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Curtis E. Hightower, D.V.M., M.D.

Present Title & Affiliation

Primary Appointment

Associate Professor, Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine, The University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

Education & Training

Degree-Granting Education

1984 Case Western Reserve University, School of Medicine, Cleveland, OH, MD, Doctor of Medicine
1979 Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, DVM, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

Postgraduate Training

1/1988-1/1989 Clinical Anesthesiology Fellow, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
1/1986-1/1988 Clinical Anesthesia Resident, Tulane University Medical Center, New Orleans, LA
1/1985-1/1986 Research Fellow, Tulane University Medical Center, New Orleans, LA
1/1984-1/1985 Transitional Internship, Mercy Hospital, Toledo, OH

Board Certifications

1/1989 Diplomat of the American Board of Anesthesiologist


Academic Appointments

President, Battle Creek Anesthesia P.L.L.C., Battle Creek Health System, Battle Creek, MI, 1/1995-1/1999
Director, Obstetrical Anesthesia, Battle Creek Anesthesia P.L.L.C., Battle Creek Health System, Battle Creek, MI, 1/1994-1/1999
Non-Tenured Faculty, Department of Anesthesia, University of Kansas, Wichita, KS, 1/1990-1/1992

Administrative Appointments/Responsibilities

Contract Committee Member, Physician hospital Organization, Battle Creek, MI, 1/1996-1/1999
Secretary Treasure, Westbrook Hospital, Battle Creek, MI, 1/1996-1/1998
Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee Chair, Battle Creek, Battle Creek, MI, 1/1995-1/1999
Clinical Anesthesiologist, Battle Creek Anesthesia P.L.L.C., Battle Creek Health System, Battle Creek, MI, 1/1994-1/1999
President, Battle Creek Anesthesia, P.L.L.C., Battle Creek Anesthesia, P.L.L.C.,, Battle Creek, MI, 1/1994-1/1999
Vice Chairman, Department of Anesthesia, Battle Creek Health System, Battle Creek, MI, 1/1994-1/1999
Credential Committee Member, Westbrook Hospital, Battle Creek, MI, 1/1994-1/1998
Vice Chief of Staff, Westbrook Hospital, Battle Creek, MI, 1/1994-1/1996
Clinical Anesthesiologist, Mary's Hospital, Lewiston, ME, 1993-1994

Selected Publications

Peer-Reviewed Original Research Articles

1. Dang A, Ilsin B, Hightower C, Aravindan N, Mansfield P, Rice D, Riedel B. Intraoperative Hyperthemic Intrathoracic Chemotherapy for Pleural Extension of Pseudomyxoma Peritonei. Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia 21:265, 4/2007.
2. Hightower CE, Kiorpes AL, Butler HC, Fedde MR. End-tidal partial pressure of CO2 as an estimate of arterial partial pressure of CO2 during various ventilatory regimens in halothane-anesthetized dogs. Am J Vet Res 41:610-2, 4/1980. PMID: 6773449.
3. Hightower CE. Plants that kill and cure. Vet Hum Toxicol 21:360-2, 10/1979. PMID: 390854.
4. Highower CE, Riedel B, Feig B, Morris GS, Daley D, Ensor J, Swafford J, Woodruff VD, Sun X-G. Physiologic Capacity and the American Society of Anesthesiologists' (ASA) Physical Status Classification system as Preoperative predictors of Postoperative outcomes. Anesthesia & Analgesia. Submitted.


1. Hightower C, Daly D, Sun X-G, Riedel B. Objective Parameter of Physiologic Capacity Improve Risk Assessment for Postoperative Morbidity. American Society of Anestehsiologists, 2007.
2. Dang A, Riedel B, Aravindan N, Hightower C. Comparative Analysis of Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing as a preoperative Risk Assessment Strategy. Anesthesiology, 2006.
3. Riedel B, Burgest S, Hightower C, Vaporciyan A, Shaw A. Preoperative Statin Therapy - A Surrogate Marker Of Cardiac Risk In Noncardiac Surgery. American Society of Anesthesiologists Annual Scientific Meeting, 2005.
4. Hightower C, Sun XG, Morris S, Daley D, Riedel B. A Feasibility Study Exploring the use of Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing as a Preoperative Risk Assessment Tool for Predicting Postoperative Morbidity in Patients undergoing Major Intra-Abdominal Cancer Surgery. 2004.
5. Dang A, Grosshans D, Schier R, Aguilar J, Hofstetter W, Mehran R, Hernandez M, Sun X-G, Cox J, Riedel B, Hightower C. Quantifying the Physiologic Effects of Neoadjuvant Chemoirradiation on patients with Carcinoma of the Esphagus by Intergrative Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing (CPET). American Radium Annual Meeting. Submitted.

Last updated: 8/25/2015