Debra A. Schwinn, MD


Associate Vice President for Medical Affairs
Professor of Anesthesia
Professor of Pharmacology, Biochemistry

Contact Information



BA, Chemistry, The College of Wooster
MD, Stanford University School of Medicine

Functional Genomics/Genetics, National Institutes of Health
National Institutes of Health
Transesophageal echocardiology, Duke University Medical Center
Internal Medicine, University of Pennsylvania Hospital
Residency, Anesthesiology, University of Pennsylvania Hospital
Fellowship, Cardiac Anesthesiology, Duke University Medical Center
Fellowship, Biochemistry & Medicine, Duke University Medical Center

Licensure and Certifications

University of Washington Clinical Research & HIPAA training modules
University of Washington Radiation Safety Certified
Diplomat of the American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA)
Diplomat of the National Board of Medical Examiners

Research Summary

Debra A. Schwinn, MD, is Associate Vice President for Medical Affairs and professor of anesthesiology, pharmacology and biochemistry at the University of Iowa. She is a member of the Institute of Medicine, Association of American Physicians, past Chair of the Board of Trustees of the International Anesthesiology Research Foundation and Board of Trustees of the Sarnoff Cardiovascular Research Foundation. Her molecular pharmacology laboratory focuses on mechanisms underlying α1-adrenergic receptor regulation and modulation in cardiovascular disease, including the biological effects of genetic variants of these stress receptors. In parallel, over the last few decades, her clinical studies have focused on perioperative genomics, a relatively new field aimed at identifying genetic variants that predict increased risk for perioperative adverse events. Prior to moving to the University of Iowa in 2012, Dr. Schwinn was professor and chair, of anesthesiology and pain medicine, Allan J. Treuer Endowed Professor in Anesthesiology, and adjunct professor of pharmacology and genome sciences at the University of Washington in Seattle. She served for many years on NIH NIGMS advisory council and the external advisory board for the NIH Pharmacogenomics Research Network.

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