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David J. Birnbach, M.D.

General Information

David J. Birnbach, M.D.


  • Fax: 305-545-6501


  • Anesthesiology


English, French, Hebrew


  • American Board of Anesthesiology


  • Chief of Women's Anesthesia, Jackson Memorial Hospital
  • Director, UM - JMH Center for Patient Safety
  • Professor of Anesthesiology and Obstetrics and Gynecology; Executive Vice Chair

Research Interests

  • Medteams Validation Study – Team Training on Labor and Delivery – Department of Defense – 10/1/02 - 5/31/05
  • Development of A Near Miss Reporting System for The State of Florida – Florida Patient Safety Corporation, State of Florida – 10/1/05 - 9/30/08
  • An Analysis of MRI in Patients Following the Administration of Epidural Anesthesia - 1/1/05-1/1/06
  • Evaluation of Polymorphism As Relates To CSE Duration for Labor Analgesia - 7/1/04-1/1/06
  • Medical Reserve Trauma Training: Achieving Optimal Outcomes and Improving Team Performance – Department of Defense – 2005-2008
  • Celltech-Chiroscience – FDA Phase III Study – Efficacy and Safety of Levobupivacaine as a Spinal Injection to Initiate Labor Analgesia – 2001-2003
  • Society for Education in Anesthesia Education Grant – “Epidural anesthesia technique: A comparison of two teaching strategies” – 1995-1998


  • Browne IM, Birnbach DJ, Stein DJ, O’Gorman DA, Kuroda M. Comparison of Espocan and Tuohy Needles for the combined spinal-epidural (CSE) technique for labor analgesia. Anesthesia & Analgesia 2005;101:535-40.
  • Candiotti KA, Nhuch F, Barach P, Lubarsky DA, Birnbach DJ. Biological and chemical terrorism preparedness- a survey of anesthesiology residency programs in the United States. Anesthesia & Analgesia 2005;101:1135-40.
  • Candiotti KA, Birnbach DJ, Lubarsky DA, Nhuch F, et al. The impact of pharmacogenomics on postoperativenausea and vomiting. Do CYP2D6 allele copy number and polymorphisms affect the success or failure of ondansetron prophylaxis. Anesthesiology 2005;102:54
  • Birnbach DJ. The public’s perception of regional anesthesia. Why don’t they get “the point”? Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine 2004;29:86-9.
  • Chervenak FA, McCullough LB, Birnbach DJ. Ethical issues in fetal surgery research. Best Practice and Research Clinical Anaesthesiology 2004;18:221-30.
  • Birnbach DJ, Meadows WE, Stein DJ, Murray O, Thys DM, Sordillo E. Comparison of povidone iodine andDuraPrep, an iodophor-in-isopropyl alcohol solution, for skin disinfection prior to epidural catheter insertion in parturients. Anesthesiology 2003;98:164-9
  • Rosenquist RW, Birnbach DJ. Epidural insertion in anesthetized adults: Will your patients thank you? Anesthesia & Analgesia 2003;96:1545-6.
  • Chervenak FA, McCullough LB, Birnbach DJ. Ethics: an essential dimension of clinical obstetric anesthesia. Anesthesia & Analgesia 2003;96:1480-5.
  • Steadman JL, Birnbach DJ. Patients on party drugs undergoing anesthesia. Current Opinion in Anaesthesiology 2003;16:147-152
  • Browne IM, Birnbach DJ. Neurocysticercosis: a new differential in the diagnosis of postdural puncture headache. Anesthesia & Analgesia 2003;97:580-2.
  • Birnbach DJ. Anesthetic management of the drug abusing parturient. Journal of Clinical Anesthesia 2003;15:325-7.
  • Santos AC, Birnbach DJ. Spinal anesthesia in the parturient with severe preeclampsia. Time for reconsideration. Anesthesia & Analgesia 2003;97:621-2.
  • Birnbach DJ. Anesthetic management of the drug abusing parturient: are you ready? Journal of Clinical Anesthesia 2003;15:325-7
  • Textbook of Obstetric Anesthesiology, Spanish Edition. Birnbach DJ, Editor in Chief, McGraw Hill Interamericana, 2001
  • Ostheimer's Manual of Obstetric Anesthesiology. Birnbach DJ, Editor. Churchill Livingstone, 2000
  • Textbook of Obstetric Anesthesiology. Birnbach DJ, Editor in Chief, Saunders/Mosby, Philadelphia, 2000


2006 MPH
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
1988 Fellowship
Brigham and Women's Hospital/Harvard Medical School
1987 Residency
Brigham and Women's Hospital/Harvard Medical School
1985 Internship
Nassau County Medical Center, SUNY
1984 M.D.
National University of Ireland /Harvard Medical School

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