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Max Kelz, MD

Max Kelz, MD Physician

David E. Longnecker Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care
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Dr. Kelz is a Penn Medicine employed physician.

Clinical Specialties


  • Anesthesiology and Critical Care

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Anesthesiology, 2005

Description of Clinical Expertise


Practice Locations and Appointments

  • Anesthesia

    Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania 6 Dulles 3400 Spruce Street Philadelphia, PA 19104 800-789-PENN (7366)

    A facility of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Insurance Accepted

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

Education and Training

Medical School: Yale University
Medical School: Yale University School of Medicine
Residency: Penn Presbyterian Medical Center
Residency: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania


American Society of Anesthesiologists, National Association of University Anesthesiologists, National International Anesthesia Research Society, International Pennsylvania Society of Anesthesiologists, Local Sleep Research Society, International Society for Anesthesia and Sleep Medicine, National Society for Neuroscience in Anesthesia and Critical Care, National Society for Neuroscience, National

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Kelz is a Penn Medicine employed physician.

Hospital Privileges:

  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.


Description of Research Expertise:

Molecular Mechanisms of Anesthetic Action
Neurobiology of Sleep Wake Regulation
Mouse Genetics
Molecular Biology
Anesthetic pharmacology

Selected Publications:

Drobish JK, Kelz MB, DiPuppo P, Cook-Sather SD: Case report: Emergence delirium with transient associative agnosia and expressive aphasia reversed by flumazenil in a pediatric patient Anesthesia & Analgesia Case Reports 11 (4): 148-150,2015.

McCarren HS, Chalifoux MR, Han B, Moore JT, Meng QC, Baron-Hionis N, Sedigh-Sarvestani M, Contreras D, Beck SG, Kelz MB: a2-Adrenergic Stimulation of the VLPO Destabilizes the Anesthetic State Journal of Neuroscience 34 (49): 16385-96,2014.

Han B, McCarren HS, O'Neill D, Kelz MB: Distinctive Recruitment of Endogenous Sleep-promoting Neurons by Volatile Anesthetics and a Nonimmobilizer Anesthesiology 121 (5): 999-1009,2014.

Jaber SM, Hankenson FC, Heng K, McKinstry-Wu A, Kelz MB, Marx JO: Dose regimens, variability, and complications associated with using repeat-bolus dosing to extend a surgical plane of anesthesia in laboratory mice. J Am Assoc Lab Anim Sci. 53 (6): 684-91,2014.

Deutschman CS, Raj NR, McGuire EO, Kelz MB: Orexinergic Activity Modulates Altered Vital Signs and Pituitary Hormone Secretion in Experimental Sepsis Critical Care Medicine 41 (11): e368-75,2013.

McCarren HS, Moore JT, Kelz MB: Assessing changes in volatile general anesthetic sensitivity of mice after local or systemic pharmacological intervention JoVE 80 : e51079,2013.

Joiner WJ, Friedman EB, Hung H-T, Koh K, Sowcik M, Sehgal A, Kelz MB: Genetic and anatomical basis of the barrier separating wakefulness and anesthetic-induced unresponsiveness PLoS Genetics 9 (9): e1003605,2013.

Newman J, Blake K, Fennema J, Harris D, Shanks A, Avidan MS, Kelz MB, Mashour GA.: Incidence, risk factors and outcomes of postoperative coma: an observational study of 858,606 patients European Journal of Anesthesiology 30 (8): 476-82,2013.

Kretschmannova K, Hines RM, Revilla-Sanchez R, Terunuma M, Tretter V, Jurd R, Kelz MB, Moss SJ, Davies PA: Enhanced tonic inhibition influences the hypnotic and amnestic actions of the intravenous anesthetics etomidate and propofol Journal of Neuroscience 33 (17): 7264-73,2013.

Weiser BP, Kelz MB, Eckenhoff RG: In vivo activation of azi-propofol prolongs anesthesia and reveals synaptic targets J Biol Chem 288 (2): 1279-85,2013.

Academic Contact Info

3620 Hamilton Walk,
John Morgan Building - Room 334

Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 573-8208
Fax: (215) 349-5078
Patient appointments: 800-789-PENN (7366)

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