Harvey Shapiro, M.D. – President and Co-Founder, PAVE

Harvey ShapiroHarvey Shapiro, MD is an Emeritus Professor of Anesthesiology and Neurosurgery at UCSD, former Dean of Clinical Affairs and Chair of Anesthesiology at its School of Medicine.  A 1966 graduate from the University of Pennsylvania Medical School, he interned in their hospital. Shapiro served in the United States Public Health Service as a Lieutenant Commander from 1967-1969, working as a research associate at the National Institutes of Health and was a La Jolla VA staff member for over ten years.

From 1970 – 1972, during his residency at the University of Washington, Shapiro introduced the concept of induced medical coma for severe head injuries. Today, that then novel approach has evolved and remains in active clinical use. He has published over 100 medical papers related to the treatment of brain-injured patients.

From 1973-1975 he was co-director of the Neurosciences Intensive Care Unit at Penn, and involved in clinical and laboratory research related to brain metabolism and injury. Shapiro received certification from the American Board of Anesthesiology in Pain Management in 1995, and served as a member of the Editorial Board of Anesthesiology from 1984-1987. He was founding member and president of the Society of Neurosurgical Anesthesia and Neurologic Intensive Care and a recipient of its Distinguished Service Award in 2003.

In his community pursuits he served on Del Mar’s City Council, and was Mayor of that city for a year. Shapiro was also a medical reporter on the local NBC’s evening news. That experience awakened his interests in public health issues. His reporting was recognized by the National Association of Physician Broadcaster’s Jules Bergman award for reporting on the emerging AIDS epidemic and by the Coastal Communities Foundation for service in the Health Field. In 2002 he became a Doping Control Officer at the Salt Lake City Olympics, and later published a novel, “Morphed”, based on that experience. Along with Rosemarie Johnson, MD, he founded PAVE in 2013.