George Topulos, MD
Rabkin Senior Fellow in Medical Education
Associate Professor of Anaesthesia, Harvard Medical School
Director of Educational Programs Department of Continuing Education, Harvard Medical School
A quantitative approach to acid-base physiology as a model of quantitative reasoning in medicine
Dr. George Paul Topulos is an anesthesiologist in the Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain at Medicine Brigham and Women's Hospital, and an Associate Professor of Anaesthesia at Harvard Medical School. He is also the Director of Educational Programs for the Medical School's Department of Continuing Education. Dr. Topulos completed his undergraduate education in the philosophy of religion at Bucknell University. He attended medical school at the University of Massachusetts, and after two years as a surgical resident at the University of Minnesota, he completed his anesthesiology residency at Brigham and Women's Hospital. He then completed a two year NIH-supported research fellow in respiratory physiology at the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Topulos is the Director of Anesthesia Review and Update an annual five-day anesthesia review course, which attracts roughly 300 anesthesiologists from around the world. The course is sponsored by the Harvard Medical School Departments of Anaesthesia and Continuing Medical Education.
As a Senior Fellow at the Institute, Dr. Topulos continued his work developing curriculum for teaching Quantitative Acid Base Physiology including the development of educational software for the PDA (Palm), developed in collaboration with Dr. Daniel Raemer. This material was taught in varied educational settings, including Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Continuing Medical Education courses, and at other hospitals. The PDA software is in use at several hospitals around the United States. Web based software for teaching a more expanded Acid Base Physiology curriculum is now in development. In addition, during his fellowship year and currently, Dr. Topulos remains active in advising and teaching residents and in patient care.