Dr. J. Daniel Muehlschlegel

Dr. J. Daniel Muehlschlegel is the Director of the Cardiovascular Anesthesia Research, Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston. Dr. Muehlschlegel is a cardiac anesthesiologist with extensive training in transesophageal echocardiography (TEE); a researcher interested in genetic aspects of cardiac disease; and a teacher seeking to provide comprehensive education in TEE and perioperative management of highly complex patients. More than half of his time is spent performing research on the influence of genetics on the effects of myocardial ischemia. The remainder is divided equally between clinical care of cardiac surgical patients in the Brigham and Women’s Hospital operating room and formal teaching of residents and fellows in the operating room and in the simulator lab. He is also an Associate Professor of Anesthesia at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Muehlschlegel has been a member of Team Heart since 2012, accompanying Team Heart on multiple surgical trips to Rwanda providing his skills in anesthesiology in the operating room. He is also the Chief Scientific Officer for Team Heart and is currently examining the genetics of rheumatic heart disease in Rwanda. In addition, Dr. Muehlschlegel is an NIH-funded researcher investigating the transcriptional changes of myocardial ischemia.

After I returned from Rwanda, each time I passed my to do list, my pencil hovered to cross off Rwanda–I could not do it. Rwanda was not finished.

I am thankful to Team Heart for saving my life and allow me to return to my studies energetically and it does me proud to be studying public health

Rwanda can eradicate rheumatic heart disease in a generation-it is an achievable goal

I consider being a part of Team Heart to be the biggest achievement in my nursing career, and one of the best parts of my life!