robert w. neumar, md, phd

Professor and Chair, Emergency Medicine


Robert W. Neumar, MD, PhD is Professor and Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Michigan.  He is board certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine and a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians.  Dr. Neumar received his BS degree in 1985 from Juniata College (Pennsylvania) and his MD degree in 1990 from the University of Pittsburg School of Medicine.  He received his PhD in Physiology in 1996 from Wayne State University. Dr. Neumar’s formal research training includes a Sarnoff Fellowship at Ohio State University, a Critical Care Research Fellowship under the direction Peter Safar at the University of Pittsburgh Resuscitation Research Center, and an Emergency Medicine Research Fellowship at Wayne State University under the direction of Dr. Blaine White.

Dr. Neumar was appointed Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Michigan in 2012.  He currently serves as Chair of the American Heart Association Emergency Cardiovascular Care Committee and as an AHA delegate to the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR).

Dr. Neumar’s research is focused on the molecular mechanisms of neuronal injury after cardiac arrest and traumatic brain injury.  His work has helped elucidate the role of calpain and caspase proteolytic cascades in post-ischemic neuronal death.  He has also helped define the pathophysiology of post-cardiac arrest syndrome, and is investigating strategies to optimize brain recovery after cardiac arrest including therapeutic hypothermia.  Since arriving at the University of Michigan, Dr. Neumar has partnered with Dr. Robert Bartlett in the Department of Surgery to investigate novel strategies for treating cardiac arrest using extracorporeal cardiopulmonary resuscitation (ECPR).  Dr. Neumar’s research has been funded through the NIH, American Heart Association, private foundation grants, and industry.  Both emergency medicine research fellows and neuroscience graduate students have trained in Dr. Neumar's laboratory. Dr. Neumar is the recipient of numerous awards throughout his career including the Peter Sarfar Award for Excellence in Graduate Research from the University of Pittsburgh, the Lawrence M. Weiner Award from Wayne State University School of Medicine Alumni Association, and the Award for Outstanding Contribution in Research Award from the American College of Emergency  Physicians, to name a few.  He has authored over 75 original research manuscripts, reviews, and textbook chapters, and has been an invited lecturer at many national and international symposia.  He has served as reviewer for NIH, DOD and AHA study sections as well as many medical and biomedical science journals.