Nirvik Pal, MBBS, MD, FASE

Associate Professor, Fellowship Director, Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology

Nirvik Pal, MBBS, MD, 

Department: Anesthesiology

Fax: 804-828-8300


Graduation: MLB Medical College, Jhansi, UP, India (MBBS)
Residency: 1. Anesthesiology (M.D.), GSVM Medical College, Kanpur, UP, India 2. Washington University in St Louis/ Barnes Jewish Hospital, St Louis, MO, USA
Fellowship: 1. All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi India (Senior Residency in Cardiac Anesthesiology) 2. University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada Interests: Adult congenital heart disease; pulmonary hypertension; heart failure in non-cardiac surgery; perioperative myocardial infarction; TEE for cardiac surgery


Nirvik Pal, MBBS, MD, FASE is an Associate Professor in Anesthesiology at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia, USA, and serves as the Program Director for the Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology Fellowship. He is double board-certified in Anesthesiology in India and the USA. He earned his medical graduation (MBBS) and post-graduation in Anesthesiology (MD) degree in India, after which he worked extensively for 3-years as a Senior Resident in Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology (Fellowship equivalent) at All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India. After completion, he did advanced training for another year in Adult Cardiac Anesthesiology at the University of Western Ontario, Canada. He is certified in Adult Perioperative Transesophageal Echocardiography by the National Board of Echocardiography (NBE) and serves as a Fellow of the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE). He worked as a Visiting Professor in Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology at Washington University in St Louis for almost 3-years before completing his residency in Anesthesiology and ABA certification.

Dr. Pal is internationally trained in providing anesthesia for complex congenital cardiac surgery, advanced adult cardiac surgeries, mechanical devices for heart failure surgeries, and advanced thoracic surgeries, including lung transplantation. He is a peer reviewer for Research Grants and a member of the Guidelines Writing Committee at the Society of Cardiac Anesthesiologists (SCA). He is a member of the Clinical Circulation Committee for the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA). He is an Associate Editor for journal Seminars in Cardiovascular Anesthesiology (SCVA). He serves as a peer reviewer for several scientific journals, including LancetBritish Medical Journal and  Nature.

Dr. Pal`s research initiatives have primarily included outcomes analysis in the real-world application of clinical anesthesiology and cardiac surgery. He takes a keen interest in critical appraisal of scientific literature and clinical trials. He is a strong believer in post-processing peer review for all clinically relevant articles published. Along with his multiple original studies, he has successfully generated multiple contemporary critical appraisals in the form of letter-to-editor, commentary, opinion, and editorials in the highest impact medical journals like NEJM, JAMA, and Circulation. He is a passionate mentor for trainees and early career junior faculty in building a scientific career.

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