Paul S. García, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology

Emory University School of Medicine

Staff Physician

Atlanta VA Medical Center


Neuroanesthesia Laboratory

Emory University School of Medicine

1364 Clifton Road NE

Atlanta, Georgia 30322

Phone: 404-778-3900


Dr. García is the Grand Rounds Coordinator, Faculty Liaison for the Crawford W. Long Society (Medical Student Interest Group), and serves on the Education Committee. He is Vice-Chair of the American Society of Anesthesiologists Experimental Neurosciences Committee. He has lectured nationally and internationally on intraoperative monitoring, sleep disorders, delirium, and consciousness.  He has written book chapters and clinical reviews on difficult airway management, intravenous anesthetics, Alzheimer's disease, awareness under anesthesia, and pain. His clinical research focuses on using EEG techniques to guide patients towards preferred recovery trajectories after general anesthesia.

Dr. García is a practicing physician and manages several laboratory and clinical research projects. He has received numerous national awards for his research including a Career Development Award from the Department of Veteran's Affairs. He heads a multinational research team that investigates cognitive recovery from general anesthesia. He is an Associate Editor for Translational Perioperative and Pain Medicine a reviewer for several clinical and research journals. Dr. García is recognized as a national leader in neuromonitoring, peri-operative stroke, and emergence from general anesthesia.

Ph.D., Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia

Medical School: Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia

Internship: Transitional Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia

Residency: Anesthesiology, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia

Board Certification: American Board of Anesthesiology

Neuroanesthesia & anesthesia for patients with neurological diseases

Anesthesia for combat veterans and the elderly

Monitoring of the nervous system during general anesthesia (including quantitative EEG interpretation)

Dr. García’s research has been funded by private foundations, national awards, and intramural/intradepartmental funds. Research projects include investigations into the overlap between sleep and anesthesia, neuroprotection, off-target effects of anti-microbial drugs, antagonism of the GABA(A) receptor, and the aging brain.