Kevin Thornton, MD

Associate Clinical Professor
Program Director, Critical Care Medicine Fellowship
Committee Chair, Residency Well Being Committee
Biography: 

Dr. Thornton practices cardiothoracic anesthesiology and critical care medicine at UCSF. He is dedicated to improving the quality of care that patients receive while in the ICU and helping patients and families navigate the often confusing environment that the modern ICU has become. He helps lead the Critical Care Innovations Group which seeks to implement novel initiatives that enhance the safety of the ICU, improve the workflow surrounding new technologies in healthcare, and devise methods to increase the engagement of patients and their families in their own care in the ICU.

He is also deeply committed to education and serves as the program director for UCSF's Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology Fellowship program. Additionally, he serves as the chair of the departmental residency well-being committee, and is actively involved in teaching UCSF medical students, residents, and fellows in a variety of clinical and non-clinical environments.

Publications: 
Razo-Vazquez AO, Thornton K. Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation-What the Nephrologist Needs to Know. Adv Chronic Kidney Dis. 2016 May; 23(3):146-51.
Little SJ, Van der Heusen F, Thornton KC. Complete intraoperative transesophageal echocardiogram imaging of the extent of an inferior vena cava mass guides surgical management. Anesth Analg. 2010 Nov; 111(5):1125-7.
Liu LL, Aldrich JM, Shimabukuro DW, Sullivan KR, Taylor JM, Thornton KC, Gropper MA. Special article: rescue therapies for acute hypoxemic respiratory failure. Anesth Analg. 2010 Sep; 111(3):693-702.
Coloma M, White PF, Markowitz SD, Whitten CW, Macaluso AR, Berrisford SB, Thornton KC. Dexamethasone in combination with dolasetron for prophylaxis in the ambulatory setting: effect on outcome after laparoscopic cholecystectomy. Anesthesiology. 2002 Jun; 96(6):1346-50.
Issioui T, Klein KW, White PF, Watcha MF, Coloma M, Skrivanek GD, Jones SB, Thornton KC, Marple BF. The efficacy of premedication with celecoxib and acetaminophen in preventing pain after otolaryngologic surgery. Anesth Analg. 2002 May; 94(5):1188-93, table of contents.