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Education & Training
Residency, Anesthesiology, Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals, Milwaukee, WI (2008)
PhD, Physiology, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI (2004)
Fellowship, Anesthesiology, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI (2004)
Residency, Anesthesiology and Intensive Care, Westfälische Wilhelms-University, Münster, Germany (2000)
MD, Albert-Ludwigs-University, Freiburg, Germany (1997)
Dr. Riess graduated magna cum laude from the Albert-Ludwigs-University in Freiburg, Germany, in 1997 where he received his Doctor of Medicine degree from the Department of Medicine. After a first residency in Anesthesiology at the Department of Anesthesiology and Operative Intensive Care Medicine, Westfälische Wilhelms-University Münster, Germany, he joined the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) as a postdoctoral research fellow in Anesthesiology in 2000. In 2001, he was admitted to MCW’s Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and graduated from the PhD program in Physiology in 2004 with his thesis on “Altered mitochondrial respiration in cardiac anesthetic preconditioning” for which he received the MCW’s 2004 Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award.
Following a second residency in Anesthesiology at the Department of Anesthesiology at the Medical College of Wisconsin from 2004 to 2008, Dr. Riess remained at MCW and the affiliated Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In 2014, he joined the Division of Research and the Division of Multispecialty Adult Anesthesiology at Vanderbilt’s Department of Anesthesiology and the Tennessee Valley Healthcare System VA Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee.
Dr. Riess’ research focuses on intracellular mechanisms of cardioprotection, especially the role of mitochondrial function as a trigger and effector of cardioprotection. He has presented over 120 abstracts at national and international meetings and has authored more than 70 book chapters and papers in peer-review journals.
After receiving the inaugural Roizen Anesthesia Research Foundation New Investigator grant from the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists in 2009, Dr. Riess was awarded a four-year career development award from the Department of Veterans Affairs to examine genetic mechanisms of cardioprotection. He is also a subcontract-PI and co-investigator on a multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional NIH Director’s Transformative Research Award investigating novel reperfusion injury protection strategies during CPR after cardiac arrest, their basic science mechanisms, animal model outcomes, and application in humans. In 2017, Dr. Riess was awarded a four-year merit award from the Department of Veterans Affairs to investigate the mechanisms of copolymer-based membrane stabilizers to attenuate myocardial infarction.
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