Craig M. Palmer, MD

Professor, Anesthesiology


(520) 626-6295

Dr. Palmer was born in Wilmington, Delaware. After graduating from the University of Delaware in Newark, DE., he attended medical school at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia and completed a residency in anesthesiology (1987) and fellowship in obstetric anesthesia (1988). Dr. Palmer's career began at the University of Arizona where he is currently a Professor of Anesthesiology.   He is immediate Past-Chair of the American Society of Anesthesiologists Committee on Obstetrical Anesthesia, and serves as the A.S.A.'s liaison to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG).  He served over 8 years as a member of the Board of Directors of the Society for Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology (SOAP), and is a past President of the Arizona Society of Anesthesiologists.

Research Interests: 

Obstetric anesthesia, Labor analgesia, Neuraxial opioid analgesia, Ultrasonography for neuraxial and regional anesthesia

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Palmer CM, D’Angelo R, Paech MJ. Obstetric Anesthesia. New York, NY. Oxford University Press Inc. 2011. ISBN 978-0-19-973380-4. 477 pages.

Palmer CM, D’Angelo R, Paech MJ. Handbook of Obstetric Anesthesia. Oxford, U.K., Bios Scientific Publishers Limited, 2002. ISBN 1 85996 232 7.

Palmer CM. Continuous spinal anesthesia and analgesia in obstetrics. Anesth Analg 2010; 111:1478-79.

American Society of Anesthesiologists Task Force on Neuraxial Opioids. Practice guidelines for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of infection associated with neuraxial blockade . Anesthesiology 2010;112:530-45.

American Society of Anesthesiologists Task Force on Neuraxial Opioids. Practice guidelines for the prevention, detection and management of respiratory depression associated with neuraxial opioid administration. Anesthesiology 2009;110:218-30.

Arkoosh VA, Palmer CM, Yun EM, A double-masked, randomized, multi-center comparison of the safety of continuous intrathecal labor analgesia using a 28-guage catheter versus continuous epidural labor analgesia. Anesthesiology 2008;108:286-298.

Carvalho B, Riley E, Cohen SE, Gambling D, Palmer C, Huffnagle J, Polley L, Muir H, Segal S, Lihou C, Manvelian G, DepoDur Study Group. Single-dose, sustained release epidural morphine in the management of postoperative pain after elective cesarean section: Results of a multicenter randomized controlled study. Anesthesia and Analgesia 2005;100:1150-58.

Palmer CM, Emerson S, Voulgaropoulos D, Alves D. Dose-response relationship of intrathecal morphine for post-cesarean analgesia. Anesthesiology 90:437-444, 1999.

Palmer CM, Maciulla JE, Cork RC, Nogami WM, Gossler K, Alves D. The incidence of fetal heart rate changes following intrathecal fentanyl labor analgesia. Anesthesia and Analgesia 88:577-581, 1999.

Palmer CM, Cork RC, Hays R, Van Maren G, Alves D. The dose-response relation of intrathecal fentanyl for labor analgesia. Anesthesiology 88:355-361, 1998.