Christopher Connor, MD/Ph.D.

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Assistant Professor, Anesthesiology
Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering

Director of Research, Department of Anesthesiology, BMC

MD, Harvard Medical School
PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
MEng, Cambridge University (England)
BA, Cambridge University (England)

Phone: (617) 638-6950
Email: c2@bu.edu

Research Interests

Applying the principles of minimally-invasive medical engineering, physiology and information technology to clinical issues in anesthesiology.

Current Research

  • Computerized assessment of patient facial appearance to predict the ease or difficulty of endotracheal intubation at surgery.
  • Improving the delivery of intravenous anesthetic agents through improved, interactive modeling of their pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics.
  • Simulating free-swimming ascent from disabled submarines at depths greater than 600 feet, and improving the survivability of rapid compression and exposure to high pressure oxygen and nitrogen.
  • Intelligent alarm systems for intra-operative patient monitoring.

Selected Recent Publications

Connor and Segal. “Computerized Facial Analysis To Predict Difficult Intubation” Annual Meeting of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, New Orleans LA. (October 17-21 2009)

Connor and Ferrigno. “Estimates of N2 narcosis and O2 toxicity during submarine escapes from 600 to 1000 fsw” Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine 36(4):237-245. (2009)

Connor and Philip. “Closed-form solutions for the optimum equivalence of first-order compartmental models and their implications for classical models of closed-circuit anesthesia” Physiological Measurement 30(2): N11-N21. (February 2009)

Connor, Gohil and Harrison. “Triggering of systolic arterial pressure alarms using statistics-based versus threshold alarms” Anaesthesia 64(2): 131-135. (February 2009)

Connor and Philip. “The Severinghaus square root of time relationship for anesthetic uptake and its implications for the stability of compartmental pharmacokinetics” Physiological Measurement 29(5):685-701.

Harrison and Connor. “Statistics-based alarms from sequential physiological measurements” Anaesthesia 62(10): 1015-1023. (October 2007)

Connor and Ferrigno. “Estimates of the risk of Nitrogen Narcosis and CNS Oxygen Toxicity During DISSUB Escapes from 600 to 1,000 ft” Undersea Medicine Combined Progress Review of the US Navy, Mystic CT. (July 2007)

Connor. “Genetic Algorithms And Biological Systems” Medical Sciences Congress, Queenstown NZ. (December 2005)

Connor, Clement & Hynynen. “Improved Physiological Modeling Through Genetic Algorithms: Acoustic Attenuation In Cranial Bone Based On Density And Frequency For Non-Invasive Treatment of Brain Lesions” Medical Sciences Congress, Queenstown NZ. (December 2005)

Balas and Connor. “Look Up And Scream: Analytical Difficulties in Improv Comedy” Journal of Recreational Mathematics 33(1):32-38. (2005)