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Omokhaye Higo, MD, accepts POD 5 Leader role

Omokhaye Higo, MD

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Omokhaye Higo has accepted a POD 5 Leader role. Dr. Higo will be partnering with fellow anesthesiologist, Dr. Rainer Kentner, as well as with leaders in BJH Perioperative Services and four Surgical Departments – Neurosurgery, Otolaryngology, Orthopaedics, and General Surgery – in providing clinical guidance in one of the busiest and highest acuity surgical PODs on the BJH Campus. With his extensive and diverse international experience, as well as his strong leadership pedigree, Dr. Higo will add tremendous value in this important position. He will collaborate with our surgical and BJH partners and support our clinical staff in promoting patient safety and quality, and efficiency of perioperative care. He will also further our efforts to enhance teamwork, diversity and inclusion, and to ensure that POD 5 is a nurturing and safe environment for all members of the healthcare team, including residents, fellows, SRNAs, medical students, and nursing trainees.

Dr. Higo has impeccable credentials, having trained and practiced at world-class academic medical centers in four countries across three continents. He graduated as a physician at the University of Ilorin in Nigeria. Thereafter, he worked as a Research Assistant in the prestigious St. Thomas’ Hospital in London, UK. He completed his residency training in anesthesiology at Cook County Hospital in Chicago. Dr. Higo subsequently took a position as an anesthesiologist at Raigmore Hospital, Inverness, Scotland. Crossing the Atlantic pond again, he undertook fellowship training in Critical Care Medicine here at BJH / Washington University.

Throughout his career, Dr. Higo has practiced as an intensivist and OR anesthesiologist, in both private and academic settings, and has held several leadership positions. For example, most recently before returning to Washington University, he was the Medical Director in the Division of Anesthesiology at Mercy Hospital in Washington, MO. Dr. Higo is currently an Associate Professor of Anesthesiology in the Division of Critical Care at Washington University. He works as an attending anesthesiologist in BJH operating rooms, as an intensivist in several ICUs across BJC, and as a pioneer in telehealth in the Anesthesiology Control Tower and in the Telemedicine ICU Center.

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Omokhaye Higo and welcoming him to the Anesthesiology Perioperative leadership team.

Molly McCormick, MD 
Chief, Division of General Anesthesiology

Ivan Kangrga, MD, PhD
Vice-Chair for Health System Liaison

Michael Avidan, MBBCh, FCASA
Dr. Seymour and Rose T. Brown Professor of Anesthesiology
Head of the Department of Anesthesiology
Anesthesiologist-in-Chief, Barnes-Jewish Hospital