Maria Markakis Zestos, M.D., named chair of Anesthesiology – School of Medicine News

Maria Markakis Zestos, MD, professor of anesthesiology, has been named chair of the department of anesthesiology at Wayne State University School of Medicine.

Dean Mark E. Schweitzer, MD, announced the appointment, which begins May 1 on April 26.

Maria Markakis Zestos, MD

Dr. Zestos is chief of anesthesiology at the Children’s Hospital of Detroit Medical Center in Michigan. Her clinical interests include pediatric cardiac anesthesia, neonatal anesthesia and residential education. Her research interests include post-operative nausea, pediatric sedation, and delirium.

WSU / Detroit Medical Center Pediatric Anesthesia Fellowship Program Director from 1997 to 2013, Dr. Zestos serves on the Resident Review Committee for the WSU / DMC Anesthesiology program and is faculty for all three WSU affiliated anesthesiology residency programs. Dr. Zestos has also served as a general member of the WSU Faculty Senate for the past two years.

Mentoring hundreds of medical students, residents, fellows and staff, Dr. Zestos served as a member of the Graduate Medical Education Internal Review Committee for Children’s Hospital of Michigan and Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship, and the Graduate Medical Education Internal Review Committee for the WSU / DMC Nephrology Fellowship. As a research mentor of the WSU Pediatric Anesthesia Fellowship, she was responsible for the research activities of all fellows in the program from 2014 to 2020. She was instrumental in developing the WSU’s advanced fellowship program in Pediatric Cardiovascular Anaesthesiology, launched in 2018 .

Dr. Zestos, a member of the faculty since 1997, is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College. She received her medical degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1987, followed by an internship and residency in Pediatrics at Case Western Reserve University’s Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital in Cleveland. She did a residency in anesthesiology at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and a fellowship in pediatric anesthesiology at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada.

Certified by the American Board of Anaesthesiology in both Anaesthesiology and Pediatric Anaesthesiology, she is a former president of the Michigan Society of Anesthesiologists. Regionally, Dr. Zestos is a member of the Michigan Society of Anesthesiologists Board of Directors and a member of the Society of Pediatric Anesthesia’s Leadership Council nationally. Dr. Zestos is also a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, the Society for Pediatric Anesthesia, and the Congenital Cardiac Anesthesia Society.

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