Matthew Townsley, M.D.

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Matt Townsley, M.D.
Assistant Professor and Fellowship Program Director
Division of Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology
Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine
UAB School of Medicine

Subspecialty and Areas of Interest

Dr. Matt Townsley is an assistant professor in the Division of Cardiothoracic Anesthesia. He joined the faculty in 2010. He also serves as the program director for the Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology Fellowship Program.

He specializes in cardiothoracic anesthesiology and perioperative echocardiography. His other interests include general clinical anesthesiology, as well as resident and fellow education.

Dr. Townsley may be reached at or 205-934-7424.

Education and Degrees

Emory University School of Medicine, Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology Fellowship, 2010

UAB School of Medicine, Anesthesiology Residency, 2009

Orlando Regional Healthcare, Internship, Internal Medicine, 2006

University of South Florida College of Medicine, M.D., 2005

Rollins College, B.A. (Biology), 2001

Professional Awards and Honors

Teacher of the Year (UAB Anesthesiology Residency Program), 2011

Top Ten Teachers of the Year (UAB Anesthesiology Residency Program):  2010, 2011, 2012

Professional Societies

American Society of Anesthesiologists

Alabama State Society of Anesthesiologists

International Anesthesia Research Society

Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists

American Society of Echocardiography

Society of Academic Anesthesiology Associations

Association of Anesthesiology Subspecialty Program Directors

Recent Publications


Hymel BJ, Townsley MM. Echocardiographic Assessment of Systolic Anterior Motion of the Mitral Valve. Anesth Analg. Accepted for publication.

Townsley MM, Chen EP, Sniecinski RM. Cleft Posterior Mitral Valve Leaflet:  Identification Using Three-Dimensional Transesophageal Echocardiography. Anesth Analg. 2010;111:1366-1368.


Townsley MM, Martin DE.  Anesthetic Management for the Surgical Treatment of Valvular Heart Disease. In: Hensley FA, Martin DE, Gravlee GP, eds. A Practical Approach to Cardiac Anesthesia. 5th edition.   Philadelphia, PA: Wolter Kluwer/Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins; 2013: 319-358.

Townsley MM, Shelton ML. Anesthetic Considerations for Patients with Pericardial Disease. In: Hensley FA, Martin DE, Gravlee GP, eds. A Practical Approach to Cardiac Anesthesia. 5th edition.  Philadelphia, PA: Wolter Kluwer/Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins; 2013: 571-586.


Townsley MM.  “Cardiovascular System: Physiology: Venous Return: Vascular Compliance/Venous Capacitance; Controlling Factors, Muscle Action; Intrathoracic Pressure; Body Position, Blood Volume and Distribution.”  STARTprep Review Course for the ABA Basic Written Examination. 2014.