Richard Edward Moon

Richard Edward Moon
Professor of Anesthesiology
Third Year Mentor - Anesthesiology, Surgery, and Environmental Physiology Study Program (ASEP)
Third Year Mentor - Clinical Research Study Program (CRSP)
Campus mail: 5676 Hafs Bldg, Durham, NC 27710
Phone: (919) 684-8762

Research interests include the study of cardiorespiratory function in humans exposed to environmental conditions ranging from 200 feet of seawater depth to high altitude, gas exchange during diving, the pathophysiology of high altitude pulmonary edema, the effect of anesthesia and postoperative analgesia on pulmonary function and monitoring of tissue oxygenation. Ongoing human studies include the use of fractals to study breathing patterns during environmental and perioperative stress, mechanisms of immersion pulmonary edema and the effect of chemosensitivity on postoperative ventilation and gas exchange.

Education and Training

  • McGill University (Canada), M.D. 1973


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