Brian T. Bateman

Associate Professor

Brian T. Bateman, MD, MS holds appointments as the Chief of the Division of Obstetric Anesthesia in the Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and as a researcher in the Division of Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomics in the Department of Medicine.  He is a co-director of the Harvard Program on Perinatal and Pediatric Pharmacoepidemiology (H4P, http://www.harvardpreg.org). He is also an Associate Professor of Anaesthesia at Harvard Medical School.


His research interests focus on pharmacoepidemiology in pregnancy and the epidemiology of pregnancy related complications. He has published extensively on the use of opioids during pregnancy and its consequences, the safety of cardiovascular medications in pregnancy, predictors of severe maternal morbidity and mortality, and medication safety in the perioperative period.


He is currently funded by the NIH, FDA, and various industry sponsors. He is an associate editor of the journal Anesthesiology and of Chestnut’s Obstetric Anesthesia: Principles and Practices, the leading textbook in the field of obstetric anesthesia. He served as a voting member of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Anesthetic and Analgesic Drug Products Advisory Committee. He has also served on expert panels for the Department of Health and Human Services, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Food and Drug Administration, the National Institutes of Health, and the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, and has served as an expert reviewer for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. He was a technical consultant for Joint Commission’s recent revision of the pain management standards.  He has served on multiple review panels at the National Institutes of Health and at the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute.  He is on the Board of Directors for the Society for Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology.  His awards include being selected as the James E. Cottrell, M.D., Presidential Scholar by the American Society of Anesthesiology and the Gerard Ostheimer Lecturer by the Society for Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology.


He received his Bachelor’s degree from Yale College where he was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa and Doctor of Medicine from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons where he was inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha and was awarded the Janeway Prize for the highest achievement and abilities in the graduating class. He received a Master’s of Science in Epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health. He completed an Internship in internal medicine at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and a Residency and Chief Residency in Anesthesia, Critical Care, and Pain Medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital.