Michael K. Urban, MD, PhD

Dr. Michael Urban is a board-certified anesthesiologist who has specialized in cardiac anesthesia since 1988.  Prior to his anesthesia residency, he completed a PhD. in molecular biology and post-doctoral training at the Fox Chase Cancer Center with Baruch Blumberg, winner of the Nobel Prize for medical research. At Yale, Dr. Urban completed a fellowship in cardiac anesthesia, which included critical care and echocardiography.

After joining HSS in 1990, Dr. Urban soon became Director of the newly expanded Acute Pain Service. Upon expansion of postoperative services, he became Director of the PACU, a position he continues to hold. Dr. Urban also serves as Chairman of the Complex Case Panel, which reviews the preoperative medical requirements of complex patients.

Dr. Urban is a teaching professional who has written numerous publications and abstracts, and is a member of the dedicated spine team at HSS. Dr. Urban continues his interest in clinical research, with a present emphasis on postoperative outcome and the development of protocols to improve outcome.


Associate Attending Anesthesiologist, Hospital for Special Surgery
Clinical Associate Professor of Anesthesiology, Weill Cornell Medical College
Director, Post Anesthesia Care Unit and Step Down Unit, Hospital for Special Surgery


Insurances Accepted

Affinity Access
Blue Cross HMO POS
Blue Cross PPO
Blue Cross Pathway
Blue Cross Pathway Enhanced
Emblem Selectcare
United Healthcare
United Healthcare Compass

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Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA


Yale University Hospital, New Haven, CT


Clinical Research Section, Viral Oncology, Fox Chase Cancer Institute, Philadelphia, PA
NIGH Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Cancer Research, Fox Chase Cancer Institute, Philadelphia, PA
Cardiac Anesthesia/Critical Care, Yale University Hospital, New Haven, CT


Diplomate, American Board of Anesthesiology
National Board of Medical Examiners, part III

State Licensure

New York

Research Interests

Humeral mediators of physiological changes after major orthopedic and spine surgery; the fat embolism syndrome
Management of coagulopathies and blood conservation during complex spine surgery
Perioperative myocardial ischemia: incidence in high risk patients, relationship to outcome and prevention

Clinical Trials

Dr. Michael Urban, Anesthesiologist

Contact Information

Office Locations

Hospital for Special Surgery
535 East 70th Street
New York, NY 10021

Tel: 212.606.1206
Fax: 212.517.4481

Mailing Address

Hospital for Special Surgery
535 East 70th Street
New York, NY 10021

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