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Jefferson Announces New Faculty Member, Michael E. Mahla, MD


(PHILADELPHIA)- Thomas Jefferson University welcomed Michael E. Mahla, MD, as Professor of Anesthesiology and Director of Neuroanesthesia at the Sidney Kimmel Medical College.

Dr. Mahla, who specializes in neurosurgical anesthesia, received his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College, now known as Sidney Kimmel Medical College, in 1979 and a Bachelor of Science from Davidson College in 1975.

Dr. Mahla entered the U.S. Army Medical Corp in 1979 where he completed an internship and residency in anesthesiology at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., and a fellowship in Neuroanesthesia at Johns Hopkins Medical Center.

In 1988, Dr. Mahla joined The University of Florida College Of Medicine in Gainesville, Fla., where he taught in the Anesthesiology and Neurosurgery departments. During his time at Florida College of Medicine, he served as the Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education, Associate Chair for Clinical Affairs of the Department of Anesthesiology and advised more than 125 residents. 

Dr. Mahla has published over 100 peer reviewed publications, abstracts, chapters, lectures and non-peered reviewed publications, particularly in the area of neurophysiological monitoring of the brain and spinal cord. He is a frequently invited lecturer and member of several professional and scientific societies including the American Medical Association and American Society of Anesthesiologists.

Dr. Mahla is a classically trained pianist and tenor. During his last two years of medical school here at Jefferson, Dr. Mahla directed the Thomas Jefferson University Choir. Since his recent return to Jefferson, he hopes to revive the Jefferson choir he was a member of while he was a student here. Dr. Mahla is actively involved in the Church of Latter Day Saints and has taken on roles such as Branch President for Young Single Adult Branch and High Councilor at the Gainesville Florida Stake of the Church of Latter Day Saints.

Editor’s note: Dr. Mahla resides in Philadelphia, PA.