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Nikolaos Skubas, MD

Nikolaos Skubas, MD
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Department Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English, Greek
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About Nikolaos Skubas, MD

Dr. Skubas earned his medical degree from Aristoteles University in Thessaloniki, Greece. He completed his internship and anesthesiology residency at University Hospitals Case Medical Center and a two-year fellowship in Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology at Washington University in St. Louis, Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Dr. Skubas is a fellow of the American Society of Echocardiography (FASE) and American College of Cardiology (FACC).

Dr. Skubas served as an Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology at Washington University until 2000, when he returned to his native country to practice cardiac anesthesia with a private group. He was recruited by Weill Cornell Medicine in 2002 to lead the echocardiography activities of the Division of Cardiac Anesthesia. He became Director of Cardiac Anesthesia in 2009. During his tenure at Weill Cornell Medicine, he was instrumental in launching the heart surgery activities at New York Methodist Hospital in 2004. Dr. Skubas fostered the programmatic evolution of the Division of Cardiac Anesthesia via its collaboration with the transcatheter valve program, echocardiographic services for percutaneous interventions and, in 2016, the launching of robotic heart surgery. He has served on a number of departmental committees.

Dr. Skubas has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals, and co-authored practice guidelines sponsored by the American Society of Echocardiography, American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association. He has authored many book chapters and is a co-editor of the Problem-Oriented Patient Management, 8th edition. He has served on the editorial board of the journal Anesthesia and Analgesia (A & A) since 2005 and he is the Executive Section Editor for Perioperative Echocardiography and Cardiovascular Education for A & A. He also is an associate editor for the journal Anesthesiology.

Dr. Skubas is serving as a Co-Chair of the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists Annual Comprehensive Review & Update of Perioperative Echo Meeting, the largest perioperative echocardiography meeting of its kind. He also is a member of the Basic Perioperative Transesophageal Echocardiography (Basic PTeXAM) Writing Committee of the National Board of Echocardiography, which provides board certification in echocardiography. Dr. Skubas also is the Chair of the Fellow of the American Society of Echocardiography (FASE) Advisory Committee.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Saint Louis University School of Medicine
Cardiothoracic Anesthesia
St. Louis, MO USA

Residency - University Hospitals Case Medical Center
Cleveland, OH USA

Medical Education - Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki Faculty of Medicine

Additional Training

  • Medical and Board Certification

     “Ptychion Iatrikis”
    (M.D.), Aristoteles University, Thessaloniki, Greece, 6/1988 
  • Educational Committee for Foreign Medical Graduates Certificate #440-215-2
  • Diplomate, American Board of Anesthesiology, #27526 (valid indefinitely), April 26, 1996
  • Perioperative Transesophageal Echocardiography Special Competency Exam (PTEeXAM), April 28, 1999 
  • Diplomate, National Board of Echocardiography, Perioperative Transesophageal Echocardiography (valid through 2019)
  • American Board of Anesthesiology Recertification Examination, #27526 (valid through December 31, 2015)
  • Doctor in Science (Διδακτορικ? Διατριβ?) “Calcium Channel Blockers and Arterial Grafts in Cardiac Surgery”, Aristoteles University, Thessaloniki, Greece, December 2001
  • Fellow of the American Society of Echocardiography, March 2007
  • Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, June 2015

Professional Highlights

  • National Committees : 

    Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists

    Co-chair, Annual Comprehensive Review & Update of Perioperative Echo Meeting, 2011- 2017
  • Committee on Continuous Medical Education, 2011 - 2017
  • Nominating Committee, 2013 – 2017 
  • Scientific Program Committee for Annual Comprehensive Review & Update of Perioperative Echo Meeting, 2010 – present
  • Education Committee: 2008 – 2011
  • Scientific Program Committee for Annual Meeting and Workshops: 2005 – 2009

     American Society of Echocardiography

    Chair of FASE Advisory Committee, 2015 - 2017
  • Council on Perioperative Echocardiography representative on ASE’s Education Committee: 2016 - 2017
  • FASE Advisory Committee: 2008 – 2011, 2012 – 2015 
  • SeeMyHeart Taskforce: 2008 – 2010
  • Intraoperative Council Board: 2008 – 2011
  • Advocacy Committee: 2011 – 2012  

    American College of Cardiology Foundation and American Heart Association

    Guidelines on Valvular Heart Disease Writing Committee, 2012 – 2014

     Post Graduate Assembly, New York State Society of Anesthesiologists

    Problem-based Lunch Discussion Committee: 2007 – 2014
  • Committee on Continuous Quality Improvement and Peer Review: 2015 - 2016

     National Board of Echocardiography 

    Basic Perioperative Transesophageal Echocardiography (Basic PTeXAM) Writing Committee, 2009 – present
  • Coding of videos for the Perioperative Transesophageal Echocardiography Competency Examination, June 2008
  • Perioperative Transesophageal Echocardiography (PTEexam) 2004 Standard Setting Committee, Philadelphia January 14, 2004 

     American Society of Anesthesiologists

    Ad Hoc Committee for Basic TEE Examination, 2010 - present
  • Committee on Education Track, Sub-committee on Cardiac Anesthesiology, 2014 - present -
  • Committee in Cardiovascular and Thoracic Anesthesiology, 2014 -


  • Echocardiography
  • Anesthesiology

Awards & Honors

  • Award for Teaching Excellence in the Anesthesiology Clerkship, Weill Cornell Medical College, June 4, 2007
  • Award for Teaching Excellence, Weill Cornell Medical College, June 22, 2010


  • American Society of Anesthesiologists
  • International Anesthesia Research Society
  • Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists
  • American Society of Echocardiography
  • Association of Cardiac Anesthesiologists
  • Association of University Anesthesiologists
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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