Gunisha Kaur   Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology

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Dr. Kaur is an anesthesiologist specializing in human rights research. She earned her B.S. from Cornell University in 2006, graduated from Weill Cornell Medical College in 2010, and completed her Anesthesiology Residency training at Weill Cornell Medical College/New York Presbyterian Hospital in 2014. She earned a Master's Degree in Medical Anthropology from Harvard University in 2015.

​Dr. Kaur's research interests are in advancing the clinical care of refugees, migrants, and asylum seekers. She has used her extensive training and research in neuroscience as an analytical framework to pioneer the study of human rights through scientific methodology. This has involved clinical research and clinical trials on issues such as chronic pain in torture survivors, mental health of children who are displaced, and trafficking of young women and girls in refugee camps. Her innovative research has been supported by competitive awards from the Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research, the National Institutes of Health/WCM CTSC KL2 Career Development Award, the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, the Office of the Vice Provost for International Affairs at Cornell University, and the Office of the President at Cornell University.


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  • Chronic Pain Assessment in Refugee Torture Survivors: A Multi-Institutional Study  awarded by President''s Council of Cornell Women Principal Investigator 2019 - 2021
  • Clinical and Translational Science Center - KL2  awarded by National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences Key Personnel 2017 - 2022



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