Board Certification and Academic Information
||Anesthesiology - Professor (Clinical)
||American Board of Anesthesiology
National Board of Medical Examiners
Academic Office Locations
|Academic Office Phone Number
||Academic Office Address
||School of Medicine
30 N 1900 E
Salt Lake City, UT 84132
Dr. Ben Chortkoff is the Director of Anesthesia Services at the Huntsman Cancer Hospital (HCH) of the University of Utah. He is board certified and a professor (clinical) in the Department of Anesthesiology at the University. In addition to his full time clinical duties, he has an administrative role on the executive committee overseeing the operating rooms at HCH, administrative duties in the financial assessment and planning of the anesthesiology department and the University Medical Group, and is active in bridging the relationships between clinicians and the University’s pharmacy department.
Dr. Chortkoff completed a research fellowship with Dr. Edmund I. Eger at the University of California, San Francisco where he published original research on mechanisms of anesthetic action, and on defining anesthetic effects on memory and awareness. He remained on the faculty at UCSF for four years advancing his research, teaching anesthesia residents, and providing clinical care for patients undergoing surgery.
In 1995 Dr. Chortkoff shifted his focus to dedicated clinical care joining a private practice physician group providing services at a large community hospital in Northern California. He served as a managing and negotiating partner for the group until 2008 when he was recruited to join the faculty at the University of Utah.
In addition to clinical and administrative roles, he teaches medical students, residents, and fellows both in the operating room and in more formal lecture settings. His teaching topics include the implications of anesthetics and analgesics on cancer metastasis and recurrence, the administration of anesthesia for robotic-assisted laparoscopic surgery, and economic models of community and academic departments of anesthesiology. He has been actively involved in developing a fellowship program in oncologic anesthesia and hopes to help advance our understanding of the interaction between anesthetics, cancer cells, and the immune system.