John F. Bebawy, MD

Associate Professor
Department of Anesthesiology and Neurological Surgery
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
251 E. Huron St., Suite F5-704
Chicago, Illinois 60611, USA


Dr. Bebawy, MD is an Associate Professor of Anesthesiology & Neurological Surgery at Northwestern University. His clinical and research interests and expertise relate to Neuroanesthesia, with a focus on interventions that affect cerebral blood flow and cerebrovascular hemodynamics. Dr. Bebawy completed his Anesthesiology residency and Neurosurgical Anesthesiology fellowship training at Northwestern in 2008, where he is currently faculty, Associate Director of the Neurosurgical Anesthesiology Fellowship Program, and Director of Neurosurgical Anesthesia Education. He is a member of many national and international societies for the advancement of Neurosurgical Anesthesiology, has published widely on various topics in the field, and has spoken at many meetings throughout the world on areas within his expertise. Dr. Bebawy is devoted and committed to the betterment of patient safety through individualized and compassionate clinical care, as well as through his contribution to the scientific community.

Research Interest

His research interests include: Neuroanesthesia, Cerebral blood flow, Cerebral physiology, Cerebral pharmacology, Adenosine, Circulatory arrest, Post-craniotomy hypertension and Awake craniotomy.

Scientific Activities


• (September 1998), F. Edward Hébert Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarship
• (November 2007), Goldberg Charitable Trust Foundation Scholarship (Luzern, Switzerland)
• (October 2008), Society of Neurosurgical Anesthesia and Critical Care Resident Travel Award (Orlando, Florida)
• (August 2013), Melissa FragenFaculty Development Research Award
• (2016), Americas Best Physicians, National Consumer Advisory Board


• (2001-Present), American Medical Association
• (2002-Present), American Society of Anesthesiologists
• (2003-Present), International Anesthesia Research Society
• (2004-Present), Illinois Society of Anesthesiologists
• (2005-Present), Chicago Society of Anesthesiologists
• (2007-Present), Society for Neuroscience in Anesthesiology and Critical Care
• (2008-Present), American Society of Neurophysiological Monitoring
• (2008-Present), Asian Society of Neuroanesthesia and Critical Care



1. Bebawy JF, Gupta DK, Cotton MA, et al. Alternative anterior reference sites for measuring posterior tibial nerve somatosensory evoked potentials. J Clin Monit Comput. 2010; 24(2): 107-111. doi: 10.1007/s10877-009-9216-6.
2. Bebawy JF, Gupta DK, Bendok BR, et al. Adenosine-induced flow arrest to facilitate intracranial aneurysm clip ligation: Dose-response data and safety profile. Anesth Analg. 2010; 110(5): 1406-1411. doi: 10.1213/ANE.0b013e3181d65bf5
3. Lin N, Bebawy JF, Hua L, Wang B. Is L2-L3 interspace spinal anaesthesia safe in disorders of the vertebral column? A magnetic resonance imaging study. Br J Anaesth. 2010; 105(6): 857-862. doi: 10.1093/bja/aeq246
4. Bendok BR, Gupta DK, Rahme RJ, et al. Adenosine for temporary flow arrest during intracranial aneurysm surgery: A single center retrospective review. Neurosurgery. 2011; 69(4): 815-821. doi: 10.1227/NEU.0b013e318226632c
5. Bebawy JF, Ramaiah VK, Zeeni C, Hemmer LB, Koht A, Gupta DK. The effect of furosemide on intravascular volume status and electrolytes in patients receiving mannitol: An intraoperative safety analysis. J Neurosurg Anesthesiol. 2013; 25(1): 51-54. doi: 10.1097/ANA.0b013e318269c335.
6. Bebawy JF, Zeeni C, Sharma S, et al. Adenosine-induced flow arrest to facilitate intracranial aneurysm clip ligation does not worsen neurologic outcome. Anesth Analg. 2013; 117(5): 1205-1210. doi: 10.1213/ANE.0b013e3182a6d31b
7. Sharma D, Bilotta F, Moore LE, et al. Web-based educational activities developed by the Society for Neuroscience in Anesthesiology and Critical Care (SNACC): The experience of process, utilization, and expert evaluation. J Neurosurg Anesthesiol. 2014; 26(1): 4-10. doi: 10.1097/ANA.0b013e31829cf903
8. Hemmer LB, Zeeni C, Bebawy JF, et al. The incidence of unacceptable movement with motor evoked potentials during craniotomy for aneurysm clipping. World Neurosurg. 2014; 81(1): 99-104. doi: 10.1016/j.wneu.2012.05.034
9. Carabini LM, Zeeni C, Moreland NC, et al. Development and validation of a generalizable model for predicting major transfusion during spine fusion surgery. J Neurosurg Anesthesiol. 2014; 26(3): 205-215. doi: 10.1097/ANA.0000000000000014
10. Carabini LM, Zeeni C, Moreland NC, et al. Predicting major adverse cardiac events in spine fusion patients: Is the Revised Cardiac Risk Index sufficient? Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2014; 39(17): 1441-1448. doi: 10.1097/BRS.0000000000000405
11. Zeeni C, Carabini LM, Gould RW, et al. The implementation and efficacy of the Northwestern High Risk Spine Protocol. World Neurosurg. 2014; 82(6): e815-e823. doi: 10.1016/j.wneu.2014.06.020
12. Carabini LM, Navarre WJ, Ault ML, Bebawy JF, Gupta DK. A comparison of hemoglobin measured by co-oximetry and central laboratory during major spine fusion surgery. Anesth Analg. 2015; 120(1): 60-65. doi: 10.1213/ANE.0000000000000418
13. Bebawy JF, Houston CC, Kosky JL, et al. Nicardipine is superior to esmolol for the management of post-craniotomy emergence hypertension: A randomized open-label study. Anesth Analg. 2015; 120(1): 186-192. doi: 10.1213/ANE.0000000000000473
14. Lin N, Li Y, Bebawy JF, Dong J, Hua L. Abdominal circumference but not the degree of lumbar flexion affects the accuracy of lumbar interspace identification by Tuffier’s line palpation method: An observational study. BMC Anesthesiol. 2015; 15(1): 9. doi: 10.1186/1471-2253-15-9


1. Bebawy JF, Koht A. Review: Cottrell and Young’s Neuroanesthesia. Anesth Analg. 2011; 112(2): 488-489.
2. Bebawy JF, Gupta DK, Koht A. Compartment syndrome caused by a properly functioning infusion pump. J Clin Anesth. 2011; 23(2): 134-136. doi: 10.1016/j.jclinane.2009.11.006
3. Bebawy JF. Rocuronium bromide. Anesthesiology. 2011; 114(6): 1486.
4. Bebawy JF. State of the art. Anesthesiology. 2011; 114(6): 1487.
5. Rahme RJ, Adel JG, Bendok BR, Bebawy JF, Gupta DK, Batjer HH. Association of intracranial aneurysm and Loeys-Dietz Syndrome: Case illustration, management, and literature review. Neurosurgery. 2011; 69(2): 488-493. doi: 10.1227/NEU.0b013e318218cf55
6. Bebawy JF, Ramaiah VK, Hemmer LB, Gupta DK. Clinical pharmacology of insulin confounds stroke trials. Ann Neurol. 2012; 71(1): 148-149. doi: 10.1002/ana.22377
7. Bebawy JF. Perioperative steroids for peritumoral intracranial edema: A review of mechanisms, efficacy, and side effects. J Neurosurg Anesthesiol. 2012; 24(3): 173-177. doi: 10.1097/ANA.0b013e3182578bb5.
8. Bendok BR, El Tecle N, El Ahmadieh TY, et al. Comment on: Surgical treatment of 127 anterior choroidal artery aneurysms: A cohort study of resultant ischemic complications. Neurosurgery. 2013; 73(6): 939-940. doi: 10.1227/NEU.0000000000000131
9. Bebawy JF, Bilotta F, Koht A. A modified technique for auriculotemporal nerve blockade when performing selective scalp nerve block for craniotomy. J Neurosurg Anesthesiol. 2014; 26(3): 271-272. doi: 10.1097/ANA.0000000000000032
10. Bebawy JF, Gupta DK. In response. Anesth Analg. 2015; 121(5): 1399-1400.


1. Zeeni C, Bebawy JF, Gupta DK, Koht A. Anesthesia considerations for neurovascular surgery. In: Bendok BR, Batjer HH, Naidech AM, Walker MT, eds. Hemorrhagic and Ischemic Stroke: Medical, Imaging, Surgical, and Interventional Approaches. 1st ed. New York, NY, USA: Thieme; 2012: 171-181.
2. Bebawy JF, Koht A, Mirkovic S. Anterior cervical spine surgery. In: Koht A, Sloan TB, Toleikis JR, eds. Monitoring the Nervous System for Anesthesiologists and Other Health Care Professionals. 1st ed. New York, NY, USA: Springer; 2012: 539-554.
3. Bebawy JF, Koht A. Autonomic hyperreflexia. In: Singh-Radcliff N, ed. The 5-Minute Anesthesia Consult. 1st ed. Philadelphia, PA, USA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2013: 110-111.
4. Bebawy JF, Koht A. Anesthesia for neurosurgery. In: Barash PG, Cullen BF, Stoelting RK, Cahalan MK, Stock MC, Ortega RA, Sharar SR, eds. Clinical Anesthesia Fundamentals. 1st ed. Philadelphia, PA, USA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2015: 557-576.