Skip to main content

Khodadad Namiranian, MD, DPhil

Academic Title:

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Primary Appointment:


Additional Title:

Anesthesiologist, Department of Anesthesiology, VA Maryland Health Care System (VAMHCS), Baltimore Clinical Assistant Professor, Volunteer, Department of Anesthesiology, University of Maryland, School of Medicine

Phone (Primary):

410-605-7000, ext 5676



Education and Training

M.D., Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran, 2001
MD Thesis: The roles of opioid and nitric oxide systems in the mesenteric vascular bed responsiveness in bile duct-ligated rats, Advisor: Ahmad R. Dehpour, MD

Ph.D., Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, 2010
Thesis: The Cardiovascular Phenotype of Mice Deficient in Potassium Channel KCNK2 (TREK-1), Advisor: Robert M Bryan, PhD

Residency in Anesthesiology, 2013
Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX

Fellowship in Pain Management, 2014
Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH


Dr. Namiranian completed his residency in anesthesiology at Baylor College of Medicine and his fellowship in Pain Medicine in the Cleveland Clinic. He is an anesthesiologist at the Baltimore VAMC. He is helping the patients with the acute, subacute, and chronic pain.

Dr. Namiranian completed his PhD on the novel two-pore potassium channel TREK-1 in Baylor College of Medicine. He studied the role of this channel in the cardiovascular and nervous system, using a diverse array of molecular, cell culture, isolated tissues, patch clamping, and whole animal techniques.

Dr. Namiranian completed his MD in Tehran University of Medical Sciences, the number one medical school in Iran. During his MD thesis, he studied the opioid system in cholestasis.



Research/Clinical Keywords

Improving perioperative care spine care substance use disorder in postoperative period cardiovascular physiology

Highlighted Publications

Namiranian K, Samini M, Mehr SE, Gaskari SA, Rastegar H, Homayoun H, Dehpour AR. Mesenteric vascular bed responsiveness in bile duct-ligated rats: roles of opioid and nitric oxide systems. Eur J Pharmacol. 2001 Jul 6;423(2-3):185-93.

Namiranian K, Koehler RC, Sapirstein A, Doré S. Stroke outcomes in mice lacking the genes for neuronal heme oxygenase-2 and nitric oxide synthase. Curr Neurovasc Res. 2005 Jan;2(1):23-7.

Namiranian K, Mittermayer F, Artwohl M, Pleiner J, Schaller G, Mayer BX, Bayerle-Eder M, Roden M, Baumgartner-Parzer S, Wolzt M. Free fatty acids do not acutely increase asymmetrical dimethylarginine concentrations. Horm Metab Res. 2005 Dec;37(12):768-72.

Namiranian K, Lloyd EE, Crossland RF, Marrelli SP, Taffet GE, Reddy AK, Hartley CJ, Bryan RM Jr. Cerebrovascular responses in mice deficient in the potassium channel, TREK-1. Am J Physiol Regul Integr Comp Physiol. 2010 Aug; 299(2):R461-9.

Namiranian K, Brink CD, Goodman JC, Robertson CS, Bryan RM Jr. Traumatic brain injury in mice lacking the K channel, TREK-1. J Cereb Blood Flow Metab. 2011 Mar; 31(3):e1-6. doi: 10.1038/jcbfm.2010.223.

Namiranian K, Rathi N, Banchs J, Haque S. Does thrombolysis have a place in the cardiopulmonary resuscitation of patients with acute pulmonary embolism in cancer patients? A case of successful thrombolysis during pulmonary embolism induced cardiopulmonary arrest. Critical Care Medicine, 2016 May;44(5): e300-3.


Research Interests

Dr. Namiranian is anesthesiologist, peri-operative consultant, and pain specialist. His main clinical interest is to improve the peri-operative care. (1) He established the multi-disciplinary spine board in VAMHCS, that is attended by health care professionals involved in spine care. The main goal of Spine Board is to ensure the highest possible quality of spine care and to decrease the rate of failed back surgery syndrome. (2) The patients who are recovering from addiction may be at increased risk of relapse in the peri-operative period. In order to improve the opioid safety, Dr. Namiranian is interested in identifying the factors that may increase the risk of the opioid relapse in the postoperative period. (3) Persistent postsurgical pain has afffected many patients. Dr. Namiranian is interested in understanding the mechanisms and finding the treatments.