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Alexander Proekt, MD, PHD Physician

Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care

Dr. Proekt is employed by Penn Medicine.

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Clinical Specialties


  • Anesthesiology

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Anesthesiology, 2011

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Amerihealth Caritas
  • Amerihealth Caritas Medicare
  • Capital Blue Cross
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • Clover Health Plan
  • CVS Health
  • Devon Health Services (Americare)
  • eLAP Services
  • Gateway Health Plan
  • Geisinger Health Plan
  • HealthAmerica / HealthAssurance, a Coventry Plan
  • HealthPartners
  • HealthPartners Medicare
  • HealthSmart
  • Highmark Blue Shield
  • Homestead Smart Health Plans
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Humana / Choicecare
  • Independence Blue Cross (Keystone East)
  • Intergroup
  • Keystone First
  • Keystone First Medicare
  • Multiplan
  • NJ Medicaid
  • NJ Qualcare
  • Oxford Health Plan
  • PA Health and Wellness (Centene) Medicare
  • PA Medicaid
  • PA Medicare
  • Preferred Health Care/LGH
  • Provider Partners Health Plan
  • Rail Road Medicare / Palmetto GBA
  • Remedy Partners at Penn Medicine
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
  • US Family Health Plan
  • Veterans Choice Program

Education and Training

Medical School: Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Residency: NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center


American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA), International Association of University Anesthesiologists (AUA), National International Anesthesia Research Society (IARS), International Society for Neuroscience, International

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Proekt is employed by Penn Medicine.

Hospital Privileges:

  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Penn Presbyterian Medical Center: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.


Description of Research Expertise:

Neuroscience, Neurophysiology, Computational Neuroscience, Systems Neuroscience

Selected Publications:

Brennan C., Proekt A: A quantitative model of conserved macroscopic dynamics predicts future motor commands eLife : 2019.

Aggarwal A., Brennan C., Shortal B., Contreras D., Kelz M.B., Proekt A.: Coherence of Visual-Evoked Gamma Oscillations Is Disrupted by Propofol but Preserved Under Equipotent Doses of Isoflurane Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience 13 : 2019.

Alonso L.M., Solovey G., Yanagawa T., Proekt A., Cecchi G.A., Magnasco M.O.: Single-trial classification of awareness state during anesthesia by measuring critical dynamics of global brain activity Scientific Reports 9 : 2019.

Gao S., Proekt A., Renier N., Calderon D., Pfaff D.: Activating an anterior nucleus gigantocellularis subpopulation triggers emergence from pharmacologically-induced coma in rodents Nature Communications : 2019.

Proekt A.: Emergence Delirium Perioperative Neurocognitive Disorders : 2019.

Shortal B.P., Hickman L.B., Mak-McCully R.A., Wang W., Brennan C., Ung H., Litt B., Tarnal V., Janke E., Picton P., Blain-Moraes S., Maybrier H.R., Muench M.R., Lin N., Avidan M.S., Mashour G.A., McKinstry-Wu A.R., Kelz M.B., Palanca B.J., Proekt A.: Duration of electroencephalogram suppression does not predict recovery time or degree of cognitive impairment after general anaesthesia British Journal of Anaesthesia : 2019.

Proekt A., Hemmings H.: Mechanisms of Drug Action Pharmacology and Physiology for Anesthesia 2 (19): 2019.

Proekt A., Hudson A.E.: A stochastic basis for neural inertia in emergence from general anaesthesia British Journal of Anaesthesia 121 (1): 86-94,2018.

Shortal B.P., Reitz S.L., Aggarwal A., Meng Q.C., McKinstry-Wu A.R., Kelz M.B., Proekt A.: Development and validation of brain target controlled infusion of propofol in mice PLOS One 13 (4): 2018.

McKinstry-Wu A., Wasilczuk A., Proekt A.: Ergodic Mice: Implications Of Behavioral State Transitions At Constant Anesthetic Concentration. Anesthesia and Analgesia 126 (4 S): 64-66,2018.

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Academic Contact Info

Anesthesiology and Critical Care
University of Pennsylvania
331 John Morgan Building

Philadelphia, PA 19104