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Max Kelz, MD Physician

David E. Longnecker Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care

Dr. Kelz is employed by Penn Medicine.

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Clinical Specialties


  • Anesthesiology

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Anesthesiology, 2005

Practice Locations and Appointments

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


American Society of Anesthesiologists, National American Society of Anesthesiologists, National Association of University Anesthesiologists, National Bioengineering Graduate Group, University of Pennsylvania, Local Center for Sleep and Circadian Neurobiology, University of Pennsylvania, Local Graduate Group in Pharmacological Sciences, University of Pennsylvania, Local IARS, International IARS, International IARS, International Institute for Translational Medicine and Therapeutics, Local International Anesthesia Research Society, International International Anesthesia Research Society, International Mahoney Institute of Neurological Sciences, University of Pennsylvania, Local Neuroscience Graduate Group, University of Pennsylvania, Local Penn Genomics Institute, University of Pennsylvania, Local 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 employed by Penn Medicine.

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:

Shortal BP, Hickman LB, Mak-McCully RA, Wang W, Brennan C, Ung H, Litt B, Tarnal V, Janke E, Picton P, Blain-Moraes S, Maybrier HR, Muench MR, Lin N, Avidan MS, Mashour GA, McKinstry-Wu AR, Kelz MB, Palanca BJ, Proekt A; ReCCognition Study Group: Duration of EEG suppression does not predict recovery time or degree of cognitive impairment after general anaesthesia in human volunteers Br J Anaesth 123 (2): 206-18,2019.

Aggarwal A, Brennan C, Shortal B, Contreras D, Kelz MB, Proekt A: Coherence of Visual-Evoked Gamma Oscillations Is Disrupted by Propofol but Preserved Under Equipotent Doses of Isoflurane Front Syst Neurosci 13 : 19,2019.

Li D, Vlisides PE, Kelz MB, Avidan MS, Mashour GA, ReCCognition Study Group: Dynamic Cortical Connectivity during General Anesthesia in Healthy Volunteers Anesthesiology in press : 2019.

Ferreira AL, Correia R, Vide S, Ferreira AD, Kelz MB, Mendes JG, Nunes CS, Amorim P: Patterns of Hysteresis between Induction and Emergence of Neuroanesthesia are Present in Spinal and Intracranial Surgeries J Neurosurg Anesthesiol : epub ahead of print,2018.

Palanca BJA, Maybrier HR, Mickle AM, Farber NB, Hogan RE, Trammel ER, Spencer JW, Bohnenkamp DD, Wildes TS, Ching S, Lenze E, Basner M, Kelz MB, Avidan MS.: Cognitive and Neurophysiological Recovery Following Electroconvulsive Therapy: A Study Protocol Front Psychiatry 9 : 171,2018.

Mashour GA, Kelz MB: Systems Neuroscience: The Exciting Journey to Oblivion. Current Biology 28 (5): R223-4,2018.

McKinstry-Wu A, Carspecken CW, Proekt A, Kelz MB: Xenon Anesthesia and CT: Noninvasive Measures of Brain Anesthetic Concentration Methods in enzymology 602 : 289-98,2018.

McKinstry-Wu Andrew R, Kelz Max B: Optoanesthesia: Use of Anesthetic Photolabels In Vivo. Methods in enzymology 603 : 171-180,2018.

Shortal Brenna P, Reitz Sarah L, Aggarwal Adeeti, Meng Qing C, McKinstry-Wu Andrew R, Kelz Max B, Proekt Alex: Development and validation of brain target controlled infusion of propofol in mice. PLoS one 13 (4): e0194949,2018.

Wasilczuk AZ, Maier KL, Kelz MB: The Mouse as a Model Organism for Assessing Anesthetic Sensitivity Methods in enzymology 602 : 211-228,2018.

Academic Contact Info

3620 Hamilton Walk,
John Morgan Building - Room 334

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

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