Peter Von Homeyer M.D., F.A.S.E.

Peter Von Homeyer M.D., F.A.S.E.
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  • English
  • German


  • Anesthesiology
  • Cardiovascular Surgery
  • Critical Care Medicine
  • Echocardiography
  • Pain Medicine
  • Surgery
  • Transplant Surgery


Dr. von Homeyer is a UW assistant professor of anesthesiology and an adjunct assistant professor of surgery. His clinical expertise is in cardiothoracic and vascular anesthesia as well as in critical care medicine, with a particular interest in postoperative care of patients after cardiothoracic or vascular surgery.

His academic interests are in quality improvement and safety in cardiac anesthesia and critical care. He also participates in research efforts around education using simulation training. When it comes to perioperative care of the patient with cardiovascular disease, his particular research interest lies in optimization of care for patients following thoracic organ transplantation.

Dr. von Homeyer received his medical education from the Free University of Berlin Medical School in Germany. This was followed by an anesthesiology residency and two years of fellowship training in cardiac anesthesia and critical care at the University Hospital in Muenster, Germany.

He is board certified in anesthesiology and critical care by the German Board of Medical Specialties. He joined the cardiothoracic anesthesia division at UW as a visiting professor in 2008 and transitioned to permanent faculty in 2010. He served as the interim chief of the cardiothoracic anesthesia division from late 2012 through early 2014. He was instrumental in creating and starting the cardiothoracic ICU service at UWMC in 2011, and he is currently a co-director of this ICU.

He is trained and board certified in advanced perioperative echocardiography and also a fellow of the American Society of Echocardiography. He is actively involved in both resident and fellow teaching curricula. He also earned a certificate in medical management from UW in 2013.

Patient Care Philosophy

I enjoy taking care of patients at particular risk of having perioperative complications from cardiovascular disease. At UWMC we treat some of the sickest cardiovascular patients in the region and I am dedicated to providing outstanding comprehensive perioperative care to all of them. Being involved in intraoperative as well as postoperative care gives me a tremendous opportunity to assess and potentially improve patient care protocols and pathways.

As a physician I am concerned about first and foremost is being the patient's advocate and doing the right thing. In our patient population and era of advanced therapies, this often is a challenging thing to do. I have a particular interest in risk stratification and assessment of feasibility from a medical, technological and ethical standpoint.

Clinical Interests

Cardiothoracic and vascular anesthesia; anesthesia for patients with advanced heart failure receiving mechanical circulatory support; anesthesia for patients undergoing thoracic organ transplantation; echocardiography; cardiothoracic critical care.

Research Interests

Heart failure, mechanical circulatory support, and heart transplantation; lung transplantation; extracorporeal life support; neuroprotection; quality improvement and safety; simulation in medical education


Institution Credential Year
Free University of Berlin Medical education 2001
University Hospital of Muenster Internship
University Hospital of Muenster Residency
University Hospital of Muenster Other Education
University Hospital of Muenster Fellowship
Degree Institution Year
MD Free University of Berlin 2001