Philip E. Greilich, MD, is a Professor of Anesthesiology & Pain Management and serves as a Quality Officer for the Executive Vice President for Health System Affairs. Dr. Greilich is a practicing cardiovascular anesthesiologist involved in quality, safety and health services research. He received his B.A from Texas A&M University, M.D. from Texas Tech University School of Medicine and underwent residency and sub-specialty training at the Medical College of Virginia/VCU. He received advance training in healthcare delivery from the Intermountain Institute of Healthcare Quality and Research and will complete an executive program (M.Sc) in Healthcare Leadership and Management at the Naveen Jindal School of Management (UT Dallas) in 2018.

Dr. Greilich’s research focuses on understanding the influence of patient, provider and organizational ergonomics on outcomes when implementing and diffusing best practices. His research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the Departments of Defense and Veterans’ Affairs, among others. Nationally, he serves on the Patient Safety and Quality Leadership Steering Committee for the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists and is the Founding Chair the Multi-Center Perioperative Handover Collaborative.


Medical School
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (1987)
UT Medical Branch at Galveston (1988), Internal Medicine
Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine (1992), Anesthesiology
Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine (1992), Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology

Research Interest

  • Development of high reliability teams
  • Implementation and diffusion of best practices
  • Organizational ergonomics
  • Quality, safety and outcomes education


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Effects of Red Cell Storage Duration in Cardiac Surgery Patients
Steiner, ME Ness P, Assmann, SF, Triulzi, DJ, Sloan, SR, Delaney M, Granger S, Bennett-Guerrero E, Blajchman MA, Scavo V, Carson JL, Levy JH, Whitman G, D'Andrea P, Pulkrabek S, Ortel TL, Bornikova L, Raife T, Puca, KE, Kaufman, RM, Nuttall GA, Young PP, Youssef S, Engelman R, Greilich PE et al. N Engl J Med 2015 372 1419-1429
Protocol adherence when managing massive bleeding following complex cardiac surgery: a study design pilot.
Greilich PE, Edson E, Rutland L, Jessen ME, Key NS, Levy JH, Faraday N, Steiner ME. J Cardiothorac Vasc Anesth 2015 29 303-310
Effect of epsilon-aminocaproic acid and aprotinin on fibrinolysis and blood loss in patients undergoing primary, isolated coronary artery bypass grafting: A Placebo-controlled non-inferiority trial.
Greilich PE, Jessen ME, Satyanarayana N, Whitten CW, Nuttall G, Beckham JM, Wall MH. Anesth Analg 2009 109 15-24
Monocyte activation in on-pump versus off-pump coronary artery bypass surgery
Greilich PE, Brouse CF, Rinder HR, Jessen ME, Rinder CS, Eberhart RC, Whitten CW, Smith BR. J Cardiothorac Vasc Anesth 2008 22 361-368
Antifibrinolytic Therapy During Cardiopulmonary Bypass Reduces Proinflammatory Cytokine Levels: A Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Study of Epsilon Aminocaproic Acid and Aprotinin.
Greilich PE, Brouse CF, Whitten CW, Chi L, DiMaio JM, Jessen ME. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 2003 126 1498-1503
Reductions in platelet contractile force correlates with duration of cardiopulmonary bypass and blood loss in patients undergoing cardiac surgery
Greilich PE, Brouse C, Beckham J, et al. Thrombosis Research Fall 2002 105 523-529
Point of care testing for prothrombin, but not activated thromboplastin time, correlates with laboratory methods in patients receiving antifibrinolytic agents while undergoing cardiac surgery
Choi TK, Greilich PE, Shi C, et al. American Journal of Clinical Pathology Summer 2002 117 74-78
Ultra-purified polymerized hemoglobin solution as a replacement for allogenic red blood cell transfusion after cardiac surgery: Results of a double-blind trial.
Levy JH, Goodnough LT, Greilich PE et al. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 2002 124 35-42
Aprotinin but not episilon aminocaproic acid decreases interleukin 10 after cadiac surgery with extracorporeal circulation.
Greilich PE, Okada K, Latham P, et al. Circulation 2001 104: (suppl I) I-265-269

Honors & Awards

  • Fellow, Clinical Safety & Effectiveness, University of Texas Heathcare System
    Elected based on contributions made to improving clinical safety and effectiveness at UT Southwestern Medical Center (2014)
  • Fellow, American Society of Echocardiography (FASE)
    Elected based on contributions to intraoperative echocardiography education and service (2007)
  • Fellow, American Heart Association (FAHA)
    Elected based on contributions to cardiovascular medicine (2002)
  • Association of University Anesthesiologists
    Elected based on contribution to academic medicine (2001)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (2016)
  • American Society of Echocardiography (1998)
  • American Heart Association (1995)
  • American Medical Association (1995)
  • Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists (1992)
  • American Society of Anesthesiology (1989)