Keith Ruskin, M.D.

Professor of Anesthesia & Critical Care

5841 S. Maryland Ave.
M.C. 4028
Chicago, IL 60637

(773) 702-6700


B.S. - 1980-1984
Worcester Polytechnic Institute Discipline - Worcester, Massachusetts  USA - Biology and Biotechnology

M.D. - 1984-1988
University of Miami School of Medicine - Miami, Florida USA 

Internship - 1988-1989
NYU Medical Center / Bellevue Hospital - New York, New York USA -  Internal  Medicine

Residency - 1989-1992
NYU Medical Center Specialty - New York, New York USA - Anesthesiology

Clinical Interests

Neurosurgical Anesthesia

Academic Interests

Quality and Safety
Aerospace Medicine

Keith Ruskin's primary academic interests include neurosurgical anesthesiology, medical informatics, and human performance. He has published numerous articles on information technology, neurosurgical anesthesia, and quality and safety. Keith's most recent publications include textbooks of neurosurgical anesthesia, the management of anesthesia emergencies, and quality and safety. Keith has published a position paper on screening pilots for obstructive sleep apnea and helped to develop guidelines for the management of in-flight cardiac arrest. He is currently involved in a project to validate a peer fatigue scoring tool and develop a fatigue risk management program for anesthesia residents.

Keith Ruskin received his MD degree from the University of Miami and completed his residency in anesthesiology at New York University Medical Center. He was previously a professor of anesthesiology and neurosurgery at the Yale University School of Medicine. Keith is an Associate Fellow of the Aerospace Medical Association. He is chair of that organization's Aerospace Human Performance Committee and is a member of the board of directors of the Aerospace Human Factors Association. Keith has been designated by the Federal Aviation Administration as an aviation medical examiner.

Recent Publications

Ruskin KJ. Deep vein thrombosis and venous thromboembolism in trauma. Curr Opin Anaesthesiol. 2018 Jan 12.

Burian BK, Clebone A, Dismukes K, Ruskin KJ. More Than a Tick Box: Medical Checklist Development, Design, and Use. Anesth Analg. 2018 Jan;126(1):223-232.

Wong LR, Flynn-Evans E, Ruskin KJ. Fatigue Risk Management: The Impact of Anesthesiology Residents' Work Schedules on Job Performance and a Review of Potential Countermeasures. Anesth Analg. 2017 Oct 17. doi: 10.1213/ANE.0000000000002548.

Gruenbaum SE, Toscani L, Fomberstein KM, Ruskin KJ, Dai F, Qeva E, Rosa G, Meng L, Bilotta F. Severe Intraoperative Hyperglycemia Is Independently Associated With Postoperative Composite Infection After Craniotomy: An Observational Study. Anesth Analg. 2017 Aug;125(2):556-561.

Ruskin KJ, Rosenbaum SH. Anesthesia Emergencies. New York: Oxford University Press, 2015. 464p.

Ruskin KJ, Caldwell JA, Caldwell JL, Boudreau EA. Aerosp Med Hum Perf. Screening pilots for sleep apnea. In Press.

Gruenbaum SE, Ruskin KJ. Red blood cell transfusion in neurosurgical patients. Curr Opin Anaesthesiol. 2014 Oct;27(5):470-3.

Adler A, Ruskin KJ, Greer DM. Traumatic carotid artery dissection during acrobatic flight associated with -G(z) acceleration. Aviat Space Environ Med. 2013 Nov;84(11):1201-4.

Ruskin KJ, Stiegler MP, Park K, Guffey P, Kurup V, Chidester T. Threat and error management for anesthesiologists: a predictive risk taxonomy. Curr Opin Anaesthesiol. 2013 Dec;26(6):707-13.

Stiegler MP, Chidester T, Ruskin KJ. Clinical error management. Int Anesthesiol Clin. 2013 Fall;51(4):22-36.

Stiegler MP, Ruskin KJ. Decision-making and safety in anesthesiology. Curr Opin Anaesthesiol. 2012 Dec;25(6):724-9.

Trentman TL, Mueller JT, Ruskin KJ, Noble BN, Doyle CA. Adoption of anesthesia information management systems by US anesthesiologists. J Clin Monit Comput. 2011 Apr;25(2):129-35.

Ruskin KJ. Mobile technologies for teaching and learning. Int Anesthesiol Clin. 2010 Summer;48(3):53-60. doi: 10.1097/AIA.0b013e3181e5c1a1. No abstract available. PMID: 20616637