department of anesthesia and Perioperative medicine

Jerry Reves, MD

Jerry Reves, MDJoseph Gerald (Jerry) Reves, MD is a Charleston, South Carolina native.  He graduated from Vanderbilt University in 1965 and then returned to Charleston to earn his medical degree in 1969 from the Medical College of South Carolina, known today as the Medical University of South Carolina.  He completed his medical internship (1970) and anesthesiology residency at University of Alabama Hospital and Clinics in 1972 and earned a Master of Science degree at the University of Alabama Birmingham (UAB) in physiology and biophysics one year later during a research postdoctoral fellowship. 

Dr. Reves served the University of Alabama as an instructor with the Department of Anesthesiology in 1973 before joining the Anesthesiology Department Training Staff at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, that same year.  Concurrently, he served as a clinical instructor of anesthesiology at the George Washington School of Medicine. 

In 1975, Dr. Reves returned to the University of Alabama as an associate professor in his former department and was appointed director of anesthesiology research and professor within three years.  A pioneer clinical investigator who helped launch the cardiac anesthesiology subspecialty, Dr. Reves served as the second President for the Society fo Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists (1979-1980,) and recieved that organization's outstanding service award in 2006.  Dr. Reves has been elected to numerous medical boards, societies, and organizations such as the Association of University Anesthetists, the Association of Cardiac Anesthesiologists, the International Anesthesia Research Society, and the Cardiac Surgery and Anesthesia Council of the American Heart Association. 

In 1984, he joined Duke University Medical Center as Professor of Anesthesiology and Director of Cardiothoracic Anesthesia.  He helped found the Duke Heart Center and served as its first director from 1987 to 1997.  Dr. Reves served as Chairman of the Department of Anesthesiology from 1991 until 2001 when he became Dean of the College of Medicine and Vice President of the Medical University of South Carolina until 2010. 

Dr. Reves is nationally recognized for his contributions to anesthesia clinical research.  His term introduced midazolam and esmolol into clinical practice and his research groups have focused on aging and cognition after cardiac surgery.  He has authored or edited 15 books, and his work has been published in over 300 scientific publications.  His scholarly interest today is on medical education, interdisciplinary research programs, medical educational facilities and making cardiac surgery safer.