​B.S. Chemical Engineering, University of Virginia, 2001​M.D. Vanderbilt University, 2006

"Our group is interested in the development and/or improvement of several technologies in the related fields of anesthesia and critical care."

Robert H. Thiele, Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Biomedical Engineering

Dr. Thiele is a Charlottesville native and an alumnus of both Charlottesville High School (1997) and the University of Virginia (Chemical Engineering, 2001). He attended medical school at Vanderbilt, completed his internship at Northwestern, his anesthesiology residency at UVA and his critical care fellowship at Duke. He is board certified in anesthesiology, critical care, and advanced perioperative transesophageal echocardiography.

He returned home to UVA and Charlottesville in 2011, joining the anesthesiology faculty as an assistant professor and specializing in cardiothoracic anesthesiology and critical care. He is a strong advocate for patient safety, and is a member of both the Patient Safety Committee at UVA and the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation (Committee on Technology). He is the co-director of UVA’s Enhanced Recovery After Surgery program, which focuses on improving patient satisfaction and reducing complications after surgery.

Dr. Thiele lives with his family in Charlottesville. He and his wife were both members of the UVA track and cross country teams as undergraduates and continue to enjoy running together.


  • Charles Brown Quality Award
  • Mulholland Resident and Fellow Teaching Award
  • Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research Resident Scholar Award

Research Interests

  • Signal and Image Processing

Selected Publications

  • Standardization of care: impact of an enhanced recovery protocol on length of stay, complications, and direct costs after colorectal surgery, Journal of the American College of Surgeons 220 (4), 430-443 ABS RH Thiele, KM Rea, FE Turrentine, CM Friel, TE Hassinger, BJ Goudreau
  • The clinical implications of isolated alpha1 adrenergic stimulation, Anesthesia & Analgesia 113 (2), 297-304 ABS RH Thiele, EC Nemergut, C Lynch III
  • AKI associated with cardiac surgery, Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology 10 (3), 500-514 ABS RH Thiele, JM Isbell, MH Rosner
  • Arterial waveform analysis for the anesthesiologist: past, present, and future concepts, Anesthesia & Analgesia 113 (4), 766-776 ABS RH Thiele, ME Durieux

Featured Grants & Projects

  • Anesthesiology Projects

    Our group is interested in the development and/or improvement of several technologies in the related fields of anesthesia and critical care, including photoplethysmography, transcutaneous venous oximetry, near infrared spectroscopy, arterial waveform analysis, non-invasive hemodynamic monitoring, and ultrasound / doppler signal analysis. In addition to developing our own technology, we have conducted clinical trials of products relatively new to the marketplace (non-invasive hemoglobin, radial tonometry, transcutaneous CO2).