Department Faculty


Richard Hotchkiss, MD

Professor of Anesthesiology, Medicine, Surgery, Molecular Biology and Pharmacology

Research Interests

The focus of the Hotchkiss Lab is defining new methods for the treatment of sepsis, a highly lethal disorder which occurs during severe overwhelming infection.  Sepsis is the host response that occurs due to the presence of bacteria and/or their products within the bloodstream.  The host response to sepsis can be manifested in a number of ways, including increased or decreased body temperature, increased heart rate, elevated white blood cell count, rapid respiratory rate, altered mental status, shock, and multiple organ dysfunction.  Patients with a severe life-threatening form of sepsis in which there is evidence of inadequate organ perfusion (for example, shock, decreased renal function, depressed mental state, etc.) are stated to be in septic shock.