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Erik Kraenzler, MD

Erik Kraenzler, MD
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Department Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
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About Erik Kraenzler, MD

Erik J. Kraenzler, M.D. is currently a Senior Staff Anesthesiologist at Cleveland Clinic in the Department of Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology. Since 2012, Dr. Kraenzler also serves as Medical Director of Supply Chain Management. He is board-certified in anesthesiology, critical care medicine and perioperative transesophageal echocardiography. He specializes in cardiothoracic  anesthesiology, intraoperative echocardiography, resident and fellow education, operating room management and efficiency, and supply chain management.

As a clinical practitioner and Supply Chain Manager, Dr. Kraenzler led a task force at Cleveland Clinic to review the Institution’s consumption of Nitric Oxide. The task force he led was comprised of anesthesiologists, surgeons, intensivists, nurses, respiratory therapists and administrators. This task force developed guidelines and protocols for the use of nitric oxide at Cleveland Clinic. As a result of these efforts the consumption of nitric oxide was reduced by two million dollars annually however it has somewhat stabilized at one million dollars per year. Dr. Kraenzler has intense interest in alternative affordable, accessible options to deliver nitric oxide to our current patient population as well as the many others who may benefit from this inhaled agent.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology
Cleveland, OH USA

Residency - Loyola University Medical Center
Maywood, IL USA

Residency - Medical College of Wisconsin Clinics
General Surgery
Milwaukee, WI USA

Internship - Medical College of Wisconsin Clinics
General Surgery
Milwaukee, WI USA

Medical Education - Medical College of Wisconsin
Milwaukee, WI USA

Undergraduate - University of Wisconsin
Madison, WI USA


  • Anesthesiology
  • Anesthesiology - Critical Care Medicine

Specialty Interests

3D echocardiography, assessment and treatment for ventricular dysfunction, cardiac rapid response (CMET) and cardiopulmonary resuscitation, cardiothoracic anesthesia, cardiothoracic anesthesiology, cardiovascular critical care, critical care medicine, fellow and resident education, heparin-induced thrombocytopenia, intraoperative echocardiography, intraoperative TEE, intraoperative transesophageal echocardiography, neurologic protection during aortic surgery, pain management for cardiac patients, perioperative echocardiography, quality assessment and improvement, quality assurance, quality of service, resident teaching, risk stratification, surgery outcomes research, transcutaneous devices in cardiovascular disease, valvular heart disease

Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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To assure professional and commercial integrity in such matters, Cleveland Clinic maintains a program that reviews these collaborations and, when appropriate, puts measures in place to minimize bias that may result from ties to industry. Cleveland Clinic publicly discloses the names of companies when (i) its physicians/scientists receive $5,000 or more per year (or, in rare cases, equity or stock options) for speaking and consulting, (ii) its physicians/scientists serve as a fiduciary, (iii) its physicians/scientists receive or have the right to receive royalties or (iv) its physicians/ scientists hold any equity interest for the physician's/scientist's role as inventor, discoverer, developer, founder or consultant.* In publicly disclosing this information, Cleveland Clinic tries to provide information as accurately as possible about its physicians' and scientists' connections with industry.

As of 7/3/2023, Dr. Kraenzler has reported no financial relationship with industry that is applicable to this listing. In general, patients should feel free to contact their doctor about any of the relationships and how the relationships are overseen by Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.

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