Peter R. Lichtenthal, MD

Professor, Anesthesiology

Chairman, Human Subjects Committee

(520) 626-1077

After his birth in Belfast, Northern Ireland at the end of the war, Dr. Lichtenthal grew up in White Plains, New York. He received his B.A. from the University of Vermont and went to medical school in New York City at New York Medical College. After a rotating internship at Hartford Hospital in Connecticut, he was a resident in anesthesia at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital under Dr. Leroy Vandam. Following residency, he spent a year doing a Cardiac Research Fellowship at Harvard Medical School under the direction of Dr. Michael Lesch. After fellowship, Dr. Lichtenthal served in the United States Navy stationed at Bethesda Naval Hospital and aboard ship with the 6th Fleet. After service he worked at Northwestern University Hospital in Chicago where he was Chief of Cardiovascular Anesthesia. In 1999, he left Chicago when the opportunity arose to move to Tucson, where he accepted a job on the cardiothoracic anesthesia team. He is now head of the group. Dr. Lichtenthal's research interests are in development of medical devices and new drug studies, particularly in the cardiovascular area.

Research Interests: 

American Society of Anesthesiology October 2007

  1. Poster Presentation: Cardiac Output by Continuous Wave Doppler in Perioperative Pediatric Heart Failure Patients
  2. Poster Presentation: USCOM-Non-Invasive Doppler Cardiac Output – Are Measurements Accurate in Infants and Children?
  3. Lecture: Non Invasive Cardiac Output: Myth or Reality? Doppler Technique

Lichtenthal PR, Phillips R, Sloniger J, Burstow D, West M, Copeland J. USCOM cardiac output measurement in heart failure subjects on circulatory support. Recently submitted to the Journal of Thoracic Surgery.

Lichtenthal PR: Editor "Quick Guide to Cardiopulmonary Care", Baxter Healthcare Corp., 1998. Revised 2002.