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Kevin Thornton, M.D.

Cardiothoracic anesthesiologist

Dr. Kevin Thornton practices cardiothoracic anesthesiology and critical care medicine at UCSF. He is dedicated to improving patients' quality of care in the ICU and helping them and their families navigate the often-confusing environment of the modern ICU.

He helps lead the Critical Care Innovations Group, which seeks to implement novel initiatives to enhance the ICU's safety, improve the workflow associated with new health care technologies and devise methods to boost patient and family engagement in their own care in the ICU.

Thornton also is deeply committed to education and serves as the program director for UCSF's Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology fellowship program. In addition, he is chair of the departmental residency well-being committee and remains actively involved in teaching UCSF medical students, residents and fellows in a variety of clinical and nonclinical environments.

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University of Texas Southwestern School of Medicine 2003


UCSF Medical Center, Anesthesiology 2007

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Little SJ, Van der Heusen F, Thornton KC. Complete intraoperative transesophageal echocardiogram imaging of the extent of an inferior vena cava mass guides surgical management. Anesth Analg. 2010 Nov; 111(5):1125-7.
  2. Liu LL, Aldrich JM, Shimabukuro DW, Sullivan KR, Taylor JM, Thornton KC, Gropper MA. Special article: rescue therapies for acute hypoxemic respiratory failure. Anesth Analg. 2010 Sep; 111(3):693-702.
  3. Coloma M, White PF, Markowitz SD, Whitten CW, Macaluso AR, Berrisford SB, Thornton KC. Dexamethasone in combination with dolasetron for prophylaxis in the ambulatory setting: effect on outcome after laparoscopic cholecystectomy. Anesthesiology. 2002 Jun; 96(6):1346-50.
  4. Issioui T, Klein KW, White PF, Watcha MF, Coloma M, Skrivanek GD, Jones SB, Thornton KC, Marple BF. The efficacy of premedication with celecoxib and acetaminophen in preventing pain after otolaryngologic surgery. Anesth Analg. 2002 May; 94(5):1188-93, table of contents.

Publications are derived from MEDLINE/PubMed and provided by UCSF Profiles, a service of the Clinical & Translational Science Institute (CTSI) at UCSF. Researchers can make corrections and additions to their publications by logging on to UCSF Profiles.