Mark Rockoff

Mark Rockoff, MD

Associate Anesthesiologist-in-Chief

Professor of Anaesthesia, Harvard Medical School

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Medical Services


  • Neuroanesthesia
  • Anesthesia


  • Anesthesiology Perioperative and Pain Medicine


  • English


  • Division of Perioperative Anesthesia
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Mark Rockoff


My philosophy of care is simply to treat every child and family as I would want my own treated.

Experience and Education


Medical School

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 1973

Baltimore, MD

Pediatrics Internship

Massachusetts General Hospital, 1973-1974

Boston, MA

Anesthesiology Residency

Massachusetts General Hospital, 1975-1977

Boston, MA

Pediatrics Residency

Massachusetts General Hospital, 1974-1975

Boston, MA

Neuroanesthesiology Fellowship

University of California Medical Center, 1978-1979

San Diego, CA


  • American Board of Anesthesiology, Critical Care Medicine

  • American Board of Anesthesiology, Pediatric Anesthesiology


Research Focus Area
Neuroanesthesia; Medical History

For more information, please visit my research profile.


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  1. Rockoff MA. Developing Perioperative Physicians. Anesthesiology. 2016 Jan; 124(1):245.
  2. Truog RD, Cohen G, Rockoff MA. Ethical considerations surrounding lethal injection--reply. JAMA. 2014 Nov 05; 312(17):1804-5.
  3. Morris SD, Morris AJ, Rockoff MA. Freeman Allen: Boston's pioneering physician anesthetist. Anesth Analg. 2014 Nov; 119(5):1186-93.
  4. Truog RD, Cohen IG, Rockoff MA. Physicians, medical ethics, and execution by lethal injection. JAMA. 2014 Jun 18; 311(23):2375-6.
  5. Murray L, Hendren WH, Mayer JE, Rockoff MA. "A thrill of extreme magnety": Robert E. Gross and the beginnings of cardiac surgery. J Pediatr Surg. 2013 Aug; 48(8):1822-5.
  6. McClain CD, Rockoff MA, Soriano SG. Anesthetic concerns for pediatric patients in an intraoperative MRI suite. Curr Opin Anaesthesiol. 2011 Oct; 24(5):480-6.
  7. Brown DL, Rockoff MA. Certification in sleep medicine. Anesthesiology. 2011 Jul; 115(1):217; author reply 217.
  8. Vendrame M, Kaleyias J, Loddenkemper T, Smith E, McClain C, Rockoff M, Manganaro S, McKenzie B, Gao L, Scott M, Bourgeois B, Kothare SV. Electroencephalogram monitoring during intracranial surgery for moyamoya disease. Pediatr Neurol. 2011 Jun; 44(6):427-32.
  9. Rockoff MA. Stereotactic radiosurgery for the management of brain metastases. N Engl J Med. 2010 Aug 05; 363(6):592; author reply 592-3.
  10. Galvin S, Dewan J, Rockoff MA. Betty Lank: a kind and gentle anesthetist devoted to children. AANA J. 2009 Jun; 77(3):176-80.
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  12. Soriano SG, Eldredge EA, Rockoff MA. Pediatric neuroanesthesia. Neuroimaging Clin N Am. 2007 May; 17(2):259-67.
  13. McClain CD, Soriano SG, Goumnerova LC, Black PM, Rockoff MA. Detection of unanticipated intracranial hemorrhage during intraoperative magnetic resonance image-guided neurosurgery. Report of two cases. J Neurosurg. 2007 May; 106(5 Suppl):398-400.
  14. Wise-Faberowski L, Soriano SG, Ferrari L, McManus ML, Wolfsdorf JI, Majzoub J, Scott RM, Truog R, Rockoff MA. Perioperative management of diabetes insipidus in children. J Neurosurg Anesthesiol. 2004 Jul; 16(3):220-5.
  15. Scott RM, Smith JL, Robertson RL, Madsen JR, Soriano SG, Rockoff MA. Long-term outcome in children with moyamoya syndrome after cranial revascularization by pial synangiosis. J Neurosurg. 2004 Feb; 100(2 Suppl Pediatrics):142-9.
  16. Wise-Faberowski L, Soriano SG, Ferrari L, McManus ML, Wolfsdorf JI, Majzoub J, Scott RM, Truog R, Rockoff MA. Perioperative management of diabetes insipidus in children [corrected]. J Neurosurg Anesthesiol. 2004 Jan; 16(1):14-9.
  17. Shenkman Z, Rockoff MA, Eldredge EA, Korf BR, Black PM, Soriano SG. Anaesthetic management of children with tuberous sclerosis. Paediatr Anaesth. 2002 Oct; 12(8):700-4.
  18. Soriano SG, Eldredge EA, Rockoff MA. Pediatric neuroanesthesia. Anesthesiol Clin North America. 2002 Jun; 20(2):389-404.
  19. Polaner DM, Houck CS, Rockoff MA, Mancuso TJ, Finley GA, Maxwell LG, Cravero J, Kain ZN, Bell C, Bosenberg A, Zwass M, Valley R, Agarwal R, Savarese A, Rice LJ, Coté CJ, Davidson PJ, Ferrari LR, Davis PJ. Sedation, risk, and safety: do we really have data at last? Pediatrics. 2001 Oct; 108(4):1006-8.
  20. Goobie SM, Soriano SG, Zurakowski D, McGowan FX, Rockoff MA. Hemostatic changes in pediatric neurosurgical patients as evaluated by thrombelastograph. Anesth Analg. 2001 Oct; 93(4):887-92.
  21. Rockoff MA, Thompson JE. The diagnosis of brain death. N Engl J Med. 2001 Aug 23; 345(8):616; author reply 617-8.
  22. Soriano SG, Eldredge EA, Wang FK, Kull L, Madsen JR, Black PM, Riviello JJ, Rockoff MA. The effect of propofol on intraoperative electrocorticography and cortical stimulation during awake craniotomies in children. Paediatr Anaesth. 2000; 10(1):29-34.
  23. Shenkman Z, Holzman RS, Kim C, Ferrari LR, DiCanzio J, Highfield ES, Van Keuren K, Kaptchuk T, Kenna MA, Berde CB, Rockoff MA. Acupressure-acupuncture antiemetic prophylaxis in children undergoing tonsillectomy. Anesthesiology. 1999 May; 90(5):1311-6.
  24. Ferrari LR, Rooney FM, Rockoff MA. Preoperative fasting practices in pediatrics. Anesthesiology. 1999 Apr; 90(4):978-80.
  25. Rockoff MA, Hall SC. Subspecialty training in pediatric anesthesiology: what does it mean? Anesth Analg. 1997 Dec; 85(6):1185-90.
  26. Rockoff M, Coté C, Kaplan R. Sedation for procedures. Pediatrics. 1997 Dec; 100(6):1045-6; author reply 1047-8.
  27. Eldredge EA, Rockoff MA, Medlock MD, Scott RM, Millis MB. Postoperative cerebral edema occurring in children with slit ventricles. Pediatrics. 1997 Apr; 99(4):625-30.
  28. Blum RH, Rockoff MA, Holzman RS, McDermott J, Schneider LC. Overreaction to latex allergy? Anesth Analg. 1997 Feb; 84(2):467-8.
  29. Furst SR, Sullivan LJ, Soriano SG, McDermott JS, Adelson PD, Rockoff MA. Effects of ondansetron on emesis in the first 24 hours after craniotomy in children. Anesth Analg. 1996 Aug; 83(2):325-8.
  30. Soriano SG, McManus ML, Sullivan LJ, Rockoff MA, Black PM, Burrows FA. Cerebral blood flow velocity after mannitol infusion in children. Can J Anaesth. 1996 May; 43(5 Pt 1):461-6.
  31. Eldredge EA, Soriano SG, Rockoff MA. Neuroanesthesia. Neurosurg Clin N Am. 1995 Jul; 6(3):505-20.
  32. Stokes MA, Soriano SG, Tarbell NJ, Loeffler JS, Alexander E, Black PM, Rockoff MA. Anesthesia for stereotactic radiosurgery in children. J Neurosurg Anesthesiol. 1995 Apr; 7(2):100-8.
  33. Adelson PD, Black PM, Madsen JR, Kramer U, Rockoff MA, Riviello JJ, Helmers SL, Mikati M, Holmes GL. Use of subdural grids and strip electrodes to identify a seizure focus in children. Pediatr Neurosurg. 1995; 22(4):174-80.
  34. Soriano SG, McManus ML, Sullivan LJ, Scott RM, Rockoff MA. Doppler sensor placement during neurosurgical procedures for children in the prone position. J Neurosurg Anesthesiol. 1994 Jul; 6(3):153-5.
  35. Kaus SJ, Rockoff MA. Malignant hyperthermia. Pediatr Clin North Am. 1994 Feb; 41(1):221-37.
  36. Henderson KH, Lu JK, Strauss KJ, Treves ST, Rockoff MA. Radiation exposure of anesthesiologists. J Clin Anesth. 1994 Jan-Feb; 6(1):37-41.
  37. Black PM, Tarbell NJ, Alexander E, Rockoff M, Zhan MS, Loeffler J. Stereotactic techniques in managing pediatric brain tumors. Childs Nerv Syst. 1993 Sep; 9(6):343-6; discussion 347.
  38. Truog RD, Rockoff MA. DNR in the OR: further questions. J Clin Anesth. 1992 May-Jun; 4(3):177-80.
  39. Truog RD, Rockoff MA, Brustowicz RM. DNR in the OR. JAMA. 1992 Mar 18; 267(11):1466-7.
  40. Rockoff MA. History of anesthesiology in Germany. J Clin Anesth. 1991 Nov-Dec; 3(6):479-80.
  41. Truog RD, Rockoff MA. Ethical issues in pediatric anesthesia. Semin Anesth. 1991 Sep; 10(3):187-94.
  42. Truog RD, Arnold JH, Rockoff MA. Sedation before ventilator withdrawal: medical and ethical considerations. J Clin Ethics. 1991; 2(2):127-9.
  43. Murphy KG, Secunda JA, Rockoff MA. Severe burns from a pulse oximeter. Anesthesiology. 1990 Aug; 73(2):350-2.
  44. Weissman DB, Jackson SH, Heicher DA, Rockoff MA. Benzyl alcohol administration in neonates. Anesth Analg. 1990 Jun; 70(6):673-4.
  45. Loeffler JS, Rossitch E, Siddon R, Moore MR, Rockoff MA, Alexander E. Role of stereotactic radiosurgery with a linear accelerator in treatment of intracranial arteriovenous malformations and tumors in children. Pediatrics. 1990 May; 85(5):774-82.
  46. Rockoff MA. History of conjoined twins. Anesthesiology. 1988 May; 68(5):823-4.
  47. Sethna NF, Rockoff MA, Worthen HM, Rosnow JM. Anesthesia-related complications in children with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Anesthesiology. 1988 Mar; 68(3):462-5.
  48. Winston KR, Rockoff MA, Mulliken JB, Strand RD, Murray JE. Surgical division of craniopagi. Neurosurgery. 1987 Dec; 21(6):782-91.
  49. Harris MM, Yemen TA, Davidson A, Strafford MA, Rowe RW, Sanders SP, Rockoff MA. Venous embolism during craniectomy in supine infants. Anesthesiology. 1987 Nov; 67(5):816-9.
  50. Sethna NF, Rockoff MA. Cardiac arrest following inhalation induction of anaesthesia in a child with Duchenne's muscular dystrophy. Can Anaesth Soc J. 1986 Nov; 33(6):799-802.
  51. Harris MM, Strafford MA, Rowe RW, Sanders SP, Winston KR, Rockoff MA. Venous air embolism and cardiac arrest during craniectomy in a supine infant. Anesthesiology. 1986 Nov; 65(5):547-50.
  52. Rockoff MA. Central diabetes insipidus caused by brain death. Am J Dis Child. 1986 Nov; 140(11):1093.
  53. Seeman RG, Rockoff MA. Preoperative anxiety: the pediatric patient. Int Anesthesiol Clin. 1986; 24(4):1-15.
  54. Krane EJ, Rockoff MA, Wallman JK, Wolfsdorf JI. Subclinical brain swelling in children during treatment of diabetic ketoacidosis. N Engl J Med. 1985 May 02; 312(18):1147-51.
  55. Kurachek SC, Rockoff MA. Inadvertent intravenous administration of racemic epinephrine. JAMA. 1985 Mar 08; 253(10):1441-2.
  56. Schwartz L, Rockoff MA, Koka BV. Masseter spasm with anesthesia: incidence and implications. Anesthesiology. 1984 Dec; 61(6):772-5.
  57. Outwater KM, Rockoff MA. Diabetes insipidus accompanying brain death in children. Neurology. 1984 Sep; 34(9):1243-6.
  58. Rockoff MA, Gang DL, Vacanti JP. Fatal pulmonary embolism following removal of a central venous catheter. J Pediatr Surg. 1984 Jun; 19(3):307-9.
  59. Outwater KM, Rockoff MA. Apnea testing to confirm brain death in children. Crit Care Med. 1984 Apr; 12(4):357-8.
  60. Rockoff MA, Pascucci RC. Reye's syndrome. Emerg Med Clin North Am. 1983 Apr; 1(1):87-100.
  61. Levy JH, Rockoff MA. Anaphylaxis to meperidine. Anesth Analg. 1982 Mar; 61(3):301-3.
  62. Rockoff MA. Does lumbar CSF pressure accurately reflect intracranial pressure? Pediatrics. 1981 May; 67(5):746-7.
  63. Rockoff MA, Goudsouzian NG. Seizures induced by methohexital. Anesthesiology. 1981 Apr; 54(4):333-5.
  64. Moss J, Rockoff M. EEG monitoring during cardiac arrest and resuscitation. JAMA. 1980 Dec 19; 244(24):2750-1.
  65. Gilroy BA, Rockoff MA, Dunlop BJ, Shapiro HM. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation in the nonhuman primate. J Am Vet Med Assoc. 1980 Nov 01; 177(9):867-9.
  66. Rockoff MA, Naughton KV, Shapiro HM, Ingvar M, Ray KF, Gagnon RL, Marshall LF. Cerebral circulatory and metabolic responses to intravenously administered lorazepam. Anesthesiology. 1980 Sep; 53(3):215-8.
  67. Rockoff MA, Marshall LF, Shapiro HM. High-dose barbiturate therapy in humans: a clinical review of 60 patients. Ann Neurol. 1979 Sep; 6(3):194-9.
  68. Rockoff MA, Shapiro HM. Barbiturates following cardiac arrest: possible benefit or Pandora's box? Anesthesiology. 1978 Dec; 49(6):385-7.
  69. Rockoff MA. Hot flashes in the operating room. Anesthesiology. 1978 Nov; 49(5):377-8.
  70. Rockoff MA. Interactions between medical students and nursing personnel. J Med Educ. 1973 Aug; 48(8):725-31.
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