Melissa Bauer, DO is an Associate Professor of Anesthesiology at Duke University. She provides anesthesia for high-risk obstetric patients and focuses her research on reducing maternal morbidity and mortality from maternal sepsis.
Her research is centered on the early identification and treatment of maternal sepsis. She has published multiple studies identifying the differences and difficulties of diagnosis of sepsis in pregnant women. She has given multiple national lectures on maternal sepsis to educate health care providers on how to improve sepsis care. She served as an editor for the California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative Maternal Sepsis toolkit, which provides step-by-step instructions for hospitals on how to implement screening and treatment for maternal sepsis. She is currently working with the state of Michigan to implement this screening and treatment statewide to improve care for pregnant women.
She graduated from Michigan State College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed residency in Anesthesiology at the University of Michigan. She subsequently completed a fellowship in Critical Care at New York Presbyterian Hospital at Columbia followed by a fellowship in Obstetric Anesthesiology at the University of Michigan.