Epub 2021 Jun 28.

Lee JJ, Price JC, Duren A, Shertzer A, Hannum R, Akita FA, Wang S, Squires JH, Panzer O, Herrera J, Sun LS, Davis NA. Ultrasound Evaluation of Gastric Emptying Time in Healthy Term Neonates after Formula Feeding. Anesthesiology. 2021 Jun 1;134(6):845-851. doi: 10.1097/ALN.0000000000003773. PMID: 33861856.

Paul JA, Panzer OPF. Point-of-care Ultrasound in Cardiac Arrest. Anesthesiology. 2021 May 12. doi: 10.1097/ALN.0000000000003811. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33979442.

Bronshteyn YS, Anderson TA, Badakhsh O, Boublik J, Brady MBW, Charnin JE, Coker BJ, Deriy LB, Hardman HD, Haskins SC, Hollon M, Hsia HJ, Neelankavil JP, Panzer OPF, Perlas A, Ramsingh D, Sharma A, Shore-Lesserson LJ, Zimmerman JM; American Society of Anesthesiologists Ad Hoc Committee on PoCUS. Diagnostic Point-of-Care Ultrasound: Recommendations From an Expert Panel. J Cardiothorac Vasc Anesth. 2021 Apr 17:S1053- 0770(21)00342-6. doi: 10.1053/j.jvca.2021.04.016. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34059438.

Wang, D.S., Hastie, J., Wagener, G., & Panzer, O. (2021). Anesthetic Resource Limitations and Adaptations in Times of Shortage: Experiences from New York Presbyterian Hospital During COVID-19. Anesthesiology Clinics, 39(2), 363– 377.

Hittesdorf E, Panzer O, Wang D, Stevens JS, Hastie J, Jordan DA, Yoh N, Eiseman KA, Elisman K, Wagener G. Mortality and renal outcomes of patients with severe COVID-19 treated in a provisional intensive care unit. J Crit Care. 2021 Apr;62:172-175. doi: 10.1016/j.jcrc.2020.12.012. Epub 2020 Dec 19. PMID: 33385774; PMCID: PMC7834533.

Beitler JR, Mittel AM, Kallet R, Kacmarek R, Hess D, Branson R, Olson M, Garcia I, Powell B, Wang DS, Hastie J, Panzer O et al. Ventilator Sharing during an Acute Shortage Caused by the COVID-19 Pandemic. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2020;202(4):600-604.

Hastie, J., Panzer, O. P. F., Weyker, P., & Flynn, B. C. (2018). Miniaturized Echocardiography in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit. Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia.

Hlaing M, Panzer O. New Diagnostic Capabilities of Ultrasound in the Intensive Care Unit. Curr Anesthesiol Rep Springer US; 2015;:1–10

Mittel, A. M., Panzer, O., Wang, D. S., Miller, S. E., Schaff, J. E., Hastie, M. J., et al. (2021). Logistical Considerations and Clinical Outcomes Associated With Converting Operating Rooms Into an Intensive Care Unit During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 Pandemic in a New York City Hospital. Anesthesia and Analgesia, 132(5), 1182–1190.

For more publications, please see the PubMed listing.


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 April 01, 2022, Dr. Panzer 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.