Walter Maurer, MD


Walter Maurer, MD

Appointed: 1989

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Walter Maurer, MD
Department: General Anesthesiology
Section Head
Location: Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Mail Code E31
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195
Type of Doctor:
Adults Only

Biographical Sketch

Walter Maurer, MD, is the Section Chief for Non-Operating Room Anesthesia (NORA) within the Anesthesiology Institute at Cleveland Clinic. He is board-certified in internal medicine and anesthesiology.

Dr. Maurer received his medical degree from Ohio State University College of Medicine after receiving a bachelor and masters of science in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He did his internal medicine training at Los Angeles County Hospital and his residency at the University of Oregon Health Sciences Center.

After practicing internal medicine for six years, Dr. Maurer came to Cleveland Clinic, where he completed an anesthesia residency and then subsequently became a member of the professional staff. His areas of interest are in preoperative evaluation, ambulatory anesthesia, quality improvement, and Non-Operating Room Anesthesia (NORA).

He has been at Cleveland Clinic for 28 years, having served as President of the Medical Staff and as a member of the Board of Governors. For seven years, he guided the Cleveland Clinic Health System Office of Quality Management through the ever-demanding area of quality improvement.

He has done much research in ambulatory anesthesia, anesthesia for plastic and cosmetic surgery, and anesthesia for gastroenterology endoscopies. Past President of the Society for Ambulatory Anesthesia and Chair of the American Society for Anesthesiologist Quality Management and Departmental Administration Committee, On the Board of Directors for the Society for Non-Operting Room Interventionalists and Anesthesiologists. Board Certified in Anesthesiology and Internal Medicine. Masters in Mechanical Engineering from MIT. 15 years listed as a "Top Doctor in Northeast Ohio". Former Member of CCF Board of Governors and President of the CCF Medical Staff.

Professional Highlights

  • President of Medical Staff, 2001
  • Associate Chief of Staff, 2002-2006
  • Member, Board of Governors, Cleveland Clinic, 2002-2006
  • Director of Office of Quality Management, Cleveland Clinic, 2001-2007

Education & Fellowships

Residency - Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH USA
Residency - Oregon Health Sciences University Hospital
Internal Medicine
Portland, OR USA
Internship - University of Southern California Medical Center
Internal Medicine
Los Angeles, CA USA
Medical School - The Ohio State University College of Medicine and Public Health
Columbus, OH USA
Undergraduate - Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, MA USA


  • Anesthesiology
  • Internal Medicine

Specialty Interests

ambulatory anesthesia, anesthesia for interventional pulmonology, anesthesia for lithotripsy, anesthesia for major abdominal and vascular surgery, anesthesia for orthopedic surgery, anesthesia for patients with difficult airways, anesthesia for urological surgery, anesthesia for vascular surgery, anesthesia recovery, blood conservation, clinical pharmacology, clinical research, computer technology in anesthesia, continuous quality improvement, department of outcomes research and the associated outcomes research consortium, difficult airway, difficult airway management, education, education in anesthesia, education in anesthesiology, ENT, ENT anesthesia, general and ambulatory anesthesia, general and vascular anesthesiology, general anesthesia, genitourinary and gynecologic anesthesia, genitourinary anesthesia, graduate/medical student education, medical technology & innovation, minimally invasive surgery, MIS anesthesthesia, nutrition, office-based anesthesia, operating room management, orthopaedic anesthesia, outcomes research, outpatient anesthesia, patient safety, patient simulation, perioperative anesthesia evaluation, perioperative management, perioperative medicine, physician teaching and training, preoperative assessment, preoperative evaluation, research and teaching clinical anesthesia, esidency training, resident education, resident teaching, urologic surgery, urology & GYN, vascular anesthesia

Awards & Honors

  • President, Society for Ambulatory Anesthesia
  • Top Docs in Northeastern Ohio, since 1998
  • Best Doctors in America, since 1998


  • American Society of Anesthesiologists
  • Society for Ambulatory Anesthesia
  • Ohio Society of Anesthesiologists
  • American Association of Clinical Directors
  • Society for Technology in Anesthesia
  • Society for Non-Operting Room Interventionalists and Anesthesiologists

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. The 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, the Cleveland Clinic tries to provide information as accurately as possible about its physicians' and scientists' connections with industry.

As of 3/19/2014, Dr. Maurer 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 the Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about the Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.

Public Health Service-Reportable Financial Conflicts of Interest. Cleveland Clinic scientists and physicians engage in basic, translational and clinical research activities, working to solve health problems, enhance patient care and improve quality of life for patients. Interactions with industry are essential to bringing the researchers’ discoveries to the public, but can present the potential for conflicts of interest related to their research activities. Click here to view a listing of instances where Cleveland Clinic has identified a Public Health Service (PHS)-Reportable Financial Conflict of Interest and has put measures in place to ensure that, to the extent possible, the design, conduct and reporting of the research is free from bias.

* Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists subscribe to the guidance presented in the PhRMA Code on Interactions with Healthcare Professionals and the AdvaMed Code of Ethics on Interactions with Health Care Professionals. As such, gifts of substantial value are generally prohibited.

Languages Spoken

  • English

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