Gurley sqcr

Associate Professor


Clinical Subspecialty and Area(s) of Interest

·         Cardiothoracic Anesthesia

Education and Degrees

·         Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Medical Doctor, 1985

·         University of Alabama at Birmingham  School of Medicine, General Surgery Internship, 1986

·         University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine, Anesthesiology Residency, 1988

·         University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine, Anesthesiology Chief Resident, 1989

·         University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine, Specialty Training Cardiovascular and Pediatric Anesthesia, 1989

Awards and Honors

·         Robert D. Dripps, M.D. Award for Outstanding Resident,

The University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine

·         Air Force Health Professions Scholarship

·         Phi Beta Kappa, Vanderbilt University

Professional Societies

·         American Society of Anesthesiologists

·         Alabama State Society of Anesthesiologists

·         International Anesthesia Research Society

·         Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists

·         American Medical Association

 Recent Publications

·         Nielsen VG, Gurley WQ Jr, Burch TM. The impact of factor XIII on coagulation kinetics and clot strength determined by thrombelastography. Anesth Analg. 2004 Jul;99(1):120-3.

·          Nielsen VG, Lyerly RT 3rd, Gurley WQ. The effect of dilution on plasma coagulation kinetics determined by thrombelastography is dependent on antithrombin activity and mode of activation.  Anesth Analg. 2004 Dec;99(6):1587-92, table of contents.

·          Nielsen VG, Steenwyk BL, Gurley WQ, Pereira SJ, Lell WA, Kirklin JK.  Argatroban, bivalirudin, and lepirudin do not decrease clot propagation and strength as effectively as heparin-activated antithrombin in vitro. J Heart Lung Transplant. 2006 Jun;25(6):653-63

·         Nielsen VG, Steenwyk BL, Gurley WQ. Contact activation prolongs clot lysis time in human plasma: role of thrombin-activatable fibrinolysis inhibitor and Factor XIII. J Heart Lung Transplant. 2006 Oct;25(10):1247-52

·          Steenwyk BL, Kirklin JK, Gurley WQ, Nielsen VG. The hemostatic history of a 15-month-old child implanted with a Berlin heart left ventricular assist device. Anesth Analg. 2007 Mar;104(3):538-40