E. Wischmeyer, MD, EDIC, is a Professor of Anesthesiology and Surgery and the Director
of the Nutrition Services and TPN Team at Duke University School of Medicine.
Wischmeyer’s breadth of knowledge, clinical expertise, academic achievements,
and transformational leadership in the field of clinical nutrition and
metabolic support stands beside his accomplishments as a research mentor in our
Wishmeyer earned his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry at Valparaiso University
and his medical degree from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of
Medicine. He completed his internship at The University of Colorado Children’s
Hospital in Denver, Colorado followed by a residency in anesthesiology at
University of Chicago, where he completed his training in critical care
medicine. He solidified his translational research training by participating in
the University of Chicago Clinical Pharmacology Fellowship Program. Then in
2001, he completed his NIH K30 Certificate in Clinical Research at the
University of Chicago, broadening his expertise in clinical research.
the early 2000’s Dr. Wischmeyer was extremely active with ASPEN and the ASPEN
Rhoads Research Foundation. In 2002 Dr. Wischmeyer was awarded an ASPEN Rhoads Research Foundation Grant, which was key to fostering his
early research career and first mentoring roles. Between 2007 – 2010 Dr. Wischmeyer served as the Editor-in-Chief for the Journal or
Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (JPEN) and in 2008 he won the ASPEN Stanley J. Dudrick
Research Scholar Award for Significant Contribution to Research in Nutrition.
the years Dr. Wiscmeyers interdisciplinary research and translational approach
to challenges in clinical nutrition, metabolic support, perioperative and
critical care medicine has garnered domestic and international recognition.
Most recently, he personally conceived and completed the first multi-center
description of the effects of critical illness on the microbiome, a rapidly
emerging new field in clinical nutrition and medicine. This accomplishment only
adds to the large impact that Dr. Wischmeyer’s publications have had on the
field with at least 23 published manuscripts and over 100 citations.
his time as the Associate Chair for Clinical and Translational Research at
University of Colorado, Dr. Wischmeyer had the opportunity to grow his passion
for mentorship and training of the next generation of physician scientists in
nutrition and metabolism. Between the University of Colorado and Duke
University, he has successfully mentored 21 highly motivated investigators at
the level of fellow or junior faculty. To date, all of his mentees/
investigators have published original manuscripts and have been invited to
present their research at major national or international meetings, with many
having won awards for their research during their time with Dr. Wishcmeyer. His
mentees state that Dr. Wischmeyer fosters an environment that encourages people
to ‘think big’ in their nutrition research and rallies the creative power of
others so that mutual discovery can take place and where the impact can be
magnified. He has and will continue to inspire the next generation of
physician-scientists in nutrition and metabolic support, encouraging them to
take novel journeys in order to advance the field and pass on the spirit of
mentorship throughout their careers.
Wischmeyer’s exceptional achievements and transformational leadership is driven
by his passion to improve patient care and better understand the role of
nutrition and metabolism at every level. This is a passion that grew at a young
age from his personal experience with total parenteral nutrition and nutrition
support, surgery, and critical illness as a patient. As a result, he has been
committed to “doing medicine and nutrition better” and to giving back to his
mentee’s the gifts he was given by his many mentors.
In addition to the George Blackburn Research Mentorship Award, the ASPEN Rhoads Research Foundation would like to announce the establishment of a new grant in honor of Dr. George Blackburn focused on nutrition and metabolism. The ASPEN Rhoads Research Foundation relies on the generosity of members of the parenteral nutrition and enteral nutrition community and friends through their gifts of support. There are many opportunities to aid in the tremendous work of nutrition science. With your help, the establishment of a new grant named in honor of George Blackburn is possible. For more information about Dr. George Blackburn and to find out how you can help fund this prestigious grant, please click