Dr. Alex Rusanov

Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology

Research Description

Dr. Rusanov’s interest is the use of technology in the practice of anesthesiology. Previous work focused on the peri-operative use of cardiac rhythm devices. He was involved in a multi-center clinical trial studying the effects of temporary post-operative pacing on hemodynamics and outcomes in cardiac surgical patients.

His current research is in the field of clinical research informatics, especially the gap between research and real world patient populations. Of particular interest is the study of issues surrounding data quality of information stored in large electronic medical record databases and the suitability of this data for secondary use in research. Other work focuses on the application of natural language processing, text mining, information retrieval, machine learning, and network visualization techniques to algorithmically analyze eligibility criteria, research publications and clinical guidelines. The ultimate aim is to improve the generalizability and applicability of clinical research by systematically examining the components of the bench-to-bedside pyramid, from the underlying research data at its foundation to the clinical guidelines impacting patient care at its pinnacle.

Dr. Rusanov also has an interest in research directed at improving patient safety and healthcare quality via understanding and reducing workplace inefficiencies in the operating room and critical care environments.

For more information, please contact Dr. Rusanov at ar2765@cumc.columbia.edu

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