Launched in 2003, JLR's research office is investigating promising new developments and treatments in the field of anesthesiology. As reported by the American Society of Anesthesiologists, some of the greatest advances in surgery and medicine have emerged thanks to anesthesiology's developments in patient monitoring, better anesthetic agents and new drug therapies.
With a goal of continually improving patient care and safety, research in the field is focusing on areas like pain therapy, infection control, organ transplantation and difficult airway management in a variety of subspecialties, including geriatric, obstetric, pediatric, cardiovascular, critical care, ambulatory and neurosurgical anesthesia
JLR's current research efforts focus on the development of a Perioperative Pain Research Center at Florida Hospital Winter Park which is designed to serve as an internationally-recognized center of excellence in perioperative care of patients undergoing painful surgeries. Since its inception in 2012, the Winter Park research center, a partnership between JLR and Florida Hospital, has launched several key initiatives:
Thomas Looke, MD
Director of Research and Co-director of the Division of Regional Anesthesia and Acute Pain Management
Thomas Looke, MD, has served as JLR’s director of research since 2003 and is currently working with the leadership team at Florida Hospital Winter Park to establish a Perioperative Pain Research Center at that facility. Throughout his career, Dr. Looke has authored numerous protocols that improved patient safety and satisfaction, and has served in a variety of leadership positions within JLR and Florida Hospital, including Chief of Regional Anesthesia Services for Florida Hospital, authoring the regional anesthesia protocols used in the Orthopaedic Center of Excellence. He was awarded the Florida Hospital Medical Staff Award for Excellence in 2007 for his success in improving total joint surgery patient outcomes and satisfaction through improved regional anesthesia services. Dr. Looke joined JLR in 2001 after completing medical school and his anesthesiology residency training at the University of Florida. He graduated from the Naval Academy in 1983 and served as a combat officer and engineer in the U.S. Navy prior to entering medical school. While in the Navy, he also earned a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Caltech in Pasadena, California, in 1984, and a PhD in the same field from Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada, in 1992.