Professor and Chair
Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care
Peter Nagele is an internationally recognized trauma anesthesiologist, researcher, and educator. An authority on perioperative outcomes research, he focuses on ways to better predict, diagnose, prevent, and treat major cardiac events in surgical patients. He discovered that novel heart biomarkers may predict heart attacks in patients undergoing non-cardiac surgery. He has also conducted groundbreaking work suggesting that brief inhalation of nitrous oxide, commonly known as laughing gas, improves severe symptoms of depression and suicidal thoughts.
He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the American Society of Anesthesiologists’ James E. Cottrell, MD Presidential Scholar Award and the Ziskind-Somerfeld Research Award from the Society for Biological Psychiatry.
Originally trained in Austria, Nagele received his medical education at the University of Innsbruck and completed his residency in anesthesiology and critical care medicine at the University of Vienna. He pursued postdoctoral training at Washington University in St. Louis, where his work provided the first in vivo evidence for the molecular mechanisms of both xenon and nitrous oxide. After completing his training, he pursued a clinical research career in perioperative cardiovascular medicine at Washington University in St. Louis, while developing his clinical practice as a trauma anesthesiologist. Most recently, he was the chief of the Section of Trauma Anesthesiology and associate professor of anesthesiology and genetics at Washington University in St. Louis.