Harrison Chow, MDCollaborator & Dream Team Leader


    Dr. Harrison Chow is a Clinical Associate Professor of Anesthesiology for Stanford Medical School.  A graduate of University of California-Berkeley, he received his Doctor of Medicine from Stanford Medical School and completed his anesthesia residency at University of California-San Francisco.

    Having practiced and held multiple leadership positions at the private practice anesthesia groups at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center (Berkeley/Oakland) and Good Samaritan Medical Center (San Jose), Dr. Chow practiced for over two decades primarily specializing in surgical anesthesia requiring regional anesthesia techniques.

    For many years in practice, he has observed frequent patterns of patient dreaming under propofol sedation anesthesia for surgery and has come back to Stanford Medical School to study this phenomena.

    Dr. Chow’s research interest includes replicating surgical anesthesia techniques associated with patient dreaming, understanding patterns of anesthesia dreams, identifying associated biometrics (EEG) and biomarkers (cortisol) and developing a treatment model for anesthesia dream-based therapy and psychiatric disorders – in particular anxiety disorders such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

    His research group goals include developing a viable therapeutic clinical tool to use anesthesia dreaming to treat and prevent PTSD in patients.

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