Alexandre Ouattara MD PhD Anaesthesia and Critical Care

Course and current status


Director of Anesthesia and critical care Residency Program (2015-20)

Professor of Anaesthesia and Critical Care, University of Bordeaux (2011)

Ph. D., Université of Paris (2006)

National board of cardiopulmonary bypass, University of Paris (2005)

National board of Perioperative Echocardiography, University of Paris (2003)

National Board of Anaesthesiologist, University of Poitiers (2000)

M.D Medicine, University of Poitiers (2000)

Master of Science, Cardiovascular Physiology and Biology, University of Paris (1999)


Professional training

2004 - 2000 Anaesthesiology Resident

Department of Anaesthesiology, Jean Bernard Hospital, Poitiers and Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital, Paris, France

1998 - 1999 Research Fellow

Laboratory of Anaesthesiology, Department of Anaesthesiology, University Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France

2001 - 2003 Anaesthesiology Fellow

Cardiovascular Anaesthesia, Department of Anaesthesiology (Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital), University Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France

2003 - 2009 Staff Anaesthesiologist

Cardiovascular Anaesthesia, Department of Anaesthesiology (Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital), University Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France

2009 - 2011 Assistant Professor

Cardiovascular Anaesthesia, Department of Anaesthesiology (Haut-Lévêque Hospital), University Bordeaux Segalen, Bordeaux, France

2010 Professor / Chairman of Department of Anaesthesiology and Critical Care

CHU de Bordeaux, France

2013 - 2018 Associated Editor for Anaesthesia and Critical Care Pain Medicine

Scientific summary

Five to 10% of patients presenting with acute myocardial infarction develop cardiogenic shock. Despite the early myocardial revascularization, optimal pharmacological treatment and the use of short-term mechanical circulatory support, the mortality of cardiogenic shock complicating acute myocardial infarction remains abnormally high. Insights into cardiogenic shock’s pathophysiology remain crucial to the development of new therapeutic approaches. In this context, large animal models may provide a heuristic methodology to test pathophysiological hypotheses and thus new therapies. Our group developed a stable and reproductible closed chest sheep’s model of severe cardiogenic shock due to myocardial infarction. Percutaneous closed-chest models present the advantage to profoundly limit the huge trauma of thoracotomy, thus respecting cardiac and whole-body physiology and favouring recovery. Consequently, our model presents a high rate of survival after the induction of CS. Our experimental set-up could lead to a better understanding of mechanical interaction between short-term mechanical circulatory support and an acutely failing ventricle. The potential usefulness or harmfulness of vasoactive and inotropic drugs in patients assisted with those devices might also be explored in this model. Moreover, the impact of ventricular support on early remodelling of non-ischemic territory could be more fully investigated.

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