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Holly Ann Muir
Chair and Professor, Department of Anesthesiology
1520 San Pablo Street, Suite 3519 Health Sciences Campus Los Angeles
+1 323 442 7420


Holly Muir, MD, earned her medical doctorate from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where she also completed her residency training in anesthesia. Following her residency, she matriculated to University of Pennsylvania to pursue a fellowship in obstetric anesthesia and then returned to Halifax where she served on the faculty at Dalhousie. There, she served as the residency program director, the provincial QI director for anesthesia and the chief of the obstetrics service for the IWK Hospital. She was recruited to the Duke University School of Medicine in 1998 to serve as chief of the Division of Women’s Anesthesia. In 2003, she was invited to serve as the vice chair of clinical operations and medical director of perioperative services.

In January 2017, Muir was named chair of the Department of Anesthesiology at the Keck School of Medicine of USC.


Teaching neuraxial anesthesia techniques for obstetric care in a Ghanaian referral hospital: achievements and obstacles. Anesth Analg. 2015 Jun; 120(6):1317-22. View in: PubMed

A prospective evaluation of the incidence of adverse events in nurse-administered moderate sedation guided by sedation scores or Bispectral Index. Anesth Analg. 2014 Jul; 119(1):43-8. View in: PubMed

A retrospective assessment of the incidence of respiratory depression after neuraxial morphine administration for postcesarean delivery analgesia. Anesth Analg. 2013 Dec; 117(6):1368-70. View in: PubMed

Pharmacologic intervention for managing uterine atony and related maternal hemorrhage: what is the most effective drug dose? Can J Anaesth. Pharmacologic intervention for managing uterine atony and related maternal hemorrhage: what is the most effective drug dose? Can J Anaesth. 2013 Nov; 60(11):1047-53. View in: PubMed

A double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of four fixed rate infusion regimens of phenylephrine for hemodynamic support during spinal anesthesia for cesarean delivery. Anesth Analg. 2010 Nov; 111(5):1221-9. View in: PubMed

Brief report: a randomized controlled trial of Synera versus lidocaine for epidural needle insertion in labouring parturients. Can J Anaesth. 2008 Mar; 55(3):168-71. View in: PubMed

The management of Cesarean delivery in a parturient with paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria complicated by severe preeclampsia. Can J Anaesth. 2007 Aug; 54(8):646-51. View in: PubMed

Critical arrhythmia associated with pulmonary artery catheterization in a parturient with severe pulmonary hypertension. Can J Anaesth. 2007 Jun; 54(6):486-7. View in: PubMed

Use of a modifier reduces inconsistency in the American Society of Anesthesiologists Physical Status Classification in parturients. Anesth Analg. 2006 Apr; 102(4):1231-3. View in: PubMed

Tracheal intubation without muscle relaxants for caesarean section in patients with spinal muscular atrophy. Int J Obstet Anesth. 2005 Oct; 14(4):366-7. View in: PubMed

Perioperative anesthetic management for Cesarean section of a parturient with gestational diabetes insipidus. Can J Anaesth. 2005 Aug-Sep; 52(7):733-6. View in: PubMed

Single-dose, sustained-release epidural morphine in the management of postoperative pain after elective cesarean delivery: results of a multicenter randomized controlled study. Anesth Analg. 2005 Apr; 100(4):1150-8. View in: PubMed

Intrathecal morphine for analgesia after postpartum bilateral tubal ligation. Anesth Analg. 2005 Jan; 100(1):239-43. View in: PubMed

A multicenter randomized controlled trial comparing patient-controlled epidural with intravenous analgesia for pain relief in labor. Anesth Analg. 2004 Nov; 99(5):1532-8; table of contents. View in: PubMed

Is the minimum local analgesic concentration method robust enough? Anesthesiology. Is the minimum local analgesic concentration method robust enough? Anesthesiology. 2004 Aug; 101(2):550; author reply 550-1. View in: PubMed

Anesthesia for cesarean section in a patient with spinal muscular atrophy. J Clin Anesth. 2004 May; 16(3):217-9. View in: PubMed

Anesthetic management of a ventilator-dependent parturient with the King-Denborough syndrome. Can J Anaesth. 2003 Jun-Jul; 50(6):589-92. View in: PubMed

A multicenter, randomized, controlled trial comparing bupivacaine with ropivacaine for labor analgesia. Anesthesiology. 2003 Jun; 98(6):1431-5. View in: PubMed

Effectiveness of nurses as providers of birth labor support in North American hospitals: a randomized controlled trial. JAMA. 2002 Sep 18; 288(11):1373-81. View in: PubMed

New techniques and drugs for epidural labor analgesia. Semin Perinatol. 2002 Apr; 26(2):99-108. View in: PubMed

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