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Jagtar Singh Heir, DO

Present Title & Affiliation

Primary Appointment

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

Education & Training

Degree-Granting Education

2001 New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, Old Westbury, NY, DO, Osteopathic Medicine
1997 New York Institute of Technology, Old Westbury, NY, BS, Summa cum Laude, Biology

Board Certifications

6/2007 National Board of Echocardiography
4/2006 American Board of Anesthesiologists


Academic Appointments

Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine, Division of Anesthesiology and Critical Care, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, 9/2006-8/2012

Institutional Committee Activities

Representative, Fellowship Clinical Competency Committee, Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center, 4/2014-present
Member, Transfusion Subcommittee, UT MD Anderson Cancer Center, 6/2012-present
Departmental Faculty Representative, Equipment Committee, Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine, 3/2011-present

Honors and Awards

1994-1997 Dean's Honor List, New York Institute of Technology
1994-1997 Nu Ypsilon Tau Honor Society, New York Institute of Technology

Selected Publications

Peer-Reviewed Original Research Articles

1. Heir JS, Sekhon AK, Thakar DR, Jackson TA, Lasala JD, Purugganan RV. External tracheal manipulation maneuver (ETMM) to facilitate endobronchial blocker placement. J Cardiothorac Vasc Anesth. e-Pub 11/10/2015. PMID: 26853310.
2. Heir JS, Purugganan R, Jackson TA, Norman PH, Cata JP, Kosturakis A, Thakar D. A retrospective evaluation of the use of video-capable double-lumen endotracheal tubes in thoracic surgery. J Cardiothorac Vasc Anesth 28(4):870-2, 8/2014. e-Pub 3/2014. PMID: 24656617.
3. Schier R, Marcus HE, Mansur E, Lei X, El-Zein R, Mehran R, Purugganan R, Heir JS, Riedel B, Gottumukkala V. Evaluation of digital thermal monitoring as a tool to assess perioperative vascular reactivity. J Atheroscler Thromb 20(3):277-86, 2013. e-Pub 11/2012. PMID: 23197179.
4. Purugganan RV, Jackson TA, Heir JS, Wang H, Cata JP. Video laryngoscopy versus direct laryngoscopy for double-lumen endotracheal tube intubation: A retrospective analysis. J Cardiothorac Vasc Anesth 26(5):845-8, 10/2012. e-Pub 2/2012. PMID: 22361488.
5. Jawa RS, Zakrison TL, Richards AT, Young DH, Heir JS. Facilitating safer surgery and anesthesia in a disaster zone. Am J Surg 204(3):406-9, 9/2012. e-Pub 5/2012. PMID: 22591700.
6. Jawa RS, Heir JS, Cancelada D, Young DH, Mercer DW. A quick primer for setting up and maintaining surgical intensive care in an austere environment: Practical tips from volunteers in a mass disaster. American Journal of Disaster Medicine 7(3, Summer 2012):223-230, 7/2012.
7. Jawa RS, Zakrison T, Heir JS. Facilitating Surgery in a Disaster Zone. The American Journal of Surgery 204:406-409, 2012.
8. Heir JS, Kupferman ME. A Simple Approach to Facilitating Fiberoptic Intubation in the Difficult Airway Iscope. Laryngoscope 121(2):310-2, 2/2011.
9. Heir JS, Gottumukkala V, Singh M, Riedel B, Yusuf SW. Coronary Stents and Non-cardiac Surgery: Current Clinical Challenges and Conundrums. Preventive Cardiology 13(1):8-13, 1/2010. PMID: 20021620.

Invited Articles

1. Heir, JS. Trials and Triumphs: Personal Experiences from Haiti. Texas Society of Anesthesiologists Bulletin 23(1):14-18, 1/2011.


1. Lipski I, Sapire K, Singh Heir J, Bhavsar S, Cohen, Lang, Spelman, Kronczok, Jooris. Integrated approach to oncological procedures: Guided self-hypnosis during bone marrow aspirations and/or biopsies. Society of Integrative Oncology Annual Conference, 10/2014.
2. Heir JS, Jackson TA, Sahai SK. A tough pill to swallow. Perioperative Medicine Summit, 3/2012.
3. Schier R, Heir JS, El-Zein R, Teschendorf P, Riedel B, Gottumukkala V. Effect of surgical injury on vascular function - a prospective study using a novel non-invasive technique. European Journal of Anaesthesiology 28(40):40, 6/2011.
4. Schier R, Heir JS, Gottumukkala V, El-Zein R, Mehran R, Riedel B. Effect of major thoracic surgery on vascular function: A prospective study using novel non-invasive technique. Anesthesia Analgesia 112(5):S-46, 5/2011.
5. Jawa RS, Zakrison T, Le PV, Heir JS, Young DH, Namias N, Stothert J, Neto ML, Andrews D, Ginzburg E, Mercer DW. Regionalization of care for the critically ill in post-earthquake Haiti: The value of teamwork. J Surg Res 2(165):340, 2/2011.
6. Heir JS. Digital thermal monitoring: A novel, non-invasive assessment of perioperative microvascular function. American Society of Anesthesiology, 10/2008.
7. Heir JS. Digital thermal monitoring: Non-invasive assessment of perioperative microvascular function. Euro Anaesthesia, 6/2008.

Book Chapters

1. Singh Heir J, Lasala JD, Mackey DC. 60 Year-Old Patient with Massive Transfusion. In: Morgan and Mikhail's Case Studies in Anesthesiology. In Press.
2. Lasala JD, Singh Heir J, Mackey DC. Acute Hemolytic Transfusion Reaction. In: Morgan and Mikhail's Case Studies in Anesthesiology. In Press.
3. Popescu W, Heir JS. Airway Management for Potential Tracheal Rupture. In: Master Techniques in Upper and Lower Airway Management. Wolters Kluwer Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2015. ISBN: 1451193041.
4. Kee S, Rebello E, Heir JS, Purugganan R. Anesthesia Monitoring Devices. In: Biomedical Technology and Devices, 2nd. Ed(s) Moore JE, Maitland DJ. CRC Press LLC, 479-499, 2014. ISBN: 978-1-4398-5959-9.
5. Singh Heir J, Mackey D. 70 Year-Old Patient with Renal Cell Carcinoma Scheduled for Nephrectomy and Inferior Vena Cava Thrombectomy. In: Morgan and Mikhail's Case Studies in Anesthesiology, 2013.
6. Singh Heir J. Video Assisted Thoracoscopy (VATS). In: 5-Minute Anesthesia Consult. Ed(s) N Singh-Radcliff. Lippincott Williams & Wilcott, 2012. ISBN: 1451118945.

Letters to the Editor

1. Heir JS, Gottumukkala V. Beach Chair Position: Is it really feasible in laparoscopic procedures? Anesthesiology 108(6):1153, 6/2008. PMID: 18497624.

Last updated: 3/7/2016