Anesthesiologist Giesecke named professor emeritus

Dr. Adolph H. "Buddy" Giesecke, former chairman and professor of anesthesiology and pain management and the M.T. "Pepper" Jenkins Professor in Anesthesiology, has been named professor emeritus.

Before his June retirement Dr. Giesecke served UT Southwestern-affiliated hospitals for 45 years and is recognized among anesthesiologists for introducing practices now considered standard care.

Dr. Giesecke introduced locally the practice of endotracheal intubation to protect a patient's airway during anesthesia in some difficult obstetric procedures. He introduced locally the use of a preinduction antacid to raise the pH of gastric contents, reducing the likelihood of damage to the lungs if aspiration occurs. Also, Dr. Giesecke and Dr. Richard Morris, a former UT Southwestern fellow, discovered the interaction between magnesium sulfate and the neuromuscular blocking drugs used during anesthesia.

"I am proud and honored to have been a part of the phenomenal growth in size and excellence of both UT Southwestern and Parkland Memorial Hospital. It's been an excellent trip," Dr. Giesecke said.

Having played a defining role in America's paramedic-based emergency medical system, Dr. Giesecke will continue serving on the Committee on Accreditation of Emergency Medical Systems Programs board. He said he also looks forward to spending more time researching the history of anesthesiology at UT Southwestern and will mentor residents and faculty as well.

Dr. Giesecke graduated from UT Medical Branch in Galveston, completed his residency and fellowship in anesthesiology at Parkland, and was a Fulbright Scholar and McLaughlin Research Scholar. He has served as president of the Dallas County Anesthesia Society, the Texas Society of Anesthesiologists and the International Trauma Anesthesia and Critical Care Society.