Christopher W. Connor, MD, Ph.D.

Research Associate Professor of Pharmacology, Physiology & Biophysics

Christopher Conner
  • Title Research Associate Professor of Pharmacology, Physiology & Biophysics
  • Office W301
  • Phone (617) 358-4811
  • Education B.A., Cambridge University (England)
    MEng, Cambridge University (England)
    Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    MD, Harvard Medical School


Areas of Interest

Unconsciousness and the action of anesthetics.

Computerized assessment of patient facial appearance to predict the ease or difficulty of endotracheal intubation at surgery.

Improving the delivery of intravenous anesthetic agents through improved, interactive modeling of their pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics.

Simulating free-swimming ascent from disabled submarines at depths greater than 600 feet, and improving the survivability of rapid compression and exposure to high pressure oxygen and nitrogen.

Intelligent alarm systems for intra-operative patient monitoring.

Research Areas

Massively-parallel functional imaging in C.elegans to determine the loss of functional coordination in neuronal systems under exposure to anesthetic gases.

Applying the principles of minimally-invasive medical engineering, physiology and information technology to clinical issues in anesthesiology.


Ortega R, Connor C, Kotova F, Deng W, Lacerra C, “Use of Pressure Transducers”, New England Journal of Medicine 376(14):e26, 2017. (PMID 28379806)

Connor CW and Herzig M, “Monitoring the location of staff via mobile devices in a large multifacility practice group”, Anesthesia & Analgesia Case Reports 6 (10):320-8, May 2016. (PMID 26867022)

Ortega R, Connor C, Rodriguez G and Spencer C, “Endotracheal extubation”, New England Journal of Medicine 370(3):e4, 2014. (PMID 24670181)

Chima RS, Ortega R, Connor CW, “Melodic algorithms for pulse oximetry to allow audible discrimination of abnormal systolic blood pressures”, Journal of Clinical Monitoring and Computing 28(6):597-603, December 2014. (PMID 24474369)

Ortega R, Connor C, Rodriguez G and Spencer C, “Endotracheal extubation”, New England Journal of Medicine 370(3):e4, 2014. (PMID 24670181)

Connor CW and Gonzalez RM, “The Preoperative Stop/Go Sign”, Anesthesiology 120(3):751, March 2014. (PMID 23388192)

Connor CW and Segal S, “The importance of subjective facial appearance on the ability of anesthesiologists to predict difficult intubation”, Anesthesia & Analgesia 118(2):419-427, February 2014. (PMID 24361845)

Connor CW, Saffary R, Feliz E, “Performance of cricoid pressure significantly improves when residents and trained nurses use a visually interactive guidance device in simulation”, Physiological Measurement 34(12): 1645-1656, December 2013. (PMID 24201217)

Ortega R, Connor CW, “Intraoperative management of patients with pulmonary hypertension”, Advances in Pulmonary Hypertension 12(1):18-23, 2013.

Ortega R, Connor C, Kim S, Djang R, and Patel K, “Monitoring ventilation with capnography”, New England Journal of Medicine 367(19):e27, 2012. (PMID 23134404)

Ferrigno M, Tahir N and Connor CW, “The feasibility of pharmacological mitigation of nitrogen narcosis during submarine escapes from depths down to 1000 fsw”, Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine 38(6):549-555, June 2011. (PMID 22292260)

Connor CW and Segal S, “Accurate Classification of Difficult Intubation by Computerized Facial Analysis”, Anesthesia & Analgesia 112(1):84-93, January 2011. (PMID 21081769)

Connor CW and Ferrigno M, “Estimates of N2 narcosis and O2 toxicity during submarine escapes from 600 to 1000 fsw”, Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine 36(4):237-245, April 2009. (PMID 20088242)

Connor CW and Philip JH, “Closed-form solutions for the optimum equivalence of first-order compartmental models and their implications for classical models of closed-circuit anesthesia”, Physiological Measurement 30(2): N11-N21, February 2009. (PMID 19136733)


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Boston University School of Medicine
700 Albany Street, W301
Boston MA 02118-2526

Phone: (617) 538-4811

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